April 4, 2013
Makes 4 servings 1 romaine lettuce heart, core removed, cut in 1/2-inch pieces 2 large celery ribs, leaves trimmed, cut in 1/2-inch pieces 2 ripe avocados, peeled,pitted, cut in 1/2-inch pieces 1 can (14 oz.) hearts of palm, drained, cut in 1/2-inch pieces 2 ripe tomatoes, cored, cut in 1/2-inch pieces 1 cup canned chickpeas, drained 1 teaspoon fine sea salt, plus more to taste 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Juice of 1 lemon 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
July 26, 2012 |
When the mercury hits 90 and above, tempers can get pretty fired up, too. But another glass of water or a slice of watermelon might help, because irritability is a classic side effect of dehydration. The first physical sign is thirst, of course. But other symptoms are more subtle. You might get a headache. You can become cranky, forgetful, tired, and dizzy, and your skin appears dry and wrinkly. Remember the old admonition to drink eight glasses of water a day? Well, in 2004, the Institute of Medicine issued new general fluid recommendations indicating women should drink 11 cups per day and men 15 cups.
March 23, 2012 |
Howard Brosius is trying to be heard above the buzz of a dozen small children recently liberated from day care. "Who wants some black-seeded Simpson?" he shouts, holding up the ruffled, light green leaves of this 150-year-old lettuce variety. In a room full of veteran vegetable gardeners, this would provoke a stampede. Here, in a small classroom at Awbury Arboretum in Germantown, the kids have no idea what black-seeded means or who Simpson was. But they know whatever "Mr. Howard" is offering, they want.
October 29, 2011 |
If Indian animal rights activists have their way, mega-selling singer and sex symbol Lady Gaga will wear a lettuce dress (a dress made out of lettuce) during her sojourn in New Delhi this weekend. Her Gagaiosity is performing at an invitation-only party Sunday to celebrate India's first Formula 1 auto race. PETA India wants her to promote vegetarianism. (It's a counterpoint to the famed meat dress Gaga wore at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.) "We'll make her a dress entirely of lettuce," says org rep Sachin Bangera . "It will be a full-length gown, and we'll make sure it looks sexy.
June 3, 2011
Q: Why won't my peonies bloom? The buds look bruised and don't open all the way. A: There are three explanations for buds that won't bloom. The first is botrytis blight, a fungal disease. It can hit plants as they emerge or once buds have formed. It's worse in rainy seasons and on plants growing in cool, wet, shady sites. The buds turn brown and then become covered with a fuzzy gray mold, which will spread down the stem. When you see symptoms, remove infected portions, throw them out (do not compost)
February 25, 2011 |
Stay off squishy lawns. Wait until the ground is firm before using laden carts or wheelbarrows, because the ruts in extra-moist ground can last all season. Same for footprints of the hefty. Be counterintuitive and take the lawnmower for a checkup now, while a delay is OK. When the grass starts growing again, it will be rambunctious, but the repair shop will be overloaded. Get a jump on spring by cutting forsythia and other early bloomers to force into bloom. Forsythia is the easiest; other candidates include corylopsis (winter hazels)
May 8, 2010
A recent recall of chopped, bagged romaine lettuce by Freshway Foods of Sidney, Ohio, does not include romaine grown in New Jersey, a state agency said Friday. The recall was ordered because of the produce's connection to an E. coli outbreak in New York, Michigan, and Ohio. "New Jersey-produced romaine had not begun to be on the market when the first illnesses were reported," said state Agriculture Secretary Douglas Fisher. "It certainly is an unfortunate coincidence of timing that this recall is occurring just as our farmers' fresh romaine is coming into the market, but there is no connection between the two. "
July 30, 2009 |
We were waiting for Jah. Not Jah, the deity, but Jah the farmer, a.k.a. dreadlocked farmer Matt Bruckler 3d, who was supposed to deliver our first box of organic vegetables from his farm, Jah's Creation, in Egg Harbor Township. But it was late at night, and Jah had still not arrived. On opposite ends of our town, my friend Joan and I waited, and then once the boxes had arrived, close to midnight on that hectic first week, we wondered. What would we do with all that kale?
March 26, 2009
Salad as still life Continuity is the watchword at Friday Saturday Sunday, at 35 now one of the city's longest-running and loyally patronized dining rooms. Upstairs at the Tank Bar, you can still get the signature jumbo lump crab cake, unfiddled with, just the way you remember it. But owner Weaver Lilley isn't above adding a new wrinkle, or in the current case, a new salad celebrating the Art Museum's "Cézanne and Beyond" exhibit, running through May 17. Lilley, a "big Cézanne fan," said he studied the artist's still lifes to come up with a salad resonant of their mood.
February 15, 2008 |
Peas and beans aren't the only early birds in the garden. In just a few weeks, lettuce seeds can be sown directly into the ground, too. Peas' and beans' great big seed-balls go in around St. Patrick's Day. Lettuce's turn is mid-April, a good month before the bulk of our spring planting season begins. But you have to be careful. Lettuce seeds are the size of fleas. You can pretend they're peas or beans and lay each one carefully into the garden, barely covering them with soil, and hoping you don't sneeze.