Don’t You Just Love Free Shipping on Seeds?

One thing that always really galls me is to get to the end of an Internet seed order, and then click the button only to find the total has increased by 20% because of shipping. Especially seeds. For goodness sake, … Continue reading

2011 Seed Catalog Awards

Well, it’s that time of year again; the seed catalogs are arriving fast and furiously.  How to choose among all that gloss? No worries, I’ve done it for you. Here are my 2011 top catalog picks. For the second year … Continue reading

From the Kitchen Garden: Hearty Stew with Fall Greens, Beans & Sausage

Well, it’s October tomorrow. Wasn’t it just May? Somehow the years seem to pick up speed as you grow older… At any rate, I’m venturing out between raindrops this afternoon to pick the last of the tomatoes from the garden … Continue reading

From the Kitchen Garden: Thyme for Fall!

In ancient Greece, if you wanted to describe someone as chic and stylish, you said he or she “smelled of thyme.” Since then, thyme has never lost its appeal. The Greeks valued the herb for its pungent scent and delicious … Continue reading

Invaders

Now generally, I don’t label a plant I’ve deliberately sown as an invader, but little else can be said of this year’s bottle gourd crop. While the picture above may not look threatening, matters change a bit when I tell … Continue reading

From the Kitchen Garden: Lovage

If there were to be a contest for the most sorely neglected culinary herb, lovage would certainly rank among the top five candidates. I first encountered this member of the parsley family two decades ago, not so much because I’d … Continue reading

From the Kitchen Garden: Making Your Own Chicken Demi-glace

So a number of you emailed me about my recent chili recipe post, wanting details on the stock I used. Fair enough, because frankly few of the dishes I make regularly – from spaghetti to meatloaf to chicken soup tastes … Continue reading

From the Kitchen Garden: Endive Tart

Oh boy, here’s a fabulous recipe. Amusingly, it comes from a French cookbook called “Recettes Fraicheur” that my friend Christina brought back from France this summer. (The title translates, loosely, “Light & Fresh Recipes”.) We both dusted off our French … Continue reading

From the Kitchen Garden: Wilted Celery, and Other Unlikely Vegetable Delights

My dear mother, now 82, visits me several times a year from Wisconsin, and it’s only a matter of a day, often hours, before I hear the same refrain from the kitchen: (Sounds of muffled rummaging…) “Michael, these vegetables in … Continue reading