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Chicken Soup

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Special thanks to photographer, Paul Saraceno for collaborating on these images!

Chicken soup is the most comforting soup, is it not? I usually buy my whole chickens at Whole Foods. They are frequently on sale for $1.99/pound and so a whole chicken costs me less than 5 bucks and I can get several delicious meals out of it. When they are on sale, I usually buy 3 chickens at a time and put 2 of them in my freezer to roast or make more soup out of later.  The third bird can be used immediately to make soup (see recipe below). You can also choose to roast the chicken for dinner and use the carcass and leftover meat the next day to make the soup.

Chicken Soup:

First, you will need to make the chicken stock using the whole chicken or leftover carcass. Then you will add the final ingredients to the stock to make this hearty soup.

To make the Stock:

1 whole chicken or leftover chicken carcass (with some meat still on)

water, to cover

2 carrots, chopped in half inch rounds

2 stalks of celery, chopped on bias into 2 inch pieces

2 bay leaves

a handful of fresh herbs (choose 2 or more of thyme, rosemary, sage, marjoram, bay leaves, savory etc)

1 onion, chopped into large pieces

Coarse sea salt and black pepper

 

How to Make Chicken Stock: Place the whole bird into a stock pot and cover the carcass with water.  Add in all other ingredients and bring the stock to a boil. Let this simmer for about 25 minutes. Remove the bird from the pot and place on a parchment lined tray to let cool.  Meanwhile, using a fine mesh sieve, drain your stock into a bowl and discard the veggies in the compost (by this time they are soggy and lack virtually any flavour - after all that simmering their delicious flavour has been imparted to the stock). Remove the meat from the carcass using your hands and set this meat aside.

To Make the Soup:

homemade chicken stock

2 carrots, chopped in whatever bite sized shape you prefer, diced, cut on bias etc

2 stalks of celery, diced or sliced, you name it

1 potato, cubed (any size but keep in mind that smaller cubes will cook faster)

* consider adding a different starch if you wish, egg noodles, rice, orzo, barley etc

coarse sea salt and black pepper, to taste (be careful to not under or over-season!)

chicken meat

 

Finally, make the soup (!): Pour the stock back into your rinsed pot. Add your diced veggies and bring your soup to a boil, then back to a simmer. Add your leftover chicken meat only at the end of the cooking to prevent it from becoming overcooked, tough and chewy. If you want to add more veggies to your soup, you can toss in some peas or kale at the end. Serve your soup with fresh baked bread and butter for a hearty, comforting meal.

 

Waterfresh Farm Shoot for Edible Boston Magazine

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Who knew you could get local, pesticide-free, fresh tomatoes throughout the winter?! We took a trip to visit Waterfresh Farm in Hopkinton, MA to meet the owners and photograph the lettuce, tomatoes, and herbs they grow year round in their hydroponic greenhouses for the winter issue of Edible Boston. Hydroponics (hydro meaning water and ponics meaning labour) is the method of growing plants in nutrient rich liquid instead of in soil. Phil Todaro and Jeff Barton, co-owners of Waterfresh Farm, were lab partners in 7th grade and decided to go into the hydroponics business together several decades later, shortly before the boom of the local food movement. Not only do they sell their produce to grocery stores in and around the Boston area, but they have a beautiful market stocked with an array of breads, cheeses and other gourmet ingredients and prepared foods.

We cleared out their old office to make use of the natural light that shone perfectly through the window and created the following images to highlight the beauty of their produce and market goods.

Photography by Adam Detour

Behind the Scenes Photography by Erika Cole

Best of Boston Issue 2012

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I had the privilege of styling the cover and food section for Boston Magazine's best of issue for 2012. It's a great resource that highlights the best markets and restaurants Boston has to offer.  Of all the items I got to try, Toscanini's ice cream was my favourite!

Boston Magazine Food Shoot

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Given my penchant for salty treats, I couldn't help but enjoy food styling this compilation of savory snacks published in Boston Magazine's March issue.   Who doesn't love a bowl of gourmet popcorn, some fresh made potato chips, and a couple of delectable roast beef sandwiches from "Roast Beast" and Barbara Lynch's "The Butcher Shop"?! Photography by Sam Kaplan

Fruit Frenzy

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The joy of sampling new food reached unparalleled heights in Colombia (South America that is, not Columbia, New York!).  This tropical nation grows some of the most captivating, exotic and delicious fruit I've ever tasted.  The vibrant colors and fleshy insides of these fruits are simply divine.  A photo session with these new found delights was a no-brainer. Photography: Ana Maria Cardenas