August 24, 2016

Cooking with Chef Daniel Boulud on Facebook

I love ratatouille. It’s a great dish to make with all those late-summer vegetables - and the gardens and markets are filled with them this time of year. What’s even more exciting - making ratatouille “Daniel Boulud style” with the master chef himself!

Last week, my good friend, celebrated chef and restaurateur, Daniel Boulud, joined me in our studio kitchen for a special Facebook LIVE to make his rendition of the classic French dish. We had so much fun making ratatouille together, sharing our tips, and answering all your cooking questions.

If you missed my Facebook LIVE show, just click on “Facebook with Daniel Boulud”. Enjoy these photos. And, if you haven’t done so already, please visit Daniel Boulud’s fine restaurants - every one of them is excellent!

August 23, 2016

Pruning the Hornbeams at the Farm

It's pruning time for all the hornbeams at my farm.

Last week, the outdoor grounds crew began trimming the long hornbeam hedge that runs in front of my Summer House, and along the road behind my Winter House. This week, they are tackling the hornbeam hedge that runs along the same road in front of my main greenhouse as well as other stand alone hornbeam specimens. Botanically known as Carpinus, the hornbeam is deciduous and fast growing - in fact, it can grow about four to five feet per year. I keep a close eye on all the hornbeams - it’s crucial that they be pruned regularly, so they never look too overgrown and unruly.

It is quite a task, but the end result is well worth the effort - take a look at our process.

August 22, 2016

A Summer Weekend in Maine

Whenever I go to Skylands, my home in Seal Harbor, Maine, the days are always filled with lots of great activities - hiking, shopping, and touring local gardens are often on my list. I also love spending time with my family and good friends while preparing and sharing some of the best meals of the season.

This year has been especially memorable. I’ve hosted and enjoyed numerous gatherings - large cocktail receptions as well as smaller, more casual breakfasts, lunches and dinners. The flowers from my gardens have been abundant and gorgeous, and with the vegetable gardens, both in Bedford and at Skylands, producing so much bounty, our meals have been sensational! Here are a few more photos from my most recent visit to Maine - enjoy.