May 17, 2013 |
Start planting warm-season plants outdoors . Without fear of frost, you can now plant your squash, beans, and tomatoes - as well as annual flowers - directly in the garden. If you've been growing seedlings indoors, be sure to harden them off before planting outdoors. For two or three days, put them outside during the day in a partially shaded place and bring them indoors overnight. Give peas a chance. Peas will be more productive if they can grow up with some kind of support. Use metal or wooden stakes, or any stems, twigs or branches durable enough to stand up to the weather.
April 5, 2013 |
Celebrate spring, knowing that a warm, sunny day can be followed by a frigid, cloudy one. Don't be tricked into planting too soon. For most flowering annuals, as well as vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, beans and squash, wait until the last frost date, close to Mother's Day (May 12), give or take a week depending on your planting zone. Cool-weather crops such as peas, beets, lettuce, broccoli, and cabbage can be planted outside anytime now. Start seeds indoors and out. You were planning to buy all your transplants?
January 31, 2013 |
So your baby bump is at the six-month mark, and you've got an important luncheon to attend. What to wear? If you're Kate Middleton, our favorite preggers princess, you would probably do long, lacy sleeves on a fitted pastel sheath - belted right above the tummy. On your feet, matching strappy pumps, of course. And no Duchess of Cambridge look is complete without a perfectly perched pillbox. So say the fashion-foreshadowers at Destination Maternity, the Philadelphia-based parent company of A Pea in the Pod and Motherhood Maternity.
September 24, 2012 |
Brittany Robinson and Briana Egenlauf like to think of themselves as "two peas in a pod" up top for the Archbishop Ryan girls' soccer team. On Monday, those peas were dangerous all afternoon, both scoring goals in the Ragdolls' 2-0 win over Catholic League opponent St. Hubert. The goals couldn't have been more different for Archbishop Ryan, but they counted just the same. They were also both the product of a hardworking Ragdoll team that won the majority of 50/50 balls and pressed the St. Hubert (4-4, 3-2 Catholic League)
September 7, 2012 |
WATCHING political conventions from gavel to gavel is like shoveling down platefuls of peas for many Americans. Eat them, you're told, they're good for you. Television today is like an all-you-can-eat casino buffet, though, with the peas just a click away from the chicken wings. Tens of millions of Americans are still dutifully watching democracy in action, of course, but Americans are also getting smaller portions at Comedy Central, and millions more are skipping right to dessert with "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" or Wednesday's NFL opener.
June 21, 2012
For the lamb chops: 3 double-cut rib lamb chops, trimmed Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper Canola oil 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 3 cloves garlic, crushed 6 sprigs thyme For the English peas: 1/4 cup vegetable stock 2 tablespoons minced shallot 2 tablespoons unsalted butter Salt 7 ounces fresh English peas, shucked and blanched, or frozen peas, defrosted ...
May 10, 2012 |
12 ounces frozen tiny green peas (preferably organic) 24 ounces chicken broth 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter 6 sprigs fresh tarragon, leaves picked off, stems discarded 6 sprigs fresh chervil or Italian parsley, leaves picked off and stems discarded 5 ounces fresh spinach, washed and stems removed, chopped Salt and white pepper to taste 1. Place the frozen peas in a medium saucepan, and just cover...
April 19, 2012
1 pound snow peas, ends trimmed 1 tablespoon mild white miso paste 2 teaspoons tamari 2 teaspoons sesame oil 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar 1/4 cup scallions, rough chopped 1 small garlic clove 1/4 cup water 1 teaspoon canola or peanut oil 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1. Lightly steam, boil, or water-sauté the snow peas until they turn bright green. Then drain the water. 2. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth.
March 29, 2012 |
This is the season of shoots, sprouts, and all manner of greens and lettuces. Small clumps of asparagus are just poking up through the soil. Rhubarb leaves and tender stalks have also emerged. Many gardens and nearby farms have an abundance of hearty greens to herald spring. My true harbinger of spring? Peas. Since I've just planted peas outside, I won't be eating them from the garden until May. But what I am eating (and have been for weeks now) are pea shoots. These delicate-looking tendrils of young pea plants shout spring.
March 29, 2012
1 pound sugar snap peas 2 small cucumbers, unpeeled, thinly sliced (Persian if you can find them) 1 cup (about 1/2 pint ) cherry or grape tomatoes, halved 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil Grated zest of 1 large lemon 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from one large lemon) 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 (14.75-ounce) can of boneless, skinless pink salmon, drained 1. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil over high heat.