A Whole New World


These have been strange times for sure. The plan is to get herbinkitchen going again here. There is no “new normal” because there is nothing normal about these days. Kids home with remote learning and no proms, graduations in person, dance recitals, concerts, sports or theatre. What is summer looking like for them these days? How about you?

You can see my work for Parade here for the Food and Drink section. 

Let’s talk food and recipes. Cocktails and conversations. What herbs or vegetables do you like to grow? My piece for The New York Times Kids section ran in May about repurposing food scraps. Stick around. Nothing goes to waste!


You Must Believe in Spring

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It’s in the air! Spring is slowly starting to reveal some crocuses, daffodils and early tulips to tell us the season is ready to arrive.


It wasn’t a particularly bad winter, but it just feels like it is time to yield to longer days of sunshine and preparing for a riot of color to start appearing in our flowering trees. The garden is slowly waking up and sending new growth through the thawing soil.


All good.

The garden season is right around the corner and the farmers’ markets will be opening soon.


Here’s a post that went up today over at Parade about this year’s list of the Dirty Dozen. Don’t know what that is? Be sure and read for healthy eating.




We are ready!


Remembering 2018

We are getting ready to wrap up 2018! Here are some recipe ideas from some of my posts over at Parade.


This post is the last one the year and it is from an episode of Food Network’s Barefoot Contessa when the stars of Mary Poppins Returns stopped by to help make a meal in Ina Garten’s kitchen. Emily Blunt shares a family recipe for potatoes and Lin-Manuel Miranda learns his way around some green beans.


We lost a former president with the passing of George H. W. Bush in 2018. This post includes some of his favorite food choices as well as a vegetable that he famously refused to eat.



We also said goodbye to Senator John McCain who dedicated his life to serving his country. He had a rapport with people on both sides of the political aisle and loved to grill as a way of relaxing. Read about the gathering he had at his Arizona home for the traveling press corps during one of his campaigns for president.



The month of June started with the shocking death of chef, author and television host Anthony Bourdain. We lost a storyteller, who really knew how to listen, and appreciated the simple pleasures in life.



The story of one spouse passing in a short amount of time after another is not a new one. This was the case with First Lady Barbara Bush passing away in April followed by her husband at the end of the year. Chef Sara Moulton includes Bush in a roundup of foods in The White House.



Happy New Year!

A Summer Surprise!

So, how is your summer so far? We have had a surprise of a trumpet vine take hold where we put the new fence around the pool. There was a vine in the garden that didn’t really do much that seems to have taken on a new life. And it is spectacular! Maybe it just needed a different location.

We will talk herbs soon. Have a cocktail and enjoy these evenings!



My latest over at Parade about MasterChef and a cheese soufflé.


Here Comes Summer 2018!

The Memorial Day weekend has come and gone. The pool has been opened and is ready to welcome people to spend some relaxing hours and begin the summer vacation. All good!


Need some new ideas for hot dogs this summer? You can read my post about the incredibly talented chef, and James Beard award-winning television host Pati Jinich, over at the Food section at Parade.


If you haven’t discovered this PBS television host and chef, you need to take a look at her work here at her site.


Jinich shares a recipe for Mexican hot dogs that uses melted cheese on the hot dogs with a kick of flavor from a horseradish and mayonnaise spread on the inside of the buns.

You can add these hot dogs to your summer menu and make your friends and family happy with your riff on the classic hot dog off the grill.


Get the details here over at Parade.


We are ready for you summer breezes and conversation.

Remembering a First Lady with Her Recipes

This April has not given way to the spring season easily. Every beautiful day was followed by a chilly one that didn’t allow a string of days to let us ride a wave of pleasant weather.

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The change of seasons brings new experiences to embrace and a reminder of those people, places or events that have left us.

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This April we lost a former First Lady with the passing of Barbara Bush. You can read the link below from my post at Parade. It is about an episode of Cooking Live with Food Network’s Sara Moulton and it included favorite recipes from First Ladies like Nancy Reagan, Jackie Kennedy, Rosalyn Carter and Barbara Bush.


Sara was kind enough to share the link on her Facebook page. Take a look at the post, her other recipes and ideas here in this link.


Bring on spring and the start of a new garden season! The garden is life. Life in a garden is peace.


It Felt Like Spring on a February Morning in the Garden

Every once in a while a February day can bring uncharacteristically warm weather and sunshine. We had one of those last week and it set a record in our area. It was the perfect reminder that the spring season is getting a little closer every day.


There are signs of spring all around if you look closely. A bud here and there. Maybe a  new green shoot or leaf bursting forth on branches and in the ground.


That’s the thing about perennial gardens – they move through time with you in cycles. This is the time of year when everything starts to wake up and appear once again.