Summer Round Up #2: Dill Cucumber and Green Tomato Pickles

We’ve just had a freakishly early first snow here in Queens.  Temperatures are already in the mid 30s, and summer is clearly long gone.  How could I be surprised though?  It certainly has been a record year for natural (or should I say unnatural) occurrences here in New York.  Remember that one week in theContinue reading “Summer Round Up #2: Dill Cucumber and Green Tomato Pickles”

Summer Garden Round Up #1: Heirloom Tomato Salad with Fresh Mozzerella, Proscuitto & Basil

Okay, so the whole Post a Week thing hasn’t exactly worked out.  I won’t bother making lame excuses, but anyway here I am, back to the blog world. We had a moderately successful garden this year, which for a some time, produced more tomatoes, cucumbers, and herbs than two people could possibly eat.  It wasContinue reading “Summer Garden Round Up #1: Heirloom Tomato Salad with Fresh Mozzerella, Proscuitto & Basil”

Lemon Cucumber & Tomato Salad

My zucchini plants keeled over last week. I had so much hope for them, cared for them, and resisted eating the flowers so that they could produce fruit. Alas, after battling off fungus gnats, aphids, and even maggots, it was stem rot that finally did them in. I stared sadly at the orange fungus thatContinue reading “Lemon Cucumber & Tomato Salad”

Watching the Garden Grow

Yes, outside of working a lot, all I’ve been up to these days is obsessing over my plants.  It’s hypnotic, relaxing and exciting all at the same time.  Every morning before work I tend to my little urban garden – watering if necessary, and cleaning up any dried leaves and flowers.  Afterward, I leave theContinue reading “Watching the Garden Grow”