October blackberries are totally a thing. Consider them a gift from a mild fall. We’ve been delighting in the occasional, kind of pricy, half pint of berries for a few weeks now. But since these late season berries are delicate and maybe even mushy, they are ideally suited to fall baking.
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It’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 »
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 »
This 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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New York in June always catches me off guard (though it really shouldn’t, seeing as there’s a song about it and all). Further south, June is already sweltering, with temperatures into the 90′s and humidity at full tilt. So I always begin the month prepared for the worst. But this year we’ve had endless bright days, towering fluffy clouds, cool breezes, clear, gorgeous light, and at least three rainbows. It’s hard to be stressed out when the weather is so completely glorious.
Amid the backdrop of dreamy weather and picturesque clouds, things have been percolating. read more »