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 »

My April, 2014 Garden Chores

March 29, 2014
IMG_9727wbHOW'S YOUR GARDEN COMING ALONG? You can let me know by leaving a comment. Meanwhile, my own planted place is at least ten days behind schedule. But the snow is finally melting, the Dutch bulbs are emerging, and the Chinese Witch Hazel (above) is in fragrant bloom. So it's time to begin these April garden chores: Read more »

Fougasse aux Herbes de Provence

March 25, 2014
IMG_9873wbFEELING INSPIRED by a comment from reader Virginia Embry Marx, I recently made Fougasse aux Herbes de Provence. Fougasse (pr. "foo-GAHS") is the French version of Italian focaccia. It's dense and delicious. It's powerfully fragrant. And it's a breeze to make. Read more »

Happy Anniversary Q&A

March 19, 2014
IMG_9757FIVE YEARS AGO, I started this blog. And now, 787 posts and 121,796 comments later (per my WordPress dashboard), I've decided to retire. Read more »

Ham, Kale & Swiss Cheese Tart

March 18, 2014
IMG_9677wbTHIS RUSTIC TART makes me purr like a contented kitten. It's filled with smokey ham and earthy kale. It's scented with nutmeg and a splash of dry vermouth. It's baked on a bed of tender, buttery, Pate Brisee. It's...something you need to try: Read more »

Tomato Talk: Your Favorite Varieties…And Mine

March 13, 2014
IMG_0987CAN YOU HELP ME OUT? I'm trying to decide on which tomatoes to grow this summer. I'll certainly include some of the heirlooms which have performed well for me in the past. But what else am I missing? Talk to me about your own favorite heirlooms and hybrids. Read more »