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Understory: Juried Exhibition of the Guild of American Papercutters
April 19, 2021

Understory: Juried Exhibition of the Guild of American Papercutters APRIL 19th - JULY 10th Turning Cut Paper into Art Understory refers to the rich variety of life and activity found near and on the forest floor, where little sun penetrates. A juried selection of cut paper artwork by Guild of American Papercutters (GAP) members, explores the literal and figurative understory, as well as hidden, underground, or underwater ecosystems of any kind. The Guild of American Papercutters is a membership-based community that promotes awareness about, preserves the heritage of, and advances the art of papercutting. We invite you to visit and [...]

2022-01-24T16:09:10-05:00

Collectors Collecting Collections
February 9, 2021

Collectors Collecting Collections FEBRUARY 9th - OCTOBER 30th Highfield opens the exciting new Winter 2022 season with an expertly curated one-of-a-kind exhibition exploring the time-honored tradition of collecting. What one collects, why, and how one collects will be surveyed throughout 2022 in a series of four installations. What one collects, why, and how one collects, will be explored throughout 2022 in the curated series of four installations titled, Collectors Collecting Collections. Whether an artistic, scientific, eccentric, or sentimental pursuit, collecting has been a passion for centuries, and understanding why people collect has been a topic of interest for many of [...]

2022-01-24T16:10:11-05:00

Hetty McKinnon’s Flourless Soy Sauce Brownies
Jan. 13, 2022

Week 89: RECIPE OF THE WEEK FROM THE STAFF AT HIGHFIELD HALL & GARDENS, GAIL BLAKELY Soy sauce brownies? As someone used to say in politics, “You betcha!” You have to try these to believe them–dark and dense. Served chilled, they are positively delicious! Use the best chocolate and cocoa you can afford and a good brand of almond meal (such as King Arthur Baking or Bob’s Red Mill). I like tamari in these, but you could use low-sodium soy sauce if that’s what you have on hand. Enjoy! Email Gail

2022-01-18T07:23:40-05:00

Auntie D’s Date Nut Bread
Dec. 16, 2021

Week 87: RECIPE OF THE WEEK FROM THE STAFF AT HIGHFIELD HALL & GARDENS, TARA BURKE When we think about the holidays, we often times look at our past traditions to create memories in the present. In our family, my sister's Date Nut Bread has been a staple whenever we gather for the holidays. The funny thing about tradition is, you never know what's going to "stick" with the next generation. So, as my adult children were preparing for their recent holiday away from home, the one recipe they called me for was Auntie D's Date Nut Bread! Naturally, [...]

2022-01-10T15:55:38-05:00

Grown Up Mac & Cheese
Dec. 9, 2021

Week 86: RECIPE OF THE WEEK FROM THE STAFF AT HIGHFIELD HALL & GARDENS, ALISON MARTIN Mac & cheese is always a good meal for cold winter nights, especially during the busy holiday season since it's easy to prep ahead and then reheat! This mac & cheese recipe is best prepared using a large lasagna pan to contain all of the delicious pasta, cheese and béchamel sauce. Email Gail

2021-12-21T07:39:38-05:00

Monsignor’s Decadence
Dec. 2, 2021

Week 85: RECIPE OF THE WEEK FROM THE STAFF AT HIGHFIELD HALL & GARDENS, GAIL BLAKELY This is a decades old favorite recipe, updated for our new(ish) available ingredients. I used a package of Godiva instant dark chocolate pudding mix and 12 ounces of Guittard dark chocolate chips. The result was beyond my expectations…garnish with holiday “bling” or just serve plain, dusted with powdered sugar.  Fresh raspberries in the middle are optional. This cake was enjoyed by a “Cooking for Hanukkah” class as well as by the crew setting up our Holidays at Highfield. I wish we had a photo [...]

2021-12-08T12:17:36-05:00

Potato-Leek Tart with Gochujang & Honey
Nov. 18, 2021

Week 84: RECIPE OF THE WEEK FROM THE STAFF AT HIGHFIELD HALL & GARDENS, MICHELLE ITZKOWITZ Puff pastry is the perfect balance of crunchy and buttery for tarts like this one. Serve this potato-leek tart as a first course or alongside roast turkey instead of mashed potatoes! Recipe by Nik Sharma of The Flavor Equation and EatingWell Magazine (November 2021). Email Gail

2021-11-30T16:21:32-05:00

Garden Tip 72:
November 18, 2021

Garden Tip 72: LEAVE THE LEAVES! The hard frosts have come and the leaves have fallen. We are all familiar now with the idea of leaving the leaves. Leaves break down in the soil adding nutrients and organic matter and over a short time become gardeners gold. I mow my lawn frequently this time of year not to cut the grass but to mulch, bag and harvest the leaves that have fallen on the lawn.  I spread these mulched leaves on garden beds near walkways and outdoor living areas. In larger garden beds and shrub borders I simply rake the [...]

2021-11-28T14:28:22-05:00

Garden Tip 71:
November 11, 2021

Garden Tip 71: HARVESTING TUBERS November is here and we have had our first frost of the season. This is a signal to plants in the garden that it is indeed time to stop growing and shut down for the winter. Plants grown from tubers that are not winter hardy such as canna lily and dahlia can be dug now and stored for planting again next season. I harvest the tubers when the weather is predicted to be sunny for a couple of days. After digging the tubers I remove the stems and any excess soil. It is important [...]

2021-11-17T09:28:40-05:00

Garden Tip 70:
November 4, 2021

Garden Tip 70: FALL PERENNIAL CARE November is here, and many of us will be cutting back perennials and getting garden beds ready for winter. As we go about this task, it is important to remember that some perennials with woody stems should be cut back in the spring instead of the fall to avoid winter damage and to enhance their performance in the summer garden. Perennials in this category include buddleia, caryopteris, hypericum and perovskia. During fall cleanup it is also important to watch for plants that have been plagued with any insect or disease problems during the [...]

2021-11-17T09:30:54-05:00

Cleora Butler’s Mother’s Gingerbread
Nov. 4, 2021

Week 82: RECIPE OF THE WEEK FROM THE STAFF AT HIGHFIELD HALL & GARDENS, GAIL BLAKELY This is perhaps the best gingerbread I have ever made. It's not too sweet, good for breakfast and snacking. It's a southern recipe, easily halved if you want. I usually bake it in two pans and give one away. Email Gail

2021-11-09T09:27:10-05:00

Garden Tip 69:
October 28, 2021

Garden Tip 69: CUTTING BACK MONTAUK DAISIES Recently I was asked by a Highfield Gardener how to keep the fall blooming Montauk Daisy from flopping over. It has been my experience that when left on their own they do indeed tend to collapse when in full bloom. This can be controlled by a bit of timely pruning to keep the plants shorter and encourage stronger stem growth. In late fall, when the plants have shut down and turned yellow, I cut them down to three or four inches above soil line. The more significant cut happens in mid- to-late [...]

2021-11-06T07:21:19-04:00

Jamie Oliver’s Famous and Fabulous Milk Chicken
Oct. 28, 2021

Week 81: RECIPE OF THE WEEK FROM THE STAFF AT HIGHFIELD HALL & GARDENS, CEDITH COPENHAVER This is one of those recipes that makes you stop and say “excuse me? Did you say chicken in milk?” Then most people will follow-up with, “thanks but no thanks." It is, however, one of those recipes that sounds so crazy but is absolutely perfect! Email Gail

2021-11-01T15:59:12-04:00

Instant Pot Wild Rice Soup with Mushrooms and Spinach
Oct. 20, 2021

Week 80: RECIPE OF THE WEEK FROM THE STAFF AT HIGHFIELD HALL & GARDENS, MICHELLE ITZKOWITZ This week's recipe features Instant Pot Wild Rice Soup with mushrooms and spinach. It's a healthy vegetarian soup recipe that is easy, fast, gluten-free and vegan adaptable! (Inspired from Pinch of Yum) Email Gail

2021-10-26T14:47:55-04:00

Garden Tip 68:
October 14, 2021

Garden Tip 68: OVERWINTERING ANNUALS! Last week I spoke of preparing houseplants for the move indoors for winter. I move a few annuals in for the winter months as well. Garden centers cannot possibly carry all the varieties of annuals available to grow each season and they tend to switch things up year after year. For this reason, I dig and overwinter some of my favorite annuals to ensure that I will have them again for the garden next spring. These plants require a sunny spot indoors and will need a bit of pruning and shaping to keep them in [...]

2021-10-26T14:41:12-04:00

Simple Fresh Fruit Cake
April 8, 2020

Week 3: This simple but delicious cake is based on a recipe that Martha Stewart developed years ago. It’s one of my favorite go-to desserts. Whenever I have some fresh fruit that I want to use up, I turn to this cake. This is the first time I made it in a cast iron skillet. I think I like it this presentation better than a pie plate or cake pan. It’s a little more rustic. What do you think? [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:1] E-MAIL GAIL

2020-04-15T22:45:51-04:00

Creamy Mushroom Soup
March 25, 2020

Week 1: Highfield's Culinary Director, Gail Blakely, selected Creamy Mushroom soup as this week's comfort food recipe. This soup turned out to be much better than the sum of its parts. The texture contrast between the two mushrooms was almost perfect, and the addition of a little soy sauce really brought out the mushroom-y flavor! [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:3] E-MAIL GAIL

2020-04-15T22:40:26-04:00

Lessons from the Fairies

Your Utopia: Lessons from the Fairies Fairy Houses for Summer 2020 Invitational Returning to Highfield Hall & Gardens for summer 2020 – “Lessons from the Fairies” allows us to imagine what nature spirits can teach us about our lives, and the positive impact we can have on the earth. Your Fairy House Utopia can take many forms and we welcome proposals from individuals, couples, or families. We have room for up to 30 creations on the property and looking for originality, choice of materials, site sensitivity, a sketch, and a written description about what makes [...]

2020-06-02T00:17:19-04:00
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