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Clockwork orange

orange in the garden,caro rich tomatoes,carrots,orange stemmed chard,nasturtiums and marigolds  Like clockwork, a year to the day, since our last year’s tomato tasting, Corey Mintz shows up at my door to borrow a cup of tomatoes. He was bearing my … Continue reading

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A toast to the tomato: tomato tasting, part 3

This is the recipe I created after last year’s tomato tasting . I used cinnamon bread because the taste of cinnamon and basil are reminiscent of each other. Cinnamon French Toast topped with Tomato Salad Make a tomato salad following “The Remains of … Continue reading

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Tomato tasting: Part 4; Goddess Salad

Ariel and Rachel have been  friends since they met at Frosh week at university. The two would sit at my kitchen island as I fed them delicacies that I had just cooked. Rachel would sometimes refer to me as “The Chocolate Goddess.”I think … Continue reading

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Tomato tasting : This Clint Eastwood is a dud not a dude

 The invitation read There are many words to describe the taste of wines, but we invite you to conquer new frontiers with words to describe the taste of Tomatoes. You are invited to attend our Tomato Tasting where we will … Continue reading

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Spoon Tomatoes

  Standing in the greenhouse looking at a choice of seedlings of 200 varieties of heritage tomatoes I could grow was a thrill.This Spring having built more wooden boxes and added more colored plastic tubs to my office roof top vegetable garden I could still only accomodate about 60 varieties, accounting for … Continue reading

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Fleeting Summer, Breakfast in a Flash

Sliced tomatoes, purple shiso, purple basil, sliced burgundy pole beans,  and chives from my urban farm just outside the kitchen door  One of my favorite cookbooks is Edward de Pomiane’s cookbook ,”Cooking  in 10 Minutes”[ first published in 1948] I … Continue reading

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The Gardening Sisters’ Wonderful Take on my Garden

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Rouge gallery of tomatoes and a couple of jaune ones too!

Today on my office rooftop garden  at  www.124merton.com there were at least 22 varieties of tomatoes ripening.We have a total of 57  different varieties of heritage tomatoes.  Photos from left to right: Hawaiian Pineapple, Crynkovic Yugoslavian, Anna Russian, Abe Lincoln, Stupice, Black Russian, Wapiscon … Continue reading

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Buzz in in the garden

This morning Dan Goodbaum  www.foodbomb.org came to my garden to interview  me for  a video  he is making about my garden and my gardening philosophy . The bees were at work.

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Seeds along the Silk Route

 My daughter Ariel  www.interaxon.com  plucked a dill flower from the garden . “Mmm tastes like plov.” It wasn’t a stretch of her gustatory imagination. Ten years ago, Ariel, Joel and I took a trip to Central Asia. Plov figured prominently … Continue reading

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Aujourd’hui “Christina” est arrivee en France!

 Early this Spring a very stylish and beautiful woman came to my studio to buy a painting.Her name is Christina. As we looked through some of my portraits her equally stylish and handsome husband asked if I could do his wife’s … Continue reading

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White Waves, Paint White, Fully in the Color Spectrum: Michelle Lloyd’s Birthday

It’s not often , I get to spend time fully in the color spectrum,  in a world of white. It was Michelle’s birthday and we got to boat across the white capped lake to her and her husband David’s island paradise. The … Continue reading

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No one here but us chickens!

no one here but us chickens On the road to Crowe’s Landing ,Stoney Lake ,there is a farm wth an arresting sign: a life size soft sculpture of an old man holding a board that reads,”EGGS”. If you are lucky … Continue reading

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Not your usual Medieval Salat; more Recipes from the Concert

Last month on a tour of the Medieval Gardens At The Cloisters, the uptown branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the docent paused in the herb garden to tell us of the Medieval  cooks ’ love of salats. That is salad to … Continue reading

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Another Sensational Recital by Joel Garten

Joel in concert Joel’s recital was a huge success. As each concert is improv and an aural experience not to be repeated each member of the audience was swept away into the creativity of the emotionally moving music . We were all aware we … Continue reading

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Mutiny on the Blueberry Bounty

  Driving back from The Stratford Festival on Sunday amongst endless grain fields stood a blueberry farm. Of course I had to stop . The farmer convinced  me that I wanted to buy all the rest of his bounty since he wanted … Continue reading

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Will there be cotton?

Last cold and rainy Summer was not the best time to move from edible gardening to wearable gardening but by September last , the cotton did bloom. It didn’t have time enough time to set  cotton though. This year in  early April I … Continue reading

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The Tempest at The American Theatre Wing

As a child I studied acting at the American Theatre Wing on the upper west side of Manhattan, an organization best known for creating and awarding “The Tony’s”. At the audition  to get into the school I remember a kind but imposing … Continue reading

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The Tempest at Stratford Ontario

Christopher Plummer commands the stage, so it is not a stretch, as Prospero he commands a tempest.When Prospero said goodbye to Ariel it made me cry. I played Ariel as a child and my daughter is an Ariel, just what … Continue reading

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Salon Style Recital

“Joel’s multi-layered music sweeps you away.  He paints rich and mysterious mental landscapes and magically creates awesome sculptural shapes in your mind’s eye that continually transform and mesmerize… This is like NOTHING you’ve ever heard!” that was guest Jeanne Beker’s … Continue reading

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