Karen Washington’s Swiss Chard and White Beans

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Every now and again in life, you meet someone who just cracks open your heart and inspires you from the inside out. Award-winning urban gardener, farmer, community activist, and cook extraordinaire Karen Washington is one of these people. I feel so lucky that I got to spend a morning with her in the Garden of Happiness, the community garden she co-founded 30 years ago in her neighborhood in the Bronx after she happened to move into a house that was sitting directly across the street from an abandoned lot. Over the years, she helped transform that derelict lot from a concrete slab littered with garbage, into a lush, green, vibrant, and welcoming community space, home now to over 20 family garden plots, several fruits trees, and a couple of greenhouses. And yes, you really do feel an instant sense of peace and happiness there. It’s an oasis of calm in the city.

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Alanna’s Seared Romaine with Eggs

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I’m so excited to launch a slightly new incarnation of Kitchen Vignettes on PBS Food today! These recipe videos will have all the same garden-to-table magic as before, but each one will now feature a different farmer or gardener sharing a recipe from their own kitchen.

For this newest episode, I met up with Alanna Rose of Cairncrest Farm. When Alanna proposed making seared romaine lettuce, a little light went off in my head because my own garden is full of different lettuces that I planted this spring but this was something totally new and different to make with my romaines.

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Get in the Christmas Spirit with Spruce Tree Shortbread

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Cooking with spruce is magical. It fills up the house with the fragrance of a sweet-scented forest and makes it feel oh so Christmassy! I liked the idea of borrowing a few snips from my Christmas tree’s branches, whipping up a batch of these tree cookies, and putting them right back on the tree.

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Butternut Bourbon Cream Pie Saves Thanksgiving Dessert for Pumpkin Pie Haters

 

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We’ve all probably experienced it: the hushed whisper following the turkey dinner, the hesitant almost shameful confession, barely audible: “I… don’t like pumpkin pie”. Pumpkin pie is not for everyone, let’s face it. When you think about it, spicey pumpkin mush baked inside a pie crust is a bit strange.

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A Summer Family Recipe: Basil Chocolate Cake

 

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I’ve known and loved this cake for at least 25 years! It was one of my mom’s signature summer desserts. She loved whipping it up to show off the many varieties of basils she grew in her garden, often using a mix of cinnamon, Genovese, and purple basils. The recipe calls for a whole whopping cup of chopped basil! You can use any variety, so long as it’s fresh, fragrant, and chopped very finely, it will add the most exquisite perfume and depth of flavour to this rich and moist chocolate cake.

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Picnic Ready: Cucumber Dill Salad with Rye Croutons

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This luscious little salad delivers serious crunch. The crisp juicy cucumber marries the toasty rye croutons and the whole crackling affair is coated in velvety dilly sour cream dressing. Pickled shallots, capers, and feta deliver tart and salty punches with each bite, leaving you wanting more.

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Summertime Tea with Lemonbalm Shortbread

 

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Lemonbalm is a fragrant herb that always seems to grow lush and strong in the garden. It sadly doesn’t get used nearly enough in cooking and as a result, it can be hard to find in stores or even at farmer’s markets.

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Sweetness and Depth Added to the Table: Parsnip Gnocchi

 

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For folks who like to grow their own food or eat seasonally, springtime holds the promise of many new beginnings and upcoming harvests. But April and May can be somewhat desolate months when seeds are being put in ground but not many crops are actually ready to eat. Having parsnips overwinter provides a surprisingly luscious, seasonal treat that can be harvested before any other crops are ready to eat.

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