A few weekends ago, I had the chance to visit the Hudson Valley. It wasn’t my first time but every visit has been to a different town and the best part it how beautiful it is within a short distance that is the concrete mass of Manhattan.
I love to cook and garden. These were things I gave up on when I moved to the city in late 2005, after my divorce. My tiny apt was not conducive to cooking elaborate meals nor for growing anything. I do still cook but its on a much more basic scale then when entertaining clients and family alike happened on the regular. Now, I have seamless and get my fresh herbs in a plastic container.
There is something cathartic about hands in the earth and seeing a finished product from something born of a seedling. I took advantage of the farmer’s market while in Tarrytown, and bought some root veggies, rosemary focaccia and Korean-style short ribs. I’ve never made short ribs before but what the heck! I made up a marinade of ACV, raw honey, garlic and thyme.
What I think I enjoyed the most was the spontaneity of it. There was no plan. It just unfolded and ended up being juicy and delicious.
A metaphor for life – you put your passion and love not what you enjoy and sometimes that is all you need to create a spectacular memory. The moment is there to grab and enjoy so why not seize it and savor!
Music mood: Chris Stapleton ” Tennessee Whiskey”
Chef naughty xo