Suddenly its fall and there is no turning back. I can’t believe how quickly the season changed this year. I’m quickly preparing myself for chilly mornings, cozy fires and Sunday night dinner parties.
My list of must-make recipes is endless this year, but I’m focused on trying to cook with as many local ingredients as possible. This summer we had our own garden at the house, and while it didn’t produce enough to feed all of us for the entire season, it did give me a few found respect for gardening. I’m counting the days until our brussel sprouts and cauliflower are ready!
Pesto Squash Noodles with Spaghetti and Burst Cherry Tomatoes
Beef Stew with Parmesan Dumplings
Crispy Mustard-Roasted Chicken
Spicy Greens and Creamy Parmesan Bean Stew
Kale, Chickpea and Chicken Soup with Rosemary Croutons
Cannellini with Shredded Brussel Sprouts and Sausage
I’ve always loved beautiful gardens and admired the green thumbs that could make those gardens blossom and grow. I’ve not had so much luck in my short gardening career, and now know how much time, hard work and dedication it takes to succeed. I have also learned in recent years what a difference a great landscape designer/architect can make.
If you were lucky enough to sit down and enjoy the New York Times Design Magazine like me yesterday, you probably came across the great article about Judy Kameon of Elysian Landscapes. Judy’s career has lead her many places, but ultimately, she is now a very successful garden designer to the stars. Her client list includes Sofia Coppola, Marc Jacobs and The Parker Hotel in Palm Springs. I love her desert-chic style. It’s simple and elegant, but clever and quirky all at the same time.
I’m completely and madly obsessed with Pinterest. Have you heard of it? It’s an amazing site where you can “pin” images to your own online “bulletin boards”. It’s so easy and so much fun! Here’s my site – check it out!
Did you see the May issue of Travel & Leisure? There is a killer article about Rome’s most beautiful gardens. I knew there were some spectacular spots, but these are really show-stopping. Check it out!
I ventured back to the New York Botanical Garden on Thursday night for the last “Edible Evening” of the summer. This week was titled “Preserving America’s Food Traditions,” with keynote speaker Josh Viertel, President of Slow Food USA. Slow Food started in Italy when Romans protested the opening of McDonald’s at the foot of the Spanish Steps. Since then it’s grown into a world-wide movement with over 18,000 members in the US.
Once the sun went down, the stage was reset for the M Shanghai String Band on the conservatory lawn. I expected classical music, but was delightfully surprised by rockin’ Bluegrass! An altogether fabulous evening in the Bronx!