In the Last Weeks of Spring

Still life of fava beans, asparagus, lettuce, apricots, almonds
A couple of weekends ago I ventured up to Cornwall, CT with prop stylist Molly FitzSimons, food stylist Mariana Velasquez, and some of our friends. We made beautiful photographs, celebrated a few birthdays (3, 43, and 83!), and ate some delicious spring foods. Mariana created recipes for leg of lamb, grilled favas, spring vegetable soup with poached egg and bacon, and panna cotta with early strawberries just to name a few. I was in my element as I grew up nearby and can never get enough of the winding roads, cows, rivers, and verdant rolling hills. I’m so inspired by the landscape of my upbringing and the bounty that begins there in the spring. Maybe this will inspire some spring cooking for you this weekend…or if you’re in New York City with me, a trip to the country.

Woman and child walking down country road

fava beans in dish towel

Cow, Cornwall Connecticut

cheese, charcuterie, peaches, almonds, radishes, olives, rhubarb cocktail

Young woman eating soup, sitting in barn door

Spring vegetable soup with bacon and poached egg

leg of lamb, roasted fava beans, roasted potatoes, broccolini

Cornwall Connecticut, friends eating outdoors

Cornwall Connecticut, friends eating outdoors, man drinking wine

leg of lamb, roasted fava beans, roasted potatoes, broccolini

cake with mascarpone, pistachios and apricots

strawberry flower

panna cotta with fresh strawberries, pine berries


  1. Don Giannatti June 3, 2013 at 9:29 am

    I love your work, Tara. And congratulations on the new website… beautiful work beautifully presented.

  2. Dana McClure June 3, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    The shoot came out great Tara! Such a pretty place and looks like you guys had fun!

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