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The Dark Days Of Winter

Hello there old friend! I know I haven’t been posting as much lately, but sadly fall and winter isn’t exactly prime gardening time. However, fear not, I have some canning and cooking-related posts bubbling up to a nice boil and I will be focusing on those two areas as the days get shorter.

In other news, The Meat Hook, a new butcher that is housed with The Brooklyn Kitchen Labs, recently opened up and since it is right around the corner from me I decided to stop by and see what all the fuss was about. I am sort of spoiled in that I live in a neighborhood with quite a few butchers, bakeries and fish mongers, so I was surprised when I heard about a new “celebrity” restaurant-linked butcher shop (the butcher is run by ex-Marlow and Sons/Diner people) opening up in the area. A few months I ago I was disappointed with one of the other butcher shops near me when I went to go buy chicken and all they had was Perdue chicken breasts the size of a small lap dog. I’m not a foodie-snob by any means but come on: if I wanted Perdue chicken I would just go to the supermarket. I stopped by The Meat Hook to have a peek and was very pleased by their selection and service, so go there! Go now! Go MEAT!

Anyways, getting back to what was the real point of this rambling tale, I noticed that in The Brooklyn Labs section of the store that they had an amazing selection of home brewing ingredients and equipment. I have very little experience with home brewing but I was thinking about reading up on it and writing about it on this blog as a way to make up for my lack of gardening posts. So, once I get the guts (and funds) to buy some brewing equipment, expect to see some brewing-related posts.

Also: The Brooklyn Labs was pretty cool although it looked like it still was under construction. They had some bulk items, cheese and milk, some basic veggies and lots of strange and wonderful spices (although I still couldn’t find Dill seed, which I have been searching for since this summer when I was making pickles). If you live in Williamsburg you should definitely check it out.



clematisHello there! I’ve made some small changes to this blog. First, the most obvious change, I’ve changed the name of the site to “The Brooklyn Gardener” and changed the main domain to “Shout it from the rooftops” was just too long of a name for a blog and it didn’t really reveal anything about the nature of this blog. Everything (including the email, for now) still goes through the old Shout It From The Rooftops name. Baby steps!

Secondly, I’ve expanded the focus of this site to include cooking (specifically using ingredients from gardens) and preserving. That isn’t that big of news since I was already writing about that stuff before, but now it is just official. Don’t worry, the main focus of the site will still be gardening but I just wanted to include those new categories in with the blog. I’ve also created new tags to make using this website a little bit easier: Gardening, Cooking, Preserving and the ever popular Guides are probably the most important categories for you to know about.

I’ve also updated the “About” section and, here is the part that will hopefully interest you, decided to make a commitment of at least two posts a week to this blog. So, that is my guarantee to you, the reader! If I don’t post at least two times a week, assume that I am dead (or on vacation).

Hopefully you will find that these changes make my humble little blog a little bit easier to use. Feel free to email me to let me know how you feel about the new direction!