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    roasted squash seeds.

    I’m impartial when it comes to which winter squash to love best. I love them all. Mashed into purées, softened in broth and blended into soups and chowders, floating in rich bean chilis, stuffed and baked,…

    October 12, 2016 18 Comments
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    zero-waste decorations for fall.

    In any season, filling a house with reminders of the passing time and seasonal celebrations is a festive thing to do. Happily, it doesn’t need to require a special storage bin, lots of landfill-destined waste, or a decorating…

    October 10, 2016 31 Comments
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    roasted peaches + cashew cream popsicles.

    The temperatures have dipped a little this week. Not a ton. But enough to make things interesting. James started eyeing his sourdough starter with renewed interest. I made a tomato sauce and actually cooked it. We’ve…

    August 24, 2016 17 Comments
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    make your own: plum shrub.

    No, we’re not crafting woody plants with very low hanging fruit. We’re making summery drinks. Allow me to explain. First things first: To get down with shrubs, the drink, you need to have a healthy relationship…

    August 15, 2016 30 Comments
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    farm stands and tomato galettes.

    A summer tomato fresh from a farm is a thing to eat if you’re feeling like you need a boost of the spirits or a restored faith in magic. That a summer tomato starts as…

    August 9, 2016 17 Comments
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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