Mother’s Day afternoon was spent just how I wanted it: out at a gorgeous farm, with good food, family and friends. Pleasantview Farm is twenty miles outside of Columbus, but feels a world away. The farm is quiet with vast expanses of meadow and sky. A working organic dairy farm, it is home to a… Read More Mother’s Day at Pleasantview Farm | Asparagus with Shallots
It’s early Spring, and there is an abundance of all sorts of young herbs, lettuces, and edible flowers. They are tender, beautiful and delicious. This is clearly the beginning of salad season. Just pick, tear, and drizzle with the best possible olive oil. Tonight I used dill, mint, picked thyme, parsley, baby lettuces and, as… Read More Backyard Foraging | Violet Salad with Goat Cheese in Phyllo
It’s late April here in Ohio and in my backyard, I have a crab apple tree* in near-full bloom. In my front yard, I have a magnolia tree in near-full bloom. I have grape hyacinths popping up under the forsythia. Using my prep bowls, I nestled sprigs of crab apple and hyacinth for personal arrangements… Read More Persephone Entertains | Quick Flower Arrangements
Playing in the backyard with Cherub this afternoon, I couldn’t help but admire the rhubarb plant that’s seriously taken off. I’ve watched it daily from my kitchen window, but from that vantage point, I had no idea just how much was ready for harvesting. Cherub and I picked four large stalks (for a total of… Read More Persephone’s Drinks Cabinet | The Rhubarb Middleton
This is a joyous way to start a meal. It’s a beautiful salad, with ribbons of fresh golden beetroot, bold red radishes, freshly picked mint, and wild and aromatic dill. There’s an Eastern European soul in there, but those delicious and time-honored ingredients take on a brighter, more modern tone. It’s very simple and unfussy… Read More A Cheerful Starter | Golden Beetroot and Radish Salad
It’s been so rainy today that everything in sight is a variation of green: the yet-to-be-mowed grass. The budding trees. The trembling stalks supporting the heavy heads of daffodils. My dinner of orecchiette bathed in butter, chartreuse leeks, backyard mint and verdant parsley. Tiny pasta ears cradle pale green edamame, the whole bowl crowned with… Read More Meatless Monday | Orecchiette with Leek and Pea Shoots
My friend Kate took several pictures recently when we had a little playdate with Cherub. One of the photos that struck me was this one of a bee with full knees. I hope to welcome many of these little pollinators to my garden plants soon. We need them.