Author Archives: diary of a tomato

My song of snow in sight

“…how slender my heart should you then doubt my fear of deep intention would you be more than the commended old wrong would you be still my song of snow in sight…” — Mia You, Contract between Forward and Reply

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Sushi and a Skate

If paradise is to be found here on earth, it would include sushi and a place to skate. With a free afternoon in Portland following a morning meeting, it was just a short walk over to Miyake for their lunchtime bento box. Each compartment … Continue reading

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(Re)Learning to Ski in Craftsbury, Vermont

Just spent the good part of a week at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, one of the premier training centers in New England, to brush up on my cross-country skiing skills, and came away feeling More Competent and certainly with Increased Confidence. Many … Continue reading

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Year of the Rooster

Today marks the beginning of the Chinese Lunar calendar, and what better way to celebrate than with a dimsum lunch of dumplings for luck in the New Year!

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Putting Up: Pickled Cranberries

These days leading up to the holidays are hectic ones, and this quick batch of Pickled Cranberries provided an unexpected moment of quiet in the kitchen, a kind of comfort in the making, as well as some glittering, festive jars that’ll keep me from arriving … Continue reading

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Tomato & Eggplant Tart

Cooler evenings, a subtle change in slant of light, and the beginning waves of turning color in the landscape has me thinking of fall dishes, and this rustic tart featuring voluptuous ripe tomatoes from Brandmoore Farm layered with plump eggplant from Orange Circle … Continue reading

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Interlude: Mooncake — The Lost Art

I’ve always thought of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival as the Moon Festival, for the special cakes that would appear just once yearly. This celebratory treat is filled with seemingly opposing flavors and textures — the solid yet yielding crust, the dense yet soft filling of … Continue reading

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