Isabelle Palmer is the founder of the online shop The Balcony Gardener and author of The Balcony Gardener. She was kind enough to answer a few questions to help urban gardeners create green spaces to call their own.
It's Mother's Day this Sunday, which means that Mom deserves a treat — something sweet, something extra special, something served to her before she even gets out of bed. How about an ooey-gooey cinnamon roll, like the ones they have at IKEA? Or a homemade Strawberry-Nutella Pop Tart? Maybe Lemon Brioche French Toast with Raspberries sounds just perfect. Here are 10 treats we're like to make for Mom this year:
Sometimes there are just no words. I mean, this is... I don't know. Amazing? Incredibly ingenious? Completely wacked out and hilarious? But hey, you have to admit it's practical. Why carry a lunch bag when you can just wear one? All kinds of questions arise, though: does she match her snacks to her clothes? Does she follow the rule of style to 'look in the mirror and take one thing off' and take out one snack instead? The mind boggles.
Q: I love making homemade salsa, but when I buy cilantro, half the bunch always goes to waste. I use quite a bit in the salsa, but I just don't know what to do with the rest. Are there any good ways to use the rest up?
We drank this wine at a celebratory dinner early this week and oh, people, it's rosé weather. The crisp rhubarb and strawberry flavors are fresh but not sweet; this is a rosé made in the French style. There's just a hint of effervescence too. Delightful, especially for the price!
Last month I traveled to Lebanon and took a whirlwind food tour around the country, tasting a huge variety of Lebanese food and drinks, enjoying the warm hospitality of the people, and taking part in one-of-a-kind experiences, like the za'atar farm tour I shared a couple weeks ago. It was one of those trips that makes you wish you had a camera crew following along to capture every moment. Lucky for me, there was — and the short video they put together truly captures the beauty and vitality of eating in Lebanon. Ready to come along? More
What was happening this time last year? Glad you asked! We had cocktails of both the fresh spring variety and of the non-alcoholic sort. We had cornmeal-lime cookies to nibble and guacamole to make. We had a cute puppy to love and a very good reason to make a huge pot of rice. Want to hear more? Here you go!
One of the most exciting sections of the upcoming Kitchn Cookbook is the up-close-and-personal tours of ten kitchens. This week I revisited several of our subjects to do follow-up interviews. Bridget, who lives on New York's Upper West Side, has been an empty nester for over ten years and she's great at cooking for one. I asked her for some of her favorite homemade-for-one dishes and she immediately told me about a chicken dish with red onions and lemon that her daughter Zoe taught her. "There's something about red onions," she said, "I think they have drugs in them."
There are so many talented recipe developers and bloggers creating beautiful, nutritious food each week. Truthfully, there are hundreds, but I decided to choose a few of my very favorites to feature here today — vegetarian blogs that I return to each week to inspire and inform my own cooking. Even if you're not vegetarian yourself, there's still so much to speak to you in any of these sites. Every one of these blogs is a celebration of the seasons and the joy of cooking with whole foods in an accessible, authentic way.