Cool Stuff
How to Make Fruit Vases

One of my favorite things to do in summer is pick flowers and make bouquets. I sometimes find them growing wild in parking strips and random lots and really go to town. You don’t have to have a lot of land around you to make it work. You also don’t even need to have glass vases to put them in! In fact it’s far more fun to turn fruits or […]

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Panzanella Salad

In this recipe for panzanella salad also lies a recipe for homemade croutons, which you can either make in advance and store for a future salad, or blitz in the food processor and turn into bread crumbs. I love this salad on a hot summer’s day with freshly picked tomatoes. It is a great way to use up stale bread so don’t throw that old baguette out! I sometimes refer […]

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How to Make Tomato Water

Tomato water is a wonderful flavoring liquid to have in the kitchen. I used to make it all the time when I worked in professional kitchens, especially at the end of summer when tomatoes got ripe faster than we could eat them. Use it to dress salads, to drizzle over a toasted baguette or pasta, or toss into a room-temperature grain or bean salad. It is also wonderful in this […]

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Rose Petal Jelly

My third book “Modern Pioneering” was almost titled “How to Eat a Rose,” because I had a section full of recipes made from the various parts of roses. Did you know roses were edible? Many wild things are and we’ve just forgotten about them as generations have past. I think you will love my recipe for Rose Petal Jelly, it is very quick and easy and also beautiful. And it’s […]

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How to Turn a Plastic Bottle into an Irrigation Tool

We’ve talked about the advantages of container gardening, as well as ideas for fabulous and unlikely growing containers. But then of course there’s caring for container plants. I have been traveling a lot during these past few months, as many people do in the summer time. I also happen to have a lot of plants that need love while I’m away, and the hot months are when they need a […]

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“Mint Ice Milk”

I’m all about hacking my way into ice cream without an ice cream maker. Earlier this year I taught you how to make ice cream without an ice cream maker, and have shared my all-time favorite ice cream flavor recipe: lemon basil ice cream. Today I thought I’d share my recipe for Mint Ice Milk. This egg-free ice cream is quick and easy to make. It is a slightly sweet and […]

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“How to Save Seeds for the Future, Especially Heirlooms”

It’s that time of year, when fruits are being harvested, and I teach you how to save seeds for the future, especially heirlooms. This is especially important as more and more varieties are lost as we continually buy just the few varieties offered to us in the grocery store. In my first book “Food Heroes,” I told the story of a seed saver in Berea, Kentucky who was saving heirloom […]

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“Tom Yum Goong”

I recently took a cooking class at 137 Pillars in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The chef took us to the local markets and we wandered through the colorful stalls and tried various delights, things I hadn’t seen or tasted before, flavor combinations that were completely new to me in my years working as a professional chef. It was a feast for the eyes and the senses, and after we made this […]

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“Inside 137 Pillars Chiang Mai”

As many of you know, I just returned from exploring several countries in Southeast Asia and one of my favorite areas was the north of Thailand in the city of Chiang Mai. The experience was made particularly special by my stay at 137 Pillars Chiang Mai, which many of you have asked me about since I chronicled the experience so thoroughly on my Instagram and Instagram stories. If you missed it, […]

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“Peach Butter”

This is the juicy peach time of year. Every market is overflowing with them and sometimes I wish I could bottle up that deep earthy sweetness that tastes like the height of summer. I think I have come pretty close with this recipe for peach butter. A few wise people in my life have taught me a lot about fruit. The late Jon Rowley, who I wrote about in my […]

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