Archive for January, 2011

chicken tv shoot snaps

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A delicious, lovely and savory day with our friends at Goodby Silverstein & Partners and Foster Farms!

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gorgeous heirloom lemons

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Recent obsession: variegated pink-fleshed Eureka lemons from Dean & DeLuca  – thanks, Christine!

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french antique knives

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Recent obsession: 19th century, hand-forged, carbon steel chef’s knives from France.

The knife lady, Margery Cohen, sets up her booth at Chelsea Market on most Saturdays and Wednesdays from noon to 6pm. We went this weekend to drop off an assortment of absurdly dull J. A. Henkels, Wüsthofs and a Calphalon Santoku along with some tried and true no namers to attempt to get them back in chef shape. We brought them bubble wrapped inside a metal poker chip case that looked very James Bond-y to us. The knife lady said they’d be ready in an hour, so we shopped around and ate some delicious lobster rolls at The Lobster Place. And, lo and behold, 40 minutes later she called out, “Chip!” (“chip” was for the poker chip case, we guess) and the knives were ready. We are happy to report that the blades are gliding through fruit, vegetables, cheeses and fish with the greatest of ease now. Check the Samurai Sharpening Service website to make sure Margery’s in town when you need her …

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Blue Ribbon Bakery

photos:  http://deliciousthursdays.com/2009/11/18/352-blue-ribbon-bakery/ Sandy Hechtman

At a recent dinner at Blue Ribbon Bakery, we were reminded of how wonderful these turn of the (last) century ovens are and how amazing the bread that supplies restaurants all over the city still is – and watching the busy goings on in the underground bakery late at night is like a trip into another world that smells like heaven!

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French Food at Home

photos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_l-wOnLDMQ

French Food at Home on the Cooking Channel – such pretty food shots – we love  the look of everything Laura Calder creates!

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hot/cold ginger drink

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Recent obsession: home made hot ginger drink with honey, lemon and fresh grated  ginger juice. The recipe is from Miraval Resort in Tucson, AZ – one of our best vacations together with our guys ever! We can’t wait to go back, but in the meantime – hot ginger drink in freezing New York City January really hits the spot (it works great as a delicious, handmade chilled soda base in summer months, as well – just add sparkling water, garnish with a lovely sprig of thyme and you’re all set)!

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Russian postage

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Sometimes the ebay envelopes that arrive are even more beautiful than the items we win!

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Blue Hill at Stone Barns

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One of our go-to faves for a great celebration – with a four-star-nytimes-rated dining room and an idyllic working farm right on the premises – everything here is so unbelievably special and lovely. Just 35 minutes on Metro North from Grand Central – we wish we could come up with excuses to visit this completely elegant, rural and far-out-of-the-city-feeling farm-to-table destination more often! http://www.bluehillfarm.com/food/blue-hill-stone-barns

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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

© Pathé Renn Productions, 2007

Julian Schnabel’s achingly beautiful portrayal of the true story of French Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who is left nearly completely paralyzed by a stroke with his mind perfectly intact. The heights to which Bauby’s imagination and creativity soar from within his seemingly underwater prison are so amazing and inspiring. And the fact that Julian Schnabel’s story and imagery is so soft, tactile, beautifully composed and stunning makes this film much less of a tear-jerker than it could have been. Definitely worth a first and second viewing.

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La Cuisine Raisonnée

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What do you get as a birthday gift for the most fabulous Canadian former caterer and master chef who has everything, including an employee discount at Gucci? How about an obscure French Canadian cookbook published in 1959 – raclette anyone? Joyeux anniversaire, Monsieur LaVictoire!

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