Last week I went out to East Hampton to help my dear friend Kari for an event she was working on. More on that soon.
We had 15 minutes at the beach and a lobster roll before making our way back to the city. It was magical, I can't wait to go back.
In other news.
I was featured over on SF Girl by Bay, an honor and in one of my favorite Australian magazines Est, there is more where that came from here.
On April 27th Kinfolk Magazine hosted a Flower Pot-Luck around the world to celebrate the beginning of Spring. I attended the Brooklyn gathering which took place in the back garden of one of my favorite home stores; Moon River Chattel. Amy Merrick was the floral mastermind teaching the informal flower arranging class, where each student contributed their choice of the flower, hence the name "Flower Pot-Luck". They made ivy crowns studded with flowers and wild spring arrangements. We sat and enjoyed an afternoon meal prepared by the lovely Anne Parker who was in town from Portland. A beautiful selection of charcuterie and cheeses and an assortment of salads made from the greenmarkets finest. All served on some of Francis Palmers gorgeous hand-made plates. A lovely afternoon indeed, I cant think of a better way to welcome my favorite season.
A couple of weekends ago, I got together with a few friends to cook from Bon Appetit's new "The Grilling Cookbook". You can read the full review over on Bon Appetit's website. A big thank you to Camille for cooking, Kira for the beautiful props and Patrick for being an amazing host. A delicious meal and fun times were had.
Have you been going crazy for spring produce as much as I have? As each item comes into season and hits the farmer's market stalls, I rush to get my hands on it. Ramps are one, and last week I had the first asparagus of the year. I cook simple things at home. Freshness and basic techniques allow the ingredients to truly shine. Fresh herbs are a great way to perk up any dish; I also love adding lemon zest. This is a very easy and rustic way to prepare ramps. As always, I hope to inspire people to support their local farmers and try new things. My recipes aren't meant to be perfect but rather a guide to inspire. Happy ramp season ya'll, though short-lived, they sure are divine. PS- I would eat everything with a spoon if I could.
Bring a pot of water to a boil.
Toss ramps with olive oil, season.
Roast ramps until lightly charred and tender 12-15 minutes.
Finely chop a handful of flat leaf parley and chives.
Lightly toast a half cup of pepitas.
Cook pasta in heavily salted water until tender.
Mix pasta with a dollop of butter, grated parmesan and fresh herbs.
Add roasted ramps, adjust seasoning if needed.
Top with crispy breadcrumbs and pepitas.
A few weeks back I had the opportunity to shoot the lovely and extremely talented Kate Dougherty. Over the previous months Kate had been working hard on SUNO's Manhattan office in the garment district. Kate is behind all the lovely decor at The Fat Radish and The Leadbelly in the LES. She is also part of talent that makes up Family Band, which is a prop-rich themed traveling photo-booth. I was lucky enough to take part in one of their themed photo-booths at a Mexican inspired birthday party over the winter. She also worked as the assistant set director on the movie Moonrise Kingdom, another one of Wes Anderson's masterpieces. Can we just say that the girl is crazy talented!? and too darn cute for words. Lets not forget to mention this beautiful spread of her Brooklyn Heights apartment. See more about the SUNO offices for Remodelista here.
When I was asked to be a part of Cherry Bombe's premiere issue I was ecstatic, but It wasn't until I held its 172 pages in my hands that I truly understood what it meant. As they state perfectly in the introduction "There's a lot of girl power in this issue" and boy were they right. It took Kerry and Claudia a whole year to put this issue together as a labor of love. They both worked at Harper's Bazaar, to then go out on their own ventures. Kerry Diamond is the co-owner of Seersucker, Nightingale and Smith Canteen and Claudia Wu has her own creative agency. They then joined forces to create Cherry Bombe Magazine, a bi-annual photo heavy publication. Their mission? To celebrate women and food, those who make it, grow it, serve it, style it, enjoy it and everything in between. They just so happen to feature two of my favorite ladies in the culinary world, April Bloomfield & Gabrielle Hamilton. Be sure to pick up a copy when it hits newsstands in May, see here for more info. They also launched a kick starter campaign to raise funds to hep support the growth of the magazine. I shot the lovely Danielle Chang for this issue, the founder of Lucky Rice, featuring her favorite hot spots in Chinatown.