My First Asparagus Bed

April 21, 2015
066I stopped by my favorite farm store the other day, with the sole intention of buying one (just one!) bag of organic parsley. I purchased the $2.00 herb, and then wandered into one of the farm's solar-heated greenhouses. There, sitting on a black, tarp-covered floor, and sprouting green, ferny growth, were dozens of asparagus plants. I adopted 8 of them for $42.00, and brought them home. Watch me plant this perennial crop: Read more »

Crusty Sourdough Boule!

April 20, 2015
106I can't play the violin. I can't dance like Justin Bieber. But I can produce a fantastic sourdough boule! By "fantastic," I mean a boule that boasts a crackling-crisp crust, a soft, chewy interior, and a tart, tangy flavor. Watch me make this blissful bliss: Read more »

Gorgeous Green Mixer Giveaway/The Winner

April 18, 2015
grass green stand mixerUpdate: Random.org selected comment number 290 as the winner of the mixer. Congratulations, Katy B.! To collect your prize, just shoot me an email. Read more »

First Aid for Non-Blooming Daffodils

April 16, 2015
IMG_5317THE TIMELY TOPIC OF DAFFODILS CAME UP THIS WEEK, when a reader asked "Why don't my daffodils have flowers?" Actually, these Narcissi have a number of requirements. If their needs are not met, the bulbs will deny us their bright bouquets. And here is my list of causes and cures for poor- or non-flowering daffodils: Read more »

Cocktail Appetizer: Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus

April 14, 2015
044 Sweet, tender asparagus...crisp, smokey bacon...put 'em together, and you'll have a simple-but-sophisticated make-ahead cocktail appetizer! My step-by-step recipe: Read more »

A Green, Yellow, and Red Vegetable Tian

April 7, 2015
veggie tian 2 pixwb - CopyTake some thinly-sliced veggies, bake them on a bed of caramelized onions and beneath a layer of cheese, and what do you get? An elegant side dish that everybody loves! Here's my step-by-step recipe: Read more »

My Gardens in Early April, 2015

April 6, 2015
026 - CopyHow's your garden clean-up coming along? Here in New York's Hudson Valley, I'm still picking up sticks and leaves, and making repairs as the weather allows. More details in this sip and stroll garden tour: Read more »