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Grilled Eggplant

I’m a fan of wholesome food made fast. Recipes that take more than an hour or have more than 5 ingredients don’t usually make my dinner table. When it comes to fresh vegetables, grilling makes the fastest and simplest alternatives. Now that they’re ripening in the garden, lets start with Grilled Eggplant.


Serves 6-8 Ready in 20 minutes


  • 1 large eggplant
  • 1⁄3 cup butter or 1⁄3 cup margarine, melted
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper


  • Peel the eggplant, and then cut into 3/4-inch slices.
  • Combine butter, garlic salt, and Italian seasonings; stir well.
  • Brush eggplant slices with butter mixture, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Place eggplant on grill; grill over medium heat 10 minutes or until tender, turning and basting occasionally.

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4-2-1 Vegetable Soup

Serves 4
4 cups of any raw root vegetable (or combination of vegetables, depending on what you have lying around), such as cauliflower, broccoli, carrot, celeriac, potato.
2 cups of stock (chicken, beef, turkey, and vegetable stock all work equally well–I’ve tried them)
1 cup of dairy, such as heavy cream, whole milk, yogurt, or sour cream
Salt and pepper to taste
Chopped fresh herbs to taste
Chop four cups of vegetables and any herbs you feel like adding to the mix. Place in a medium saucepan on the stovetop, add stock, and simmer until vegetables are soft (about ten or 12 minutes).
Puree the soup, either with the help of an immersion blender or in batches in a food processor or blender. Routine to saucepan over low heat and stir in dairy (do not boil or the mixture will separate). Season to taste with salt, pepper, and any additional herbs or spices you like. Serve immediately.
Note: If you have any leftovers (highly unlikely), this soup freezes well.

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Watermelon Sherbet


This recipe for Watermelon Sherbet from Kitchn is too good to pass up: A two-ingredient sherbet that doesn’t require an ice cream machine. I’m making this ASAP!

Click the picture for the printed recipe.

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Harlem @ 125th Street

harlem at 125th st

Looking south down the open railroad cut along Park Avenue, circa 1880. To the right, you can see the platform of the 125th Street station.

The New York & Harlem Railroad was incorporated downtown in 1831; by 1837, the line was extended up to #Harlem, and in 1844, a station was built at 125th Street, with the trains running on steam power and the tracks at street level. In 1871, the New York & Harlem was consolidated along with the New York & New Haven and Hudson River railroads into the larger New York Central Railroad, with all the lines connecting at 42nd Street, at a new depot called “Grand Central” that was located at what was then considered to be the northern reaches of the city (when 42nd Street was still little more than a cow path).

Starting in 1872, the New York Central began putting their tracks in tunnels underground; this project, known as the “Park Avenue Improvement,” ran from 56th to 96th streets and hid the trains from street view. From 96th Street to 115th Street, a viaduct was built above, but north of there the tracks were placed below the street in an open cut. The platforms of the 125th Street station (pictured here) were accessed by stairs that connected from street level down into the cut, where you could access ticket windows and waiting rooms.

By 1890, the surrounding area was rapidly developing, and north of 125th Street, a new ship canal was planned on the Harlem River, so the railroad needed to elevate the tracks in order for the trains to travel above the ships as they crossed the river heading north. Therefore, the viaduct was extended north from 115th Street and a new station designed by Morgan O’Brien was built at 125th Street, directly over the old one. That station opened in 1897 and still stands today.

Interestingly, the old station was not completely destroyed, and parts of the platform still survive in the basement of the present station.

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Planting Chart

Some vegetables are easier to get started than others. Make your gardening life just a little simpler by using the Planting Chart below:

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A few things you can do to help keep bees healthy:

  • plant different flowers that bloom throughout the season for the bees;

    • native plants and other perennials

    • bloom colors of yellow, white,  blue, and purple

  • watch for neonicotinoid-free note on plant tags- some tags will claim that insecticides were used for ‘your plant’s health’ (but NOT for the bees!)

  • leave the blossoms until they expire

  • plant plants with fragrant flowers with a long bloom season

  • consider early blooming plants for bees that have had little nourishment over the winter

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