I want to thank Jason, Siri and Sam of Local Roots Farm (if you haven’t checked them out, make it your weekend homework), for the gift box of produce they dropped off.

-the fact that they brought me a gift, is worth special thanks alone, but the produce……..

Ahhhh, the produce…..

…as you can always expect from Local Rooots’ market stands,

……. was simply spectacular.


The sweet, sweet, slow roasted beets with beautiful Radicchio di Treviso, 20 year balsamic and olive oil,

was a perfect lunch today, with a glass of rosé and a few slices of Culatello.

And for dinner:

The broccolini was especially delicious,

and demanded some special attention,

-so we went old-school: no pasta roller, just good ol’ rolling pin and hand crimped,


….and got the ladies involved too!

The end result was a dish worthy of the work it takes to grow and provide

amazing organic produce!

Tutti Mangiano!-and if that wasn’t enough!

Our good friends Deborah and John bequeathed upon us beautiful Italian plums, from thier tree at home.

-they found their way into a delicious spiced coffee cake!

Here’s the recipe:

Sift into a bowl, 

1½ cups flour

2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teasp ground cinnamon

½ teasp ground alspice

½ teasp ground cardamom pods 

set aside

Cream, in the mixer:

4 oz butter

1 cup + 2 Tablespoons brown sugar

Slowly add:

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Mix until fully incorporated, 

**Scrape Down Sides

Then Add:

-a little at a time, alternately 

¾ cup sour cream

the sifted flour mix

Spread into a 9×13 well buttered baking dish,

Top with:

halved fresh plums

demeterma sugar

Bake at 350 degrees, for 15 to 20 minutes,

or until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean

(adapted from The Fannie Farmer Cookbook, original copyright 1896, -a book every cook should own)


Thank You Friends,

for making our Sunday wonderful!