Monthly Archives: July 2012

First Garden Haul of the Season

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Things are coming along well in Jeff’s garden! We left last night with a bucket full of beans, sweet peppers, a few enormous zucchinis, and some squash. I’m looking forward to the zucchini! Zucchini bread, zucchini lasagna, more zucchini fritters…maybe bake it, stuffed with the other vegetables and some goat cheese? So many options! I’m especially excited to bring my “little sister”, Maliha, back out to the farm to see the results of all the work she helped us with, and then make a delicious meal together.

It seems like gardeners are suddenly overloaded with zucchini. What’s your favorite dish to make with them?

Parish Cafe, Boston MA

When I lived closer to the city and worked late nights, I regularly visited the Parish Cafe. A co-worker and I usually stopped by for a late night snack and drink, college friends visiting old stomping grounds always wanted to meet there, and the patio is a big draw on the first few warm days of spring and summer. Having great memories of Parish Cafe, I was thrilled when I was asked to photograph their menu.

Parish Cafe Boston

The concept of this Boston restaurant is pretty simple – the owner asked chefs all around the city to create a sandwich for the menu. A smorgasbord of styles and flavors from some of Boston’s best, if you will. I photographed sandwiches created by Joanne Chang of Flour, Brian Poe of the Tip Tap Room and Poe’s Kitchen at the Rattlesnake, and Michael Schlow of Radius and Via Matta, just to name a few. Here are a few of my favorite shots. More can be viewed in my food photography portfolio. Thanks to Anna and the rest of the staff for their help!

Michael Leviton, Lumiere

Michael Leviton, Lumiere

 

Michael Schlow, Via Matta

Michael Schlow, Via Matta

 

Zuni Roll, Parish Cafe

Zuni Roll, Parish Cafe

 

Brian Poe, Poe's Kitchen at the Rattlesnake

Brian Poe, Poe’s Kitchen at the Rattlesnake

 

Parish Cafe Boston

Roasted “Reggae” Wings, Parish Cafe

 

Parish Cafe

Parish Cafe, Boston MA

Just a quick note – a few changes are being made to their sandwich menu, so some of these sandwiches may only be available as a daily special.

 

 

Beet Quinoa Salad

How often do you go to the market for one thing, but end up walking out with more items than what you intended to buy? A few days ago, I went to my local Whole Foods for one thing and came across this gem:

Local Produce Box at Whole Foods

Similar to a CSA box, this local produce share included lettuce, kale, red chard, tomatoes, beets, carrots, zucchini, squash, and cucumbers. Salad in a box! No sifting through items in the produce section! SOLD! (I really hope Whole Foods at Fresh Pond starts to carry these on a regular basis!) This package was a little more than salad in a box though. The fun part about CSA-like boxes is that there may be something unfamiliar in there…like beets.

 

Beet Quinoa Salad

 

I don’t know how or why, but I’ve never bought or cooked beets. All you have to do is clean them, and boil for 40-minutes to an hour. Peel, slice, and you’re done – simple! Not wanting to waste anything in this box, I found a recipe in Béatrice Peltre’s book, La Tartine Gourmande, for Beet Quinoa Salad. Beets, quinoa, onion, tomatoes, lemon juice, and a mixture of herbs combine to make a salad bursting with the flavors of summer. (Not to mention completely beautiful to photograph!)

 

Beet Quinoa Salad

 

 

 

Photo of the Day: Ritz

Cute Cat Photo

 

Every single time I set up my camera and props to photograph food, Ritz jumps in the nearest window to “supervise”.  :)

4th of July Fireworks in Boston

4th of July Fireworks in Boston

How was your 4th of July? I hope you had a great holiday! I worked during the day, then headed to a friend’s cookout. Late in the afternoon, I realized that I frequently pass by a perfect location to photograph Boston’s incredible 4th of July fireworks display. I couldn’t miss an opportunity to photograph it, so I ran home, grabbed my camera, and arrived just in time for the show. This is my favorite shot – I have a few others I’ll post on the blog soon, but wanted to share this one with you.

Updated on 7/10/2012:

A few more photos to share!

Boston 4th of July Fireworks

Boston 4th of July Fireworks

Boston 4th of July Fireworks

Boston 4th of July Fireworks