remembering summer


“in june as many as a dozen species may bust their buds on a single day.

no man can heed all of these anniversaries;

no man can ignore all of them.”

-aldo leopold

greetings, dear reader.

after a hiatus from adding posts, i’m back! i’ve been working at market all summer, and have loved every moment of it. i’ve cooked many a meal with the gorgeous bounty of new york state’s best local produce, but for now i present to you a brief exploration of:

watermelon radish


sweet chamomile

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quick radish pickle:

1 lb watermelon radish, sliced thinly into half moons

1 shallot, sliced thinly

place in a bowl with high sides and add:

2 cups of champagne vinegar whisked with 3/4 cup sugar, plus a generous pinch of salt and 2 tsp chili flakes.

stir, cover, and refrigerate for up to 30 minutes before serving. lasts for one week.

note: any radish works for this recipe!


celeriac fries:

1 lb celeriac (celery root), sliced into thick matchsticks

oil, old bay, salt

fill a high sided frying pan with 1/2 inch of your favorite frying oil. heat over medium high until the oil reaches 350F. in two batches, gently add celeriac and fry until golden brown, turning once. drain on a paper towel and season immediately with salt and a few pinches of old bay (or not, your loss!)

paired with spicy italian sausage from ray bradley farms, ciabatta, market greens and cucumber salad.


chamomile cocktail:

2 cups strong chamomile tea, lightly sweetened with honey and chilled

1 cup vodka

1 cup seltzer water

fresh chamomile flowers for garnish


stir all ingredients together and share with a friend (makes two pint jars worth).

all of these delicious items are still available at market right now. i hope you try some of these techniques! until next time, buen provecho!

One thought on “remembering summer

  1. Love it! What a day for YOU! I hope you are tweeted into ecstasy I love you.

    Sent from my iPhone


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