Using Garlic Scapes

Using Garlic Scapes

If you planted your garlic late last fall before the first frost, you are probably ready to harvest the scapes--the twisty little pointy part growing on the stalk from the middle of the leaves. Scapes are the flower stalks of the garlic plant, though garlic doesn't produce actual flowers.  We cut them off early in the season so that the plan uses its energy in growing large bulbs instead. Also, earlier cuts have milder flavors. The flavor of the scapes get stronger and more harsh the longer they grow.  Instead…

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Preparing For Guests

Preparing for Guests

Amanda and I love having friends come stay with us. In fact, we have some friends coming to stay with us this weekend. This got me thinking about how I usually prepare for guests on the food & beverage side of things. My Grandma taught me that there is no faux pas worse than not having enough food or drinks for guests. I thought it would be a good idea to get my checklist down on paper. Food How many meals should I prepare for and how many are we likely…

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Getting Into NYC Restaurants Without Reservations

Getting into NYC Restaurants Without Reservations

If you are visiting NYC and want to maximize your chances of getting into a hot restaurant without reservations, what should you do? Go there for lunch during the week. Here's why: The place probably won't be crowded. Places I've had to wait over an hour to get into for dinner during the week have been completely dead at Friday during lunch. I was one of 10 people at one of my favorites places at 12:30, the middle of the lunch rush. You can chat with the staff without them…

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