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.
This post is sponsored by Mirassou Winery.
I love planning an intricate party. Things that should feel like chores – coming up with the menu, writing an elaborate grocery list, washing my full set of fancy wine glasses – are fun in an odd way. But there’s also something nice about an impromptu party. (If you’ve cleaned your house recently, all the better.) [Read more…]
Like sour cherries or ramps, Concord grapes, which hit markets in September, have an all-too-brief season that begs for you to eat as many as you can before they’re gone. They have a showy, intense flavor that’s more grape lollipop than grape. [Read more…]
My dream garden sits just a couple miles from my house on a mountain east of town. Whenever I visit Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, I end up wandering the Vegetable Garden, exploring the rows, making notes about the plants, and ogling the produce. Despite my ardent love for the gardens there, I’d never been on an official tour. So when Monticello invited me to tour the Monticello gardens with Curator of Gardens Eleanor Gould, I was ecstatic.
I learned to make jam a few years back at a class at The Brooklyn Kitchen taught by Kelly Geary. That day, she made a thick and syrupy, crazy lemony blueberry jam with no pectin. My early experiments didn’t turn out as well, though, so I started using pectin. This year, something changed. I wanted to perfect a simple small-batch jam-making technique I could use to quickly preserve summer berries (which always seems to be on the verge of expiring) without anything special on hand. [Read more…]