Archive for May, 2011

salted caramel and lavender ice cream

photos: m&j

Our May flavor of the month arrived from Milkmade today – their signature salted caramel mixed with lavender shortbread – an artful combination of salty, sweet and deliciously perfumed. What an amazingly sophisticated treat!

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Spring trip to Litchfield County

photos: m&j

An early May trip to visit our dear friend Alicia and at her sprawling 1808 brick colonial in the rolling countryside of Bridgewater, CT revealed a number of seasonal treats, including sophisticated country living at its most eye-poppingly gorgeous, lilac bushes bursting into full bloom, an abundance of cuddly Labradors and bovines to play with and a traditional Italian Spring soup that was simply out of this world – thank you Alicia. Vic, Gaylynn and Michael for yet another enchanting visit as well as a sad reminder of how tiny our New York City apartments really are!

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vintage French demilune knife

photos: m&j

Recent obsession: our pitted, hand-forged, carbon steel mezzaluna, or “hachoir” that just arrived from a favorite dealer in Paris. We’ve been anxiously awaiting this antique honey and it’s here just in time to start chopping all the fragrant herbs of the season!

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quick and delicious horchata!

photos: m&j

We had this delicious Mexican drink on a shoot in LA and were so happy to see a time-saving recipe for it in the May issue of Martha Stewart Living. And we’re happy to report, it’s as “liquid rice pudding” tasting and yummy as it was at the craft services table last June!

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asparagus twelve ways!

photos: Yunhee Kim food stylist: Maggie Ruggiero Props Stylist: Deborah Williams

Whether it’s steamed, roasted, stir-fried or grilled – thank you, yet again, Mark Bittman, in last week’s New York Times Magazine piece for giving us a dozen fresh ideas for enjoying the delicious seasonal bounty of this tender, herbaceous spring perennial!

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The Man Who Ate New York

We recently honored M’s late father’s birthday by reading this delightful poem that celebrates food and the sensuality of eating in New York in a wonderfully fantastical way. Richard Elman wrote over 25 novels, memoirs and books of poetry with a skill, craft and wordsmanship that is truly worth looking up and checking out to this day. With much love – Happy Birthday, Dad!

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Barry Lyndon

© Warner Bros. Pictures, 1975

This 1975 Stanley Kubrick masterpiece is still a feast for the eyes in every way. So lush, painterly and epic in it’s scope – it amazes us every time we view it. Of particular import, the genre changing scenes shot only with candlelight and a camera which Kubrick had specially rigged for the low light situations. Redmond Barry is indeed a cad, but the film is so incredibly gorgeous it will have you falling in love with everything that surrounds this unlikely protagonist in a way that surely even William Makepeace Thackeray would have applauded.

Kubrick camera rig article: http://www.visual-memory.co.uk/sk/ac/len/page1.htm

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