Lovage Me Tender

Photos of unusual and heirloom vegetables and fruits, local farmers' markets and the sights along the daily path of being a produce buyer in Brooklyn.
Hey there sexy… (at The Brooklyn Kitchen)

Hey there sexy… (at The Brooklyn Kitchen)

Tomato rainbow courtesy of Tim #windfallfarms @unsqgreenmarket

Tomato rainbow courtesy of Tim #windfallfarms @unsqgreenmarket

The Cool Hand Cuke: tom collins variation with thin skinned cukes and tarragon from Lani’s Farm @unsqgreenmarket

The Cool Hand Cuke: tom collins variation with thin skinned cukes and tarragon from Lani’s Farm @unsqgreenmarket

One of my favorite people @unsqgreenmarket

One of my favorite people @unsqgreenmarket

Say Hello to Sift!

Tumblr friends, please check out my newest project - Sift. It’s the new home for all the recipes, photos and stories of my farm travels. I couldn’t be more proud of what we’ve built - a home for good stories, tips and recipes about good, simple food from great farms. Read my opening letter, and join us! 

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Hail to the Caesar!

Here is my recipe for Caesar dressing. It’s one of my favorite summer things to make - I love to grill the romaine before drizzling it with dressing.

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Here’s a good “dad joke” for you, courtesy of a sous chef pal of ours.

Why is Caesar salad so boring?

It always romaines the same.

While you slow clap at the cheese-factor of our sense of humor, think about the sad truth behind the line. Caesar salad is the lettuce dish that jumped the shark, appearing in a less than satisfying form on every hotel lobby menu from here to Kansas.

It’s a shame, too, because Caesar salad, when considered and prepared with care, is an outstanding dish.

In the spirit of redemption, we’ve taken a stab at pulling together the ultimate recipe. The key, we think, is in the dressing, so don’t cut corners with a store-bought version.

Here’s to the comeback.

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Stop Squeezing Your Tomatoes!

All my thoughts on buying and storing tomatoes, especially those finicky heirloom ones.

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We’ve waited all year for this moment, where the sun (empowered, we think, by the energetic vibes of our appetites), pushes tomato plants to their utmost ripeness. Right now, market shelves (and your Quinciple box) are filled with the most versatile of multi-colored fruits; we hope that it inspires your cooking whimsy as much as it does ours. We’ve planned a month of gazpacho, salsa, tomato tarts, stuffed tomatoes, salads and sandwiches.

But before all of the eating can commence, there’s the picking and buying: what should one look for when shopping for an heirloom tomato? There are plenty of schools of thought, but we’ve jotted down a few standards for your tomato-buying and storing expertise. 

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Missing Paris. #laurentdubois #cheese #vacaypics #france

Missing Paris. #laurentdubois #cheese #vacaypics #france

Getting excited for fushimi peppers from Lani’s Farm, going in the pepper mix in next week’s box

Getting excited for fushimi peppers from Lani’s Farm, going in the pepper mix in next week’s box

A Dinner Party in Italy

Nothing is quite as sexy as this cuttlefish fusilli. My better half makes the pasta and wrote the recipe for this fantastic squid and tomato pasta.

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Got plans this weekend? How about a dinner party.

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