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Brooklyn Botanical Garden

My sweet friend Denise brought me a much needed dose of Oregon by coming to visit me in New York, and I saved the best gardening-nerdy things for her visit. One of our stops was at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, which is not such a far walk for our apartment. We had a nice, albeit...

Mount Vernon

Sometimes you visit a place so spectacular that no amount of pictures can capture its magnificence. This post is filled with way too many pictures, but nothing will compare with seeing Mount Vernon in person. You must visit if you ever get the opportunity. Mount Vernon was the estate of George Washington and it is...

Apocalypse Pasta

It is hot, hot, hot in New York City during the summer and I am all about spending as little time as possible over a stove. Pasta is something I never got too excited about until this summer because it always seemed bland to me. I have been experimenting with new recipes that taste delicious...

My New York Garden

Okay, not totally. But after the first few days of moving into New York for the summer, I couldn’t help it. I couldn’t stand to have a perfectly sunny windowsill sitting empty. And fresh herbs from the grocery store never last as long as I want them too. So I have the beginnings of a...

Shrimp Étouffée

Inspired by my earlier road trip this summer, I have been incorporating some new dishes into my cooking repertoire. By far the most challenging aspect is working in such a trimmed down kitchen. Our apartment has 12″ of counter space, very limited spices, no measuring spoons, and only a wooden spoon for cooking utensils. But...