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…]

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. This week: blueberries, blackberries, basil, jalapeños, and chioggia beets. 

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…]

blackberry shrub cocktails with mint

blackberry shrub cocktails // brooklyn supperAs the calendar ticked over to the unofficial start of fall and our pool closed up for the season, something unexpected and entirely unwelcome happened – summer started. Suddenly it was hot and sticky. The cicadas which had been quiet returned with full voices. Summer storms cropped up. As someone who loves wool, overheats easily, and has hair with serious frizz potential, I take this late-onset summer very personally.

On the other hand, there are a few things I’ll miss about summer. As we get the first winter squash in our CSA share, I’m still clinging to all the summer ingredients poised to disappear at any moment. Among them, blackberries. [Read more…]

mixed berry coconut cream parfaits

mixed berry coconut cream parfaits // brooklyn suppermixed berry coconut cream parfaits // brooklyn supperMemorial Day is upon us and Brian and I have big plans for the weekend. My benevolent in-laws are taking our girls for a few days, leaving Brian and me with the time to sleep in, wander a bit, and lounge by our favorite swimming hole without fear of our little ones drowning, getting poison ivy, or slipping on wet cement. I usually do my best to deny summer’s arrival right up until the time I start contending with sweat stains, but this year, I’m being proactive. Bathing suits and sun screen are in hand. Bring it on, summer! [Read more…]

simplest blackberry tart

simplest blackberry tart // brooklyn supperIt’s been a pleasantly soggy June, and, owing to a certain amount of angst, I’ve been spending too many hours staring out into the rainy afternoons. My self-imposed anxiety stems from a desire to clarify what the move from Brooklyn to Virginia has meant and figure out what’s next. But the thing is, school is out, the days are long, and we have other things to do. So I’m giving myself a temporary pass and plan to spend the coming weeks meandering in the sunshine, or rain, as the case may be. If I ever do figure something out, you’ll hear about it, I promise.

For now, I’m listening to the rain on the roof, walking along the river with the girls, and daydreaming whenever I can. Inspired by these simple pleasures, I made this spare blackberry tart, a faithful take on this black raspberry one from a few years ago. [Read more…]

blackberry swirl cheesecake + a gingerbread house

blackberry swirl cheesecake recipe // brooklyn supper I spent Christmas Eve building a gingerbread house with my oldest daughter and it was an absolute joy. I made this gingerbread recipe, drew up my own plans, and went for it. Then, with the help of two containers of very cheap grocery store frosting and lots of candy, we constructed a pretty charming little cabin. I liked making this one with minimal planning, but already I can envision a future in competitive gingerbread house building. It fulfills my 9 year-old self’s dream of being an architect, except with frosting. So very much frosting. Then, I made a cheesecake for Christmas dinner. [Read more…]

now in season: blackberries + a blackberry lime cocktail

Fresh blackberry lime cocktail, via brooklynsupper.net; © Brooklyn Supper, all rights reserved
Now in season: blackberries, via brooklynsupper.net; © Brooklyn Supper, all rights reservedThis post was going to be a meditation on the simple things because that is the type of meditation blackberries inspire. Thoughts on ephemeral pleasures like fresh blackberries, rinsed and eaten immediately over the sink. Or maybe sitting down, with yogurt and honey. Or on a picnic, dark purple juice dripping down the chins of kids and babies. And that’s how we ate the first few pints of blackberries this summer, but then this week I looked at the carton of berries on the counter and just really wanted a cocktail.

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