summer produce guide: what to eat right now (beginning of july)

weekly summer produce guide to what’s in season right now based on the contents of our CSA share, with CSA and farmer’s market recipes and inspiration.

summer produce guide: what to eat right now (beginning of july) // brooklyn supperI’m currently running about a week behind on everything. Editors aren’t happy, the children aren’t happy, and I’m definitely not happy. But you didn’t come here to hear about my problems. You’ve got illegal fireworks to buy, beers to put on ice, and a stars and stripes salads to make. So let’s get into some great local produce and then peace out for a much-needed weekend of relaxing, grilling, drinking, and sitting in lawn chairs. [Read more…]

blueberry swirl sour cream ice cream

blueberry swirl sour cream ice cream // brooklyn supper

My first job in New York was in Washington Heights, almost at the top of Manhattan and about an hour by train from my place in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. That long commute made for a tough morning routine. No time to brew a pot and check the news before I hopped on the subway. So had to settle for a burnt cup of “coffee” from a food cart, a habit that I reluctantly continued later when I worked in the Flatiron District. Then, one day, right there on 6th and 22nd, the Van Leeuwen ice cream truck appeared. My immediate concern wasn’t ice cream, it was coffee, which they also sold and it was good! Not burnt, freshly brewed espresso with quality cream. I was in love.

On weekends, Brian and I would head to the Van Leeuwen ice cream shop in Greenpoint with the kids. Their ice cream is indisputably amazing. [Read more…]

summer produce guide: what to eat right now (late june)

weekly summer produce guide to what’s in season right now based on the contents of our CSA share, with CSA and farmer’s market recipes and inspiration.

summer produce guide: what to eat right now (late june) // brooklyn supper

There’s summer produce and there’s SUMMER PRODUCE! and with the arrival of summer squash, green beans, and cucumbers at this week’s CSA pick-up, we are fully in SUMMER PRODUCE! territory, where we will remain until some time in early September when we start taking tomatoes for granted and dreaming of pumpkins. In addition to the exciting newcomers, cabbage and beets came in our share this week, as well as some more spring onions, potatoes and carrots. And leafy greens are still holing on – we’ve been eating out way through the collards and kale from our garden to clear some space for our tomatoes, peppers, and watermelon to thrive. It all amounts to a true bounty. Five weeks in, and we have all the ingredients we need to make awesome summer meals. [Read more…]

red wine sprizters + seven years of brooklyn supper

red wine sprizters // brooklyn supperred wine sprizters // brooklyn supper

I used to teach drawing at a small Staten Island college. Like all drawing teachers, I knew the funny truth that if you ask the class to make the best possible drawings followed by the worst possible ones, the so-called worst drawings will be superior every time. The lesson, which I’ve somehow failed to take to heart, is that our creative minds don’t respond well to pressure. The idea that we need to make something good opens the door for our analytic minds to jump in and make really terrible decisions.

Brooklyn Supper is now seven years old. Sitting down to write this post, I thought “let me sum up what writing this blog for seven years has meant. Let me tell everyone how it’s all culminated in this really great year. Let me write something brilliant and moving.” But like my students trying to make the best-ever drawing, my urge to make this the best possible marker of a milestone was turning it into a terrible one.

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grilled steak salad with garlic scapes and peaches

grilled steak salad with garlic scapes and peaches // brooklyn suppergrilled steak salad with garlic scapes and peaches // brooklyn supperLast night, around nine in the evening, a tiny prop plane touched down on the runway in Charlottesville. We’d taken off in Charlotte, swinging east around a big storm. As we cleared the towering thunderheads, a magnificent pink and orange sunset set up over the Blue Ridge mountains. In New York, it was the sight of the massive city rising straight out of the water that would bring me the feeling of homecoming. But, as Brian and I became disenchanted with NYC, that sight stopped bringing the same comfort. “Where is nature in all this?” I’d think as I took in all that concrete and glass from above. Now, whether flying or driving, it’s the sight of the Blue Ridge Mountains, stretching out just west of my small city, that lets me know I’m close to home. [Read more…]

summer produce guide: what to eat right now (mid june)

A weekly summer produce guide to what’s in season right now based on the contents of our CSA share, with CSA and farmer’s market recipes and inspiration.

summer produce guide: what to eat right now (mid june) // brooklyn suppersummer produce guide: what to eat right now (mid june) // brooklyn supper

Between our CSA and our garden, the summer produce is coming so fast right now I’m feeling a bit like Lucy in the chocolate factory. This week, in addition to all the bitter greens, collards, kale and bok choy (which have all been appearing both at dinner and in afternoon smoothies so we can work through our greens glut) a few new vegetables showed up in our CSA share – carrots, potatoes, and beets. I was late to pick up, and missed the beets, but I know they’re out there and that’s something.

One of my very favorite foods is in, too – garlic scapes. [Read more…]