Category Archives: Food from the Garden

A Chinese Garden in a New York Backyard

At the end of May, I took my daughter-in-law, Yan Zhang Miller, to see the garden of the newest member of the Garden Club of Irvington, Dongkai Zhen. Dongkai, left, has lived Westchester County, New York, for 24 years. She … Continue reading

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A Family Farm in the Hamptons

When you think of the Hamptons, do you think of boldface names, private jets, multi-million-dollar mansions, and parties you’re not invited to? Think again. Off Route 27, there’s a whole ’nother side of the Hamptons. Drive slowly and you’ll see … Continue reading

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Sabores San Miguel

Last weekend, leafy Parque Juárez, just a few blocks from where we were staying, was the site of a three-day food festival, Sabores San Miguel. Hundreds of people gathered under a tent erected on the basketball court to savor wines, … Continue reading

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Straw Bale Gardens

Last week I visited friends in Huntington, New York, where we enjoyed a vegetarian potluck while listening to the gentle waves of Long Island Sound lapping on the shore of a small private beach. “Do you know anything about straw … Continue reading

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Edible Gardening for Dummies

1. Get weekend house (otherwise known as husband’s rabbinical parsonage) with weedy front stoop and small but very sunny back deck. 2. Go to 99-cent store and buy a few seed packets and a bag of potting soil. Find and … Continue reading

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At This Exit: Gas, Food, Full-Service Garden Center

The Allen brothers have been farming since 1956, I learned Monday afternoon. I’d stopped for gas in Westminster, VT, just before heading home from Grafton down I-91. This was no ordinary Mobil station with mini-mart. Allen Bro’s Farms, just off … Continue reading

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Harmony Farm: Back in Business

Last August, I sadly reported that Harmony Farm had gone to seed. This year, it’s coming back to life. This 3-acre CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture site) in Goshen, NY, about two hours from mid-Manhattan, began in 1993 as a project of … Continue reading

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A ‘Chopped’ Contestant, a ‘Chopped’ Judge, and Me

I’m a “Chopped” aficionado. I adore this Food Network show, hosted by Ted Allen of “Queer Eye” fame, which pits four chefs against each other and the clock. It’s just plain fun to watch the competitors sweat, bleed (cut fingers), … Continue reading

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Chinese Banquet at Home

My son, Alex Miller, and new daughter-in-law, Yan Zhang Miller, are here from Beijing. It’s Yan’s first trip to the U.S., and after two weeks in New York, they will be taking a road trip across the country, ending in … Continue reading

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And They Had a Buddha Barn Party

On Saturday evening, environmental/graphic designer David Gibson and comedian Rich Kiamco and threw an engagement party at their Catskills weekend abode, Buddha Barn. Alas, it was raining like crazy, but about 80 guests mingled about the eclectic rooms and porches … Continue reading

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Not Just Another Farm Stand

Lots of people are driving up to Vermont this time of year, and if you’re going up I-91, Harlow Farm in Westminster, near Exit 5, is worth a stop. This family business was founded in 1918 and certified organic in … Continue reading

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Sonoma Farm Market Breakfast

It all started with a trip to the Sonoma Farmers’ Market on Friday, where our friends Melinda and Robert picked up fresh bread, salad greens, asparagus, strawberries, and eggs. Everyone who lives around here wants to cook and eat “primary … Continue reading

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The Lost Tomato

The last patch of snow has finally melted off the lawn and the seed and plant catalogs are arriving in our mailbox daily. Having been disappointed over the years by bare-root perennials ordered from catalogs, I prefer going to nurseries … Continue reading

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Italian-Inspired Vegetarian Holiday Buffet

To celebrate a BIG birthday of my (vegetarian) husband Julius, we invited 40 friends — some he’s been close to since high school — to a Sunday evening open house. The menu featured Viana La Place’s Torta di Fungi Porcini … Continue reading

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UrbanGardensWeb.com

Allow me to introduce you to another cool garden blog, Urban Gardens: “Unlimited Thinking for Limited Spaces.” The site is the brainchild of Robin Plaskoff Horton, who collects delicious posts from all over the Internet about finding, creating, and experiencing … Continue reading

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And They Won the Grand Prize

NEWS FLASH: Actor/comedian Rich Kiamco and environmental/graphic designer David Gibson (see story below) won the Grand Prize in this year’s Catskill Harvest “MY CATSKILLS GARDEN” contest! Here, here: “A $500 gift certificate to Rich Kiamco and David Gibson For their … Continue reading

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On Their Farm They Had a Buddha… and a Berry Patch

One of the most talented gardeners I know is Rich Kiamco, an actor and comedian who shares both a house in Jersey City (with city garden) and a county house in the Catskills (with farm) with environmental/graphic designer David Gibson. … Continue reading

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Take a Stand on Farm Stands

Don’t leave the Hamptons without stocking up at one of the farm stands. And while you’re out there, please support community agriculture by cooking and eating what the local farmers grow. Route 27 between Southampton and East Hampton is dotted … Continue reading

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Fire Escape Herb Garden

Writer and producer Rachel Clift writes from the Greenpoint, Brooklyn, apartment she shares with percussionist Kevin Sport: “Kevin and I are lucky to have a fire escape large enough for an herb garden. Every morning, while I drink my cup … Continue reading

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Harmony Farm: Community-Supported Agriculture

Fifty families who live in and around Goshen, NY, come to Harmony Farm every Tuesday and Saturday to pick up boxes and bags of just-picked produce. This week, they’re getting exotic varieties of eggplant and peppers, fat heirloom tomatoes, green … Continue reading

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