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On the Table: Farm Stands of New York's Hudson River Valley

Posted October 19, 2010 | 13:28:55 (EST)

My home away from home for my Hudson River Valley trip was the home of my brother-in-law Larry. Larry, who is also our Frog Commissary Director of Operations, still has a home in Tuxedo, NY, where he lives when not at our The Franklin institute headquarters with his...

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On the Road: Farm Stands of the Hudson River Valley, NY

Posted October 7, 2010 | 11:47:03 (EST)

The Hudson River stretches 315 miles from the canyons of Manhattan to Lake Tear of Clouds in the Adirondacks Mountains. The area commonly referred to as the Hudson River Valley extends from Northern Westchester and Rockland Counties on the south, nearly 100 miles north to Albany.

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On the Road: Philadelphia's Neighborhood Farmers' Markets -- Kensington's Greensgrow

Posted September 20, 2010 | 11:32:10 (EST)

This is the fourth in a series of posts about Philadelphia's Neighborhood Farmers' Markets. The first three posts visited Farmers' Markets at Clark Park, Rittenhouse Square and Headhouse.

As Dorothy said to Toto in the Wizard of Oz, "We're not in Kansas...

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On the Road: Philadelphia's Neighborhood Farmers' Markets -- Headhouse

Posted September 11, 2010 | 11:41:08 (EST)

With the exception of any day at Reading Terminal Market, a summer's Sunday at Headhouse Farmers' Market is Philadelphia's best food shopping experience. And for pure physical per-square-foot concentration of food shopping ecstasy, it is unrivaled. There are good reasons for this.

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On the Road: Philadelphia's Neighborhood Farmers' Markets -- Rittenhouse Square

Posted September 1, 2010 | 14:16:38 (EST)

This is the second in a series about Philadelphia's neighborhood farmers' markets.

For the past five years -- since I moved into Christina's apartment and we married, Rittenhouse Square has been my backyard.

Given our record-breaking hot...

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On the Road: Philadelphia's Neighborhood Farmers' Markets -- Clark Park

Posted August 30, 2010 | 11:42:50 (EST)

Over the next four weeks my At Home blog will shift its focus from back road farm stands to Philadelphia's neighborhood farmers' markets.

Heirloom tomatoes and heirloom melons at Headhouse Square Farmers' Market.

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On the Road: Farm Stands of Lancaster County, PA

Posted August 19, 2010 | 15:31:09 (EST)

An on-going theme of my On the Road posts is to share the wonder and beauty of our countryside -- with a culinary focus. I am struck by how we travel to countries far and wide to seek out back road experiences but we hardly ever experience the wonderful back...

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On the Road: Farm Stands of Long Island's North Fork

Posted August 11, 2010 | 13:04:29 (EST)

At 118 miles from west to east, Long Island is appropriately named. It's total population of 7.5 million is divided between Brooklyn and Queens on the west followed by Nassau County. Suffolk County on the east occupies roughly two-thirds of the island. The population density is in inverse proportion to...

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On the Table: Farm Stands of Northern Chester & Montgomery Counties, PA

Posted August 4, 2010 | 10:54:49 (EST)

At dinner's end, with guests gone and a tired me sitting on the couch, Christina nicely extolled a wonderful dinner. While I appreciated her compliments, I expressed that this dinner was not a culinary triumph that required any great skill. I asserted, as I often do, that preparing a nice...

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On the Road: Farm Stands of Northern Chester & Montgomery Counties, PA

Posted August 4, 2010 | 10:31:29 (EST)

This past Sunday's New York Times featured an Editorial Notebook piece by Verlyn Klinkenborg called Death of a Farm. Klinkenborg notes the passing of the Tuttle's Red Barn Farm, America's oldest farm founded in 1632. Here's a link to the Tuttle's Red Barn Farm website where you can...

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On the Road: Farm Stands of Chester County, PA

Posted July 29, 2010 | 12:33:16 (EST)

This past fall Christina and I spent a wonderful birthday weekend in southern Chester County that included a number of excellent meals including two lunches at Tulula's Table in Kennett Square. It had been my first visit to Chester County in years.


Chester County is a sprawling expanse...

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Farm Stands of Mercer County, NJ

Posted July 23, 2010 | 12:07:51 (EST)

The Joy of GPS
Yes, I understand that most people use their GPS to get from A to B. Pity. The true joy of a GPS is its stubborn determination to get you to your destination -- regardless of the deviations and detours from its directions. This is very...

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4 Weddings, a Graduation and a Funeral

Posted July 16, 2010 | 12:53:25 (EST)

Four Weddings
I have attended a fair number of weddings including two of my own. Most of the weddings I've attended were viewed from the perspective of the kitchen. I typically "dressed" in a white apron and not a dark suit. But this "wedding season" I was a guest...

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Farm Stands of Salem County, NJ

Posted July 15, 2010 | 12:16:58 (EST)


It is curious how we travel to far-away places to rent a car and turn down a country lane to get close to the "real" wherever. Yet, we rarely get into our own car to explore country lanes close to home. I have lived in Philadelphia since 1964...

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Goodnight Izzy

Posted February 23, 2010 | 10:03:51 (EST)

Note: This post is not for everyone. It is about my beloved dog Izzy who we put down on Thursday. Izzy fills the pages of At Home: A Caterer's Guide to Cooking & Entertaining, thanks to Pascal Lemaitre's illustrations. I write this both to share with you my...

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At Home's Stocking Stuffers: The Twelve Days of Christmas (Also works for Eight Days of Hanukkah)

Posted December 9, 2009 | 11:50:13 (EST)

Everything on this list makes an excellent stocking stuffer and welcome addition to the kitchens of home entertainers. (Well, the grill press would need a very sturdy stocking and the repositionable labels a very wide stocking.) The side margins of At Home by Steve Poses are filled with advice like...

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Plan to Entertain This Holiday Season

Posted December 4, 2009 | 11:25:25 (EST)

If you are a regular here, you may know that I have a mission to increase home entertaining nationally by 10%. Really.

If you are new to my blog, now you know about my mission. Cynics kid me about the 10%. They ask, "Why 10%?" or, with a touch...

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Stop. Think. And Delegate: Ways Guests Can Help at Thanksgiving

Posted November 23, 2009 | 16:26:53 (EST)

There's some misguided moral notion--perhaps a hangover from that first Puritan Thanksgiving--that working to the point of fatigue is good for you. Wrong. You already work hard enough.

If you're hosting, you've opened your home to friends and family for this holiday and you've probably taken on the lion's share...

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Nine Ways to Soothe Thanksgiving Panic

Posted November 18, 2009 | 13:05:52 (EST)

In my travels as a caterer, I've often encountered a phenomenon I like to call Party Panic. It's the seizing fear that many people have when they so much as think about hosting family or friends in their own home. Symptoms of Party Panic include, but are not limited to:...

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