May 8, 2021

Mother's Day Cooking Class with Sur La Table

If you're still wondering what to make for the special moms in your life this weekend, why not try the delicious spring meal I shared during my latest Sur La Table Cooking Class.

Earlier this week, I hosted another LIVE virtual workshop with our own Culinary Director and host of "Kitchen Conundrums," Thomas Joseph. During the 90-minute Zoom lesson, I showed the class how to make individual cheese souffles, green salad with vinaigrette, pea soup, and a rhubarb raspberry crisp with homemade ice cream. The class was done from my newly renovated kitchen at my Bedford, New York farm. We all had such a great time - I also shared lots of cooking tips and answered a variety of interesting questions from class participants.

Enjoy these photos and look out for more online cooking classes with Sur La Table in the months ahead.

May 7, 2021

Time to Stake the Peonies

Everything is growing so quickly and so beautifully here at my Bedford, New York farm.

One of the most anticipated sights on the property is my herbaceous peony garden in full bloom. No garden is complete without these beautiful plants, which are covered with large, imposing flowers in May and June. True perennials, herbaceous peonies can live for 100-years, becoming more impressive over time. Yesterday, my gardeners and outdoor grounds crew staked all the herbaceous peonies in the bed across from my Winter House and Summer House. At maturity, these plants grow to about three-feet tall and need good support, so the massive flower heads don’t flop to the ground.

Here are some photos, enjoy.

May 6, 2021

Pruning Around the Pool

Outdoor spring chores at my Bedford, New York farm continue with a good pruning of the shrubs around my pool.

Around the outside of the pool fence, I have about 200 Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Diabolo’ and Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple' shrubs. I always try to incorporate unique and interesting plantings into my gardens - both these shrubs have superlative color and appealing form. They were first planted in 2018 and have done so well in this area. Yesterday, I instructed my head gardener, Ryan McCallister, to prune them down so they were level with the fence - some of the shrubs had grown more than a foot above this line.

Here are some photos.