Sunday, September 26, 2010

New Blog

I've decided to abandon this blog and move to TUMBLR. See you all there!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Check it out!




Make sure you check out the newest issue of BUST Magazine. Yours truly styled the tortellini on page 30 with the wonderful Sarah Ward!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Beach

Hard to keep up with this thing lately. So much going on this summer.

Eating grapes at the beach and summer bbqs. All courtesy of Sarah Ann Ward.





Monday, July 19, 2010

Crabs!

Did an amazing shoot with photographer Kat Teutsch & Karin Olsen last weekend.

We played around with some blue crabs. They have the prettiest shade of blue on their claws. Kat's kitty Isis wasn't that impressed with them.




Unfortunately one of them got me on my finger. Thankfully Kat was there to pry it off. Needless to say, he was the first one in the pot. Ha!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Simple Infused Syrup



Simple Syrup
1 part water
1 part sugar
+any herbs, zest, fruit you want.

Add all ingredients into pot. Cook on medium flame until sugar is dissolved and it has a thicker consistency (syrupy). Add to your favorite drink; cocktails, coffee, or iced tea. Allows you to sweeten your drink without getting that gritty texture from granulated sugar.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Dessert


Blueberry Milkshake for dessert tonight

Sunday, June 27, 2010

G&Ts



My favorite liquor by far is Gin. I only use to drink it at holidays or weddings but recently I've taken a big liking to it. Among all the different brands I particularly like Hendricks with in addition to the traditional juniper notes, there are also notes of rose and cucumber. ( If you order a gin martini at any upscale bar, there's a good chance they'll serve it with a cucumber).

I like drinking my Gin with tonic and some fresh lime juice on the rocks. Perfect summer drink!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Sesame Green Beans

A vegan friend of mine (and very talented makeup and hair stylist) loved these green beans I made when she was over. Here's the recipe:



I use a wok to cook them in because its disperses the heat more evenly but you can do it in a big sautee pan. Just make sure not to crowd the pan with too many green beans or they won't cook fully. You can do them in batches if need be. A single layer of them usually works fine.


1 lb. Green beans, stems cut off
Sesame oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
Soy sauce to taste
Toasted sesame seeds for garnish


Start by using sesame oil. Very important to use sesame because it gives it that yummy taste and it holds heat at a higher temperature. Heat oil on medium until it ripples (enough to coat the wok/pan with about a 1/4 inch of oil). Add green beans and cook rotating them frequently until they are tender and the skins are wrinkled. Transfer them to a bowl and return the wok/pan back to burner.



Turn the flame off and add garlic and stir around until fragrant 30 seconds to a minute. Be sure to turn flame off so the garlic doesn't burn. Garlic burns really easily and just cooking it in the hot wok/pan without the flame on will soften it up perfectly.



Add garlic to green beans. Add soy sauce and sesame seeds. I use about 1 1/2 Tbsp soy sauce I think.

I usually eyeball how much garlic and soy sauce to use so I tried to give good measurements. If you have any questions just let me know.

Enjoy!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Friday Fish!!

I'm making dinner for my friend Martha, who is a very talented designer. (You've probably seen some of her adorable illustrations at Target). She doesn't eat meat, but does eat fish, so I decided to do something with fish. I chose haddock being the upstate girl I am. I guess it was all those haddock fish fries that turned me onto haddock and it's mild flavor and flaky texture. Since the weather is nice, I like to take full advantage of our grill. Grilling fish can be tricky and very messy. So here's a fun little trick to cut down on the mess and stress!

Start by laying your fish flat on tin foil and add 1 Tbsp. butter and some fresh squeezed lemon juice, and any nice herbs you may have laying around. I used fresh chives from my herb garden. Drizzle with some olive oil and season with salt and pepper.



Fold opposite sides down and then do the same with the remaining foil flaps. Fold down until fully sealed.


Put them on the highest rack of your grill and put flame on medium and cook for about 10 minutes, depending on how thick the fillets are. You can always open one to see if it's done, and fold it back up if it isn't. If you use a charcoal grill, well you're on your own. Sorry!

What's your favorite thing to grill??

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Popcicles!

Today was a hot one! After laying in the sun reading my book and working in my lettuce patch all day I needed something to cool me down. Homemade pulpy orange lime pops with tiny bits of mint. And one has a grenadine top!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Interesting....

A friend sent this article to me. Interesting....

Saturday, May 15, 2010

My favorite hangover food...



Can't think of anything worse than being hungover, ok well maybe hungover and hungry. This is one of my favorite things to eat when am moping around on a saturday or sunday trying to get myself back together. I tend to throw together any rogue salad ingredients that are chilling out in my fridge. A staple is an avacado though, its buttery taste and smooth texture make it the perfect comfort food in my opinion! Top it off with some good aged balsamic vinegar and olive oil and you have a yummy dish that won't make you feel any worse than you already do!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Behind the Scenes

I've been shooting a series of vintage cocktails with my good friend and photographer Sarah. Here is a behind the scenes shot of me styling our mint julep. More photos to come soon!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Frozen Grapes


The days have been getting hotter, along with my appetite! When you wake up and it's already too hot to even think about eating something, this little trick from my good friend Lyz is a great solution.

Wash your favorite grapes and throw them in the freezer overnight. It's a healthy way to cool down and give your body some nutrition. I believe they are best enjoyed in a certain NJ backyard, but that's just my opinion :D

I even went as far as an entire frozen fruit salad. It's pretty convenient to have these laying around your freezer to use in cocktails or even a glass of water during the summer months.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Home

I went home this weekend for my rugby alumni weekend. Before heading out to Niagara Falls I had the pleasure of showing Sarah my hometown. We went antique shopping and I took her to the quarries where we use to swim when we were young:





We also found some wild onions growing everywhere from my backyard to the side of the road. They have a faint onioney smell and are great in salads, chopped up and added to soups, or mixed with roasted potatoes.


photo credit Sarah Anne Ward

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

California & Citrus

I spent a week in CA visiting my friend Megan Baker who is doing Ameri corps in San Jose. While walking around we came across this awesome lemon tree. It definitely required some poking and yanking, since we don't have these things in NY.


Photo credit: Joe Dorney

I'm very envious of people that are able to have a citrus tree right in their backyard. I drink so many gin & tonics that a lime tree in my backyard would come in handy! Too bad they don't make miniature ones you can just move inside during winter...

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Hummus

I'm always appalled at how expensive store made hummus is. Seeing how it's made up mostly of chickpeas, and you can buy those for about 80 cents a can!

So here's a simple recipe for hummus. This is a great basic recipe that you can add extra ingredients to, like scallions, olives, and even roasted red peppers!


16 oz can of chickpeas
1/2 c. reserved liquid from chickpeas
3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp tahini
2 cloves garlic, crushed or roasted
1/2 tsp salt
3 tbsp olive oil




Combine chickpeas, reserved liquid, lemon juice, tahini, garlic, and salt in food processor until consistency is smooth. With food processor still running, drizzle in olive oil until fully incorporated.


Serve with a drizzle of olive oil and grilled pita bread!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

testing.. testing... 1.. 2..

This week I got the chance to test with the wonderful Steve Giralt and awesome prop stylist Karin Olsen. We decided to go with a dessert themed shoot. Cause honestly, who doesn't like desserts?? And I wanted an excuse to play with my new butane torch. We were able to shoot in Steve's new apt in BK which had wonderful light throughout the day, not to mention an amazing view of the statue of liberty and my new home Jersey!

Here are a few samples of what we did. Let me know your thoughts and of course any constructive criticism is always welcomed :)








Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Raw

So it's not wonder, with my obsession with food and trying to eat healthy that I have created a confusing dilemma for myself. With all the new eating trends out there, it's hard to figure out which one is the best for your body and mind.

There are a number of eating trends out there today that you can choose to follow in order to improve your life. Whether it be cutting all meat out of your diet, or cutting all animal products out completely. As an enthusiastic meat eater, I am not ready to give up my steak, thick cut bacon, or my morning scrambled eggs for that matter. But on the recommendation of a stylist I work for I decided to read up on the Raw food diet.

Eating Raw actually made sense to me. The basis of this way of eating focuses on eating fruits, veggies, nuts and what else in it's raw state. Therefore making it easier for your body to digest and without leaving extra waste (or weight) in your body. Now don't become alarmed, I will fight to the death to eat my prosciutto and fresh buffalo's milk mozzarella! The beauty of this way of eating is you can substitute a few meals a night to eating raw and still see the benefits.

So tonight we tried out a few raw dishes: vegetable "noodles" with sesame tahini sauce and bean sprout salad. It was delicious!



Monday, February 15, 2010

Photoshoot in a spoon


I was shooting with Corey the other day, and we came across this fun reflection in one of our pictures. Funny how different the world looks in a spoon. A bit small I suppose...