to market: strawberries

to market: strawberries

May 31st, 2011

Strawberries are at their most delicious RIGHT NOW, and I wanted to showcase them in a recipe that was not “the usual” (I think we’ve all seen enough Memorial Day strawberry shortcakes…………). And since fresh ripe strawberries need so little adornment, I was looking for a dessert that required little fussing. And then, just to set […]

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to market: persian cucumbers

to market: persian cucumbers

May 27th, 2011

When I was a kid, I was completely obsessed with the show “Zoom”. I never missed an episode and wanted, more than anything in the world, to be a cast member.  I even made my mom buy me what I thought was a reasonable copy of the striped shirt the kids wore in the opening […]

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take it easy

take it easy

May 24th, 2011

As we’re now on week 2 of non-stop rain, I’m happy to be at my drafting table, designing gardens for clients. And while the sizes and styles of the gardens I’m working on are quite different, I’ve had one common request  from each and every client. That is, to make the garden “low maintenance”. Every […]

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to market………….

to market.............

May 21st, 2011

Three years ago I found out that my little town would be getting its very own farmers market, and I wasted no time introducing myself to the market manager and offering to help. I am a huge fan of farmers markets and was beyond thrilled that I would have one virtually in my own backyard. And I knew that […]

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a year in my garden: may

a year in my garden: may

May 18th, 2011

Wow – what a difference a month makes – remember the peonies? This is what they look like now: This is why I always put in the peony hoops. These divas are just about to burst open and the rings will keep them from drooping to the ground and crushing their gorgeous blooms. In fact, next year I’ll […]

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sweet tooth

sweet tooth

May 14th, 2011

I’ve never been a big fan of chocolate – I’m the mom who, when rifling through the kids’ Halloween treat bags (come on, you know you do it too…) takes the candy corn and Twizzlers. I have an unbridled sweet tooth, which is how I came to discover (and love) meringues. A meringue is basically any dessert made […]

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leaves – well enough alone

leaves - well enough alone

May 11th, 2011

I’d like to take a moment to sing the praises of……foliage. You know, that green stuff that’s underneath all the pretty flowers you want in your garden? When it comes time to plan a garden, most people – regardless of color choice or plant preference – want the same thing.  That “wow” factor. Not too hard […]

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bev

bev

May 7th, 2011

I’ve been trying all week to think of what to write for Mother’s Day, as I have a truly wonderful mom. The thing is, I write about cooking and baking, gardening and shopping – none of which interest her in the least. Don’t get me wrong. My mom served a tasty, well-balanced dinner every night (except for Saturday, when she […]

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self-contained

self-contained

May 5th, 2011

I recently taught a container planting class through the continuing education program in my community. It was so much fun sharing the tips and techniques I’ve acquired over the years and even more exciting to see what my “students” created. Everyone walked out with a unique planter – or basket, or milk crate – filled with […]

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pizza primer

pizza primer

May 2nd, 2011

As a (very) young woman working full-time in Manhattan, I took advantage of the many baking classes offered at various cooking schools around the city. I loved immersing myself – at night and on the weekends – in baking projects and these classes helped fuel and support my growing repertoire of recipes. As money was tight, […]

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