Monthly Archives: August 2009

Goodbye NYC, Hello BC

From JH:

can't wait!

can't wait!

Today JB and I are heading to the Gulf Islands of British Columbia, where I’m pretty sure there’s no easy way to get online. Farewell folks, see you in 10 days…

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And then I Became the Blogger at the Farmers’ Market Who’s Photographing the Flowers…

From JH:

lovely

lovely

It’s called Lavatera, and when I saw it from across the farmers’ market in Brattleboro, VT this past weekend I fell in love. Thankfully, the farmer didn’t think there was anything strange about me wanting to take pictures. “Notes for your own garden?” he asked, sweetly. I hadn’t even thought of growing these at home (so focused on edibles I’ve been), but now that you mention it…

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e-FreeCity!

From JH:

spreading the love

spreading the love

This just in: FreeCity––the hypercolored, Southern California-style collection of sweats and tees designed by Nina Garduno––is now for sale at ronherman.com. Of course, entering your cc information online might not be as fun as a trip to the FreeCity Supershop in Malibu, but if you can’t get to the West Coast, at least you can get your fix of happy fleece here! You know the stuff…

sun sleeve sparrow raglan hoodie

sun sleeve sparrow raglan hoodie, $175

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The Growth of a Garden: Part 13

From JH:

H&O squash blossoms, mint, basil, oregano, and arugula

fresh-picked

Just harvested: squash blossoms, mint, oregano, basil, and arugula. What can simple city farmers and part-time home cooks do with this? How about a green salad, and prosciutto-and-squash blossom pizza! The blossoms, which essentially dissolved into the cheese (amazing), lent an earthy, flower flavor to the salty di Parma. I’m sorry I don’t have pictures, it was too dark in my kitchen to take any good ones, and I’d rather get your imagination going than post an ill-focused image. I promise that if you think hard enough about a salty-savory homemade pizza topped with San Marzano tomato sauce, garden herbs, ham, and mozzarella, you will get hungry.

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The Growth of a Garden: Part 12

From JH:

oh, tomatoes

oh, tomatoes

I have to give JB the majority of the credit for these. If not for his love (in the form of water, pruning, staking, and general tending to), I’m certain these beauties wouldn’t be what they are today. A man who can grow tomatoes is a man worth keeping, I’ve decided. Just look:

jersey devils

jersey devils

:

austin red pears

austin red pears

Seeing that some were ripe and ready, we picked just enough to make the most obvious salad:

the select few

picked for dinner

:

tomato, basil, and mozzarella salad

caprese with H&O tomatoes and basil, and caputo's mozzarella

Delicious! In fact, the mozzarella (a perennial favorite of ours) was disappointing compared to the fresh (and free!), homegrown garden fruits and herbs, which were still warm from the sun and the dirt that they came from.

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An Oakland Daughter Had a Farm

From JH:

must read

must read

“Have you read Farm City?” This was the subject heading of an email I recently received from a good friend. “I know you love a bit of urban homesteading,” was all she wrote, implicating a recommendation.

Trusting this friend’s taste above almost all others, I had the highest hopes for Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter, and so far (i.e. 157 pages in), they’ve all been exceeded. Born into a hippie family who lived off of their land in Idaho, Carpenter, who is NOT a hippie like her parents, but IS deeply connected to her mother, moves to a ghost town neighborhood in Oakland, CA and starts sewing seeds in the abandoned lot behind her apartment (she quotes Thoreau when she writes, “I enhanced the land by squatting on it.”). What ensues––no doubt considered pure insanity to some, gorgeous bravery to others––is delightful, compelling, and heartwarming to read. It’s got me thinking that even in the ghetto, Northern Californians can have it gooooooood: “In California, it’s just-add-water gardening,” Novella writes about growing vegetables like cucumbers and corn (without giving it away, I will say that the poultry proves to be a bit more challenging). Sigh.

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The Rainbow of Roses

from JH:

arrangement extraordinaire

arrangement extraordinaire

I’m on the fence about this one: A rainbow-colored arrangement of 54 roses? It’s mesmerizing and impressive, sure, but where in one’s apartment do you put such a thing? Does it even matter? It’s so darn pretty.  Miho Kosuda, the midtown East mother-daughter shop that specializes in single-flower spectaculars, is behind this one. Thoughts?

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