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Friday, August 31, 2012

From a Brooklyn Garden

LIFESTYLE + FOOD:
arugula, basil, yellow grape tomatoes, Tuscan kale, poona keera, cucumber, sage
As August rolls into September, summer starts to fade while backyard gardens burst with homegrown pride. After a visit to a friend's garden in Clinton Hill, I left with Tuscan kale, arugula, sage, basil, yellow grape tomatoes, and an odd cucumber (poona keera...thought it was an eggplant at first). The sun kissed warmth of the fragrant herbs and just picked vegetables almost radiated from the crowded canvas sack. 

chili pepper
Headed to the nearest grocery store. Decided to cook beef sauteed with the fresh sage, onions, garlic and Union Square Farmers' Market chili peppers. In the check-out line, a woman inhaled deeply and exclaimed in a bright, melodic Caribbean lilt the basil's aroma was "wonderful." Without hesitation, I shared the basil and even some of the sage. The check-out girl smiled in disbelief. I texted my friend, the gardener. Her reply..."See gardens r for sharing."
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