Archive for August, 2011

vintage bakeware and graters

photos: m&j

recent obsession: grungy, old bakeware with interesting patinas for baking, zesting, photographing and enjoying the fabulous bounty of stone fruits and seasonal farmer’s market delights the summer has to offer!

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Rustic Canyon, LA

food photos: m&j

We love to visit this Santa Monica Wine Bar and Seasonal Kitchen every time we shoot in LA. With a constantly changing cavalcade of unbelievably delicious local, seasonal menu items in a relaxed, casual setting – some stand out menu items for us are the fresh fruit & mint muddled cocktails, multi-colored roasted beets & faro, squash blossoms stuffed with goat cheese and mint and absolutely anything Chef Evan Funke does with pasta – like the delicate sweet, local corn ravioli pictured that we nicknamed “heavenly corn pillows!” Rustic Canyon is one casual, super-foodie-friendly spot not to be missed when anywhere near the area – thanks again, Cath & Stacey, for the fantastic recommendation!

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Maryland oyster roast

photos: m&j

What better way to celebrate a New Orleans Native’s 75th than with a delicious oyster roast, slightly updated with a savory recipe using seasoned, herbed garlic butter with a dash of Tabasco. The corn bread and okra kept with the Southern influence, the grilled soft shells gave things the perfect local flavor and the 2004 Batard-Montrachet, Étienne Sauzet was the perfect accompaniment – completely delicious! Thank you, dear Steve! And beloved Wright, happiest of happys to you!

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Goat ‘scream with a special twist

photos: m&j

At Victory Garden at 31 Carmine Street (a bit hidden between Bleeker and Bedford), Sophia Brittan is whipping up the most deliciously delicate and subtle flavors of soft serve goats’ milk ice cream with seasonal, local ingredients and floral essences like rose petal and honey lavender that will make any tongue deliriously happy and any lactose intolerant family member or friend squeal with satisfied delight – YUM!

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August bloom and blush

photos: m&j

We love this time of year when the garden is in all its overgrown glory and every plant and vine is spilling out over the raised beds. Each flower competing for attention, tempting the bees to pollinate them with a coquettish pink blush – ooh la la!

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a lesson in garlic growing

photos: Rick Scibelli Jr. for the New York TImes

Anne Raver’s New York Times article about garlic farmers in Dixon, NM is anything but a rural, back country tale. Stanley and Rose Mary Crawford met in on the Isle of Crete in 1967. She was a journalist and he a novelist. The two fell in love with each other and imagery their painter friend was working on for the then about to be published Whole Earth Catalogue. The two moved to Ireland to tumultuous 1969 San Francisco and finally ended up in the exotic farmland of New Mexico with their budding family where they’ve been settled for decades outside Santa Fe at El Bosque Garlic Farm. The Crawfords have also become experts (and, in the case of Mr. Crawford’s book, “A Garlic Testament: Seasons on a Small New Mexico Farm” a literary authority, as well) on all things garlic. They grow a multitude of varieties, including the gorgeous soft-neck Asian variety called Turban Chengdu with papery white skin striped with purple and have developed planting, fertilizing and cultivating methods that are used all over the globe. Anyone interested in this pungent bulb once worshipped by the Ancient Egyptians should take note.

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the proper way to treat an heirloom

photos of magazine: m&j  all other photos: Yunhee Kim for The New York Times. Food stylist: Maggie Ruggiero. Prop stylist: Deborah Williams

Mark Bittman’s Sunday Times Magazine piece is full of inventive suggestions on how to tackle the currently ubiquitous, yet fleeting proliferation of these deliciously sweet, salty, tangy, colorful and gnarly fruits – delightful enough to eat plain and unadorned and simply glorious when prepared with this group of deletable recipes that are truly deserving of the precious heirloom tomato.

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