All weekend, I ignored work. My normal work anyway. Instead of the usual internet this and that, I went with Brian and the girls to a Friday night cookout, then a Saturday dinner with friends. I enjoyed a leisurely ramble at the park. In between, we cleaned. Cabinets, books, toys – we sorted and organized it all. By Tuesday, our house was fresh and orderly. Even the office is clean. I have houseplants and a very tiny tree growing in the backyard.
Almost daily now, small storms push over the mountains. Most miss town and head off to the northeast, but every few days, one hits. The slightest bit of rain bends the heavy peonies down to the ground so they rest on the grass or sidewalk. Petals of all shades are scattered across the neighborhood. The air is muggy and floral, but not yet too hot. The garden is vibrant and happy, with whatever pests that lay ahead still plotting their plan of attack from underground lairs. [Read more…]
The first post in a new series – a guide to spring produce and what’s in season right now based on the contents of our weekly CSA share. We hope to provide ideas for what to do with that unfamiliar vegetable from your own CSA and inspiration before you head to the farmer’s market.
Our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) started up this week! On Saturday, we traveled out to the farm for new member orientation and then again on Wednesday to pick up our first full share. We’re members of the Bellair Farm CSA and each week we get to pick our own selection of vegetables (enough to fill one brown grocery bag). As a food writer with strange and specific produce needs from week to week, I’m really excited about the freeform nature of the Bellair shares. They offer pick-your-own fields for members, as well as incredible eggs and farm-raised meats. As part of this new series, we’ll be sharing our weekly CSA haul and featuring seasonal recipe ideas to help you cook your way through the bounty. [Read more…]
When you’ve got a baby in the works, you start getting lots of advice. And horror stories. Parenthood begins to seem more like a constant state of terror than the joyous formation of a new little family. It’s frightening.
A couple days ago, a deluge churned through Virginia. Big, fat drops fell for hours, filling the day and then the night with the sounds and smells of a soaking spring rain.
Just before the storm moved in, I drove to the store to supplement the sparse offerings at the weekend farmer’s market. My white car was faintly yellow from a thin layer of fluffy pollen. The windshield was covered too, but since it’s the height of pollen season – a time when huge plumes of pollen billow into the air with each gust of wind – my wipers were out of fluid. I made do with the occasional drops already falling and was thankful to be dealing with such a dirty windshield on a cloudy day. Here in Charlottesville, I head out to the grocery nearly every day. I guess I’ve just never recovered from my morning walks back in Brooklyn and being able to pop in somewhere on the way home. So now I drive, a list tucked into my pocket, hopeful that the place I’ve selected will have pretty beets and tapioca, or whatever odds and ends I need on that particular day. [Read more…]
Have you heard? Brooklyn Supper is a finalist in the Saveur Blog Awards for Most Delicious Food! We’re incredibly thrilled to be nominated and would be so glad if you could take a moment and give us your vote. Thank you, friends!
I’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions. If I have any, they are either very specific – put up that shelf in the office – or too central to who I am – like, stop being annoying at parties (a lifelong dream I’m pretty sure I’ll just never fulfill). It’s not a super productive strategy for change. But in the spring it all gets real. The newness, the actual rebirth of life, is inspiring stuff. Against the backdrop of vibrant blooms and newly green trees, I do my best introspection. [Read more…]