honey cornmeal waffles with blackberry syrup

honey cornmeal waffles with blackberry syrup // brooklyn supper

I’m not having a productive summer and it’s getting worse. Despite waking up late most mornings, I’ve now napped two days in a row. My coffee game is off. Getting work done feels like it depends on some strange alchemy. If I sit in the right spot, glasses cleaned and aligned just so, and the coffee’s fresh, maybe I’ll make progress? Nope. I wander out to the garden instead.

Billowing thunderheads, the deafening roar of the cicadas, minuscule progressions in the growth of my watermelons (you guys – I’m growing watermelons!), all seem far more important than work right now.  [Read more…]

watermelon coolers with ginger and lime

watermelon coolers with ginger and lime // brooklyn supperThe girls really wanted a watermelon and against my better judgement, I bought one. A cool watermelon on a hot summer day is a joy, of course, but getting through a whole one when you’re don’t have company is a challenge. I used part of it in a batch of watermelon salsa over the weekend, gave a few slices to the girls, and ate some more of it myself over the sink, but still found myself with more than half of it in the fridge. If eating this enormous watermelon wasn’t in the cards, I was sure we could drink it. And so we did. [Read more…]

summer produce guide: what to eat right now (mid 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. This week: okra, green peppers, summer squash, corn, and slicing tomatoes.

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

This week, all the summer greats showed up. The first slicers and corn are in, though both need a little time for their flavor to develop (especially the corn – the kernels were sweet, but gummy). There’s also summer squash, okra, and tons of peppers. This weekend, I have plans for the early tomatillos and crop of jalapeños from my garden, as well as the mess of green peppers we’re getting in the farm share. I’m going to cook something that’s between a green tomato relish and chow-chow – I’ll keep you posted! [Read more…]

grilled chicken with grilled lemon and garlic relish

grilled chicken with grilled lemon and garlic relish // brooklyn suppergrilled chicken with grilled lemon and garlic relish // brooklyn supperAll last week, we held our breath.

We waited and watched – refresh, refresh, refresh. Though quiet anticipation was an ever-present undercurrent, the surface was all chaos. Strong storms barreled in from the midwest nearly every evening. Our house, apparently, thought it a good time to have a meltdown, and a broken sink, bathtub, and faucet meant that our landlord spent the evenings repairing things. Perhaps taking cues from the house, our girls were in a state. (And only now, as I write this, do I realize that all that conflicting energy sent them to the brink. In the moment, I wondered if they were tired or bored with summer, sick of each other, and on and on. But of course, we were a bit of a mess, things were in disarray, and they responded accordingly.)

Then, on Tuesday of this week, the good news came. [Read more…]

dark and stormy popsicles

dark and stormy popsicles // brooklyn supperdark and stormy popsicles // brooklyn supperGrocery stores often label the popsicle aisle “Frozen Novelties.” In a world of extreme buffalo chicken pockets and microwave breakfast sandwiches with waffles for bread, being singled out as a field of food notable for novelty is a big deal. Luckily for those of us who like to push limits, there’s a vast expanse of popsicles entirely unexplored by the giants of ice pop manufacturing, probably due to their own uptightness and that of our legal system. We’re talking about boozy popsicles. [Read more…]

summer produce guide: what to eat right now (early 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. This week: cherry tomatoes, wineberries, blackberries, and nectarines.

summer produce guide: what to eat right now (early july) // brooklyn suppersummer produce guide: what to eat right now (early july) // brooklyn supperI know I must have cooked often during my single days. I mean, I entertained a bit and loved making a haphazard feast for friends (still do), but whatever my ordinary dinners were escapes me. There’s one exception: the tomato, basil, mozzarella, and baguette dinner. My favorite wine shop was a great place to pick up small staples too, so I’d head over after work and gather the ingredients for my simple dinner, plus a bottle of red, and then head home to feast.

Cherry and grape tomatoes came in this week, and from these and other market finds, we cobbled together our own version of the perfect summer dinner – a crusty baguette, small heirloom tomatoes, and purple basil. [Read more…]

green bean salad with peaches and balsamic bitters vinaigrette

green bean salad with peaches and balsamic bitters vinaigrette // brooklyn supperWe’re sitting down to dinner late again. The girls are genuinely hungry, not to mention exhausted after staying up late the night before for fireworks. Brian’s made flatbread pizzas. Thirty minutes ago, I told him I’d be done taking pictures in 10 minutes, so they’re getting cold. Our littlest, still only three, grows restless and jostles my precarious photo setup just as storm clouds rolling in from the west swallow the evening light faster than usual. In these moments, I’m not at my best. Making a living as a blogger means blending real life with work life. Right now, trying to get the shot – holding my breath as the camera shutter opens and closes, begging my three year-old not to touch anything, fretting about a cold dinner – I need my real life to pause. But life with kids (or even without, really), doesn’t work that way.
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wide lattice peach pie with tarragon butter

wide lattice peach pie with tarragon butter // brooklyn supperOur family started the holiday weekend with pancakes and a walk along the river. Last night, we went to a cookout. Today, July 4th itself, projects to be gloomy, so we’ll enjoy the sun breaks, get some charcoal, and do our best to grill up a feast. This time of year, dinner mostly serves as a way to get to dessert – I live for seasonal fruit and delight in all the delicious summer possibilities.  [Read more…]