Archive for July, 2011

MilkMade summer flavor of the month!

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Our July custom flavor arrived from MilkMade last week – a delicious summery mixture of freshly picked, ripe strawberries from Red Jacket Orchards in the Fingerlakes Region and handmade shortbread from Scratchbread in Brooklyn – made from super special ingredients like Plugra butter and organic free-range eggs. Having this “strawberry shortcake” ice cream freshly churned to order and delivered right to our door is such a special and seasonal treat – as always, thank you, Diana & Co!

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farm fresh strawberries!

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The local strawberry season went by so fast it seemed to only last a few weeks this summer, but we did our best to enjoy every fragrant drop of sweet, tart, juicy deliciousness we could squeeze out of it!

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gourmet lobster roll delivery!

When you can’t get to the lobster roll, sometimes the lobster roll has got to come to you. In this case it was J’s birthday and we had a lot of work to do. But what better way to celebrate while test shooting our way through lunch than by working our way through two succulent, sweet and delicious lobster rolls, delivered with care and all the trimmings from our friends at BLT Fish around the corner on 17th Street? None we can think of – except getting interviewed about it all by Joanna Hawley (aka the Lunch Lady) at the wonderful blog Oh, Joy Eats!

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fresh chamomile flowers

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Beautiful in a wild, unstructured bouquet and wonderful to dry and make your own soothing tea infusion when the delicate blooms start to fade – just lovely all around!

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vintage mini tins and pans

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recent obsession: anything tiny, old and metal with a great patina like these wonderful, diminutive tartlette tins and little ramekins that show every bit of their age and will look so amazing on film!

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tiny, wild blackberries

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Diminutive in size, but packed with flavor – these hand picked, aubergine, little treasures were a delight to eat on our cereal and by the handful. We should have baked a lovely tartlet, but they were so sweet, delicate and deliciously complex that by the time we thought of it, they were all gone!

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a little foraging in the woods

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We know summer has really set in when our favorite brambles at Fairview Lake begin to get heavy with sweet, dark berries – yum!

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a lovely cake for the birthday girl!

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How do you top an amazing coconut cake from Amy’s Bread that J gave M for her birthday? The answer is: you can’t. You just go a completely different direction and hope for the best. And, fortunately for us and our dear friends, B and JJ, the results did not disappoint! The “Sublimity Jane” cake created by Lulu Cake Boutique in Chelsea was an artful combination of moist crème fraiche yellow cake, Valrhona chocolate pudding filling and magnificently designed vanilla buttercream. A wonderfully balanced group of flavors and not at all too sweet – thank you, Jim for your amazingly beautiful presentation and Happy Birthday, J!

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Marie Callender’s tv shoot snaps

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Another fun and delicious experience with our friends at DDB, San Francisco, DDB, Chicago and the folks at Con Agra – a creative delight and just a pure pleasure!

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New Orleans cold drip iced coffee

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We credit our wonderful friend, brother-in-law and chef, Steve Elliott with this recipe because he’s the one who first introduced it to us. But from what he tells us, this wonderful method for making the mellowest, least bitter and most delicious iced coffee we’ve ever tasted has been a Louisiana secret for generations. Enjoy!

Happy summer!

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