grilled steak salad with garlic scapes and peaches

grilled steak salad with garlic scapes and peaches // brooklyn suppergrilled steak salad with garlic scapes and peaches // brooklyn supperLast night, around nine in the evening, a tiny prop plane touched down on the runway in Charlottesville. We’d taken off in Charlotte, swinging east around a big storm. As we cleared the towering thunderheads, a magnificent pink and orange sunset set up over the Blue Ridge mountains. In New York, it was the sight of the massive city rising straight out of the water that would bring me the feeling of homecoming. But, as Brian and I became disenchanted with NYC, that sight stopped bringing the same comfort. “Where is nature in all this?” I’d think as I took in all that concrete and glass from above. Now, whether flying or driving, it’s the sight of the Blue Ridge Mountains, stretching out just west of my small city, that lets me know I’m close to home. [Read more…]

summer produce guide: what to eat right now (mid june)

A 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.

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

Between our CSA and our garden, the summer produce is coming so fast right now I’m feeling a bit like Lucy in the chocolate factory. This week, in addition to all the bitter greens, collards, kale and bok choy (which have all been appearing both at dinner and in afternoon smoothies so we can work through our greens glut) a few new vegetables showed up in our CSA share – carrots, potatoes, and beets. I was late to pick up, and missed the beets, but I know they’re out there and that’s something.

One of my very favorite foods is in, too – garlic scapes. [Read more…]

strawberry balsamic jam

strawberry balsamic jam // brooklyn supper

In my heart, I’m a meanderer. During a quiet morning at home, if things are going well, I’m fully immersed in at least three tasks at once, wandering between each one as my interest shifts. In my art, I gravitate toward the endless possibilities of oil painting and fell hard for process-driven printmaking. I even made photography complicated, opting for handmade paper, pinhole cameras, and painted-on emulsion. [Read more…]

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

A 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.

summer produce guide: what to eat right now (early june) // brooklyn suppersummer produce guide: what to eat right now (early june) // brooklyn supperSummer has arrived. For real. We’ve had a few cool, rainy summers with temperatures barely topping 90 degrees, but my phone predicts we’re in for a solid week of 90 plus. And while I’m OK with a little summer swelter, leafy greens and a host of cool weather loving vegetables are not. We’ve been slowly harvesting our garden greens and lettuces, but this weekend, I’ll need to pull them all in because they’re going to bolt any second.  [Read more…]

chocolate pavlova with cherries and mulberries

chocolate pavlova with cherries and mulberries // brooklyn supperUntil last Thursday, I had exactly four trophies to show for my time on earth. Runner-up and then winner of the school speech contest in fourth and fifth grade, and two from the Enid’s Apple Pie Contest, also runner-up and then winner, which I secured well into adulthood. But now, there’s a shiny orange Le Creuset pepper mill in my collection; on it hangs a tag that says: Brooklyn Supper, Winner Editors’ Choice, Most Delicious Food. You guys – we won!  [Read more…]

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

A 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.

summer produce guide: what to eat right now (beginning of june) // brooklyn suppersummer produce guide: what to eat right now (beginning of june) // brooklyn supperWe’ll get back to vegetables next week, but for now, let’s have some fruit. In Virginia, the sour cherry season is just a week or two, while sweet cherries stretch out a bit more. Weather depending, blueberries should be around for much of June. Strawberries are wrapping up, and mulberries are ripe for a hot second before all that fruit splats on the sidewalk. [Read more…]