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23
Apr 15

Brisket Take 2

A family member ran the Boston Marathon, and we prepared a feast for him the next day. We had smoked brisket, potatoes au gratin, kale salad, and pickled beets. We encourage our toddler to help in the kitchen as often as possible, and here she is patting down the spice rub.

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Toddler uses hands to pat down a dry rub of paprika, granulated onion & garlic, brown sugar onto a brisket


20
Apr 15

Broccoli rabe pesto, starting seeds & the first lakeside grill of the season

This past week I shot a campaign for Andy Boy’s broccoli rabe. That’s right, an advertising campaign for a vegetable. It’s one of my favorite green vegetables, they are one of my favorite clients, and we work hard and have a good time. I came home with bunches of the beautiful stuff, and set to work making broccoli rabe pesto, right from their recipe page. I was going to bring some to our first lakeside cookout of the season, but we ate the batch I made (although there is lots more in the freezer). It’s one step more complicated than traditional basil pesto, because you parboil the rabe, but then you reserve that green water and boil your pasta in it, and I love that.

Back at home, the week was filled with starting spring seeds – rabe seeds! a gift from Barb Fritz, a prop stylist I work with a lot – and flowers for the pollinators. Then we grilled, and found a tadpole at the lake.

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Ingredients for broccoli rabe pesto

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The heady smell of fresh rabe (aka rapini) has me dreaming of Italy, and of ancient Rome

broccoli rabe pesto

Blanching rabe; reserved green water for boiling pasta; finished pesto; a pear tree in bud; starting seeds for the garden

bbq at a lake

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Finding the first tadpole of the season


05
Apr 15

Easter Weekend

A weekend of cooking for friends and family. Whenever I cook for friends, I look to recipes I’ve shot for Alana Chernila’s books. This weekend I riffed on radish butter, which we photographed this summer for her upcoming title. I also made roasted & marinated eggplant from Jamie Oliver’s Italy, it’s loaded with fresh mint, garlic, oil & vinegar. We (my husband) smoked a huge brisket, delivered to our door from the Applestone Meat Company. There were cocktails around a fire, an egg hunt in snow flurries, a spring walk wearing winter gear, and general frivolity.

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02
Apr 15

Roasted Root Veggies with Capers & Lemon

One more recipe from Ottolenghi’s Plenty, and I’ll move to another book, I promise I will try. This is an incredible way to use up the last of the winter vegetables kicking around. Chop and roast, in progression, parsnips, red onions, olive oil, thyme, rosemary, garlic, sweet potato, cherry tomatoes. Roughly chop capers, and whisk them into lemon juice, maple syrup, and Dijon. Don’t leave this hanging around on your counter through the day or I’m sure it will disappear quickly. The bite sized pieces are too enticing.

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31
Mar 15

Caramelized, Roasted, Bitter, Funky, Sweet: Salad

Is it a salad when it is roasted and drenched with melted cheese? Probably not, but it is delicious, and I’m sure it counts as two vegetable servings. This dish is a play on one I found in Ottolenghi’s Plenty. I didn’t have endives and Gruyere, but I did have radicchios and Taleggio, so I made due. It’s so simple: Cut, caramelize, cover with sliced cheese, bake, add bread crumbs & thyme, eat while piping hot.

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30
Mar 15

Cucumber, Smashed Garlic & Ginger Salad

I always feel grounded and balanced when I’m eating lots of salad, and I’m always looking for new twists. This one, inspired from Ottolenghi’s Plenty, is sure to be repeated. The basic idea: Chop cucumber & red onion and toss into a vinaigrette of smashed ginger & garlic, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, and top with roasted sesame seeds. There’s a little salt, sugar, and cilantro in there to balance out the flavors.

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28
Mar 15

Dandelion Greens Salad

This is a riff on a salad by David Tanis from Heart of the Artichoke. I didn’t measure my ingredients, and I used white balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic, shallots, mustard, salt, pepper, and fresh thyme leaves. Chop, whisk, toss. It’s hearty and spring-inspired at the same time.

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27
Mar 15

Applestone Meat Company

This week I was with the Applestone Meat Company, photographing raw meat with spring vegetables. Working with Joshua Applestone (founder of Fleisher’s Pasture-Raised Meats) is like going back to my roots. I photographed the very first magazine article ever written about Fleisher’s, then their media kit, then their cookbook. And now I’m working with the Applestones on their new venture. Josh & Jessica are like family, and as much as I adore each and every one of my clients, this one is special. They are doing good work in the world, supporting the business of, and access to, humanely-raised meat. It’s a cause I believe in.

Applestone Meat Company

 


05
Mar 15

Courtney Lapresi, MasterChef Season 5 Cookbook

Last year, in a top secret studio setting, I photographed the winner of MasterChef Season 5, Courtney Lapresi. Her cookbook, Everyday Fancy, will be published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang in May 2015. Courtney was such fun to photograph. She truly shines and the camera loves her. I can’t wait to see the rest of the book, for now, here is the cover.

Courtney Lapresi cookbook cover


10
Feb 15

Against the Grain cookbook

I am excited to announce the publication of Against the Grain: extraordinary gluten-free recipes made from real, all-natural ingredients. The book was written by Nancy Cain and is published by Clarkson Potter. I will be adding interior shots to my main website soon, but for now, here is the cover… a gluten-free breakfast pizza. Even a gluten-lover like me loved this!

Against the Grain cookbook cover


25
Jan 15

Citrus Season, Juice & Peels

Before and after still lifes with multi-colored juice & eating oranges, and grapefruit.

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citrus season fresh fruit juice salad
citrus season fresh fruit


22
Jan 15

Making Fresh Pasta

It’s really this simple: eggs, flour, elbow grease and there is fresh pasta for lunch. The most comforting of comfort food.

flour and eggs for fresh pasta


18
Jan 15

Mackerel, Mayo, Crackers

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11
Dec 14

Maya Kaimal Fine Indian Foods

Maya Kaimal produces the most delicious jarred and prepared Indian foods. Simmer cubes of chicken in her Tikka Masala or Madras Curry, add some chopped shallot and maybe some cashew nuts, and you have a fast, healthy, and yummy dinner.

Maya wanted to do a step-by-step to show all of the ingredients that go into her prepared sauces, so she, Jessica Bard, and I photographed her making Coconut Goan, from scratch, using those components. The mustard seeds & curry leaves popped, the onions caramelized, and the spices infused the tomato and coconut. I was so inspired to watch the process that I found myself cooking her recipes all week.

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13
Nov 14

Zak Pelaccio of Fish & Game

A portrait I did of Zak Pelaccio of Fish & Game Restaurant in Hudson, NY, for the New York Times. The story – about several chefs’ fantasy Thanksgiving Dinners – is here.

Zak Pelaccio photographed by Jennifer May


07
Nov 14

Last Blast from the Autumn Garden

From my edible garden: Ornamental squash I planted as seedlings and unripe tomatoes that will ripen on my window ledge. Goodbye summer.

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16
Oct 14

Broccoli Rabe / Andy Boy Campaign 2

This October I photographed the second half of the Broccoli Rabe social media campaign. Check their website for recipes. Truly, broccoli rabe has changed my regular dinner routine at home. Something I now cook regularly: parboiled broccoli rabe, sausage, parm, orecchiette pasta. So, so good.

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15
Oct 14

Hot Bread Kitchen Cookbook

For the better part of October, I have been working on shooting a cookbook for The Hot Bread Kitchen. This not-for-profit bakery trains low-income, foreign-born women in the culinary art of artisan baking. Many of the breads these women bake are hard-to find regional specialties: buttery, flaky Moroccan m’smen; sesame topped Persian nan-e qandi; Armenian lavash crackers; and all kinds of challah. I could eat their heritage corn tortillas every day. I watched two women bake batch after batch from soaked whole corn kernels, and the flavor is unparallelled.  The Hot Bread Kitchen cookbook will be published by Clarkson Potter in 2015. For now, you can sample their breads at these markets.

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26
Sep 14

Broccoli Rabe / Andy Boy Campaign

This summer I photographed a social media campaign for a vegetable. What an exciting project! We photographed all kinds of recipes for Andy Boy’s Broccoli Rabe. From ingredients, to process shots, to complete recipes, we photographed: pesto, citrus salad, pizza and a stir fry. Stay tuned, part two of the social media campaign is coming up. And meanwhile, eat your beautiful, healthful, bitter greens!

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19
Sep 14

West Coast Travels

I spent three weeks in my homeland, the West Coast of Canada, this summer. We cooked, ate, swam, took pictures. Most of the time we were with friends and family on the remote Cortes Island, British Columbia – surely one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Friends, fishing.

Friends, fishing.

A friend took us on his boat to the grocery store to buy eggs & beer. On the way home we caught some crabs.

A friend took us on his boat to the grocery store to buy eggs & beer. On the way home we caught some crabs.

A friend caught a salmon, and grilled it. I adapted a recipe from Alana Chernila's upcoming book for slow roasted tomatoes & garlic.

A friend caught a salmon, and grilled it. I adapted a recipe from Alana Chernila’s upcoming book for slow roasted tomatoes & garlic.

Boats at a dock.

Boats. dock.

My sister explored the beach with my daughter.

My sister explored the beach with my daughter.

My sister.