Archive for August, 2011

El Pollo Loco tv shoot snaps

photos: m&j

What a beautiful and delicious week of Mexican food and its lovely accoutrements we enjoyed with our friends at Goodness and El Pollo Loco – we can still feel the Mexellence!

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August fruit and veg in glorious abundance

photos: m&j

Another delicious season of every fruit and vegetable we love, including Long Island white corn is upon us again and we cannot think of anything tastier –  this special and delicate variety – sweet and tender enough to eat plain after steaming for just 5 minutes – a dollop of local, sweet butter and a sprinkling of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper makes it just heavenly. We always make enough for everyone to have at least seconds!

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tiny August bouquets – thank you bees and butterflies!

photos: m&j

There’s nothing like teeny, tiny bouquets gathered from wildflowers like Phlox and Butterfly Bush and whatever else is growing in and around the garden in mismatched, vintage bottles – in this case, covered with their very own barnacles – to brighten a summer table, boudoir, bath or virtually any window sill – so lovely!

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We will never stop learning from Mr. Malick

© Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2011

In an interview in American Cinematographer this month with Terrence Malick’s, DP from The Tree of Life (as well as Mr. Malick’s last 3 films), Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC shares some of the more technical reasons we admire/bow down to this stellar features director and are just in amazement of all he creates. In a nutshell, we’re talking about his use of only the most aesthetically pleasing available light, the most natural performances he can possibly achieve from his actors and just the most free-form and spontaneous style of capturing imagery from the natural world on film that is probably happening anywhere in filmmaking today. The article goes into great detail and is a terrific read for anyone interested in capturing lovely images on film or video. And, as usual, we are in total awe. Thank you American Cinematographer for publishing this wonderful interview. And thank you Emmanuel Lubezki and, of course, Terrence Malick for being so completely inspiring!

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early morning at the apricot orchard

photos: m&j

The season of stone fruit is in full swing, as we witnessed for ourselves one early morning at Strawberry  Acres Farm in Eastern, PA. The apricot orchard was laden with juicy, sun-ripened fruit – so tangy, sweet and delectable. In our estimation, there is no fruit more adorable to hold in one’s hand than a blushing baby apricot.

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peach mint tartlet to beat the band!

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City Bakery on West 18th Street makes the most out-of-this-world seasonal tarts on their super crispy and slightly salty buttery crust! Our personal fave – the Peach Mint ambrosia that crops up every summer. We can’t wait to savor this baby until it’s gone along with a nice, large iced coffee with a shot of cold chocolate, a dash of sugar and lots of half and half. We are so lucky to live and work close by!

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never met a cobbler we didn’t love!

photos: Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times

In this Wednesday’s Dining Section feature, Melissa Clark shared her delightful recipe for a nicely cake-like, Southern-style stone fruit cobbler made with one of the season’s finest offerings – fresh nectarines – absolutely delish! Browning the butter is a really nice touch – we’re leaving off the almonds because M is allergic …

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