Peach Sangria

White wine sangria

If it’s summer, then there probably should be Sangria, right? Ideally, peach sangria, made with white wine, because, honestly, even though the incident where Jon was carrying a jug of red sangria and did not see that the screen door (yes, we had to repaint the walls and ceiling)  was 3 apartments ago, that kind of drama lives on in memory.

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Picnic supper for Very Hot Nights and Sunny Afternoons.

Radish

This is my favorite supper in the summer: a picnic of great things:

a lovely cheese, good bread, a crunchy salad, maybe some avocado spritzed with lime and salt, maybe a plate of ham, maybe a salami. A little bowl of olives. And, ideally, bringing a little Liberace beauty to the table, a bunch of radishes.

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Pimms with ginger

pimms

Now I know it’s never usually a good idea to mess with a classic, and honestly, if I could only GET Schweppes lemonade here in New York, I’d never have bothered experimenting, but I can’t so I did, and honestly, Pimms with ginger and prosecco is absolutely worth having in your summer cocktail rotation.

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Tomato bounty inspired by Madrid

Cherry Tomatos

I went to Madrid for work the other week. I know, so glamorous, right! I flew over-night, went straight from the airport to the meeting, presented for three hours, then crept back to the hotel for a sleep. Awake, alert and fighting for action, I Guardian Tapas Bars, and pottered out for tapas and wine, and this is Awesome tapas restaurant, Madrid.

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Pea Risotto and the art of patience

Fresh Garden Pea Pod illustration

Fresh Peas are one of the great treats of the Summer. When I was a kid, they never made it as far as risotto, my Mum, my sister and I would sit on the patio swing slitting the pods open with one fingers, picking out the precious sweet peas, and devouring them.

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Cherry goat cheese bruschetta

cherries

Cherry season has arrived. Happiness abounds. One of the things I’m doing at the moment is writing a Market Watch column in the Village Voice, where I potter around various Farmers Markets and chat to people about what’s fresh and good this week. Cherries were the thing, even beyond rhubarb, that I was really excited to see hit the stalls.

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

oatmeal cookie

Sometimes life demands cookies. When it does, these are the ones you want to have up your sleeve, or, better still, ready to go in your freezer.  Continue reading

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Chocolate teacups and other Baby Shower Whimsey

chocolate mouse teacups

The other week we hosted a baby shower for our very good friends Jenn and Allen, who are adopting the cutest baby you ever saw, Baby Felix. We were so happy to celebrate with them – it’s been an incredibly long and heart-wrenching process – and we set about planning with zeal.

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Easy cucumber pickles to transform holiday weekend BBQs

how to make cucumber pickles

I love pickles. Pickled anything, pretty much. But especially pickled cucumbers. Salty. Sweet. Either way, if there’s a sandwich going, I would very much like a pickle on it.

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Victory and Mint Gin Fizz

Gin Fizz

“3 for 3” Jon texted modestly, upon winning the NASA hackathon again, and spending the day with not one but two bonefide astronauts.

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