Tag: christmas


Mustard-Roasted Potatoes

A terrific match with smoked ham! Mustard-Roasted Potatoes This recipe is doubled from Bon Appetit Olive oil 1 cup whole grain Dijon mustard 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, melted 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 6 […]

cooking, family

Christmas Cookies with Samantha

Well, she’s a little young yet. But she really likes what parts she can do! After a dreadful afternoon of crying, crying, crying, she settled down enough to quite enjoy a little rolling and cutting. We tried gingerbread. It was […]


Nyack Tree Lighting

A sweet little ceremony with singing and Santa. Sam enjoyed it.    Related posts: A Tree Comes Down in Nyack The Tree is Up at the Farm! Drinks at Barcel in Nyack Lunch at Harry’s Burritos and a Walk on […]


The Elf on the Shelf

Ok kids, we’re in. Jessica sent us the Elf, and we’re moving it about dutifully each night. Turns out, Sam is very interested in its whereabouts. She even says “Goodnight Elfie!” Related posts: Jessica Visits The Farm Brunch at Art […]


The Tree is Up at the Farm!

The 2013 edition of the Christmas Tree is another tabletop version. Samantha is just so grabby, we were worried it would come toppling down on top of her! Still a somewhat formidable size! And aftewards, a stop at the playground: […]


Dry-Brined Turkey for Thanksgiving

Dry-brining a turkey is the way to go. Russ Parsons knows it, we know it, the American people know it. Salt with sage and bay leaves is an addition you may wish to make. Sage-bay leaf salt recipe here. It […]


Tamale Supper at the Farm

Yes, folks, we still have some tamales left from last Christmas dinner! Good news is, they’re vaccum sealed and, frozen, can last up to a year. They were no worse for the wear. In fact, they were quite delicious. Related […]


Reading ‘A Christmas Memory’ 2012

Last year Kris and Tom introduced us to a new tradition: Reading “A Christmas Memory” by Truman Capote. We vowed to make it an annual occasion. For 2012, we passed the book around at Kris and Tom’s house, reading it between […]


Christmas Morning 2012

Something tells me this might be the last Christmas morning I sleep in for a very long while. So we took advantage of that! A few gifts to exchange, a big breakfast of French toast and brown sugar, black pepper […]

Laura, Chris and Lexi

Christmas Eve 2012

Church, family, dinner, snow. What a beautiful evening. More photos after the jump. Related posts: Arugula Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette Tabletop Christmas Tree 2012 Christmas Eve Supper 2011 Christmas Morning with the Family

Parsnip steak

Parsnip Steaks

After our stuffed acorn squash didn’t make the cut for Christmas dinner, we decided to go a different route. I remembered a piece a while back in Bon Appetit on Dan Barbers’ various vegetable steaks, especially the Cauliflower Steaks. When […]

Dan Barber's Fennel Soup

Dan Barber’s Fennel Soup

As I think I mentioned, we’re doing a vegan Christmas supper this year. We planned ahead by making and freezing a vegetable stock (hey, you’re always going to need stock, right?), but in the end, we had to make it […]

Arugula Salad with Grapefruit, Almonds, Dates and Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

Arugula Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

To start our Very Vegan Christmas Dinner, we served a winter salad with arugula from Satur Farms and Red Cooper grapefruit from the Valley. We did almonds for crunch and dates because they looked great. The dressing was made with […]

Blowing out the candle
entertaining, family

Happy Birthday, Leigh!

Leigh celebrated a big birthday at the ranch Saturday with family, friends and a delicious catered dinner by Mimi of Mimi’s Plates. Party time! Related posts: Mom’s Birthday at Hudson House Sunday Supper at the Ranch Carol’s Birthday Party at […]

red rose
family, garden, outings

A Christmas Walk and a Red Rose

The family headed for a walk downtown to choose a couple for ornaments for friends at our fabulous Christmas store here in Nyack: Hickory Dickory Dock.  They have all kinds of beautiful hand-blown glass ornaments, painted glass globes, and fun […]

singing carols
family, outings

Singing Carols

Linda and Alan had a Christmas party, and we all were singing carols by the piano. This, friends, is the reason your parents tell you to keep up with your piano lessons. Heed their advice! If only I had! The […]

Tabletop Christmas Tree #instagram
entertaining, family

Tabletop Christmas Tree 2012

Sour Cherry Farm’s tree took on a new look this year. We went with a tabletop Christmas tree. You know, with a crawling, curious toddler and all. It actually ends up being a lot easier to water, for one. And […]

Baking with Samantha: Chocolate Madeleines

Baking with Samantha: Chocolate Madeleines

It’s a lazy Sunday afternoon, so Samantha and I are making Chocolate-Orange Madeleines. Well, I am making Chocolate-Orange Madeleines. Samantha is banging her big spoon on the metal bowl. I must admit, this was not my favorite recipe, though, so I […]

outings, restaurants

Madison Square Eats

In the little park off to the side of Madison Square Park — sometimes home to a Christmas Village or another such pop-up — there is right now a garden of eating. Food trucks, including one from Roberta’s in Brooklyn, […]


Reading ‘A Christmas Memory’

Kris and Tom introduced us to one of their holiday traditions this year, reading “A Christmas Memory” by Truman Capote. We so enjoyed the story that Greg and I vowed to make it a Sour Cherry Farm ritual, too. Indeed, […]


Aviations at the Farm

On Wednesday, everyone went their separate ways. Sarah went out with her friends to Cafe Barcel, and we went to Irene’s for a ritual reading of “A Christmas Memory” with Kris and Tom. But first, Sarah had her friends over […]