Food Emergency: Charred Chard

CSA (Community Sponsored Agriculture) is a very good thing — for the farmer and the consumer, but where the farmer’s job—as tough as it depending on the elements—finishes with the harvest, the challenges faced by the home cook and CSA shareholder vary wildly from week to week. (Kale AGAIN, and just what the hell IS that round green thingy?) You can do a LOT of things with tomatoes, but a summer surplus of zucchini and the like can be as much food for jokes as a family. My friend Deborah’s most recent crisis had to do with Swiss chard—too much, too soon, and too often. While my flippant suggestion to “burn it” was only half in jest, a little playing around by the fire resulted in yet another quasi-Mediterranean take on Hudson River Valley produce. (NOTE: While it’s too late to take advantage of local CSA for this season, it’s definitely not too early to start thinking about the next.

Local Color: Summertime Blues

By Joe Dizney

The early days of July 2010 in the Highlands have run the gamut from amazingly cool to blisteringly hot. In the garden, the pinks and whites of spring roses and peonies have given way to the cool purples of early-summer lavender, hydrangeas and butterfly bush. And even the deep reds of the blossoming bee balm contain traces of an unexpected blue that’s echoed in the clear sky, and laughs in the face of the high-summer heat that has descended on us. My favorite seasonal specimen of this hue is of an even more common provenance. You’re seen it: a weed glaringly abundant on the roads where we drive or bike, the common chicory (cichorium intybus) is a wild, perennial herb that scatters its starbursts of periwinkle flowers on gangly, unkempt stalks, set off at strange angles, tightly clasped at the base by a crown of hairy, saber-like leaves not unlike the dandelion’s. Known as the “blue dandelion” in Europe, it is regularly misidentified as cornflower due to the shape and coloring of its flowers.

Local Resident Mike Tully Passes Away

By Leonora Burton
It is with great sadness that I write about the death of Mike Tully. A dear friend for many years, he passed away on July 8. He is survived by his wife, Mary Louse, four sons and eight grandchildren.        The wakes will be held at Cliton Funeral Home on Monday and Tuesday. The funeral will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Cold Spring on July 13th at 11am.