Roasted Cabbage Rounds

August 18, 2014
IMG_7255Even cabbage haters will love these naturally sweet, roasted cabbage rounds. Serve them as a side dish, or as a no-carb, gluten-free substitute for bread. My sinfully-simple recipe: Read more »

Peach Streusel Pie

August 15, 2014
IMG_7043YUM. Yesterday I sliced up some locally-grown peaches, and piled them onto a French pastry crust. Then, instead of using a top crust, I simply sprinkled the ruby-skinned fruit with sweet, buttery streusel. The result? Peach pie perfection, baby. Read more »

Flower-Arranging: Lilies and Roses

August 11, 2014
IMG_6795IF YOU VISIT ME JUST NOW, you'll find an invigorating flower arrangement on the small table near my staircase. Anne Schomaker, a dear friend who is also a floral-designer, made this scented still-life by combining greens from her garden with choice stems from the florist. You can design a similar arrangement for your own home: Read more »

Garden Walk, August 2014

August 7, 2014
IMG_6399TODAY, because I realize that most of you won't be able to attend my next (and final!) "Open Day" of 2014, I've put together a virtual garden tour for you. Pour yourself a glass of lemonade (or much nicer, Limoncello on the rocks), and join me outside, okay? Read more »

Money Saving Tip: Buy Commercial-Grade Cling Film

August 5, 2014
IMG_6283MIND if we discuss cling wrap today? I only ask because I'm fed up with the popular brands that most supermarkets sell. Read more »

Kitchen & Garden Chores for August

August 2, 2014
IMG_8191IN AUGUST, the perennial garden winds down...and the veggie garden explodes. It's time to pickle the cukes, sauce the tomatoes, and freeze the broccoli and beans. Then there are annuals to propagate, bulbs to order, and...anyone else need a Valium? My essential chores for August: Read more »

Tomato & Goat Cheese Tart

August 1, 2014
IMG_6139THIS WEEK, feeling inspired by cookbook authors Kate Hill and David Lebovitz, I made a French tomato tart. What poetry! The tender Pâte Brisée shell is brushed with winey Dijon mustard, and topped with tomatoes, fragrant herbs, and rounds of tangy goat cheese. Read more »