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 »

Decorating: A Bowl of Garden Flowers

July 29, 2014
IMG_5935I HAVE TWO THINGS TO REPORT. First, today Will and I are celebrating our 16th anniversary. And next, Erin Brady stopped by to show how common garden flowers can be turned into a glamorous centerpiece. Read more »

Recipe: Raspberry Pavlova (GF)

July 25, 2014
IMG_5743I HOPE YOU'RE HUNGRY, because I've made a Raspberry Pavlova for you. What a rapturous dessert! The chocolate meringue base is crispy on the outside, and marshmallow-gooey on the inside. The whipped cream center is sprinkled with chocolate shavings, and crowned with crimson thimbles. Ready to taste this work of art? Here's the recipe: Read more »

Lettuce & Basil Soup (GF)

July 22, 2014
IMG_5601I SERVED THIS GARDEN-FRESH SOUP for the first-course at a small dinner party last Saturday. The soup was a big hit. I know it was a big hit, because my partner Will and our guests Robert and David all asked for seconds. And then they asked for thirds. Read more »

Zoodles and Yoodles with Garlic (GF)

July 16, 2014
IMG_5366WHAT INSPIRED THIS PASTA DISH THAT ISN'T? A small gadget known as the "julienne peeler." The peeler can quickly turn zucchini into thin noodles, or "zoodles." Use it to peel yellow squash, and you'll have "yoodles." Sauteed, these zoodles and yoodles recall good spaghetti when cooked al dente -- but without the carbs! Read more »