to market: kohlrabi

to market: kohlrabi

June 30th, 2011

Kohlrabi definitely falls into that category of “F.M.M.” (aka, Farmers Market Mysteries). It looks like the alien of vegetables, and more than a little intimidating to work with. I mean, seriously? But as I am always coming across it in every farmers market I visit I assumed that this homely vegetable must have some redeeming qualities. […]

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brooklyn bound: metal and thread

brooklyn bound: metal and thread

June 27th, 2011

I recently wrote about the Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook, which  I visited for the first time last year on a pilgrimage here. I’ve been back several times since, and just discovered  the truly unique shop Metal and Thread. Owners Denise Carbonell and Derek Dominy opened this comfortable and stylish shop in 2008, and their mission statement beautifully captures their extensive, yet thoughtfully […]

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a year in my garden: june

a year in my garden: june

June 24th, 2011

June is a mixed blessing for me, and I would imagine, many of you gardeners out there. It is such a busy month – end of the school year, graduations/confirmations/baby showers and, for some of us, getting our big ones packed up and off to sleep away camp (sniffle)….. June is also when the garden starts to kick into […]

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lighten up

berries and cream tart

June 21st, 2011

I love cheesecake (who doesn’t?). But I think you’ll agree that there are times where it can be a bit heavy – dare I say, a bit……….much? Which is why I love this dessert. I’ve been making this tart and serving it to rave reviews (and multiple helpings) for over 10 years. It has the same components […]

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to market: garlic scapes

to market: garlic scapes

June 18th, 2011

Garlic scapes – I didn’t even know what these were till a few weeks ago, when our farmers market manager suggested I use them to make a pesto sauce. Still flush with success over my delicious roasted beet salad I agreed to give them a try……… So what ARE garlic scapes? They are the green “shoots” […]

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brooklyn bound: dalaga

brooklyn bound: dalaga

June 15th, 2011

I first read about Dalaga in New York Magazine’s 2010 “Best of New York” shopping guide – it awarded the store with the title of “Best Dresses” and promptly went onto my list of places to visit – as soon as possible. Dalaga was the first retail storefront to open on the now thriving Franklin Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. It is owned and […]

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fay

butter cookies

June 13th, 2011

This past Saturday would have been my Grandma Fay’s birthday. I was very close to my grandma growing up, especially during my teenage years. During that time she lived just a few blocks from my house, so I was able to ride my bike there any time I wanted to see her. This was heaven sent for […]

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off with their heads

off with their heads

June 10th, 2011

There seems to be an almost universal fear of pruning that inhibits people from attending to two of the most basic maintenance tasks in the garden: cutting back and deadheading. I understand – after you’ve spent considerable time and money on your plants, the last thing you want to do is make a cut in […]

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to market: beets

to market: beets

June 6th, 2011

I don’t know how this happened but until very recently I had never had a beet. I know, shocking, right? Okay, but really – how have I never tried one? And there is no one in my family who eats them either. My mom never served them when I was growing up and as they […]

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sweet and salty

caramel popcorn

June 4th, 2011

Chelsea turns 20 today. Twenty. Raising Chelsea has, without a doubt, been one of the most important experiences of my life. Is it what I expected when the doctor proclaimed “It’s a girl!”? No. In fact, Chelsea was nothing like what I imagined having a daughter to be. Which, to my immature, 27-year-old mind, was fairly predictable – […]

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