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Recipe: Best. Breakfast. Ever.

The first time I had strata I was in a vacation house with close friends and hungover. I had no idea what I was in for. When I dug into the rich, comforty goodness, I knew I had come home, my perfect brunch food had been found. Like a warm fuzzy blanket that reaches in and […]

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Recipe: Hearty Beet Gazpacho

Adapted From Martha Rose Shulman, NYT Cooking Serves 6 (1st course) INGREDIENTS 2 slices red or white onion 1 large beet (about 6 ounces), roasted 1 small (6 ounces) cucumber or 1/2 long European cucumber* and coarsely chopped 2 pounds ripe tomatoes, quartered 2 sticks celery, coarsely chopped 2 large garlic cloves, still in skin 1 slice of good, hearty bread, cubed 1 tablespoons sherry vinegar, plus a little extra for the onion […]

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Recipe: Chocolate Bourbon Bread Pudding

I cannot tell you how much I love bread pudding. For me, the traditional version brings together some of my favorite, comforting elements: bready carbs, light sweetness, heady creaminess. I love it when you get a bite that’s slightly crunchy, slightly caramelized, and entirely scrumptious. The only things that could make it better are: chocolate, booze […]

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Recipe: Your Daily Bread

Adapted from “Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day” by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François (Thomas Dunne Books, 2007). Discover more wonderful bread and pizza recipes by them at Breadin5.com 1 1/2 tablespoons yeast 1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt 6 1/2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour, more for dusting dough Cornmeal (optional) 1.  In a large bowl […]

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A New York State of Mind

I know I left off writing about our time in Vermont but I just don’t know where to start telling the story of our time at Root ‘n Roost Farm in White Sulphur Springs, NY. Slaughtering chickens? Chasing piglets? Building fences? Cheech and Chong? Yo-Yo Ma? Hands down, the best part of our stay were […]

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Gettin’ Cozy With Thermal Mass

Greenhouses help to extend the growing season on farms across the United States and around the world. However, moderating the interior climate is key as plants have a hard time withstanding extreme temperature shifts. This means many farmers spend significant amounts of resources on energy to heat and cool. At Millsap Farms, greenhouses are critical and Curtis and […]

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Recipe: Chicken Souvlaki

I’ve decided that this summer, since we have a house with a spacious kitchen and no social life, I’m going to try at least two new recipes per week. Last week it was chicken souvlaki. This is not something I’d order in a restaurant, I just liked the idea of grilled meat and yogurt sauce. (And […]

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Campfire Kids

In October, we found ourselves at Keachi Acres, the homestead of Mary and Tom Nesbitt, about 45 minutes south of Shreveport, LA. I had thought, after reading their farm profile on WWOOF, that Tom and Mary might be hippies, that they’d have long hair and loads of tie-dye. Although they did drop out of “mainstream […]

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GoodFooting in Vermont

After Maine, we went to Herkimer’s Hill Farm in Cabot, Vermont. Mark Christensen & Jen Boucher and their son, Blue, live in a spacious 2-story log cabin towards the rear of the family farm there. As we drove down the long driveway, we were first greeted by Jen’s mother, Judy, their two dogs and a […]

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Recipe: Kitchari Comfort Food

All of a sudden kitchari appeared. We had never heard of it before and then it was everywhere. A staple, Ayurvedic comfort food, kitchari, also called khichdi, is used to ease the stomach and cleanse the intestinal tract. Lucky for us it came into our world just as we were about to embark on a […]

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