Edible Berkshires

Love at First Bite

Led to the Altar Like a Lamb to the … Curry?


On our first date Chris Blair offered to cook dinner for me at my place. As an architectural designer he felt the need to redo his kitchen, but during the construction phase he was suffering withdrawal from his addiction to cooking. To ease his pain, he searched for places to cook.

I happily obliged, since the way to my heart, mind, soul and anything else was and is through my stomach.

I beamed when he arrived prepared with all the fixings: beautiful lamb and spices for a lamb curry and even a pan. I blanched, however, when he pulled out The Fannie Farmer Cookbook. Fannie was great for simple, American fare, but Indian food?

The joy of being wrong. He emerged from a clean kitchen—which I loved—and served one of the best curries I ever eaten.

Bok choi was … Read the rest

Life’s Too Short— Mix it Up

Let Your Garden Edibles Range Free

Photos courtesy of Sean A. Roulan, Food System Design Group.

Do you banish all your edible plants behind a garden fence? If yes, have fun setting some free into other areas around your home.

Just imagine red, orange or yellow cherry or pear tomatoes interspersed with lovely but non-edible groundcovers and flowering plants. Spectacular pairings might be White Swan coneflowers dwarf Hydrangea paniculata “Bombshell” and ground-hugging tiny green-leaved Cotoneaster horizonatalis.

The possibilities abound for alternative food gardening displays. As a landscape designer, I have many clients in Berkshire and neighboring Columbia counties, who are only here on weekends or in the summer. They know one of the joys of being in the Berkshires is locally grown food. It is sometimes my task to create both welcoming landscaped gardens and find a way for clients to have fresh vegetables and fruit from their own plants.… Read the rest