Tag: tomatoes

Cherry Tomatoes Have Arrived

While contemplating what to plant in my garden box, tomatoes seemed like a natural choice.  But what type of tomato should I plant?

I could have gone the heirloom route because few things in a garden are cooler than zebra tomatoes.  San Marzano were next under consideration because this Italian gem is one of my favorites.

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Organic Garden Snacks

There was a raspberry bush in a park near my house where I grew up.  I’ll point out this was very much a suburban park but we would go pick those raspberries during the summer months.

What is so immensely satisfying about this little act of foraging.  Perhaps it takes us back to our original days searching for seeds and fruit to sustain us?  Perhaps it is just simple pleasures that allow one to take something off a vine and be rewarded with that little pop of natural sweetness.

Community Gardening: A NYC Experience

Space comes at a premium in New York; we all know this to be true.  Large outdoor park spaces such as Van Cortlandt, Central, Prospect, Latourette and Kissena are weekend havens for the millions of residents who live across the five boroughs.

In addition to public parks, there are community gardens interspersed in neighborhoods around the city.  These gardens will generally have time scheduled for the general public but they also contain planter boxes for individual use.

Spring Pasta: Fiddlehead Ferns and Cherry Tomatoes

Fiddlehead ferns are a versatile ingredient, well suited for a range of dishes.  They require minimal preparation and offer a fresh taste with a nice crunchy texture.

I put this dish together which first appeared on The Refined Chef website.  It is a simple pasta preparation consisting of a light sauce made with blanched fiddleheads and lightly sauteed cherry tomatoes.  Lemon zest is added to brighten the dish and grated parmesan rounds everything out.