Autumn in New Amsterdam: Tasty!
Autumn in New Amsterdam: Tasty!

I just spent all my allowance on food. But honestly, you would’ve done the same, right? It was a beautiful autumn day in New York, and there were rows and rows of tempting food vendors at the New Amsterdam Market. I attended the market for the first time in June last year, and it’s just gotten bigger and better in the interim. If you’ve not been, the New Amsterdam is kind of a cross between the Brooklyn Flea, the Union Square Farmers Market and the food markets at Essex Street and Chelsea.

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On Brooklyn Home Brewing and Hopping with Anticipation
On Brooklyn Home Brewing and Hopping with Anticipation

Remember the anticipation of childhood? The upcoming birthday. Christmas morning. Summer camp. Children are capable of an eagerness so passionate, you can almost watch them vibrate when they ponder certain approaching moments. Of course, we soon learn that the anticipation is often strangely sweeter than the ultimate gratification. But I must admit, I’m feeling some great, giddy excitement since visiting the Brooklyn Flea recently and picking up one of Brooklyn Brew Shop’s dandy little homebrew beer kits.

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A (Modern) Jazz Age Cocktail:
Recipes Travel A (Modern) Jazz Age Cocktail:

“First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.” F. Scott Fitzgerald Say you find yourself standing on an uninhabited island among gaily costumed picnickers with a cocktail in your hand, a dance floor and orchestra before you, a pie contest to your left and the Dorothy Parker Society just behind you. Never fear. You’re probably not dreaming. You probably didn’t fall into a time warp.

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Garden of Eve Farm Trip III: How to plan CSA Shares
Garden of Eve Farm Trip III: How to plan CSA Shares

As city-based CSA member, I’m on the receiving end of a long process. Vegetables, fruit, flowers and eggs just magically show up every week at my CSA drop-site in Brooklyn, leaving me with very vague notions of the machinations behind the mesclun mix. A recent trip out to my CSA source, Garden of Eve Farm, finally unveiled some of the hard work and careful planning that go into each bulb of fennel and head of cabbage I nestle into my weekly totebag of goodies.

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Garden of Eve Farm Trip II: The Antique Roadshow
Garden of Eve Farm Trip II: The Antique Roadshow

All-Crop Combine in the back, New Holland (a seeder, I think) up in the front. One of the most interesting things I learned while visiting Garden of Eve Farm just recently is the way that small-scale organic veggie farmers like Chris and Eve are looking to the technology of yesterday to help them streamline their work today. When you really think about it, this makes sense. It wasn’t until after WWII that American farmers started using industrial pesticides and fertilizers.

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Garden of Eve Farm Trip I: Farming Farmstands and CSA Sales
Garden of Eve Farm Trip I: Farming Farmstands and CSA Sales

Having been a CSA member for many years, it’s my great shame that I’ve only just visited the source of my delicious veggies. Thankfully, now I’ve been there and back, returning with armfuls of fun things to share. But first, a little context: Garden of Eve Farm spreads out across 120 acres on Long Island near the Long Island Sound. They farm a variety of fruits, vegetables, flowers and honey, and they supply a farmstand, as well as farmers market sales and CSA shares that are delivered to New York City and Long Island.

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Black Eyes, Green Thumbs: Roller Derby Gardening
Black Eyes, Green Thumbs: Roller Derby Gardening

I’m convinced that if there’s ever an apocalypse, you really want a roller derby girl on your side. Not only do they have rough and tumble skills and mighty muscles for fighting off the zombie hordes, derby girls tend to be some of the most ambitious, multi-talented people I know. Case in point: Suzy Hotrod — professional photographer, guitarist in a punk band, speed demon on a flat track, horchata aficionado… and urban gardener.

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Making the Best Amateur Cookbook Ever.
Making the Best Amateur Cookbook Ever.

“I think I need more,” she said, with only the slightest trace of sheepish guilt in her expression. “If I give you money, can you see if they have more?” Tomorrow is my CSA pick-up day. But today, my coworker, a fellow local food devotee, is hitting me up. She’s shoving money in my hands. For vegetables? Nah. For fruit? Nope. She wants cookbooks . Cookbooks produced by CSA volunteers, no less.

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Old World vs New World: a Ricotta Comparison
Old World vs New World: a Ricotta Comparison

I was up at Coach Farm with some of my coworkers in Upstate New York last Friday. In the days since, I’ve been trying to wrangle all the video clips together into a watchable form. Thus far, I’ve got a quick video that illustrates how they’re doing a brand-new product: ricotta cheese. If you’re a cheese person, you already know that ricotta is a classically useful product for cheesemakers because it’s made with the cast-offs of the cheesemaking process: the whey.

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The Unsinkable Miss Molly

This week, Miss Molly Del Monte is all over the New York press for heading up the newly renovated kitchen at Vutura , the restaurant at Williamsburg’s Rose Live Music. But we knew her back in the day. Just a couple of years ago, this blog followed Miss Molly’s zany adventures in Italy as a young cook struggling with everything from snarky kitchen politics to the quest for a well-formed strudel.

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About Me

Miss Ginsu is a nom-nom-nom de plume of Leitha Matz, who worked at Tabla and FreshDirect in NYC, wrote about the food scene from 2004 to 2009 in Brooklyn and presently lives in Berlin. Occasionally seen on TV cooking segments, Leitha has also written for FreshDirect, contributed to Cee Cee Berlin, The Food52 Cookbook and has been interviewed/quoted in The Food Keeper as well as The Washington Times and Salon.

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