Eating Simply on Vacation with Margaret Roach

Eating Simply on Vacation with Margaret Roach

We're finally on vacation... a working vacation to begin. First stop was the Berkshires, to tour the kitchen of Margaret Roach. Margaret is the head honcho in chief of the garden blog, A Way To Garden, and a friend of ours from her days running the editorial side of Martha Stewart. She's a genius with great taste.

Her garden is paradise (think frogs, dive-bombing hummingbirds and crops galore) and I adore the way she cooks. She just listens to her garden.

A while back I asked if I could do a kitchen tour at her place and she said yes, so we drove up Wednesday and were welcomed with bubbly pink wine. I snapped some dusky photos but mostly we lazed about hors d'oeuvresing on sungold tomatoes, figs and Asian pears from her garden, and then eating the most exquisitely simple orecchiette with garden sauce.

In August, pasta doesn't need much more than tomatoes, herbs, barely cooked beans, does it? That's what the garden seemed to say.

A home-cooked meal almost entirely from the garden was the perfect way to kick off our end of summer vacation. Okay, so we're "here for work," but a visit like this with Margaret is a great reminder of why we love our "work" so much.

What is your favorite simple summer meal? Tell us! Send us a photo by next Thursday, September 3rd and we'll publish it. And look for Margaret's kitchen tour after Labor Day.

• Check out Margaret Roach's blogs: awaytogarden.com and The Sister Project

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