Greenwich Meal Time

Greenwich Meal Time is my journal of recipes and seasonal foods, and all sorts of musings about cooking and eating well. I now follow the growing season in eastern NY, near the Vermont border. The recipes come from many sources of inspiration - what's at the market, what's in my fridge and pantry, what do I crave? I focus primarily on whole foods sourced from the garden, farmers' markets, co-ops and foraging, combined with flavors and spices from around the world.

Living in what was then still fairly rural eastern Long Island, not far from the Long Island Sound, I grew up in the time when children had the freedom (we were required) to run unsupervised all day. By the time I was eight I preferred solitude, to wander in the woods around our home, often on the hunt for low bush blueberries of which I could only find a handful a day, enough to make muffins. Along edges of the woods stood many apple trees, most planted as ornamentals. In fall I'd gather up baskets full of the small, tart fruits to make pies, two at a time. I used the Joy of Cooking to each myself how to make dough, and learned how through repetition I had a feel for when the dough was just right. As it was when I was in the woods, I experienced losing myself and deep focus through making pies.

The recipe collection is a catalog of my inner life: momentary enthusiasms, deep practices, and experimenting with processes - from baking bread to mastering macarons, and from steeping bitters for homemade amaro to devising fixes for culinary mistakes.

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