Garden Cocktails

July 03, 2012
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“Elixir of fruit juice, crushed root, and golden honey date back to the dawn of time and far beyond the written word,” noted Charles H. Baker Jr., author of the esteemed 1939 volume The Gentleman's Companion. And indeed, it can be argued that virtually all cocktails stem from ingredients pulled in some manner from the earth, be it the julep (whose name, according to the above title, comes from the “Persian gulab, or Arab julab, meaning rose water”) or the fresh strawberry juice-infused La Fraise d'Amour.

Southern California-based landscape architect Heather Lenkin took an old driveway and mound of dirt behind one of the Los Angeles area’s oldest homes and transformed it into an outdoor living area complete with a trellised dining space, living room with fireplace, Jacuzzi, playhouse (for the homeowner’s 5-year-old twins), cutting garden and a fully stocked outdoor kitchen perfect for year-round entertaining.

Planning an Outdoor Kitchen

May 23, 2012
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The owners of this Camden, Maine, home love to throw large dinner parties, so Rockport-based designer Deborah Chatfield kept the design simple. “They wanted the feeling of Tuscan loggia, so we used stone and had our cabinet maker build a long wood table,” she says. 

Slice of Heaven: Pizza Ovens

October 31, 2011
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Photo by Rob Cardillo, design by Mark Mendel and Monterey Masonry.

The 20 minutes it takes to cook a pizza in a regular oven might not seem like much of a wait, but it will feel like an eternity once you have the opportunity to flash cook a pie in an old-fashioned, wood-fired pizza oven. A Neapolitan-style pizza bakes to perfection in just less than three minutes in the traditional dome-shaped chamber, and the experience of pulling one, bubbling and crisp, from the oven is positively addictive.

Summer Cocktail: Watermelon Shrub

August 23, 2010
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1 small watermelon

1 quart white wine vinegar

1 quart sugar

Cucumbers, sliced thinly

1 ounce Pisco

1 1/4 ounces watermelon syrup (recipe below)

Club Soda

To make watermelon syrup:

"Quickie" Pizza

June 04, 2010
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From Russ Faulk at Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet: "This is the pizza I make most frequently at our plant in Kalamazoo when we have a pizza oven fired up. The ingredients come together quickly, and the pizza tastes fantastic."

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Landscape architect Raymond Jungles was told “the sky’s the limit” — literally — when commissioned by art collector and philanthropist Ella Fontanals-Cisneros to design her private rooftop garden, 34 stories above Coconut Grove and Sailboat Bay, with panoramic views of the Miami cityscape. Fontanals-Cisneros wanted an outdoor kitchen off the dining area that would blend in discreetly with the L-shaped rooftop’s other living spaces.

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