• maraschino_cherries_reading_my_tea_leaves_IMG_2016

    make your own: maraschino cherries.

    It’s sour cherry season here in New York. Blink and you’ll miss it, so here’s a project to make it last a little longer.First, a few facts:Maraschino is a dry liqueur made from Marasca…

    July 21, 2016 18 Comments
  • elderflower_reading_my_tea_leaves_IMG_0699

    elderflower cordial.

    Elderflowers bloom in spring and so imbibing them in the springtime seems like a wise and festive thing to do. An elderflower cordial is not an alcoholic drink. It’s a glorified soda. But cordial is a…

    June 7, 2016 8 Comments
  • rhubarb_lilac_spritzer_reading_my_tea_leaves_IMG_9800

    rhubarb lilac spritzer.

    I won’t forget the first time that I was in France as a young teenager and I witnessed kids my age pouring mint syrup into flat tap water at a sidewalk café. The result was green…

    May 16, 2016 14 Comments
  • pickled_radishes_reading_my_tea_leaves_IMG_9080

    make your own pickled radishes.

    I’m not ashamed to admit that there are foods I eat mostly because they’re pretty. This time of year, those foods are called radishes. Red radishes, watermelon radishes, Easter egg radishes in shades of…

    May 4, 2016 29 Comments
  • natural_easter_eggs_reading_my_tea_leaves_IMG_6843

    pastel-colored easter eggs, naturally.

    I’m not usually one to care much about what color Pantone decrees to be color of the year. But when they announced the double whammy favorites of rose quartz and a pale periwinkle blue…

    March 23, 2016 26 Comments
  • modern_farmette_reading_my_tea_leaves_IMG_6433

    potatoes, et cetera.

    I’ve mentioned in passing that we deal with a strange allergy in our house. Of all things to afflict a man with the name James Patrick Casey, a potato allergy would seem the least…

    March 17, 2016 18 Comments
  • date_bars_reading_my_tea_leaves_IMG_5361

    plane food/brain food.

    A nice breakfast bar is a special treat for anybody, but for parents traveling with toddlers, especially.It’s no secret that I like a sweet treat every now and thenday. But in a week with…

    March 7, 2016 26 Comments
  • hazelnut_milk_reading_my_tea_leaves_IMG_4977

    make your own: hazelnut milk.

    Nut milk. I don’t know me anymore, either.Just kidding. I’m not giving up on cow’s milk. I’m just widening my perspective on milk-like things and finding another excuse to eat hazelnuts and rich, creamy treats.Growing…

    March 2, 2016 42 Comments
  • zero_waste_progress_report_reading_my_tea_leaves_IMG_4898

    zero-waste progress report.

    I should start by saying that the zero in this post title is a little misleading. Less waste is probably more accurate but in the spirit of aspiration, I’ll stick with zero. I thought it…

    February 23, 2016 110 Comments
  • make your own chocolate pudding | reading my tea leaves

    make your own: chocolate pudding.

    The chief problem with a cold snap is needing to leave the house in search of chocolate should the ration be dwindling. We were stuck with unsweetened baking chocolate and little else this weekend. I…

    February 15, 2016 19 Comments