Foraging For Juneberries and Mulberries Close to Home

June 9, 2015

This morning I was perusing my Twitter feed and came across this tweet by Leda Meredith, a food preservation expert and forager here in NYC—she mentioned juneberries: If you went on a foraging tour with me last month in #NYC, you know where the juneberries are. Go. Now. They are… — Leda Meredith (@ledameredith) […]

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CSA Season Starts Again – My 10th Year With the Hellgate CSA

June 4, 2015

Our first share of the 2015 Hellgate CSA season, in a rad new space. This week marks my tenth season with the Hellgate CSA, a community supported agriculture organization that I helped establish up in northwestern Queens. A little history: it was originally called the Ravenswood CSA, based in the Ravenswood Houses senior center, and as CSAs […]

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The Joy of White Moustache Yogurt

April 22, 2015

For a little while now, I’ve seen this fancy-looking yogurt in specialty shops in NYC—White Moustache brand. It comes in glass containers, has a hip look (moustaches are big in NYC these days), and is made Persian-style, which is a thick, strained-type yogurt (think FAGE). While shopping at Murray’s Cheese on Bleecker Street, I came […]

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Making Berbere and Melekesha, Two Traditional Ethiopian Spice Blends

November 10, 2014

I’ve mentioned it before—both here and various other places over the years—that Ethiopian food is one of my favorite cuisines. I first tasted it when I lived in Berkeley, and fell in love immediately, in particular with the spiced red lentil dish called Yemesir Wot, also known as Mesir Wot. My first tastes were during […]

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The Flavor Project

November 1, 2014

  Meyer lemons, which are great for making preserved lemons. Over the years, I’ve encountered ingredients that have intrigued, delighted, and/or piqued my interest and palate, but for some reason, I only just considered them or enjoyed them for a short time, usually at the time I’ve tasted them. I’ve decided that I’d like to […]

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Intrigued by the 2014 Thaithentic Food and Culture Festival

August 10, 2014

A Google alert brought me to the site for Thaitentic, a Thai food and culture festival, apparently the first of its kind in NYC. I love the flavors of Thai food, especially kaffir lime leaf, and have eaten a lot of American-style Thai food, but I’m curious to learn more about the cuisine, especially flavor […]

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Mid-Summer Update

August 1, 2014

Watermelon Salad at The Queens Kickshaw—one of the best things I’ve had all summer. Well, it’s been a while since I gave my poor blog some attention. Perhaps this will be the beginning of its resurrection, maybe not; I won’t make any predictions. Things are going well—I’m writing a lot on We Heart Astoria and We […]

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