Blackberry Picking + Small Batch Artisanal Berry Jam!

The summer of 2020 is winding down and we are preparing to go back to school. In the words of Jerry Garcia, “what a long strange it’s been!” The last 6 months have been life altering to say the least. Being in lockdown in an apartment in New York City because of a raging pandemic was insane but I wrote a new book, spent every waking hour with my husband and son, and was forced to do nothing when there was nothing to do. On some level, I am grateful for that time but as soon as lockdown ended in June, we started taking trips outside of the city. We spent some time out east on Long Island where we hit up the farm stands and got lots of fresh corn and tomatoes and made several trips to the Hudson Valley, one of our favorite areas. This last time, my plan included picking blackberries!

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Cinnamon Apple Overnight Oats Inspired By The Original Bircher Muesli

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When I got The First Mess Cookbook, the first recipe I made was the Bircher Breakfast. It is the author’s recipe for overnight oats. I didn’t know why it was called Bircher and she didn’t explain it, but being curious, I googled it. It turns out there was a guy named Maximilian Bircher-Benner, a pioneering physician and nutritionist, who created muesli, which consisted of apples, lemon juice, nuts, oats, milk and honey.

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It’s my 7-year Blogiversary & Vegan LEO: Carrot Lox, Tofu Scramble & Onions

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You guys! I have been writing this blog for 7 years. 7 years! I can hardly believe it. I have grown so much as a cook, writer and photographer. Thank you so much for being here, for connecting with me, and most importantly, for cooking my recipes. It means the world to me. Truly. And for my blogiversary, I have made some changes. Have you noticed?

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