Portobello Mushroom Burgers

Oh, April. Wherefore art thou? Yesterday, a ferocious storm roared through New York's Hudson River Valley, covering the greening grass and in-bloom daffodils with several inches of snow. To warm my body, I lit a fire in the fireplace. And to soothe my soul, I grilled up some Portobello Mushroom Burgers. Read more »

April Garden Chores

Well, hello there, April! Here in New York's Hudson Valley (zone 5-b), lawns are greening,birds are mating, and yellow daffodils are trumpeting the arrival of spring. Shall we have a look at the month's garden chores? Read more »

Crispy Orange Juice Waffles

BREAKING NEWS: I've decided that Orange Juice Waffles are the best waffles in the world. They're crispy outside, tender inside, and fabulously infused with a sunny citrus scent. Need a good reason to drag out the waffle iron you haven't used since 1992? This recipe is for you. Read more »

Limoncello Cupcakes!

These cupcakes ring all the right bells for me. They're fragrant with lemon, spicy with cardamom, and oh, baby -- just wait until you take a bite, and discover the dollop of orange marmalade that's hidden inside. Ready for a flavor explosion? Make these grown-up treats! Read more »

Tofu-Topped Piperade

Some day you'll thank me for this recipe. It's sauteed bell peppers and onions (or what the French call "Piperade"), plus a crispy topping of sesame seed-coated tofu. For such a humble dish, I think it's delicious. It's vegan, too, and thus ideal for anyone who can't eat meat, wheat, or dairy. Read more »

My (Updated) 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 »

My 7th Blogiversary: Winner Announced

DRUM ROLL PLEASE...Per the little number generator at Random.org, the winner of the green mixer is Hannah A., comment #350. Congratulations, Hannah! Just shoot me an email to collect your prize! Read more »