Cheeses of New York

March 3, 2013

During our weekend upstate, we certainly got our fill of cheese. Some favorites included Sprout Creek Farm’s Point of Origin– a raw cow’s milk cheese that is aged with Red Hook’s Sixpoint Ale, another local favorite. This unique beer/cheese combo is soft, pungent and buttery with lovely hints of malt and coffee. Next stop was a bit further north at Pampered Cow’s creamery at Twin Maple Farm. Situated in a picturesque country landscape a short drive from Hudson, we were lucky enough to get a private tour and learn a bit about the cheese-making process. Best known for their Hudson Red– a funky, washed-rind, raw cow’s milk cheese, we also got a sneak peek of their truffle cheese, which was amazing, and their garlic cheese curds were another favorite of mine. I can’t wait for a return visit and photoshoot this spring when everything is in bloom.

Hudson Red & Point of Origin Cheese

Hudson Red & Point of Origin Cheese

Point of Origin

Sprout Creek Farm’s Point of Origin

Sprout Creek Farm

Sprout Creek Farm

Pampered Cow's Truffle Cheese

Pampered Cow’s Truffle Cheese

Hudson Red

Hudson Red

Hudson Red

Inside the creamery

Some Syracuse Home Cooking

January 15, 2013

This weekend was spent in Syracuse, which meant a Sunday afternoon filled with delicious homecooked meals. We decided to go with a Greek inspired menu, starting with a flatbread pizza, topped with spinach, feta, tomatoes, mozzarella, parmesan and shredded basil. That was followed by a Greek lemon chicken with mushrooms.

Wishing everyone a wonderful week ahead x

Greek Flatbread Pizza

Greek Flatbread Pizza

Greek Lemon Chicken

Greek Lemon Chicken

Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2012

My contribution to Christmas Eve dinner this evening is the cheese platter. I decided to go with a goat cheese, provolone and fresh ricotta. To add a bit of holiday color, I rolled the goat cheese in dried cranberries and chopped pistachios. The ricotta I placed on french baguette slices with prosciutto, honey and thyme. The provolone I kept simple, ready to be sliced with crackers. Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas! x

Goat cheese with cranberries and pistachios

Goat cheese with cranberries and pistachios

Pistachios

Pistachios

Provolone

Provolone

Ricotta, prosciutto, thyme and honey

Ricotta, prosciutto, thyme and honey

 

 

 

Montana Kitchen

October 20, 2012

The first snow of the season was falling, and there was nothing quite like staying in, preparing some local Montana fare for dinner. Earlier in the day I ventured over to Babcock & Miles, one of my favorite specialty food shops I had previously photographed, to pick up organic chops of Icelandic lamb from Willow Spring Ranch, feta goat cheese from Amaltheia Organic Dairy and some fresh herbs from their garden. To go with the lamb, we made salad and potatoes. And for breakfast the following day, a berry smoothie and fritadas were the perfect start before a day hiking.

Cheese, crackers and raspberry jam

Goat cheese, crackers and raspberry jam

Garlic

Fresh ingredients

Preparing the lamb

Salad

Smoothies at sunrise

Fritadas for breakfast

Happy Autumn!

October 2, 2012

I don’t know where the time flies. Lately, I’ve been on project overload, and hopefully soon I’ll be able to share with you the things I’ve been working on outside of Camera in the Kitchen. But most importantly, my favorite season is in full swing. I was upstate this past weekend, and the leaves are starting to show their colors, pumpkins are out, and so are the fall menus. Here’s a little taste of our family Sunday dinner.

And now I’m off to Montana. Looking forward to bringing back some great Big Sky dishes to share with you soon! x

Squash

Apple sauce and beans

 

Rolls & Pumpkin

 

Stuffed roasted pork

 

 

 

Pizza Party

August 27, 2012

It was a pizza kind of Sunday at the apartment. The kitchen was overflowing with fresh ingredients from Whole Foods as three different pizzas were prepped and the neighbors were invited over to enjoy. Option one was your traditional margherita with gluten free crust, tomato sauce, sliced mozzarella and herbs brought back from our trip to Cinque Terre. The second two, also made with a gluten free crust, were vegan friendly. One with pesto, a ricotta tofu vegan cheese, fresh spinach and sliced tomatoes, and another with shredded vegan mozzarella, mushrooms, sautéed spinach and tomato sauce. Bon Appétit!

Pizza & Pesto

Mushrooms

Vegan Pesto Pizza

Margherita pizza and spinach

Aperitivo in Milano

August 8, 2012

Americans traditionally think of happy hour as a time to enjoy discounted drinks once the workday is over. Italians however, have an entirely different (and far better) concept for these pre-dinner, post-work hours. I was first introduced to aperitivo, or drinks with complimentary food, in Milan a couple years back when visiting my friends. I imagined bowls of chips, pretzels and popcorn. I should have known better that this would be a disgrace to the Italian culture, and rather we would feast upon an open buffet of various pastas, meats, cheeses and vegetables. Fast forward to 2012, and I found myself once again in Milan, enjoying an evening with friends at Luca e Andrea Cafe on the Naviglio Grande. Although meant for just a warm-up to dinner, their macaroni and cheese and pasta salad left me far too full for anything else.

Cocktails on the canal

Pasta, couscous, chicken and vegetables 

Navigli

Pasta

Macaroni and cheese

 

 

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