Cool Stuff

Venison Braised in Quince Juice

Last month I wrote to you about my grand quince experiment at Tulipwood. I was determined to conjure up more exciting quince recipes aside from our annual quince jelly. And so I dabbled in Quince Membrillo and Quince Pâte de Fruit. Well I also tried one more thing and it was sublime friends! I made Venison Braised in Quince Juice and I think you should make it immediately. And don’t […]

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Homemade Gift: Quince Pâte de Fruit

As part of my grand quince experiment this fall at Tulipwood, I decided to go way back to my culinary school days and make a fancy schmancy quince pate de fruit recipe. This, like my last quince recipe, would make a wonderful homemade gift this holiday season. And unlike the quince membrillo, this is the type of recipe that would work well with other fruits. A pâte de fruit is a type […]

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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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Garden Designs for Every Backyard

This is your guide for how to do more with less, to delight in your little patch of garden behind your home or in your back alley. Making the most of what have all comes down to taking the time to do your prep work and planning your design. We touched on some tips on designing an efficient garden, HERE, and as promised G is sharing her sure-fire garden design solutions, so you […]

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Apple Rose Hand Pies

This year I decided that Fall is my favorite season. The colors this Fall just knocked my socks off and it inspired me to cook so many things and explore new adventure. These Apple Rose Hand Pies were just one example that I’m excited to share with you. I think they would be a wonderful addition to your Thanksgiving or holiday party menu and they celebrate all of the amazing […]

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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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