Urban Jungle

August 5, 2015
Cherokee Purple Tomatoes

Things are proceeding well on The Veranda.  Tomatoes are growing on every plant and there are herbs abound, but some have bolted (just how does one keep up with pruning oregano flowers).  And while the squirrels are still a nuisance, I no longer live in fear of the imminent destruction of all my hard work.  One thing […]

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:                                              


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