I like settling into a new season. Windows open, eating an apple – that kind of thing. We’re in week 20 of our amazing CSA and summer vegetables are quickly winding down. I’ll miss the dizzying bounty for sure, but I’m also looking forward to craftier cooking and making delicious meals out of all the ingredients I forgot existed while I was dazzled by all those technicolor tomatoes. [Read more…]
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It’s high summer, and stepping out into the July afternoon humidity feels roughly similar to taking a bath. The girls helicopter their arms, pretending to swim through the murky air as we head to the pool. The cicadas, ever heat-loving, drone so loudly they interrupt our evening conversations on the stoop. The leaves (and egg yolks) have gone pale from the heat, and the garden insists on a daily drenching.
In this heat, I’d like to forgo food altogether, or subsist on only fruit, but my stomach just isn’t having it. [Read more…]
On Monday, I finished a huge, complicated project that required several days of work, lots of grocery store trips, and a big box of spring produce overnighted from Southern California. After a week of methodical recipe testing and photographing, I thought I’d nearly wrapped things up when a downloading glitch led to hours of terror as I frantically tried to recover images of produce I couldn’t buy again and recipes I didn’t have time to remake. Eventually, I located the buried files and regained the ability to breathe.
Looking back on that panicked morning, what strikes me is how fruitlessly I searched for hours, only to find the missing files just after I’d taken a break to eat. The way that food sustains us often feels abstract, but there are moments when it’s incredibly real and apparent. It was a good reminder to focus on nourishment. [Read more…]
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Even though February’s hanging on for one last, desperate day, I’ve already welcomed March and the promise of spring. The first blossoms are breaking out and yellow crocuses dot the yard. Out back, my garden is showing signs of life – the chives and oregano are practically thriving – even though it seemed a brown wasteland just weeks ago. It’s time to just go with it. [Read more…]
Right now, a band of fluffy clouds is moving across the sky at a rapid clip; beyond is a clear blue winter sky. As stiff winds push the clouds east, an overcast morning gives way to a bright, frigid afternoon. The turkey vultures that hang out down by the river soar high; looking almost playful as they ride the winds in unending circles. [Read more…]