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It’s almost Onion Soup season - are you ready?

Margaret Roach concurs that David Lebovitz’s recipe is stellar.  You should try it soon with those good farmers market onions… 

http://awaytogarden.com/david-lebovitzs-french-onion-soup-win-copy-my-paris-kitchen/

Let’s Make Fun Of: Anthropologie Furniture

This is pure genius.  Enjoy: 

I love to hate Anthropologie furniture. In particular, the way they stage it for their website. There’s this gross fantasy they’ve created of an art student who can afford to spend thousands of dollars on a paint-splattered flea market find. It’s like all their customers are aspiring to be Charlotte in Tiny Furniture (a loft-dwelling trust fund dilettante).

They’ve gone off the deep end with the juxtaposition. You know those fashion editorials every fall where models lasagned in Prada swing around street signs in Red Hook? It’s like that, but on acid. The settings are more deteriorated and the designs are more design-y. It’s like shopping from deep within Fuck Your Noguchi Coffee Table.

If you choose to purchase a piece of Anthropologie furniture, it will only really look right in one of three settings:

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1. An alternative gallery space six weeks from opening

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2. An urban cabin with faulty electrical wiring

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3. A crumbling Southern plantation (soon to be deemed “the new loft” by the NYTimes)


Let’s take a stroll through the Anthropologie furniture section together. What’s for sale today?

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Winter didn’t see to faze the Fargo/Hoyne Bee & Butterfly Garden.  Enjoy these brand-new spring shots: 

1) “Biedermeier” columbine, strawberries, tarragon, “Snowflake” catmint

2) “Champagne Elegance” bearded iris, “Everest” allium

3)  ”Coronation Gold” Achillea, “Star of Persia” allium

What to do with all of that Michigan asparagus…

…here’s a fine idea from Margaret Roach - somewhere halfway between a quiche and a frittata, and loaded with asparagus.  Really good eats.  

Early season blooms at the Shakespeare Garden, Northwestern University - Easter Sunday, 4/20/14

 1) Scilla

2) Narcissus, scilla 

3) Peony shoots

4) Naturalized narcissus outside the formal garden confines

5) Robust naturalized scilla

6) A white scilla variety 

A year ago, this is how far along the snowdrops were at the Shakespeare Garden in Evanston.  This year?  NOTHING.  We’re not alone, either… 

A year ago, this is how far along the snowdrops were at the Shakespeare Garden in Evanston.  This year?  NOTHING.  We’re not alone, either…