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When I cook for you, the nice people of the internet, I obsessively weigh and measure every ingredient and take fastidious notes so that the recipe I put on the site is as close as possible to the recipe I put on the table. So when I cook for my family, I like to feel my way through a recipe – measuring sea salt by pouring it into my palm, adding herbs by the handful and stock by the jarful. I like to determine quantities by what I have on hand. If there are a lot of carrots and a little ginger in my kitchen, there will be a lot of carrots and a little ginger in the dish. [Read more…]
Late summer and fall have collided in my kitchen. A photo shoot has left me with a full complement of Thanksgiving leftovers, while a bowl of garden tomatoes and two pie pumpkins share space on the counter. And the big bag of apples that comes with our CSA fruit share has started to include chartreuse and golden fall varieties alongside pale summer apples.
I love a lazy summer day with trips to the pool and hikes on the shady trails outside of town. But lazy summer days make for treacherous summer evenings as Brian and I race to put together a dinner that uses up as much CSA produce as possible and then shepherd our tired, hot, always hungry children through dinner and tooth-brushing and stories before they melt down. Occasionally we succeed. [Read more…]
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In Brooklyn, Brian and I had a pretty impressive container garden. When we moved to Virginia we thought that freed from the constraints imposed by planting in pickle buckets on a small third floor balcony prevented from getting full sunlight by the hulking condos next door, we’d have a dream garden in no time. But as a wet June gave way to a humid summer, blight hit our overcrowded tomatoes which comprised the bulk of our garden, deer struck, and we learned that gardening in Virginia called for a host of skills our container garden hadn’t taught us. [Read more…]