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“Quince Jelly”

Do you know what a quince is? Have you ever tasted one? If you have, it was likely in a cooked form, quinces aren’t tasty raw. They are one of my favorite fruits. They become nice and pink when you cook them, a soothing glamorous pink. See these recipes to know what I mean. They start off green with a hint of yellow. Hard as a rock. And a strange fuzz […]

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“Recipe: Quince 4 Ways”

Today, we make this: One fruit, so many possibilities. Quince granita, quince pâté de fruits, quince soup, poached quince, quince jelly, quince sauce, quince fritters…oh wait… They are one of my favorite fruits. Look how nice and pink they become when you cook them, a soothing glamorous pink. But they start off this color. Green with a hint of yellow. Hard as a rock. And a strange fuzz on them. It’s the pectin […]

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“Thanksgiving Menu Inspiration”

What’s on your Thanksgiving menu? I’ll go first, I like going first. 2 woodcock, 2 pheasant, 2 ducks, 2 pigeons, string beans, salad, sweet potatoes, baked apples… and a pear tree. I’m in England and I’m pretty sure they don’t celebrate the pilgrims escape from England and visit to the new world. But I had a lovely hunt in the British countryside and there are lots of birds hanging from […]

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“The Road From Rhinbeck to Fox and Everything In Between”

Tonight I drove home to Tulipwood in a thunderstorm. It rained so hard it was as if the earth just needed to let it all out. We all need to let it out sometimes. There was lightening too. Big thunderbolts flashing over the George Washington Bridge. Normally I dislike traffic, but tonight something was different. My dad got home from the hospital two days ago and when I walked into […]

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“At Long Last, It’s Time”

It seems impossible that I’m finally writing this. But I am. Two years ago I set out on a personal odyssey. I had grown up in the country where I fished and foraged, and used my hands, but now night after night in the corporate world, sitting blurry-eyed, scrutinizing excel spreadsheets and watching the cafeteria cart roll by, I was craving what was real and lasting versus what was fake […]

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“Georgia’s Down Home Downtown Weekend: Part 2”

The second part of this Down Home Downtown Weekend was… can you guess it? The Downtown part. I think this whole concept represents my life in a weirdly accurate way. For example, when I was a kid, I went to high school in Manhattan, with characters like Ivanka Trump. But then at the end of the day I’d get picked up and drive home to the Hudson Valley where I’d […]

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“Sunday Roasted Chicken”

There’s been so much rain in the Northeast this summer, that the quince trees have borne rotted fruit. I’ve missed most of that rain though, and I never thought I’d say so, but I miss it. I’ve spent most of this summer in arid climates where you can’t count on rain to wash away the sidewalk stains. Last night, I felt my first rain in months. It was misty and […]

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