A Get-Away, A Massage, and Some New Kitchen Supplies

067On the 26th day of August, my true love gave to me...TWO DAYS OFF! We arranged for our friend Sara P. to stay with Lily the Beagle and cats Tiger and Camille. Then we loaded up the car, and drove to Manchester, Vermont. Read more »

Tabbouleh with Heirloom Tomatoes and Zucchini

116Today, because I wanted to eat something delicious (and healthy!) for lunch, I made a big bowl of Tabbouleh. Do you know this vegan Lebanese dish? It's crunchy with cracked wheat, and fragrant with fresh parsley and mint. Even meat-eaters love it. Read more »

Summer Salad: Tomatoes, Peaches, Basil, and Burrata

050This salad was inspired by a similar one I ordered at Club Helsinki in Hudson, New York. It’s a tangle of ripe tomatoes and juicy peaches, all dressed up with red wine vinegar, ribbons of basil, and clouds of creamy burrata cheese. Don't make me beg you to try it! Read more »

Woodchuck Woes

037Uh-oh. This morning, during my daily inspection of the too-many gardens here, I discovered a fiendish fat woodchuck in the fenced kitchen garden. The object of Woody's affection? Sweet potato leaves. Overnight, he practically devoured the entire crop. Read more »

How I Make a Lattice (Woven) Pie Crust

110If you think a lattice crust is beyond your culinary skill, I have some terrific news for you. This woven design -- which always looks terribly chic on a fruit pie -- is a cinch to achieve! As proof, check out my step-by-step tutorial: Read more »

Perfect Peach Pie

092My mother made this peachy bliss every summer when I was a kid. I love the simple ingredients -- just peaches, sugar, and some spices, all nestled between two layers of flaky French pastry dough. It's a pie that says "eat me." Read more »

Food Processor Giveaway!

IMG_7879Update! The winner, as selected by Random.org, is Paula Connolly, comment #414. Congrats, Paula! To collect your food processor, just send me an email, and include your shipping info. Read more »