How I Propagate Boxwood

September 27, 2014
IMG_9764I adore boxwood. It's elegant, evergreen, and -- when established -- drought-tolerant. Of course, it's also hideously expensive! But you can have a formal Buxus hedge without breaking the bank. Here's how: Read more »

Crisp, Smokey Pumpkin Seeds

September 24, 2014
IMG_8636wbAfter you've made a batch of pumpkin puree (or carved out a Jack-O-Lantern), you'll find yourself faced with approximately 8 million seeds. What to do with these nutritious pearls? I turn them into a crispy-salty-smokey snack! Read more »

Make Your Own Pumpkin Puree!

September 22, 2014
IMG_8543Why make your own pumpkin puree when you can easily buy it in tins at the supermarket? Well, based on my own trials, the homemade version is thicker, richer, and infinitely better-tasting than its commercial counterpart. For the very best pies, muffins, and rolls, I'm convinced that puree made from home-roasted pumpkins is the only way to go. Read more »

A Wine Book Like No Other

September 19, 2014
Richard Betts wine bookI have great respect for Richard Betts'The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide To Becoming A Wine Expert. It's a child's board book about a grown up topic. It's definitely educational. It's also fun to read! In just 20 illustrated pages, Betts -- who is one of fewer than 200 master sommeliers in the world -- teaches us how to sniff our way through the wonderful world of wine. Read more »

Pumpkin-Spiced Cinnamon Rolls

September 16, 2014
IMG_8395On a crisp autumn morning, nothing excites my senses like Pumpkin-Spiced Cinnamon Rolls. These are light and fluffy in texture, and perfectly perfumed with cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. Are you swooning yet? Here's the step-by-step recipe: Read more »

Kale Pesto – My Way

September 12, 2014
IMG_8207GOT KALE? Make my garlicky, lemony, kale pesto! It's delicious on...everything. Serve it with crackers at your next cocktail party, or as a gorgeous topping for grilled chicken or baked salmon. Or, do what I did yesterday, and stir it into steaming strands of angel hair pasta. Yum, yum, yum. The easy recipe: Read more »

Turnip Fritters

September 9, 2014
IMG_8073BELIEVE IT OR NOT, these Turnip Fritters are frickin' fantastic -- bronze and crisp on the outside, tender and creamy on the inside. Serve them with ketchup for an after-school snack, or use them, as I do, as a superior substitute for a hamburger patty. They are fun to make: Read more »