Plum Perfect: Recipes to Say Hello to Fall

If berries mark the opening of summer and peaches the season’s height, the appearance of plums, especially the purple-skinned, yellow-fleshed Italian variety, herald its close and the transition to autumn. No need to mourn (apple season will soon start, pumpkins are on their way to market), but rather savor (and even save) the last of…

Zen and the Art of Pickle Making

Some people are process-oriented. You tend to be goal-oriented. But when one of your goals is to “be in the moment,” a good process helps. The Zen Buddhists of Japan knew this, and from that realization came the tea ceremony. Focus on each step, making each action as good as it can be at that…

Trust the Process: Pickled Carrots, Onions and Radishes

Did you come home from the farmer’s market with an (over)abundance of produce the other day? Yep. Been there, done that. Acknowledging that you have bought too much to eat immediately (or fit in your refregerator) is the first step to…taking up home-preserving. It’s actually a great way to spend a summer afternoon, especially if…