Your 2015 Winter-Sowing Project

January 28, 2015
036How's your winter-sowing coming along? My own plantings are well under way, starting (but by no means ending) with the half dozen miniature “greenhouses” pictured above. What I’ve planted in these gallon-size milk and water jugs, along with links to articles that explain the entire winter-sowing process: Read more »

Ginger Tea

January 27, 2015
127After I read about the myriad health benefits of ginger tea, I decided that I should drink two cups of it every day. Now, three weeks and 42 cups later, I'm still here to tell the tale! What the tea is claimed to do, and how I brew it: Read more »

Now in Bloom: Grape Hyacinth (Muscari)

January 24, 2015
029My winter window garden looks like April today, thanks to the hardy bulbs I potted, vased, and "bowled" last autumn. In bloom now is Muscari armeniacum -- the common "grape hyacinth." Here are some pictures of its scented blue bells, along with my easy forcing-directions: Read more »

Kevin’s Lemon and Rose Cake

January 22, 2015
123Today, because it's bitterly cold here, and also because my driveway has turned into a skating rink, I thought I should make something bright and sunny to eat. And what could be cheerier than a rose-scented lemon cake? Read more »

Rigatoni alla Salsiccia e Panna

January 20, 2015
197This recipe came to me in a rather roundabout way. It was sent by my fabulous Uncle Paul, who isn't really my uncle. Paul received the recipe from my cousin Jim Arlington, who, for all I know, isn't really my cousin. Are you confused yet? Let me explain: Read more »

A Better Focaccia

January 16, 2015
043It's bitterly-cold here in New York's Hudson Valley. It's dang cold in my kitchen, too. To warm my soul, this morning I fired up the oven and baked a great big loaf of focaccia. Who wants to taste this fabulicious flatbread? Read more »

Cranberry Chutney

January 13, 2015
IMG_3765 - CopyI love cranberries. I love them in a cocktail. I love them in a tart. But I especially love them in a garlicky, gingery, orange-zesty chutney! Read more »