Category Archives: Environment

Ramp Fest Hudson 2015: Gone in a Flash

By Christopher Matthews On one of the most beautiful days of the year upstate (so far), the fifth annual Ramp Fest, a culinary celebration of “the wild onion of myth and mystery”, took place last Saturday (5/2/15) at  Basilica Hudson in Hudson, NY. … Continue reading

Posted in Eco-friendly Products, Environment, Food, Hudson Valley, Restaurants | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cali Vintners Walking the Green Talk

By Christopher Matthews The severe drought in California is making not only headlines, but also for some tough, long-term choices. Perhaps this is only a nasty — and lengthy — cyclical drought, and the rains will return, as they have in the past. But that’s not … Continue reading

Posted in Eco-friendly Products, Environment, Wine | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Biodynamic Syrah, Naturally (from Chateau Maris)

By Christopher Matthews Before going to our friends’ house for a Boxing Day gathering during the holidays, I stopped by Sipperly’s, our local wine shop upstate, for a gift bottle of wine. As I’ve mentioned before, the store’s layout is chaotic, … Continue reading

Posted in At Our Farmhouse, Eco-friendly Products, Environment, Wine, Wine + Food | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

This Spring, Clean Out the Plastics

By Christopher Matthews “Plastics.” One of my all-time favorite movie quotes, the famous “one word” of advice for young Benjamin Braddock in “The Graduate”, has only become more prescient over time — plastic rules our modern daily life, on a scale that … Continue reading

Posted in Environment, Health, Wellness | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in At Our Farmhouse, Environment, Hudson Valley | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Losing My Mac Virginity…

Buying a Mac for the very first time Continue reading

Posted in Environment, New York City | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Hudson Valley Foraging: Ramps!

By Christopher Matthews Spring has been a halting, chilly affair in the Northeast this year. Come to think of it, this describes most of the recent springs in our part of the world. But despite the Mud Season’s lack of … Continue reading

Posted in At Our Farmhouse, Environment, Food, Home Cooking, Hudson Valley, Local Food | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment