food

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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 20 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 34 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