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How to save your heirloom tomato seeds

This works for any tomato seeds, really, but sometimes I come across a rare variety of heirloom tomato that is not only pretty but sweet and juicy.  I’m always a little sad thinking that I might never find that variety again.  But, with these 5 easy steps, you can easily save the seeds and grow […]

Recipe: Homemade butter

You might be thinking “why should I bother to make my own butter, it’s easy enough to purchase”.  And you’re right, it’s easy to purchase but I can make a case for churning your own: To make flavored butter at it’s freshest. To ensure that the butter is organic and hormone free by purchasing cream […]

Recipe: How to make your own flavored salts

Despite the bad rap that salt has gotten, it enhances the flavor of food and adds an extra dimension to your presentation.  Plus, contrary to popular belief, salt added at the table is not the culprit of high blood pressure (but you read my blog so you probably know that already). As a student and […]

10 No-cook meals for hot summer days

Everyone is miserable in this heat.  Luckily, in NYC, we got a break this week and temperatures are (only) in the mid 80’s.  Last week, with temperatures in the high 90’s, many people were scrambling for easy and cool meals. Though the recipes below aren’t exact, experiment with the ingredients until you find a balanced […]

Foraging for Edible Flowers

Before I get into this, I want to highlight that I am not encouraging you to pick your neighbor’s tenderly cultivated flowers and eat them.  But, if you can stop to smell the wild roses, you could eat one too. There are a lot of edible flowers that add extra color and flavor to food. […]

Guide to Jammin’ and Cannin’

Jams, chutneys, preserves – whatever you want to call them, they’re basically the same thing: some combination of fruits and vegetables that are cooked into a thicker, gel-like substance and are great as spreads, glazes, and fillings.  However, there are definitely a few things you need to know before embarking on this endeavor for the […]

Recipe: Savory Caramelized Onion and Herbed Turkey Cupcakes

I randomly stumbled upon the idea of lasagna cupcakes and was so overcome with excitement that I spent an entire Friday night assembling different flavors and testing proportions.  Here’s the answer I came up with:  they all taste good.  It’s lasagna!  What’s not to like about lasagna?! The nice thing about this recipe is that […]

Recipe Guide: 5 Random (but Essential) Flavorings

My style of cooking is usually the type that leaves the kitchen in shambles, yields way too much food, and always needs more salt.  But, if any of you have tried my recipes, hopefully you agree that they’re well-seasoned.  I have an arsenal of herbs, spices, sauces and condiments at home – most of which […]

Recipe: A Guide to Everything Edible

Composting is a great way to turn food scraps into rich, usable soil.  It reduces waste and has a ton of environmental benefits.  That being said, I don’t compost.  I know, I know – I should.  And Oren, the resident master composter in my office has gotten a bit uppity with me when I forget.  […]

A Curry Conundrum

I’ve heard a lot of people say ‘I don’t like curry’ which is a gross overstatement of what you probably mean.  Granted, I’m being a little presumptuous, but there are so many types of curry that to have only 1 or 2 and say you don’t like them is not giving curry a fair chance! […]