Monthly Archives: March 2010

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My Grandma is featured on The Sartorialist as part of his Vintage Photo Contest! I am beyond thrilled to be able to share this special image even if my Grandma claims it’s “ruining her reputation.” Please do go and read a little more about this Photograph and leave a comment so we can have a “shot” at winning! 

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Dinner & A Movie

Tacos al Carbon, Homemade Tortillas, Fresh Roasted Salsa and Frida

Sometime life just comes together and offers you up something really special. A few weeks ago I was introduced to the wonderful NYC blog Homesick Texan, something we all know I can relate to. Scrolling through her blog I was drooling at all the wonderful recipes and came to her Tacos al Carbon and that was it. I had to make it. So I thought I’d also take the opportunity to make homemade flour tortillas which lo and behold my talented and beautiful photography friend in Boston just posted on her blog Isela Maria Photography her family recipe for just that! So I grabbed my salsa recipe, my tex-mex know-how and got to cookin! Now I know Tex-Mex has nothing to do with Frida and her life in Mexico but something about all the colors in the film with the colors of the food and the spiciness of the salsa and hand making tortillas just went together. As a woman in the arts I like to watch this movie every now and then not only from the inspiring paintings but from the strength of Frida Kahlo and her endurance through so much, “At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.” Her story is incredible, her art is magnificent and well, I think her style is truly amazing as in these photographs.

Tacos al Carbon  

by: Homesick Texan


2 pounds skirt steak (I used chicken) Juice of 4 limes 4 cloves of garlic 1/4 cup cilantro 1 jalapeno 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon black pepper 1 teaspoon canola oil or nonstick cooking spray Four green onions (we grilled 1/2 a white onion)

Flour Tortillas 

by: Isela Maria

1 1/2 cups unbleached flour 1tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt 3 Tbsp. vegetable shortening or lard 1 cup of warm water


4 medium tomatoes  1/2 white onion 1 jalapeno 1 seranno pepper 2 tbls black pepper 1/2 tbls garlic powder salt and cilantro to taste 2 cloves of garlic 1 teaspoon cumin 1 lime juiced

Salsa: Over an open flame burn seranno pepper until black and place in a sealed paper sack to steam. Burn the tomatoes, onion and jalapeno in a cast iron skillet. After they are cooked place in a blender or food processor along with the steamed seranno pepper (this salsa is HOT, HOT, HOT! If you want it mild remove the seeds in both peppers). Add the 2 tbls black pepper, 1/2 tbls garlic powder, salt, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 teaspoon cumin, juice of 1 lime and cilantro to taste in the blender and pulse until desired consistency. 

Tacos al Carbon (by Homesick Texan): 

To make the marinade, in a blender mix all the ingredients except for the skirt steak, canola oil and green onions. Pour over skirt steak and let it marinate for 2 to 8 hours in the refrigerator.

* I used the cheaper chicken

On  a medium high heat I warmed my grill, adding the chicken and cooking for about 5 mins per side or until the grill marks become a dark brown and the chicken is cooked through. If you are using skirt steak as in the original recipe, follow her directions as they very slightly. I then thew 1/2 a white onion on the grill until cooked through and charred. 

Homemade Flour Tortillas (by Isela Maria):

Mix dry ingredients. Add shortening or lard and mix with either your hands or a fork. Add water a little at a time until the dough is not sticky but is soft and moist. Knead the dough for a few minutes then separate into smaller balls – about 6 balls, let rest for about 10 minutes. 

Press or roll out (we pressed ours out with two pots and tin foil and then we rolled them out further with a rolling pin, this is where the tortilla press would have come in handy) 

heat on comal or cask iron skillet on medium to high heat for a few minutes until there are spots of golden brown on both sides.

I served the meal on a wood tray with fresh cilantro, lime, sour cream, sharp cheddar cheese, freshly sliced avocado, tortillas wrapped in a festive dish towel, bowel of warm tortilla chips and the fresh salsa. Crack a couple of beers and it’s a Frida Fiesta!

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Bucatini with Cherry Tomatoes & Capers

When an Italian offers to make you a beautiful plate of food you say yes, sit down and tie your napkin around your neck. I had at the great pleasure to photograph and observe the visually talented Nicola (whose artistic resume far surpasses my own) making this incredible yet simple Italian comfort food. The whole process is similar to appreciating art- the colors, the movement, the quality of ingredients… I learned a lot by watching him, enjoyed listening to his accent and a couple “how do you say?…” and hopefully captured his classic dish amidst the essence of lovely afternoon in the kitchen.

                                                           Buon appetito!!


Bucatini with cherry tomatoes & capers

Ingredients 4 People:

Bucatini 400gr/14ounces

20 Cherry Tomato

One hand full of Capers

3 cloves of Garlic


Red crushed pepper

Boil in a big pot enough water adding 3 pinch of coarse salt.

Meanwhile  prepare a pan with some  extra virgin olive oil  and garlic  and some capers (soffritto). 

Once the garlic is slightly brown add the cherry tomato that you previously sliced in half.

When the tomatoes are ready (10min) add more capers and turn off the stove.

When the water is boiling, add the bucatini and after 12/13 min drain the bucatini and add to the pan with the sauce. 

Sautee’ the bucatini, add some parsley and serve them with a glass of Nero D’avola. Buon appetito!!

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Interview with OneThing blog~

This month I was honored to be interviewed on OneThing blog:

Jamie Beck: my one thing is…

Q: There’s a saying, to pick one thing and do it well. What’s your one thing?

Jamie: Photography. I knew it was my one thing from the first time I took a photograph. I’ll strive to do it well my whole life and I’ll always be working on my craft trying to make it better or greater or fresher or more challenging… you get my drift. Photography for me is a part of my being, like a creepy 3rd eye or something. Not that I have a 3rd eye, who said I had a 3rd eye?! So I may show up at shoots with red lipstick and a charm bracelet on but I’m a photographer and I strive to be great, all the time, every day, and besides, who says all successful women photographers have to be morphed into men? I don’t want to shoot babies, I just want shoot what my mind likes.

Q: What do you like about what you do?

Jamie: The limits are only what my mind creates.

Q: Anything else you’d like to add?

Jamie: I don’t really feel like I’ve lived a day successfully or actually experienced it unless I take a photograph. Even when I’m laying in bed at night I picture images I’ve yet to take. With that said, I’m not going anywhere so you might as well get with the program and let me shoot for you.

Check out OneThing blog to read other interviews (from not so girly people) and see what their one thing is!

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