The fourth issue of my favorite food mag, Cherry Bombe, is out. The fantastic cover image of chef Kristen Kish was styled by Amanda Ross. And Cherry Bombe co-founder Kerry Diamond listed KiC as her go-to site—thank you, Kerry!
Photography by Jennifer Livingston
18-karat gold turquoise ring
Lighter-heel leather mules
Carolina single-breasted wool-twill cocoon coat
Demi-fine 14K gold-plated hoop
Oversized-lapel double-breasted wool-blend coat
Quincy shiny ballerina loafer mule
Pleated checked wool midi skirt
High-rise straight-leg jeans
Blanche leather ankle boots
Bellechasse medium leather-trimmed canvas bag
In The Wall Street Journal
In my mid twenties, I loved to cook. I hosted big dinner parties often and friends were always over for a meal. Then, I married and had children and cooking became my most loathed chore. A trip to the open market was once a favorite activity, now I dread grocery shopping. My girls and I actually play a game to see if we can be in and out of Whole Foods in under 15 minutes.
I don’t need Freud to understand my change of heart—too many years of making chicken fingers and having to provide a meal, even when exhausted and uninspired, killed my joy of cooking. But I am determined to reclaim a bit of the pleasure I once experienced preparing food.
I’m inspired by this very funny Q&A with cookbook editor Judith Jones in today’s The Wall Street Journal and I’m hoping that Jones’ new book “Love Me, Feed Me: Sharing With Your Dog the Everyday Good Food You Cook and Enjoy” will help me find my way back to the kitchen.
August is my favorite month for food. Not only is our garden producing madly, I have the time to fully focus on what we eat.
Lobsters– I am a lobster roll fanatic– trying and rating them as I travel around the Northeast is actually a hobby of mine. This summer we’ve had even more lobster than usual, so I’ve strayed beyond my New England roots and embraced (wholeheartedly) the lobster taco thanks to an article in the WSJ.
Grass-fed– I felt quite smug when I read about the benefits of grass-fed beef and dairy, also in the WSJ. When my girls were younger, I went to a nutritionist and she encouraged me to buy grass-fed, but it was hard to find 6 years ago. Fortunately, it’s now more readily available.
Gazpacho– Our garden overfloweth with cucumbers, but the tomatoes are very late. So I was thrilled to find both green and red gazpacho recipes in the NYT.
Jones Beach– I’m on the sound which is beautiful, but the beaches are rocky and we don’t often swim. Every summer, my friend and I talk about taking the kids to Jones Beach but it never comes together. Now that SmorgasBar: Brooklyn by the Beach, the L.I. cousin of the famed outdoor markets Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg, has opened a Jones Beach outpost selling locally sourced and artisnal foods, I’m even more inspired to go.
Finally, all natural sugar-free sweets that are good for you. Flora, a former Science teacher and Brooklyn based mum, cooked up Cracked Candy to sate her own sweet tooth. I cannot wait to try them!
“Why ‘Cracked’? “The name comes from the way Flora feels she has ‘cracked’ the secret of candy – as in taken away the guilt! ”
Her art director husband designed all the visual aspects of the brand and their toddler son has been chief taster.”
For anyone interested in eating well, I recommend this article in the WSJ on chefs and doctors teaming up to create delicious and healthy dishes. It covers “which foods we should eat more of, or less of, and why”.
On My Mind
Kerry photographed for KiC by Marko MacPherson
After catching up with Kerry Diamond over lunch on New Year’s Day, I felt it was time to run an updated post on my dear friend, and one of KiC’s earliest profiles. While VP of PR for Coach, Kerry and her boyfriend, chef Robert Newton, opened three restaurants in Brooklyn, Seersucker, Smith Canteen, and my favorite, Nightingale 9. If this wasn’t enough to keep her busy, Kerry also launched, with friend Claudia Wu, the indy foodie mag, Cherry Bombe.
Today, Kerry is solely focused on the restaurants and Cherry Bombe. The magazine’s second issue, which celebrates baking, was published this winter. Chock-full of so many stories and interviews, there is enough content to fill three conventional magazines. My favorite piece is by the writer, and beauty director of W, Jane Larkworthy. Jane shares memories of her mother’s love of cooking and updates her favorite childhood recipes with organic ingredients. I have actually been meaning to profile Jane for a while as I am a huge fan of her page in W.
Over lunch Kerry and I reminisced about our days at Harper’s Bazaar, I congratulated her on being profiled in Vogue, and we talked about how lucky and happy we both are doing our own thing. A great way to start the new year.
© Vogue magazine
A big thank you to everyone who weighed in on the Vitamix. My dear friend lent me hers over the holidays to see if we would actually use one before we commit. So far we’ve made green drinks (I prefer spinach to kale), almond butter, soups, and smoothies. It’s certainly getting a workout while on loan.
Mini quiches, cheese and crackers, dips– not this holiday season. I want to shake up my hors d’oeuvre repertoire and am inspired by Daniel Boulud’s mini smorgasbord in Elle Decor. The famous chef lived in Denmark for three years in the late 1970s and shares his favorite Scandinavian recipes. Skol!
I went to a very cool lecture yesterday given by Tama Matsuoka Wong on foraging for edible wild plants. I spent my childhood summers on Martha’s Vineyard picking beach plums. They were used to make a popular jelly (popular in New England in the 70’s perhaps) and we kids were paid by the pound of plums we gathered.
We have an organic garden with some unusual plants (grey shallots anyone?), but we have not ventured beyond what we grow ourselves or pick up at the open market. Ms. Wong is a wild plant supplier for many outstanding NYC restaurants, including Daniel, by Daniel Boulud. I am so inspired by her book that I’m going to attempt to forage for some of the plants she recommends, and try them.
For Christmas I gave my husband a share in a local CSA garden. I picked up our weekly box this morning and just unpacked it above. The best part is that I’m forced to cook and eat vegetables that I would not gravitate to in the market. Swiss Chard is a good example, anyone have a good recipe?