Archive for July, 2013

By Nadia Arumugam |

Local Plums Call For Upside Down Cake!

I treated myself today to an outing to Dean & Deluca in Soho. Great for my culinary id, terrible for my wallet. There was so much that I wanted to grab and run away with; perfectly formed, tiny Asian eggplant, tender okra, stripy heirloom zucchini, fresh as can be 8-Ball Squash. But it was the [Read more]

By Charity Shumway |

Let’s Talk Tomatillos

(image) Plenty of fruits and vegetables have wonderfully evocative names. Gooseberries (I pucker just saying it); bok choy (don’t you just want to slice it in the air like a Fruit Ninja?); aubergines (so sophisticated). But of all the fruit and vegetable names, none strike me as more fun than: tomatillo. Just say it! ┬áTOMATILLO. [Read more]

By Nadia Arumugam |

Blueberries, Not Just For Dessert: Balsamic Steak with Blueberry Port Jam

You’re probably a little skeptical about the title of this post. What, you wonder, are blueberries – let alone blueberry jam, doing anywhere near steak. Let me explain. I’ve made my fair share of blueberry pies, cakes and tarts. In fact, you may have caught my diatribe on Forbes.com championing blueberry cobbler over apple pie [Read more]

By Charity Shumway |

The Beauty of a Blueberry Bush

image In one of my night classes at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the summer sun setting, the hot day finally cooling into purple evening, we stopped to look at a beautiful sourwood tree, its innumerable┬ástrands of white flowers outlined in wispy arcs against the sky. That’s when our instructor, one of the garden’s arborists, said [Read more]