The Veranda: 2015

June 15, 2015
English Lavender, Rosemary, French Lavender

Sooo, I’ve gone a little nuts on The Veranda this season.  I’ve implemented some anti-squirrel tactics (read chicken-wire fortress), which is still in the works, but I’m feeling very hopeful that I WILL WIN this year.  My mother was even kind enough to send me a bag of dog hair in the mail to place around the […]

Lemon Pasta with Roasted Shrimp

October 27, 2014
Lemon Pasta with Roasted Shrimp

As promised, I made my favorite  Barefoot Contessa  go-to recipe in honor of  Ina Garten’s  upcoming appearance at  Barnes and Noble tomorrow night –  Lemon Pasta with Roasted Shrimp. This recipe is super quick and easy, and tastes excellent as leftovers too! For this version, I halved the  original recipe, and used fresh pasta and Wild […]

Best Roast Beef Sandwich…Ever

October 16, 2014
Roast Beef Sandwich from Stocked

My apologies for the gratuitous photo here, but LOOK AT THAT DELICIOUSNESS!   I finally decided to try the (relatively) new joint,  Stocked  at 635 Vanderbilt Avenue in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.  They have a selection of sandwiches, salads, prepared foods, rotisserie chicken, among other things.  From what I can tell, this place is extremely kid-friendly, […]

Baby Grand Karaoke Bar

October 10, 2014

Remember that time when your bartender asked if he could floss his teeth?  Sadly, I do.  It was the only tainted drop in a bucket full of fun at  Baby Grand Karaoke Bar  the other night. That’s right – the otherwise charming and burly bartender proceeded to floss his teeth right there behind the bar. […]


October 9, 2014
Wine and Olives at Casellula

Casellula  ranks as my favorite cheese and wine bar, by a landslide. Located on the corner of 52nd Street and 9th Avenue, I often come here for a quick bite and glass of wine before seeing a show.  They serve a menu of small, medium, and large plates, and have an exceptional Fromager.  I adore the […]

Better Luck Next Year!

October 8, 2014
the squirel eating the rest of a bite of tomato.  You can see some more tomato devastation on the top step.

A little bit about my lost battle with the demon squirrels of Brooklyn. First, here are some photos of the tomato devastation: There were MANY other half-eaten tomatoes just lying around here and there too, however, they were never left and forgotten.  The squirrel ALWAYS came back and finished them. In this photo, you can see […]

Blistered Shishito Peppers

August 15, 2014
Shishito Peppers

The most successful vegetable plants from my garden on The Veranda were the shishito pepper plants.  I always tried to pick them before they turned red and spicy, but even when I missed a few, they were not particularly hot or tough. To make this delicious and healthy snack, I just preheated a cast-iron skillet on medium-high heat, […]

Tiny Little Harvest

July 8, 2014
photo 2 (2)

My first little bounty from my garden on The Veranda!  Nothing much – a few shishito peppers and Asian eggplants – but still exciting.

Look What’s Growing

June 28, 2014
Cherokee Purple Heirloom 2


Squirrel Deterrent Attempt aka Zucchini Prison

June 21, 2014
Squirrel Barricade

Tomato Beginnings

June 21, 2014
Grape Tomato Plant


It’s War!

June 17, 2014
Zucchini with Male Flowers

Yesterday, I saw my first male flowers on my zucchini plants.  Aren’t they just lovely?  A close-up: This morning, I found THIS: So, it appears the squirrels know what’s up on The Veranda.  I was fairly sure this would happen, but kept hoping they would stick to the flourishing community garden down below and leave my little patch […]

Summer Aspirations

June 12, 2014
The Veranda View

She’s back, folks! After a looong hiatus involving a new job, and an epic move to a new apartment, here I am again.  I still have unpacking to do, even though I moved almost seven months ago, which is absurd and typical.  I blame my compulsive need to spend countless hours on home-improvement projects.  I have exceeded […]

A Few of My Favorite Things

October 5, 2013
Tomato Basil

This is what I have been eating (and drinking) recently:                                              

It’s That Time of Year Again!

September 30, 2013
The BUD.

Listen up, peeps!  It has been two years since I experienced the first bloom on my Night-Blooming Cereus plant (yes it is an experience).  Last year I had several more on the same plant (the 3rd propogation from my first plant), and a few on my original plant (propogated from the plant of a great friend’s […]


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