CSA Summer Cookdown #3: Thai Cucumber Salad


Even without the large batch of cucumbers we got from the CSA share, we’ve been up to our eyeballs in them, thanks to the same friends who kindly donated their CSA share. We trade for zucchini for these on occasion–Zukes for Cukes, as Christine calls it. After foisting as many of these onto our other […]

CSA Summer Cookdown #2: Collard Greens & Everlasting Spinach


After the other night’s CSA-driven feast of Eggplant Parmesan, green beans, and cucumber salad, we decided to use up our copious cache of onions on a French Onion Soup. We’d received two large batches of greens–one batch of everlasting spinach, which isn’t actually spinach at all, but rather a form of beet green (perpetual beet), […]

CSA Summer Cookdown


Some excellent friends recently entrusted their cats feeding/watering/nuzzling to us for a week while they’re on vacation. Since they wouldn’t be around to use it, they kindly left us their CSA share as well. For folks who don’t know, a CSA–Community Supported Agriculture–is a program offered by local farms to essentially sell folks a share […]

Summer Scapes


Garlic scapes, that is. Never heard of ’em? We hadn’t either until Amy recently stumbled upon them in a blog post (which we cannot, for the life of us, locate–thank you anonymous vegan blog–you are a true unsung hero). Garlic scapes (the long curly green stalks in the picture above) are the young stems from […]

Summer Harvest II: Tomato Time!


We’ve hit that time of year again–the end of summer tomato harvest! Our tomatoes were much happier this year than last, with such a hot sunny summer. We grew an additional plant or two (all from seeds!) and changed the location of some of them to get better sun. As a result, we’ve had tons […]

Summer’s End Immersion Pasta


What to do with piles of tomatoes and yellow summer squash?  Follow this scrummy recipe, and eat up, that’s what! Summer’s End Immersion Pasta 5-8 lbs fresh garden tomatoes (any kind), coarsely chopped 2-3 yellow summer squash, cut into rounds and half-rounds, depending on size of pieces one large white onion, coarsely chopped two small […]

Summer Harvest: Shells al Pomodoro, Tempeh & Kale Stew, Chili, Cucumber Salad


At long last! It’s finally tomato harvesting time! We got tons of lettuce, are still getting kale, and have been getting green beans and cucumbers for a few weeks now, but there’s something momentous about that first big batch of tomatoes. Something that says, “your garden has arrived.” Everything leads up to tomatoes; they’re the […]

From the Residency: (Mostly) Raw Kale Salad


As Mark mentioned I am currently at a residency at the Philadelphia Art Hotel, run by two amazing people, artists Krista Peel and Zak Starer. I am all set up in a the top floor of a row-house in the East Kensington neighborhood in a studio room adjacent to a kitchenette where, thankfully, I can once […]

Garden Israeli Couscous


Last night our good friend Blue stopped in for dinner, and brought a giant picnic basket full of fresh zucchini, summer squash, kale, cucumbers, and cherry tomatoes from the local community garden, who he’d been doing some work for (he’s a carpenter/artist). Amy and I had been wracking our brains for something interesting to make […]

Best Hot Weather Snack: Avocado and Grapefruit


I don’t know where I first came across this recipe (if you can call it that; it’s so simple), but grapefruit and avocado has been one of my favorite hot weather treats for a while now.  Chop a chilled ripe grapefruit and chilled avocado half (I like it when it’s still slightly firm) and mix […]