shoulder-high snow peas

starting today, the watering, weeding, and get-dirt-on-your-knees volunteering is rolling into motion at the 200 foot garden (you can read my first day’s account of┬ádiscovering┬áthis tiny fertile bed of soil hugging an otherwise unremarkable sidewalk in brookline). anyone can volunteer, and here’s the latest email update from local garden co-founder, pat. Hi Everyone, We’re hoping … Continue reading

deep ellum

the season aburst; a tight spring wound with five tails stirs impatiently

a virgin foray into skillet lasagna

i’m not going to pretend that i’m in any way a competent cook, but at the very least i can whisk, fry, toss my heart out while exploring any of the bazillion recipes that are now at my disposal at america’s test kitchen. these posts are purely for my own personal edification and inroads (baby … Continue reading

urban gardening on a skinny bed of soil

one of the many fringe benefits of my new role working at america’s test kitchen (the headquarters are squirreled away in a nondescript building, smack dab in brookline village) is the uber-serene 1.3-mile path between fenway station and my destination. (it’s so pleasant, i only foresee taking the green line in the worst of conditions.) … Continue reading


a-burst, blindingly fresh; blood and bark binds us in photosynthesis