In My September Kitchen

Sep - Purple BasilSep - tomatoesInspired by Celia at figandlimecordial I am giving all of you a look inside my kitchen near Boston, Massachusetts. For the first scenes, I cheat a little by starting outside in a sunny spot in our back yard. Our growing season inches along most of the spring but has now reached its zenith. The purple basil, parsley and tomatoes keep us in caprese salad until October.

Figs

Sep - fig pizza

I also recently bought some fresh figs to use as a pizza topping with caramelized onions and prosciutto.

Sep - cookbooks

And I gathered the vintage cookbooks and family recipes I’ll be using in future blog posts about recreating apple desserts, a cake made with coffee as an ingredient, and traditional Virginia fare. I’m glad it’s cool enough to use the oven but I hope the frost stays out of the garden for a few more weeks!

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About heritagerecipebox

I am named after my great-grandmother, who only prepared two dishes, according to anyone who remembers: hamburgers shaped like squares and peanut butter sandwiches. Fast forward 100 years and 500 miles north from my hometown of Richmond, Virginia to Boston, Massachusetts. Somehow, I ended up with a cooking gene as well as an interest in history and family stories. I have worked as a journalist and published three cookbooks plus a memoir. This blog gives me a chance to share family recipes and stories -- and other American recipes with a past. What do you have to share?
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17 Responses to In My September Kitchen

  1. I love your fig pizza Clara, I may just have to try that out for myself. Thanks so much for the tour and welcome to IMK 🙂

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  2. I cannot wait for our figs to ripen on our tree.
    Have a super day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

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  3. welcome to IMK clara. it is fun isn’t it? I am fairly new to it myself and enjoy it every month. love your produce, and i love old cookbooks. and new ones and any ones really!

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  4. MamaD1xx4xy says:

    Welcome to IMK! I may have to try that pizza very soon, we have figs ripening on the tree now. Beautiful looking herb garden as well.

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  5. Ngan R. says:

    Hi Clara. I’m enjoying a look at your homegrown tomatoes, lovely figs, and sweet and savory pizza. I’m also looking forward to seeing your cakes and other Virginia fare from those vintage cookbooks. Have a great weekend!

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  6. G’day! Thanks for sharing your kitchen this month too!
    I am now salivating for pizza…and I will just have to make one today!
    Cheers! Joanne

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  7. Thanks for playing, Clara! That’s the purpliest purple basil I’ve ever seen! It seems to match so well with those gorgeous figs too! 🙂

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