Prudence & The Parlor Paint-Job

April 14, 2014
IMG_0426wbPOOR PRUDENCE. From her gilt-framed perch, she has witnessed a decade's-worth of wear and tear in our parlor. "Attend to the battered baseboards, the soiled ceiling, the woeful window trim and the dinged-up doors, " she commanded last Friday, "Or I shall seek less-squalid quarters elsewhere!" Read more »

Your Winter-Sowing Updates

April 11, 2014
IMG_7747THE PERENNIALS AND HARDY ANNUALS I planted in milk-jug greenhouses last winter have finally sprouted -- and how! Probably I could furnish my entire neighborhood -- if not my whole county -- with lettuce, spinach, Bachelor Buttons, and more. Did you winter-sow, too? Let me know how this outdoor method of seed-germination is (thus far) working out for you. Read more »

Perfect, Easy-to-Peel Hard Cooked Eggs

April 8, 2014
IMG_0355wbTODAY, because Easter is around the corner, I thought we should discuss festive bonnets eggs. And specifically, how to cook them so they are not only a cinch to peel, but a delight to eat. I'm talking hard-cooked perfection, baby. Read more »

The Best Lemon Tart in the World

April 4, 2014
IMG_0180wbI MADE THIS LEMON TART TODAY, and can tell you it looks, tastes and smells like a gorgeous spring day. In other words, it's obscenely delicious. And get this -- it's easy to make! The step-by-step recipe: Read more »

Perfect Tart Crust

April 3, 2014
IMG_0123SOME DAY YOU WILL THANK ME for this tart crust. It's easy to make, easy to roll out. And it tastes like a dream. A sweet, cookie-like dream. Read more »

Early April Garden Tour

April 2, 2014
IMG_0008TODAY, because the sun is shining, because the birds are singing, and because the air is deliciously (and deliriously!) mild, I'm heading outside with my camera. Would you like to see what's shaking in the early April gardens here? Take a walk with me: Read more »

Camille the Cat, and a question for you

March 31, 2014
IMG_9759MEET CAMILLE THE CAT, a classic tabby we adopted 10 years ago. She loves to be loved. She gives love, too. And talk about social! She's the only feline I've ever encountered who will run to the front door when the bell rings. Read more »