Canning and preserving tomatoes felt unsettlingly like participating in a high school biology class experiment. I dissected each plum tomato, peeling its skin away from its body. I then squished these tomatoes into jars, squeezing out excess juice, leaving these naked fruits to suspend in mid-air, as if preserved in formaldehyde. The process of making [...]
“Why can’t we walk into a supermarket in December and buy an amazing tomato?” That’s the question Barry Estabrook uses as a jumping off point for his new book, Tomatoland. For me, this complicated question begets two other questions: do we want to? Should we want to? When people first begin to eat seasonally, they [...]
We viewed the 4th of July as the official kick-off of our summer in Brooklyn. June was filled with honeymooning and weather-proofing the apartment. For us, July is when summer started. (Of course, the heat started long, long before that). In our lives, there’s no better way to officially celebrate an event or in this [...]
We made a delicious raw tomato based pasta tonight from a Scandinavian food writer turned South African farmer (what a fantastic combination!) Renowned cookbook author Andreas Viestad hosts Norway’s television show ‘Perfect Day’, a show delving into Scandinavian culinary traditions. As a side note, the show’s website is really fun to explore: chock full of [...]
Which is not to say that the Courthouse Market is over for the year–just that next week’s market date will be September 5th. Where did the summer go?! The fruit and vegetables were especially colorful this morning: multi colored peppers, brilliant roma tomatoes, and canary melons.