Sutton Foster Is Proud of Her Quarantine Garden, and All the New Recipes She’s Tried Because of It

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During quarantine, Sutton Foster has boldly gone where few New Yorkers have gone before: into the garden. The actress and Broadway star left New York City to quarantine at her lake house, finally giving her the opportunity to have her dream garden. “I’ve always wanted to grow a garden, but I live in New York City so it’s a little tricky,” Foster tells Woman’s Day. “I’ve never had the time, and all of the sudden I’m like, oh my gosh, we’ve been here the whole summer, and we’ve grown carrots from seeds!”

And carrots aren’t all Foster has been able to grow. “I have an herb garden, and chili peppers and jalapeños,” she says. “And we had these random seeds that grew gourds, and we’re growing a pumpkin that we’re going to carve for Halloween. It’s cool stuff like that where it’s like, oh my gosh we grew a pumpkin!”

Though growing produce has been a major source of Foster’s excitement, another reason she loves her garden is because of the cooking opportunities that come with it. And having grown everything from herbs to Brussels sprouts to squash, she’s been able to up her game in the kitchen. “I love cooking,” Foster says. “I’m making a lot of soups right now. I just made a chicken, mushroom, and rice stew, and it’s great to have for lunch.” As Foster begins rehearsals for The Music Man and filming for Younger, her plan is to make a new soup each week to take for lunch. “I’ve been doing a little bit of everything,” she says. Up next: Pumpkin apple soup using the apples she and her family picked on a recent visit to an orchard.

Foster has enjoyed getting her 3-year-old daughter Emily involved in the kitchen, too. “One of the things we’ve been making recently are smoothies,” Foster says. She has partnered with Lactaid milk to make a Cookie Monster smoothie bowl that her daughter loves. “My daughter is 3, so we drink a lot of milk around here,” Foster says. “I love milk, too, but I have a sensitivity, so I love Lactaid because it’s actually real milk it just doesn’t have the lactose, so it doesn’t upset my stomach. So we can use it in everything. We love to make the Cookie Monster smoothie bowl, and Emily likes to help make the googly eyes and the cookies. It’s so cute.”

Her daughter may be young, but Foster says Emily is an adventurous eater who loves a variety of foods from salmon to veggies to smoothies. “I make really great homemade french fries,” Foster says. “And a Bolognese sauce made from tomatoes that I grew from my garden. That’s what I’m most proud of, I think. I’m like, I grew tomatoes from the Earth!”

As Foster gets back to work, she’s hoping to continue cooking with her family. These days that means a new soup each week among other fun recipes. And of course,

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This ecologist was told she could keep her natural garden. Here’s why she’s fighting city hall anyway

An ecologist is challenging Toronto’s long grass and weed bylaw, even though the city exempted her from having to cut down her natural garden — which is home to tall shrubs and trees, as well as butterflies and chipmunks.

Nina-Marie Lister, an ecology and urban planning professor at Ryerson University, says she never asked for an exemption and she rejects it. Instead, she and her lawyer are arguing that the bylaw itself is unconstitutional and outdated, saying it goes against the city’s own pollinator protection and biodiversity strategies.

“[The current bylaw] really stands in the way of individual citizens on a small patch of yard trying to do the right thing at a time of biodiversity collapse and climate crisis,” said Lister, who was also a consultant on the city’s own biodiversity strategy.

The two are now drafting a replacement bylaw to present to the city this fall.

Lister and her family have been tending the garden at her home near Davenport Road and Christie Street for the past five years. It includes a front-yard meadow, a green roof and around 100 different species of plants, shrubs and trees, most of which are native to Ontario.

Nina-Marie Lister’s natural garden is home to about 100 different species of trees, plants and shrubs. (Lorraine Johnson)

“In the work that I do, it would be very odd for me not to have a garden that was full of life, rich in biodiversity and frankly, one that gives us enormous benefit as a community,” Lister said.

Lister, who is also and the director of Ryerson’s Ecological Design Lab, says the garden holds storm water, controls runoff and provides habitat for various birds and at-risk insects like monarch butterflies. It’s also been home to other creatures, including frogs, rabbits and chipmunks.

Plus, she says, it provides education and respite; passersby often stop and sit on logs that have been turned into makeshift seats, kids play in the flowers, and before the pandemic, school groups would come by.

‘The whole thing is ridiculous,’ lawyer says .

Lister says she hopes people get a sense of joy when they walk past the garden, but instead some have complained to the city.  A bylaw officer visited her home in August and said the garden violated the bylaw, which resulted in an order to mow it down.

The long grass and weed bylaw states grass, weeds and vegetation cannot be taller than 20 centimetres. A conviction can include forced mowing, at the landowner’s cost, and a fine of up to $5,000. That doesn’t include growth that’s part of a natural garden or planted to produce ground cover. Exemptions can be granted for natural gardens.

Some of Lister’s plants are between 90 and 120 centimetres. 

About 600 square metres of Nina-Marie Lister’s natural garden can be seen from the street. (John Lesavage/CBC)

Eventually, Lister was granted an exemption, but she says she didn’t apply for one and an inspection was never done to grant it.

Lister told the city

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Yemi Alade’s Vacation Home Kitchen Is So Stunning But She’s Never Actually Cooked In It

Singer-songwriter Yemi Alade showed us around her vacation home’s kitchen, and besides it being absolutely stunning, she talked about what makes it more unique than most other kitchens.

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When it comes to her kitchen staples, fresh fruits and vegetables are an absolute must. On her countertop, she had a platter of grapes, apples, pineapple, and some watermelon already chopped up and ready to be eaten. In her fridge she also had some drinks and leftovers, including a whole roasted fish that she kept in there to finish for lunch.

Since this is Yemi’s vacation home, her cabinets and pantry are practically empty as she doesn’t need ingredients and has admittedly never cooked in this kitchen: “In this particular pantry—my second home away from home—we find nothing in my pantry because I never cook. I never need to cook, and that is the fun part about this kitchen. You just get into this kitchen and get fed,” she said. One of her favorite foods to eat is bolognese.

The only thing she keeps in the cabinets are…plates. Seriously! There are not even pots and pans. Some things you’ll never find in her kitchen (besides basic ingredients!)? Firstly, zucchini is a no-go because she finds the vegetable “very weird.” She’ll also never have catfish around because she can’t eat it. You’ll also never ever find frog’s feet in her kitchen because although it’s a delicacy in her area, she just doesn’t like it.

“I think my kitchen is the coolest kitchen ever because ask any person out there and the coolest kitchen is the kitchen where you don’t have to cook because food is always available and it’s tasty,” Yemi said. “I should call my kitchen magic kitchen or something.”

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White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany says she’s tested positive for coronavirus



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White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany revealed she tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday morning and will start the “quarantine process,” becoming the latest person in President Trump’s orbit to get the virus.

“After testing negative consistently, including every day since Thursday, I tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday morning while experiencing no symptoms,” McEnany said in a statement. “No reporters, producers, or members of the press are listed as close contacts by the White House Medical Unit.”



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Other White House staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 at this point include senior adviser Hope Hicks and director of Oval Office operations Nick Luna. Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien also tested positive for COVID-19.

Former counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway has also tested positive and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who participated in debate prep with the president recently, did too and was admitted to the hospital over the weekend.

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In her statement, McEnany defended her decision to hold a press briefing last week the same day Hicks tested positive. The White House Correspondents Association has said several journalists have also tested positive.

“I definitively had no knowledge of Hope Hicks’ diagnosis prior to holding a White House press briefing on Thursday,” McEnany said, adding that “as an essential worker, I have worked diligently to provide needed information to the American people at this time.”

McEnany added: “With my recent positive test, I will begin the quarantine process and will continue working on behalf of the American people remotely.”

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McEnany’s positive COVID-19 test comes as Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has said Trump could be discharged from Walter Reed Military Medical Center, where he has been receiving treatment for the novel coronavirus since Friday, and return to the White House as early as Monday afternoon.

“Spoke to the president this morning,” Meadows said. “He continued to improve overnight and is ready to get back to a normal working schedule.”

He added that the president “will meet with his doctors and nurses this morning to make further assessments of his progress.”

Meadows added, “We are still optimistic that he will be able to return to the White House later today, with his medical professionals making that determination later today.”

Meadows, during an interview on “Fox & Friends,” said that the White House would know about the president’s potential release by “the earliest” Monday afternoon.

Meanwhile, as White House staff awaits the president’s return, McEnany said Sunday that the White House would not be releasing the names or the exact number of staffers who have become infected with the novel coronavirus –

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Rachael Ray Gives a Tour of the Guest House Where She’s Been Staying Since Her House Fire

Rachael Ray is giving fans an inside look at her current living situation after losing her home.

The celebrity chef, 52, who lost her New York home in a devastating house fire in August, has been living in her guest house with her husband John Cusimano ever since. On the latest episode of The Rachael Ray Show, airing Thursday, she gives world-renowned French chef Jacques Pepin a tour of the space.

After the fire, Jacques and Gloria Pepin, were “the only friends” who offered up their guest house to Ray and Cusimano to stay, she says on the episode. Ray wanted to assure Pepin that she is doing okay by giving him a tour of the space, which is decorated with Pepin’s artwork.

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Ray describes the guest house as a miniature replica of her now-destroyed home. “Although we lost our home, this is strangely homey because it is literally a small version of our house,” Ray says in a clip from her talk show.

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Throughout the tour, Ray points out specific design features to Pepin, like the gorgeous dual-sided stone fireplace in the middle of the house, and the open-floor layout. “Basically, I designed the house so you can see everything that’s going on in the house from the kitchen,” Ray explains.

Due to restrictions on the property, the square-footage on the guest house is rather small, but to make it appear bigger it was built upward with extremely high ceilings.

RELATED: Rachael Ray Shares First Look at the Aftermath of Her August House Fire

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Ray rounds out the tour with the pantry space, which is massive compared to typical pantries despite the square-foot restrictions — and she managed to build a sleeping loft above it to utilize more space.

In September, Ray opened up about the catastrophic fire on The Rachael Ray Show.

“On August 9th, my house burned,” she said. “15 years of memories; 40 years of notebooks, drawings, thoughts, my life’s work. In the years that I lived here, I learned an awful lot. In the few weeks since it burned, I think I’ve learned even more. Today, we’re going to share what’s left of our home with you.”

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Following news of the blaze in August, Ray thanked her fans on Twitter for their well wishes, and showed gratitude to the firefighters who helped extinguish the flames.

“Thank you to our local first responders for being kind and gracious and saving what they could of our home,” she wrote at the time. “Grateful that my mom, my husband, my dog… we’re all okay.”

She added: “These are the days we all have to be grateful for what we have, not what we’ve lost.”

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Ex-White House Staffer Says Trump Has ‘Disregard for Human Life’ and She’s Voting for Biden

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters at the White House during a coronavirus task force briefing on April 23.

A former White House staffer this week slammed the Trump administration’s novel coronavirus response as a “failure” and said she would be voting for Joe Biden — arguing President Donald Trump has displayed a “flat out disregard for human life.”

In response, the White House dismissed Olivia Troye as “disgruntled” and her assessment as “baseless.”

Troye — who worked as an aide for Vice President Mike Pence and who was on the coronavirus task force — spoke to The Washington Post in an article published Thursday.

Her striking comments come as nearly 200,000 people have died in the U.S. from the respiratory illness. At least 6.6 million Americans have contracted the virus so far, according to a New York Times tracker.

Troye worked for the Trump administration for the last two years and left in August. She told the Post that the president’s “main concern was the economy and his reelection.”

She said his response has cost lives.

“The president’s rhetoric and his own attacks against people in his administration trying to do the work, as well as the promulgation of false narratives and incorrect information of the virus have made this ongoing response a failure,” she told the paper.

The White House quickly responded with pre-written statements about Troye’s time working for the administration.

White House spokesman Judd Deere said Troye was a “disgruntled former detailee” and “her assertions have no basis in reality and are flat out inaccurate.”

Troye, 43, told a different story to the Post, saying she helped organize “every single meeting” that the coronavirus task force had, helped advise Vice President Pence, 61, on the coronavirus throughout the pandemic and had gone so far as to help his senior aides write a mid-June editorial in the Wall Street Journal that defended the administration’s response to the virus.

“It was ludicrous,” she said of the op-ed, which hailed the Trump administration’s pandemic response as a success.

Troye described herself to the Post as a “lifelong Republican,” though she said she did not vote for Trump in 2016.

She is not Trump’s only coronavirus critic: The president’s handling of the pandemic has been scrutinized going back to the spring, including for problems with testing and for sending conflicting messages about the importance of wearing masks and practicing social distancing.

In the summer, he infamously mused aloud if injecting disinfectant could be a successful treatment.

Audio released by journalist Bob Woodward shows Trump , 74, admitting that he knowingly downplayed the virus’ true threat — which he publicly said was similar to the flu — because he wanted to avoid “panic.”

The president has also contradicted his own health experts on a number of matters, such as the timeline of a coronavirus vaccine.

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