Tomato-Preserving Recipes: Sauce, Crushed, Marinara, Jam, Salsa, and Sun Dried

It’s the middle of tomato season. We’re bringing in about 7–10 lb of the red buggers each day from our 125 plants. We have a dozen German Johnson, eighteen San Marzano II, and ten Matt’s Wild Cherry tomato plants as well as about ninety volunteers that sprang up in my potting soil: Brandywine, San Marzano, … More Tomato-Preserving Recipes: Sauce, Crushed, Marinara, Jam, Salsa, and Sun Dried

COVID Hubris, Collapse, and Resilience: Pandemic in the New World (Part 4)

In the year 1500, Europe was experiencing the Renaissance and the explosion of thought that followed the invention of the printing press. The Aztecs and Incas dominated large empires in the New World. When London and Rome’s populations numbered around 50,000 each, Tenochtitlan, the Aztec capital, was home to about 200,000. Cusco, the Inca capital, was only the size of London or Rome, but controlled an empire linked by 40,000 km (25,000 mi.) of roads. By 1533, both Tenochtitlan and Cusco were in Spanish hands. … More COVID Hubris, Collapse, and Resilience: Pandemic in the New World (Part 4)