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Claudia Ward
Bridgehampton, NY
Interests: Photography, travel, cooking, writing,
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I mentioned recently how I love being in the farm fields at Babinski's early in the morning, just "south of the highway" in Water Mill. Watching all the fruits, vegetables and herbs ripen and ready themselves for picking. Eggplant, peppers (hot & sweet), tomatoes, corn and rosemary are just a few making their August appearance. I just had to put together a short celebratory slide show (click there) which I hope you enjoy as much as I enjoyed compiling it. Photos & Slide Show ©2021 Claudia Ward Music: The Rehearsal by Alexandre Desplat from soundtrack of The King's Speech. Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2021 at Open Window
A New Office © 2021 Claudia Ward I never really thought about retirement. I've worked at least part of the year, every year since I was 13, which was just a few decades ago! Well twelve years ago, the bank I worked for "downsized" and I was part of that downsizing, and thus began my early "retirement". Initially, I tried to be re-employed but that came to naught, so Peter and I started doing those things we'd dreamt of doing but hadn't had the time to do like traveling, seriously taking up photography, and in my case, cooking. As many... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2021 at Open Window
Spring's New residents in Town After a long winter and an even longer year, Spring, with its warming temperatures and bright colors, is exceptionally welcome and appreciated this year! Despite the lingering chill in the early hours of the day, daffodils and crocuses are braving their new world ... and I for one am immensely grateful. The world has seemed so grey and bleak for months on end and to my great joy, these ever-so-cheerful and colorful Spring flowers greeted me as I approached the path to my office one morning last week. I just had to share some of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2021 at Open Window
In my car, I treat myself to SiriusXM Radio and one of my favorite channels is 40s Junction. It just makes me smile. I know the 40s was war-time and Many, many songs spoke about our soldiers abroad and their sweethearts at home. Entertainers knew they had to reflect the times, at the same time being uplifting and positive. The Andrews Sisters sang "Three Little Sisters" "each one only in her teens", about their respective beaus: One loved a soldier One loved a sailor And one loved a lad from the marines ... and how they would stay true until... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2021 at Open Window
Snowdrops - First sign of Spring Finally, there are signs of Spring and the days are now longer than our nights. Before long, the chill in the air will be replaced with those lovely warm breezes that coax everything to bloom and we humans outdoors for hours basking in the warmth of the longed-for sun. First Spring Morning ©2021 Claudia Ward Happy Spring everyone! Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2021 at Open Window
What to do with leftover Roast Beef? Peter and I picked up a boneless ribeye roast at Costco last week. My challenge, once that first meal is done, is to find full-flavored ways to use the leftovers. Surfing the net, I stumbled upon a site called Bread Booze Bacon ... and lo and behold, there I found this amazingly delicious sandwich, the Bourbon Bacon Roast Beef Slider. I am not a sandwich lover and never have been but I dreamt about this sandwich last night! Jack Daniel's Candied Bacon, roast beef, and cheddar cheese on a buttered roll - this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2021 at Open Window
Working for an Historical Society, you might think I'm speaking about "the ages" ... Prehistory, Ancient, Middle, Modern, and Contemporary. But I'm not. I've been living amongst the ages all my life. The contemporaries, the olders, and the elders. To learn to "socialize", as contemporary toddlers we were placed together to learn how to "play well with one another". We learned from each other ... skills, words, behaviors, and possibilities. But we were always taken care of by the olders ... parents, older siblings, cousins, teachers, and even neighbors. These olders taught us good behavior, principals, morals, standards, mechanical techniques,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2021 at Open Window
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We never really know when long running-strain or -stress is taxing us because we must keep going. But I had the great good fortune to have a winter birthday at the same time as a nor'easter, and basically have had most of a week off. I'd truly forgotten what it was to plan a day just for me. What did I do? Read, cooked, walked and enjoyed the storms. The second storm has been the best in my judgement. Snow in the daytime hours and then frigid air to make everything ice over. Not good if you must go somewhere,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2021 at Open Window
For Christmas, I asked my sister for a book by Alexandra Stafford entitled Bread Toast Crumbs and that's what I found under our tree. I have read it once cover to cover and couldn't wait to make the master recipe, the one that is the building block for the rest of the book - the recipe for her mother's Peasant Bread. Before I started I faced two challenges: Finding two 1-quart pyrex bowls (the bread is cooked in the bowls) and finding RapidRise Yeast. Well I compromised on the bowls because 1-quart bowls are no where to be found in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2021 at Open Window
Many of you know that I work at the Sag Harbor Historical Society (SHHS) as their Office Manager. Well I'm also sharing some of the skills I've learned by doing this blog for the last 10 years. For the last two years SHHS has had an event called Annie's Field of Jack O'Lanterns. Annie refers to Annie Cooper Boyd (ACB) who once owned the house that the Society now calls home and she was a prolific artist and diarist. The event is held on Halloween Eve and Halloween enthusiasts carve pumpkins and bring them to the ACB House to decorate... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2020 at Open Window
Building a Vocabulary If you've read this blog for any amount of time, you know that I truly enjoy words. Selecting the right word can add color to a description and clarity to a position, and in some cases both. Over the past four years, my vocabulary has expanded into topics and areas that I would never have considered part of life in the United States, let alone any vernacular. Sure, I'd heard some of these words from time to time, but infrequently, such that I had no true familiarity with how they would be used to describe or identify... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2020 at Open Window
Pitted Cherries ©2020 Claudia Ward Cherries have always been just for eating on a summer day, especially at the beach, but things changed when I read a recent blog post from David Lebovitz about Cherry Jam. Simmering Cherries for Cherry Jam ©2020 Claudia Ward Lebovitz has been involved with food his entire life as a cook, a baker, a food blogger and cookbook author. In the beginning, he spent nearly thirteen years at Alice Waters' Chez Panisse in California. He moved to Paris in 2004 and has written nine books, my favorites of which are The Perfect Scoop (all about... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2020 at Open Window
The New Normal "Necessity is the Mother of Invention" and the need to create a new normal during this pandemic has led to some inventive and entertaining solutions. Outdoor dining is now "de riguere", with sidewalks and parking lots being converted to "patio-dining". Backyards have become gardens where one can relax in the fresh air and enjoy a cool beverage. "To Go" is now the thing to do with pick-up services having fancy titles like the Butcher Shoppe and Curbside Kitchen despite the backdoor delivery. "Cocktails to go" are even permitted with one restaurant loudly advertising in every window the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2020 at Open Window
Peony 2011 Claudia Ward When I first thought I'd like to seriously focus my energies on photography, I fell in love with the Flower Photography of Sue Bishop. To this day, I will say her images are some of the most beautiful I have seen of any subject, ever. I devoured her book Digital Flower Photography, envying the ethereal effects she's able to create. That was soon followed by her Photographing Flowers, and then Color Light & Composition. I encourage everyone to check out her image gallery on her website (click here). I spent hours, days and weeks practicing -... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2020 at Open Window
4th of July 2020 Style Growing up the 4th of July was my very favorite holiday. It was so original and festive on Cape Cod. The parade down Main Street started the day off, led by our own marching band dressed in red band uniforms with navy piping and out in the very front was the band leader dressed in white and a topcoat all trimmed with gold braid and carrying a marching baton. He was our own Music Man. The parade had a theme every year and businesses in town would create a float matching the theme. At the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2020 at Open Window
Jellied Consommé Madrilène © 2019 Claudia Ward As the temperature rises, we all migrate toward anything iced or chilled - iced tea, ice cream (of course), chilled vichyssoise, and chilled jellied consommé madrilène. My father loved all of these: iced tea with fresh mint, ice cream - chocolate & vanilla especially, chilled vichyssoise with a sprinkling of chopped fresh chives, and jellied madrilène with a squeeze of lemon juice. I posted the recipe for the jellied madrilène last September but am so excited that it's that time of year again, I'm sharing it here once more. If you're interested in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2020 at Open Window
I have tried over the last ten years to make this blog primarily subject oriented: photography, food, travel, and living, and the latter was loosely defined. It truly depended on what was passing through my mind: thoughts of relatives who have passed on, the differences in taste buds (savory vs sweet), perspectives (normal and unusual), .... just aspects of every day living. I tried to keep my personal thoughts on politics, economics, religion, social justice or injustice, and democracy out of this small blog, but it becomes harder and harder, if I want to write at all. I am ashamed... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2020 at Open Window
Main Street - First Day of Summer Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2020 at Open Window
Blooming Gladiator Allium © 2019 Claudia Ward The Gladiator Alliums planted in front of the Sag Harbor Historical Society fascinate me in their various stages of growth and development. Giant Allium Mid-Bloom © 2019 Claudia Ward These perennials begin with planting their large bulbs in the fall. Gladiator Allium in Mid-Bloom © 2019 Claudia Ward They bloom in the late Spring and early Summer and can be 3-4 feet tall and have blossoms that are 6-inches in diameter. Giant Allium in Full Bloom © 2019 Claudia Ward Easy to maintain, Gladiator Alliums thrive in direct sunlight and good drainage, and... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2020 at Open Window
With all the shortages we're experiencing, one has to be creative .... so when I couldn't find any frozen puff pastry at the supermarket recently, I decided to see how hard it would be to make my own. (I wanted to make Ham and Leek Empanadas, and puff pastry wraps around that yummy ham and leek mixture perfectly.) Well lo and behold, it's really easy, and I'd even say fun. Only four ingredients, the same that I use for pie pastry, and a slightly different treatment. Making Puff Pastry I used my Cuisinart to grate the frozen butter, (first time... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2020 at Open Window
Any photographer will tell you that photography is all about the light. In fact, the word is derived from the Greek photos ("light") and graphe ("drawing"). Spotlight Refractions in the Fog © 2020 Claudia Ward One morning this past week, it was quite foggy which did little to nothing for my sunrise images. On the way home, I pass a golf club that happens to have a small pond just off the first tee. It's often quite still and becomes a rather enchanting reflection pool. I pulled in the driveway at the off chance that this might be the case... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2020 at Open Window
May 2nd 5:48:32 a.m. May 2nd 5:48:44 a.m. I recently posted a photograph on Facebook and was blown away by the response there was too it. I had more likes and comments on it than any other image I've ever posted anywhere. (Photo is shown below.) I love the image as well but the response made me think. My husband is a photographer too and I always show him the photos I take in any shoot. I appreciate his experience and his eye, and have learned a tremendous amount from him, photographically-speaking, over the years. So I asked him to... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2020 at Open Window
Graduation Mortarboard 2020 marks the 50th year since my classmates and I graduated from High School. Where did the time go?! Sadly our reunion had to be cancelled because of COVID 19 and is now tentatively rescheduled for Spring 2021. In preparing for reunion, the organizers were very creative and thought it would be great fun and interesting if the class created a year book for this semicentennial event. They created a small questionnaire to help direct our thoughts which we could use or not, as we wished. I found the questions unexpectedly thought provoking. I responded to the questionnaire... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2020 at Open Window
A Placid Morning Moment ©2020 Claudia Ward Placid: "... serenely free of ... disturbance". When I read the dictionary definition of the word placid, I knew it was a perfect description of what I so appreciated about this early morning moment. While our days are so crammed with almost nothing but disturbing disturbances, I yearn to have and to hold on to a moment or two "serenely free of disturbance" and I am determined to have them. We all should seek them out and cherish them when they happen. Small jewels in time that no one can take away from... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2020 at Open Window