Author Archives: Kate

The Christmas tree and Steaming Bishops

Having lugged the Christmas tree up to our 4th floor walk up, Jon was in no mood to accept criticism of the specimen. “It’s not scraggly round the bottom! It has a perfectly nice bottom!”

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Pumpkin panna cotta

Think pumpkin pie, but creamier, and without the faff of pastry, and you’re thinking panna cotta. The perfect Thanksgiving-y treat, but one that seems generally Fall, not specifically just for Thanksgiving, which is always pumpkin pie’s limitation.

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The Best Mushroom Ragu

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness well underway, and vegetarians set to come to dinner on Friday, Jon and I were faced with the inevitable Sophie’s Choice: Squash or Mushrooms? As far as I’m concerned, squash. Every time, squash. Cannot … Continue reading

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Blaze and pumpkin minestrone soup

Last week, we took my visiting parents to Blaze, a pumpkin festival in a somewhat mythical place that city-dwellers refer to as “upstate”, which turns out to be about an hour out of the city near Sleepy Hollow. It is … Continue reading

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The easiest caramel you’ll ever make

So you get a tin of unsweetened condensed milk, and you submerge it in a pan of boiling water, and you leave it for three hours. That’s literally it.

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Berry Olive Oil Cake to showcase fresh fruit

This is the cake I make to use up a glut of fresh berries, whenever I should be so lucky as to get them. It’s also a great batter for sliced peaches or nectarines, grapes – whatever’s really fresh, even … Continue reading

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Did we get enough summer?

So that’s it then. Last weekend of summer approaches. And, glad though I am to have a Monday off, and to be rolling into a Fall full of, with any luck, apple crisp and pork belly and butter nut squash, … Continue reading

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Peach 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 … Continue reading

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Picnic supper for Very Hot Nights and Sunny Afternoons.

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 … Continue reading

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Pimms with ginger

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, … Continue reading

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