tomato and plum galette with black pepper parmesan crust

tomato and plum galette with black pepper parmesan crust // brooklyn supperI was up late last night making a batch of nectarine rosemary jam. Earlier, I’d been out to a local low-spray orchard with a friend, and we came back with boxes of seconds for preserving. Though plenty sweet and flavorful, the seconds were between 50 and 75 percent cheaper than their unblemished cousins, making it far too easy to buy an amount of nectarines and peaches that can only be described as totally crazy (somewhere around a bushel and a half).

Please, send canning jars my way – I’m all out.  [Read more…]

summer produce guide: what to eat right now (early august)

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, we’re focusing on preserving and canning tomatoes.

summer produce guide: what to eat right now (early august) // brooklyn supper

On Wednesday afternoon, the girls and I drove out to Bellair Farm. It was a typically hot, sunny day, so they sought shade and spent time reading, playing, and feeding the bunnies. I headed out to the pick your own tomato fields and came back with a glorious harvest. I picked up heirlooms – green zebras, Martha Washington, Black Krim, German stripe, Brandywine – and also roma and paste tomatoes – San Marzano, Amish Paste, and Speckled Roman. We returned home with pounds and pounds. I promptly started canning. [Read more…]

cucumber-tomato salad with garden herbs

cucumber tomato salad with garden herbs // brooklyn suppercucumber tomato salad with garden herbs // brooklyn supperWatching the calendar turn over into August has been a huge relief. Summer has me feeling a little lost. Perhaps the chaos outside – tangled vines upon vines and teeming wildlife – can’t help but creep in. Last night, I found myself imagining sipping a mug of tea on a cold, gray January day in a nearly silent house. And there’s the truth of the matter – it’s not the weather or the bugs or even the summer that’s getting to me, it’s the lack of quiet. There’s no time to collect my thoughts or reflect. [Read more…]

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

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: peaches, tomatoes, yellow onions, and leeks.

summer produce guide: what to eat right now (beginning of august) // brooklyn supper

Last night, Brian and I sat on the porch and to watch the second full moon of July rise over the trees. I took a picture; it was blurry and dark and I knew it wouldn’t break the internet, but I posted to Instagram anyway because I wanted to mark the moment. The intense heat, the thrum of cicadas, all the work, and fun, of summer can be a little crazy-making. But at the end of a very long day, sitting on the stoop with a couple of beers watching a blue moon come up over our sleepy street was a chance to exhale and lose ourselves in something much larger.
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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…]