Thursday, March 13, 2014

Spicy Miso Ramen Soup

It has been a cold and snowy winter and this is the soup that got me through. I have been so lucky this winter, most of the days that the snow was coming down an inch an hour I didn't have to go anywhere. I just happened to be on set the days that it wasn't snowing. And the days that it was I stayed home, snuggled into a sweater, and made this soup for lunch. I also haven't gotten sick all winter and it seemed like there were a lot of nasty colds going around. Maybe the soup helped? 

On those really chilly days I'd always be craving a big bowl of decadent porky tonkotsu ramen. But really, I'm not making that at home. Too much work. And the point was to avoid going outside in the terrible weather. But the miso based version of ramen seemed approachable so I did a little research and developed this spicy miso ramen broth. It hits the spot. Plus it's quick to throw together which is a lunch time requisite for me. I'll take on more elaborate cooking projects at night, and particularly on weekends, but lunch needs to be easy so I can get on with my day. (That said it could be a quick and easy dinner too.)
I had frozen a bunch of leftover thanksgiving turkey and was using that and homemade turkey stock to make this soup until I ran out. So good. I also made little Asian turkey meatballs once. Sometimes I chop up some leftover-from-the-night-before chicken. And very often I don't even add meat. Feel free to experiment. Recipe after the jump.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

New Design!

Big changes! Hope you like the new design! Still have a few tweaks coming and a new logo soon too!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Speck + Stone

Lucky for me I can justify all of my obsessing over beautiful handmade ceramics as work related. Work related research. Work related expenses. It's for work. Really! Speck + Stone is my newest find. I love how their pieces feel sturdy and thick, you don't worry that you would break them, and yet the glazing gives them an ethereal air.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Caramel Video Behind the Scenes

Even though I've been doing this for years, I still love behind the scenes sneak peaks and always find it interesting to see how things come together. Here are some iPhone shots I took during the shoot for our caramel video.

1/ Our set, within the beautiful Columbia Products studio. Look at those tin ceilings.
2/ A moment on set. Details.
3/ How to make it look like daytime, all the time.
4/ Talking it out.
5/ The general set up.
6/ The caramels. We made so many of these, which has meant I've been eating them for the past month. Not complaining.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Salty, Sweet Video Goodness

About a month ago some friends and I spent a weekend shooting this super cute personal video project about sea salt caramels. It's the first video I've done and I'm so happy with the results. Really, it doesn't get much better than hanging out with friends, having fun, and making something beautiful. Great team, great finished product.

Directed by Tara Donne, DPed and edited by Arion Doerr, Chelsea Zimmer doing the modeling and food styling, and original music by Jim Heffernan. I did props, of course, and also a little wardrobe styling, pinch of hair styling, and was even the barista one afternoon. Hope you all enjoy it!

Sea Salt Caramels from Tara Donne on Vimeo.