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Friday
Feb212014

Spiced Lamb Stew with Zaatar Flatbread

This winter in NYC has been an especially chilly one, leaving us to crave warm comforting dishes. We invited our good friends from Ali+Echo for an afternoon in the kitchen. We began by toasting an array of fragrant spices and grinding them in our mortar and pestle. This step is important as it intensifies the flavor of the spices in the dish. We added the spices to our lamb stew and let it bubble away on the stovetop while we rolled out fresh zaatar flatbread to serve alongside it. 

The stew is perfect spooned over a bowl of basmati rice and topped with yogurt and sauteed almonds. The almonds are so tasty we could hardly keep from eating them all before the stew was finished. This stew is guaranteed to warm you up on the coldest night!

Please visit our friends at Ali+Echo for more recipe ideas.

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Photography and Styling: Ali Schmidt, Echo Hopkins, & Diana Yen

 

 

 

 

Friday
Feb212014

Pistachio Cardamom Cookies 

A meal just isn't complete without a sweet treat at the end. During our weekend cookout with Ali+Echo, we followed our spicy lamb stew with a platter of pistachio cardamom cookies. These were made with a hint of rosewater that fills your kitchen with a wonderful floral aroma.

We suggest pairing these cookies with a cup of fresh mint tisane. Tisane can be made with your favorite herbs such as mint and lemon verbena. Just pour boiling water over fresh herbs and let steep for several minutes. Enjoy it hot with a touch of honey. 

To see more lovely recipe ideas, please visit our friends at Ali+Echo.

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Photography and Styling: Ali Schmidt, Echo Hopkins, & Diana Yen

 

 

Wednesday
Feb052014

Spiced Duck with Blackberries, Shaken Potatoes & Radicchio Pear Salad

Valentine's Day is around the corner and there's no better time to cook a meal for those that you adore. Duck breast is always a showstopper and it's so easy to prepare at home. I like to crisp up the skin in a cast iron pan and finish cooking it in the oven. The potato side dish is made with a special technique that requires them to be shaken in a stockpot to create a crumb-like crust that gets very crispy once thrown into the oven.

During this time of year, you may see speckled radicchio in the marketplace, also known as Castelfranco Raddichio. With it's vibrant colors, topped with seckel pears and pomegranate, you can create a leafy arrangement that rivals the prettiest flowers. Share this meal with those that you love and have a Happy Valentine's Day!

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Photography and Styling: Diana Yen

 

 

Friday
Jan102014

Kabocha Squash Pancakes with Sauteed Maple Pears

We're happy to share a winter brunch series we collaborated on with our talented photographer friend, Addie Juell. We had our friends over for a leisurely morning of cooking at the studio while Addie snapped away.

Our inspiration for this dish came from the striped kabocha winter squash we've been seeing at the markets. We've oftened wondered what else we could do with it besides roasting it in the oven. It has an exceptional creamy texture and is even sweeter than butternut squash, making it a perfect base for our pancakes! Top the stacks off with warm spiced pears in maple syrup and you have a lovely way to start off a winter morning.

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Photography: Addie Juell

Styling: Diana Yen

Styling Assistant: Brenna Paulsen

 

 

 

Sunday
Dec222013

Pear, Apple and Cranberry Crumble

For us, no meal is complete without a dessert. We revisited a favorite of ours and created a healthier version for our friends at Humana. In this version, we've replaced the sugar with maple syrup, used rolled oats and used coconut oil to get the crispy crumble top that we all love. You can also make some extra "crumble" mixture, add dried fruit to it...and voila you have granola for the week!

Enjoy this recipe and thank you Humana for challenging us to come up with health friendly versions of traditional holiday favorites. For more about the event, please click here.

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Photography and Styling: Diana Yen

Styling Assistant: Donna Yen

 

 

 

Sunday
Dec222013

Cornish Hens with Concord Grapes and Glazed Carrots

As an elegant alternative to turkey this holiday, we've opted to make Cornish hens this year. They are perfect for dinner parties as well, with their tender and flavorful meat. Here we've roasted the hens and served them with some beautifully hued carrots and some concord grapes, which are deliciously jammy given a little time in the oven.

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Photography and Styling: Diana Yen

Styling Assistant: Brenna Paulsen