Simple Supper: Sausage, Cabbage, and Sweet Potato

It seems that Frederic Chopin and your humble food blogger have something in common. We have each composed a Fantaisie-Impromptu! Frederic's version is played on the piano, while mine is achieved in the kitchen. It's an improvised "casserole" of crisp-tender cabbage, beautifully bronzed sausages, and pretty rounds of sweet potato. Read more »

My 2016 Garden Conservancy Open Days

I did not open my gardens to the public last summer. Why? Well, I was busy writing recipes and taking photographs for my cookbook (it's coming -- I promise!), and there was precious little time to pull weeds. But this summer will be different. I'll be open twice! Here are the tour dates, along with pictures of the gardens you'll visit: Read more »

Fast Food My Way: Chicken with Herbes de Provence

Who needs the drive-thru when real fast food can be made right at home? Fast to cook and inexpensive to buy are skin-on, bone-in chicken pieces. Saute them in butter and herbs, and in less than 30 minutes you'll have something crisp, juicy, and succulent to put on the dinner table. How I make this simple magic: Read more »

House and Garden Fun for January, 2016

Happy 2016, everyone! Here in New York's Hudson Valley, we're having a "hit-and-miss" winter. I'm talking about 71°F on Christmas Eve, and a modest snowstorm 4 days later. Weird weather or not, this month I'm tending houseplants, winter-sowing seeds, and cooking up some savory feasts. Read more »

Christmas, 2015

Was your Christmas holiday merry and bright? I certainly hope so! Here in New York's Hudson Valley, Christmas eve of 2015 was unusual weather-wise, as temperatures soared to a record-breaking high of 71°F. It was not a day to stay indoors! Read more »

Easy Make-Ahead Cocktail Party Appetizers

Hosting a New Year's Eve party? Take my advice, and make your appetizers well in advance. This way, you won't be trapped in the kitchen while your guests are wearing lamp shades sipping champagne in another room. Here are links to my favorite make-ahead dips, spreads, and canapes: Read more »

Orange Cognac Cookies

Wowzers! That's not a real word, but it seems the best description for these holiday treats. They're light, buttery, and perfectly perfumed with Grand Marnier. Santa loves 'em, as do his overworked-and-underpaid elves. I think you'll love 'em, too. They are incredibly easy to make. Read more »