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Late September is a good time to enjoy golden afternoons. To mark the moment, the girls and I have been picnicking in our own backyard. Our latest outing featured only a thermos of spiced hibiscus tea, plums, and apples. Still, the girls were thrilled to help me pack the picnic basket, place our blanket in the grass, and arrange the goodies. [Read more…]
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In spite of my own personal and professional interest in food, when given a choice between eating and chatting at a party, I will always chose chatting. At sit down dinners, I’m often last to finish my food. Stand up affairs generally result in a pizza order when I get home. (Happily, Brian will never give you the side eye for suggesting an 11pm pizza order.) However, I will totally dig in to a tray of snacks. Easy finger food at parties is something I adore. One hand, one bite, and done. All party eats should be as simple. [Read more…]
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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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.
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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…]
All summer, I’ve been meaning to cook everything in Meera Sodha’s Made in India. The book first came across my radar during the Food52 Piglet. I bought it immediately and was dazzled by the recipes. But during the chaotic summer, it ended up filed away on the bookshelf before I’d had a chance to cook from it. [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.