Author Archives: Perry


Fall is looming on the horizon, and I have that running-out-of-time feeling. How is it that I have two, nearly untouched, 800 page books sitting at my bedside, needing time and thoughtful consideration. My ambitions get the better of me. I … Continue reading

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Sam’s Carrot Souffle’

I have dreamed of going to Blackberry Farm in Tennessee for years. The pastoral setting and farm-to-table sensibility encapsulate a life I aspire to…family, friends, a country home, lots of animals, a huge vegetable garden, acres of woods and meadows, and a chef! Not … Continue reading

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What do you drink when you’re thirsty? There are a lot of choices. Too many actually. It’s overwhelming looking at this display. They are lined up like movie stars, all screaming for attention while looking so cool. What’s going on here? This … Continue reading

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Temperatures here in the northeast ricocheted all over the map last winter. It felt like Spring had come to stay in February, when we celebrated balmy weather, but then we were slammed with Arctic cold. The peach trees that live here in their northern limits, were coaxed into … Continue reading

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Tomato Maximus

We’re in the middle of a tomato glut. I’m doing my best to keep up, eating them morning, noon and night.  Today I had a choice: set up a farm stand on our street, or start cooking.     Recently, The … Continue reading

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Book Fetish

What is it about summer that gives us permission to indulge in less scholarly texts that we wouldn’t consider the rest of the year? Is it because we spent the first quarter century of our lives in school, and subconsciously  think from September to June we still should be immersed in … Continue reading

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We left home, hearts heavy with news of the latest tragedy in Nice, and the horrible political skirmish in our own country, and slipped away for a weekend to the Weekapaug Inn in Westerly, Rhode Island. The inn is  located on Quonochontaug Pond, a salt … Continue reading

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Hot Tomato

My brother’s tomatoes in Virginia ripen much faster than mine in Connecticut. I’m happy for him, sort of…. and a wee bit envious. I took his advise and bought the rig shown below, from Gardener’s Supply Company , called ‘Gardener’s Revolution Tomato Planter’. … Continue reading

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Mama Snapper

In late May I witnessed a snapping turtle excavating a shallow bed in the soft dirt of our garden. When she was satisfied her nest was just right, she backed her tail section in and busied herself  laying eggs. This … Continue reading

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Mozzarella Man

Hooray, our own tomatoes, drenched in flavor from the summer sun, are ripening on the vine! I drove to Citarella, a new market in town, in search of the softball-size, shrink-wrapped mozzarella, sure to be stacked next to a mountain of tomatoes and bouquets of … Continue reading

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