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How to Make Oatmeal for the Week

Sam has been eating oatmeal for breakfast nearly every day since she was able to eat solid food. She loves it. Craves it. Adores it. (Ok, maybe it’s the maple syrup she loves, but let’s leave that between us.) So […]

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Sheet Pan Birthday Cake

For this Sheet Pan Birthday Cake, I combined two recipes: one, Ina Garten’s Birthday Sheet Cake Recipe on foodtv.com, and the other, a frosting, from Magnolia Bakery. Then I added just the right amount of food coloring to make it purple, and decorated […]

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Cupcakes for Sam

These cupcakes almost weren’t. I filled the cupcake tins too full, and they puffed up over the top! Luckily, after I scraped the tops off and spread some frosting on top, no one was the wiser. Sam helped  with the […]

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Five Cocktail Recipes for a Chilly Night

The first frost warning of the season is upon us. At the farm, that means it’s time to put down the gin and tonics and move toward something more seasonally appropriate. Last night, we lit a fire and toasted Friday […]

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Pear Upside Down Cake

What to do with an impressive pear harvest? Well, pear sauce, for sure (that recipe is coming), and some kind of dessert. Right? Right. Pear upside down cake it is, then. I liked this recipe from Food & Wine’s Thanksgiving […]

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How to Make the Best BLT Ever

You want to know how to make the best BLT ever? Well, making a kick-ass BLT takes effort. Not a lot of skill, but patiences, smarts and good sense. You have to plan ahead. The first sensible thing to do […]

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6 Ways to Improve Your Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad is just tomatoes, basil, mozzarella and olive oil, but it can go horribly wrong. Here are a few tricks I use to make mine beautiful and delicious. The first is never, ever do Caprese unless it’s tomato season. […]

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Gin and Tonic Recipe

Our gin and tonic recipe is probably like a lot of people’s gin and tonic recipes: gin, tonic, lime. But we do prefer Tanguerey, and 2 ounces, please. And we insist on either Schweppes or, even better Q Tonic. Also, we squeeze […]

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Alice Waters’ Ratatouille

Last year I told you that this ratatouille is so good it’s scary. This year I will tell you that it’s still that good. Not slimy. Not mushy. It tastes of summer vegetables: each individual one and all of them […]

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Linguine with Clam Sauce

Our absolute favorite recipe for Linguine with Clam Sauce comes from an old recipe on the Food Network, back when Sara Moulton was a star. It’s simple and delicious, and you can pull it off in about 10 minutes. PrintLinguine […]

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Lobster Rolls

My recipe for lobster rolls does not call for celery. Call me a blasphemer if you must, I just don’t care for it. What I do love, however, is tarragon. There’s hardly a finer combination than lobster and tarragon. Except […]

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Peach Cobbler for the Gods

Does anybody remember the Pepperridge Farm Cookies called Bordeaux? They were thin, buttery and burnt-sugar tasting: my downfall in every way. The unusual topping for this peach cobbler, created by sprinkling sugar over the batter then drizzling it with hot […]

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Lobster Stock

After a lobster dinner, what else to do but make lobster stock!? I pulled the meat out of our leftover lobsters (we’ll have lobster rolls later!) and set about making this lobster stock recipe from Fine Cooking.   It calls […]

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The Best Coleslaw

When I read that the editors at Leite’s Culinaria thought this was the best slaw “known to man,” I knew I had to investigate this claim. Turns out, if they’re not right, they’re darn close to right. This is is […]

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Green Goddess Dressing

The buttermilk really brings out the tang in this dressing. We loved it over romaine, served with corn and lobster. Lobster and tarragon are a match made in heaven. The original recipe calls for 2 anchovies, but we added 3. […]

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Grilled Lobsters

We loved the idea of grilled lobsters. Bon Appetit magazine’s grilled lobster recipe said putting them on the grill intensifies the flavor. Less water, more flavor. But we didn’t actually find that to be the case, and, frankly, stabbing them […]

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Sour Cherry Shrub

With the very last of our sour cherries, we decided to go for a shrub, otherwise known as a drinking vinegar. These were quite popular long ago, but had fallen out of favor until the cocktail cognoscenti decided to explore […]

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Sour Cherry Preserves

We worked all weekend to put up cherries. First, here’s our recipe. Afterwards, our step-by-step photos and this year’s haul (23 pounds in one picking!) PrintSour Cherry Preserves Yield: About 12 (4-ounce) jars. Ingredients4 pounds (about 4 1/2 to 5 quarts) […]

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Sour Cherry Preserves Recipe

A sour cherry preserves recipe by Kevin West, from his book, Saving the Season. We tried to follow it for our first sour cherry harvest, but alas, ended up winging it a bit. Find our post here: Sour Cherries in […]

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Clean Eating Favorites

In a recent article for Arrive magazine, I report on the trend of clean eating. In it, I suggest that the best way to eat clean is to cook. (Shocking, I know!) I also recommend a couple of clean eating […]

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Baked Lemon Sole

A trip to the fishmonger for salmon, and I came back with two pounds of lemon sole. That’s what happens when you go to the farmers market at 11 a.m.! I don’t remember ever cooking lemon sole, but i had […]

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Blood Orange Flip

Another great cocktail with blood orange juice! This one from Serious Eats. PrintBlood Orange Flip A great winter warmer that takes advantage of the blood oranges in season. The egg white makes it super-silky. Watch out. These go down quick! […]

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Dijon and Cognac Beef Stew

Megan lent me her The Essential New York Times Cookbook, which, despite being only a year old, is already well loved, stained and tattered. I’ve been flipping through it, a little overwhelmed about where to even start. It’s massive. Amanda Hesser, former […]

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Bolognese Sauce

It was a cold winter day. We wanted something simmering, bubbling on the stove all day long, and a hearty dish to eat at night. Fireside. With a good bottle of red. Bolognese! I’ve made ragus before, but I was […]

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Dominique Ansel’s Banana Bread

I’ve really been enjoying Tasting Table lately. Lots of great recipes! Here’s one I stumbled upon one morning — and I happened to have four brown bananas about to rot in my kitchen. Samantha and I whipped this up, and were […]