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Hudson Valley (Belated) Blooms, 2014

By Christopher Matthews Winter 2014 went into overtime in the Hudson Valley. Then spring sputtered; cool weather lingered. Daffodils and tulips came up more or less on schedule, but the second wave of spring blooms, like irises and peonies, have … Continue reading

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Chinese Chili for the Year of the Horse

By Christopher Matthews Chinese New Year is something we observe by way of a home-cooked Chinese meal, now guided by Kathryn’s “clean Chinese” adaptations of some of her family’s favorite recipes, like her mother’s roast pork (Char Siu), her father’s Sichuanese “strange taste chicken” … Continue reading

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Heritage Zin and Shiner’s Holiday Cheer: A Few of my Favorite Things

By Christopher Matthews “Heritage” is a word that’s tossed around a lot these days, especially during the holidays — heritage recipes, heritage x-mas cards, heritage turkeys…etc. But one piece of heritage I’m comfortable with, whether during the holidays or not, is … Continue reading

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Mosel Pinot Noir? Aber Ja (from Stein)!

By Christopher Matthews Germany is rightfully known for its Riesling. Not only is Germany by far the world’s biggest producer of the noble grape; it’s also the international benchmark for Riesling styles and excellence — from delicate, shimmering off-dry Kabinetts and complex, dazzling dry … Continue reading

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Black Twig: Tennessee Apple, Thriving on the Hudson

By Christopher Matthews As Thanksgiving approaches, the harvest is winding down quickly in our corner of the Hudson Valley. Looking back, 2012 was mostly a banner year for produce (depending on location, of course — a late frost hit some). Despite being … Continue reading

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Bloom Times in the Hudson Valley

By Christopher Matthews Every year is different, but as springs go, 2012 has been quite the rollercoaster in the Hudson Valley. After virtually no winter, March shattered records for warmth, remained unusually dry and generated historically early blooms — plum trees, … Continue reading

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Hot Off the Press: The Ramps Cookbook…

By Kathryn Matthews …and we’re in it! Our photographs of harvesting and preparing ramps at our upstate farmhouse (taken by Christopher) and glimpses of his secret backwoods foraging spot (pages 2-3); and, my ramps recipe, Wok-Braised Ramps, (pages 26-27), are featured … Continue reading

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