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Even hoses have habits

Posted 8/6/2018 4:24pm by Shiloh Avery.


I have habits. You have habits.  We all are creatures of habit. Even hoses have habits.  Ever try to wrestle a garden hose? It ought to be a Olympic sport (mental note for next year’s farm Olympics).  Our lives seem to physically mold around our habits and wrestling our way out of old ones or into new ones can cause just as many frustrated tangles as hose wrestling.

I’ve wrestled a hose or two in my time.  Depending on how long ago a hose habit was formed, changing it might even cause the hose to spring a leak! That’s why I’ve never tried quit biting my nails.  It’s a habit nearly as old as I am, and changing it now seems downright dangerous!  It doesn’t seem worth the risk.

Here's a habit worth the risk: eating seasonally (your taste buds will thank you!). We're in the peak of tomato and pepper season and nearing the end of cucumber season so it's time for gazpacho!

Red-Pepper Gazpacho

·         2 cucumbers

·         2 red, orange, or yellow bell peppers, or 3-4 red, orange, or yellow Italian peppers

·         1 clove garlic, minced

·         3 scallions, sliced

·         1 small tomato, diced

·         1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

·         1/2 jalapeno chile, chopped

·         2 1/2 cups vegetable juice

·         4 teaspoons olive oil

·         1 tablespoon cider vinegar

·         Salt and pepper

1. Peel, seed, and finely dice cucumbers and bell peppers. Place in a bowl, and combine with garlic, scallions, tomato, parsley, and jalapenos.

2. Add vegetable juice, oil, and vinegar; season with salt and pepper; stir to combine. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate until ready to serve, up to 2 days.

Recipe from Martha Stewart


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