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the scent of summer

the scent of summer

June 28, 2011 |  Category:   life outings seasonal

Seems like nothing signals summer better than berry picking. And it hits you, the heavy sweet scent of strawberries as soon as you get out of the car. Claudine is always more interested in picking flowers than she is fruit and our baskets always inevitably get littered with small blossoms and the random wildflower or weed, you know, “for decoration”. These strawberries went into a strawberry rhubarb pie that we brought to a school picnic the next day. Speaking of, today is the official last day of school for NYC public schools. If last year was any indication, Mia will come home awash in mixed emotions. Seems like she takes after me.… CONTINUE READING

persimmons again

persimmons again

November 14, 2010 |  Category:   seasonal

It’s that time of year. The time when my dad hands me about a dozen persimmons off of his tree and we scoop it up and eat it like pudding. As I mentioned last year, rumor had it there was a second variety of persimmon tree in the side yard. I noticed it for the first time this year as I saw tons of fruit hanging from the small tree, this time with the smaller squatter variety that you can peel and eat like an apple. We didn’t get any from the crop as we were told they weren’t particularly sweet this year. Maybe next year. And my dad’s newest fruit tree experiment? Yuzu…from the seeds of a friends tree.… CONTINUE READING

watermelon radishes, candied walnuts, and the best salad ever

watermelon radishes, candied walnuts, and the best salad ever

October 26, 2010 |  Category:   recipes seasonal

I finally made a visit last weekend to a friend’s restaurant. It’s in Bushwick, a neighborhood as close to the middle of nowhere as you’ll find in Brooklyn. They serve some delicious seasonally inspired food that definitely makes it worth the trip. One of the appetizers I tried was paired with a watermelon radish salad that inspired me to make a nice salad for dinner the next night. Too often salads in our house consist of merely lettuce, cherry tomatoes, dressing and croutons. Making a truly special salad requires a little more effort and adding these candied walnuts are always just the thing. The nuts are tossed in a hot sugar syrup infused with spices, then baked in the oven… CONTINUE READING

olympia farmer’s market

olympia farmer’s market

August 20, 2010 |  Category:   life seasonal Seattle & the NW travels

For a town of this size, Olympia has a really excellent Farmer’s Market. We oogled at rainbow chard, dahlias, Mt. Rainier cherries, baby artichokes, and other fresh summer produce and fruit. We got there just as it opened so the market was just waking up, but it’s usually hopping with live music and people dining at food stands by lunchtime. We just got back from the family cabin, photos of which I’ll post later. We’re headed into Portland tomorrow morning for the weekend. Hope yours is a good one too.… CONTINUE READING

bread and onion stuffed zucchini flowers

bread and onion stuffed zucchini flowers

August 9, 2010 |  Category:   cooking recipes seasonal

I went on quite the shopping spree last week at the Union Square Greenmarket. Among the goodies I picked up were these nice zucchini flowers and a loaf of fresh ciabatta bread. Stuffed zucchini flowers are one of our family’s favorite summertime treats, but the dilemma, as always, is what to stuff them with. This time I chose the ciabatta bread, dicing up the crispy ends of the loaf and cooking it with onions and herbs. The mixture ended up resembling, well, stuffing, like the kind you put in a turkey, only without the heavy flavor of sage. This filling worked surprisingly well and would also work well with other things added (cheese, seafood, etc…). Just get the zucchini flowers… CONTINUE READING

stuff from the farmers market

stuff from the farmers market

August 8, 2010 |  Category:   happy purchases seasonal

The farmers markets around the city are starting to become amazing…more stuff available and it’s only going to get better from here on out. Although these were bought from the Union Square Farmers Market in Manhattan, we are pretty lucky that the one across the street from our house is getting better and bigger each year. This is what Mark brought home: heirloom tomatoes, sorrel (my fave), artichokes, dinosaur plums (not pictured) and squash flower blossoms. We’ll post how we ate them tomorrow. What are you buying from your local farmers markets?… CONTINUE READING

at the strawberry farm and remembering the blueberry summer

at the strawberry farm and remembering the blueberry summer

June 2, 2010 |  Category:   life outings remembering seasonal

Strawberry picking in June often marks the beginning of the fruit picking season. It was a little early when we went out this weekend, but there were still plenty of strawberries in the patch and we spent a few leisurely hours at the farm, feeding animals, eating apple cider donuts and slurping on apple cider slushies to cool off. It was fairly hot, the kind of day that reminds you that everyday in summer is like this. I never went fruit picking as a kid. I don’t know if this is something that has grown in popularity as an outing destination in the last 10 years of so or if maybe it was just my family, but I don’t recall… CONTINUE READING

starting to look like spring but it’s back to winter

starting to look like spring but it’s back to winter

March 27, 2010 |  Category:   life nyc seasonal

Hard to believe we were at the beach last weekend. Oh March, you just had to remind us that you are fickle, didn’t you? It’s cold again. 40 degrees. Winter coats + scarves + hats. But looking at the forecast for this week and I see that it’ll be 70 degrees again by Thursday so it’s just a little cold blip in the weather. We took a walk through the Union Square Farmers Market today. Lots of flowers out. After being completely fed up with my hair last night, I got a haircut today after 7 long months. Its not drastically different or anything – a few inches shorter with shorter bangs – but I need to wash it and… CONTINUE READING

ugli

ugli

March 22, 2010 |  Category:   seasonal

It’s not an orange. It’s not a grapefruit. It’s an ugli fruit and if you haven’t tried it, you should. Despite the name (although the ugli is not particularly ugly), the fruit is a super juicy, sour sweet citrus. Mark tried to candy the peel. They accidentally got overcooked and didn’t work. Also, they ended up looking like gummy worms. I don’t really like eating gummy worms so that was okay by me.… CONTINUE READING

orange cauliflower with garlic and lemon

orange cauliflower with garlic and lemon

January 24, 2010 |  Category:   cooking recipes seasonal

We have a small farmer’s market across the street from our house that, until this year, ended in December. This winter, however, they have teamed up with the Can Factory Market so that we in the neighborhood can have our fresh veggies and pickles year-round. Mia, Claudine and I ventured over on an especially cold Sunday to check it out. I was actually a bit surprised by the selection. Lots of fresh herbs, good apples, and this beautiful orange cauliflower. Orange cauliflower is a bit sweeter than the standard white variety, which makes it perfect for roasting or sautéing. Make sure to get it nice and caramelized for the best flavor. We ate it with foccacia, roasted beets and salsify… CONTINUE READING

persimmons

persimmons

December 9, 2009 |  Category:   seasonal

These are local. Like really local, off of the tree that grows in my parents’ front yard. Don’t ask me how and where the tree came from, but my dad did grow it from a plant and it started bearing fruit maybe 4 years ago. There may even be another young persimmon tree growing on the side of the house that is still maturing, but I haven’t seen it. That’s the rumor anyway. So have you ever had these? They are different than the smaller, more squat varieties that can be peeled and eaten like an apple. These have to be super ripe in order for it to be consumed and if you didn’t know that and tried to eat… CONTINUE READING

frozen grapes on the stem

frozen grapes on the stem

October 8, 2009 |  Category:   seasonal

Have you had? Because if you haven’t you should try it. These weren’t supermarket grapes, but rather ones bought at the farmers market. Mark’s mom introduced it to us and it is divine.… CONTINUE READING

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