Tag: leigh

cooking, entertaining

Brisket Supper

After all this travel and work, it was a pleasure to settle in for a long MLK Jr. weekend and do a little cooking. I made two recipes from the wonderful Canal House Cooks Every Day book, brisket and — […]

entertaining, family

Mother’s Day 2016

A low-key Mother’s Day this year: a trip to the nursery (a requisite for all Mother’s Days, I’d bet), and burgers — in honor of Grandmom — at the house. “Mom, take a picture of me with this plant!” “OK” […]


Thanksgiving 2015 at the Ranch

We had a quiet but delicious Thanksgiving this year. Les Gilberts joined us at the Ranch, where we raised a glass to all our blessings, then sat down for a scrumptious meal, from oysters to chocolate tart. In what has […]

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Dinner and a Movie with Lexi

Vegetarian supper on the patio, then a movie on the big screen with my niece, Lexi, visiting from North Carolina. On the plate, Alice Waters’ Ratatouille. On the silver screen, Far from the Madding Crowd. Not bad. Not really a summer, outdoor […]


Supper at the Ranch

The visit from the sister outpost is, sadly, coming to an end. The last hurrah was a delicious supper of grilled chicken and corn at the Ranch. We drank some rose, the girls put on a show for us — […]


Cousins are Here! Supper at the Farm

Sarah has arrived for her annual visit! For our first family dinner, we gathered at the farm to have steak, watermelon salad, corn and Doris’ Cucumber Salad. Fun in the yard! Fun on the patio! Yummy supper: The girls have […]


Celebrating at Commerce, West Village

Friends gathered for celebratory meal honoring emerging playwright Leigh Flayton after the reading of her play, “The Generator,” at Cherry Lane Theatre. Kelli, Marissa, Melanie It was, for Leigh, one of those events that brings friends from all parts and times of your […]

entertaining, family

Christmas Eve 2014

Church. Cocktails. Photos by the tree. Dinner. Dessert. Fire. Family. Friends. Merry Christmas! At the kids service at Grace: Les Dorkages at the tree: Samantha thanks Kelli and Sarah for her beautiful dress: Photo credit, Samantha:   Kale salad with […]

entertaining, family

Thanksgiving 2014 at the Ranch

What a wonderful holiday with family and friends. We planned a menu (over lots of wine!), cooked with our families, then brought everyone and all the delicious food together under one roof (with lots of wine!). We did turkey three ways. Irene […]


Saturday Supper at the Ranch

It’s been quite a while since we’ve had a supper at the Ranch! We took Sam over, put her in the crib and had a fun time with Grammy and LeighLo. I didn’t take many photos, but we did have […]


Dinner and an Outdoor Movie, Lexi Edition

Saturday night in the summer at the farm: burgers on the grill and a movie on the garage. Except this time, the burgers were vegetarian.   We used Maria Reina’s Seasonal Chef recipe from Small Bites for Black Bean-Chipotle burgers […]


Concert in the Park: Lexi Edition

A bit of a hazy evening turned into a beautiful moonrise over Memorial Park. Great music, too: We started with Chip Larison and the Cat Fight Blues Band, then Sam Waymon and the Magic Band took the stage. Good times. […]


Supper at the Ranch!

An early supper at the Ranch with the cousins! Excuse the blur! Chicken, salad and bulgar salad: Related posts: Sloppy Joe Supper at the Ranch Supper at the Ranch: Farewell to Lexi Supper at the Ranch Saturday Supper at The […]


Brunch at The East Pole

The East Pole is a new(ish) restaurant on the Upper East Side from the guys behind The Fat Radish and The LeadBelly. We chose brunch at The East Pole becuase it was only a few blocks from the Whitney, with […]

entertaining, family

Friday Night Chicken Supper

With Sarah in town, we invited the Ranchers over for a simple Friday night supper. A tarragon-mustard chicken with farro and greens. Good times! Related posts: Saturday Night Supper: Roast Chicken (With Recipe!) Sunday Night Supper: Beet Salad and Roast […]


Merry Christmas from Sour Cherry Farm

Merry Christmas everybody! I’m sorry to say that SCF doesn’t have the extravangza of recipes and cooking posts that normally accompany this time of year. (Like in Christmas 2012, Christmas 2011, Christmas 2010…well, you get the picture…) I have been […]


Thanksgiving at the Ranch

SCF fans will notice I’ve fallen a bit behind in my posts lately! I promise to catch up soon with Jessica’s visit to the Farm, Samantha’s birthday, a couple of trips to some great restaurants (including The Parlor in Dobbs […]


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 […]

entertaining, family

Samantha’s Second Birthday

Celebrating Sam’s birthday on a Saturday, with a few prezzies, and cake! Then, a civilized supper for the adults, with a grilled, double-cut pork chop with a cornbread stuffing and sour cherries. Sisters! Jessica’s sweet little prezzy: Family!      Moving […]


Supper in the Garden at The Ranch

An evening with Les Gilberts out at the ranch. No photos of the food, but a lovely one of us at the table, surrounded by candlelight. What fun. Related posts: Sunday Supper at the Ranch Saturday Supper at The Ranch […]


Supper at the Ranch: Farewell to Lexi

Sondra and Lexi cooked a terrific vegetarian bibimbap for our last supper. Everyone thought it was a huge hit! Even Sam!   Afterwards, we did a few family portraits on the stairs by the back porch.  Good times. We’ll miss […]