Eating In | Winter Mezcal Cocktail

I've been making this cocktail a lot lately, given that winter is citrus season and given that I just really love mezcal. I thought I'd share it just in the nick of time for you to bust out the rosemary simple syrup, chill it, and mix these up for the Super Bowl tonight. They're totally going to show up your seven layer dip but trust me, you won't mind.

WINTER MEZCAL COCKTAIL
SERVES 12

2 cups mezcal
1 cup freshly squeezed clementine juice (about 9 clementines)
1/2 cup lime juice (about 3 limes)
1/2 cup rosemary simple syrup (recipe below)
2 cups seltzer
ice

Add first four ingredients to a pitcher, stir to combine. Top with seltzer and give a quick, light  stir. Pour into rocks glasses, over ice. Garnish with small rosemary sprig if you’re feeling fancy. (This recipe is in relative parts, so just change cup to jigger to decrease quantity.)

ROSEMARY SIMPLE SYRUP
MAKES ABOUT 3/4 CUP

1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2 rosemary sprigs

In a small saucepan, combine the water, sugar and rosemary sprigs. Stir over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Increase the heat and bring to a boil. Bring heat back to medium and simmer 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand for 30 minutes. Discard the rosemary and refrigerate in an airtight container, chilling thoroughly. Will keep in fridge for at least two weeks.

 

 

Winter Travels | Barbados Sneak Peek

Although I was cozied up pretty hard with Netflix and my dog this weekend, Winter Storm Jonas nonetheless inspired some warm weather envy. If you’re with me, you’ll probably agree that nothing eases the melancholy of winter grays quite like Caribbean pinks and blues (and tropical fruit). In this spirit, a gift for your eyes--a sneak peek of outtakes from a recent shoot in Barbados:

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Garden & Gun Magazine | Gigi Burris

It’s finally pretty cold out today and I’m dying for a cute hat to make winter feel prettier. Gigi Burris, who I had the pleasure of photographing recently for Garden & Gun, makes gorgeous ones that I’m lusting over. My favs are below—the Fox Mohawk beanie is chic, yet practical for winter and the Nell fedora is just simply beautiful (for those days when the wind is a bit more quiet). 

Fox Mohawk beanie

Fox Mohawk beanie

Nell fedora

Nell fedora

Simple Green Smoothies | Cookbook

I really believe in everything in moderation but I'm always trying to be a bit more virtuous with my breakfasts. Maybe I like to start the day leaving room for myself to be bad later? It took me a bit to really get into green smoothies—my concoctions were often too earthy to get excited about. This shoot, for the Simple Green Smoothies cookbook, helped me get inspired to experiment and (yes, I know this sounds crazy) be less intimidated by earthy, muddy “failure.” Jen and Jadah showed me there are endless possibilities and I’m so happy that their recipes are out in a print collection! I had a great time shooting the lifestyle portion of the book in California with their beautiful families. Our two days were spent playing by the pool, going to the farmers market, and blending up lots of healthy goodness. Here are some of my favorite images from our shoot:

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Anthology Magazine | Wild Apple's Fall Desserts

When Anh-Minh and Meg (EIC and CD of Anthology Magazine) asked if Wild Apple would like to be a part of their "Forward Thinking" issue, Liza and I were truly honored. We really value that the ladies get what we aspire to do with the project: offer a new and different take on gluten-free cooking and eating. We aim to share recipes that reshape the way people think about gluten-free--you don't have to sacrifice anything when there is such a bounty of ingredients to work with, especially if you love cooking seasonally. So, for their final issue (yes--I know, it's sad) Wild Apple has shared three varied, though equally delicious, fall dessert recipes. We're rolling them out on the Journal, over the next handful of weeks, and here's a peek at how they appeared in Anthology.

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Coastal Living Magazine | Cranberries Feature

Okay, I have a confession. Cranberry sauce might be my favorite thing about Thanksgiving. There's just something about it that makes the whole meal come together. It balances all of the rich, savory dishes with it's bracing sweet-tart punch. It's the essential counterpoint, in my book. How happy was I then, with my love for the cranberry and my New England roots, to head down to Birmingham and shoot Coastal Living's feature on the fruit? Pretty happy. Check out some fun uses for the humble cranberry in their latest issue, just in time for the holidays.

TELEGRAPH MAGAZINE | RUSSELL NORMAN

Over the summer I spent an afternoon hanging out in my neighborhood with British restauranteur and food writer Russell Norman. It was pretty darn awesome because he's a truly lovely person and has very good taste in Brooklyn restaurants. We visited Maison Premiere and feasted on oysters and bourbon-based cocktails, spent time in the garden at Roberta's, and basically demolished the ribs at Rye, all pictured below. Russell's book Spuntino: Comfort Food (New York Style) comes out on November third.

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