Archive for the 'Photography' Category

Hazon CSA Site Spotlight! Father/Daughter photo exhibit

In 2008 Maya and Zach Kassutto embarked on a father-daughter photo-documentary project of their Hazon Community Supported Agriculure project at Kol Ami in Elkins Park, PA.

As Zach says, it was Mayas bat mitzvah year, and she wanted to engage in a mitzvah project that was meaningful to her. Her bat mitzvah coincided with the harvest holiday of Succoth. Photographing the CSA seemed like the perfect project, especially since she also has a passion for vegetarianism, the environment and photography.

Vote for the Cuteness of The Jew & The Carrot (I.E., Me)

Last week, I wrote about how I, dressed as “Chris P. Carrot,” had led the Veggie Pride Parade in New York City under my dual Jew-carrot identity. Now you can vote for a photo of Chris P. Carrot (with his “wife,” Penelo Pea Pod) from the event as the cutest photo in a PETA contest!

A post on PETA’s blog announced, “Calling all connoisseurs of cuteness: We need your help deciding which of the following pics from recent PETA demonstrations is the most aww-inspiring.” (Note: Although PETA owns the costume that I borrowed, the event was not a PETA demonstration.)

Chag Sameach


We took this last year, looking out through our front window on our front yard under two feet of snow. For all you folks who get snow regularly in winter, this was an epic storm for Portlanders, the most snow we had in the city in 40 years. This year there’s no snow on the first night of Chanukah, but it’s plenty cold. Wherever you are, whatever weather you’ve got, chag sameach!

Photo Diary September 16 – at The Shuk


I took an excursion this week to the Mahane Yehuda outdoor market in Jerusalem to get a taste of the space days before a major Jewish holiday. Below you will find a sampling of pictures from this trip.  Perhaps for some of you it will be something of a trip down memory lane. For those who have never been there, these pictures do not do it justice.

Shana Tova,


What Are You Eating This Holiday Season?

Photograph by RonAlmog

Hey Jew and the Carrot fans! It may be a bit early yet, but we want your recipes and menu suggestions for the High Holidays! Does your family eat something special on Rosh Hashanah? What is your favorite dish to break the fast after Yom Kippur? What is your favorite thing to eat in your Sukkah?

Although the Jew and the Carrot has many great recipes from years past, this year in particular we are sharing some of our great holiday dishes with Just imagine your Bubbe’s kugel could be displayed in one of Chow’s beautiful photo galleries!

Chag Pesach Sameach! Happy Passover!

seder prep

From our seder tables to yours – have a liberating and sustaining Passover!

Jewish Farm School – Photo Contest!

Calendar Cover 2008

The Jewish Farm School (JFS) is proud to announce its first ever Calendar Photo Contest!  This contest is open to photographers of all ages and abilities and will be centered around the theme for our 3rd annual calendar:

Theme: Seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night shall not cease. – Genesis 8:22

General Information
Selected photos will be displayed in the 2009-2010 JFS Calendar as a featured photograph of the month. Winners will also receive a complimentary calendar, along with their photo published on the JFS Web site. JFS is seeking to capture your experiences with Jewish agriculture and sustainability as it relates to this year’s calendar theme.

What Will You Do With Your Extra Matzah? Make a Diorama! (Play to Win!)

Each year the Washington Post holds a diorama contest utilizing the colorful marshmallow treat Peeps.  We were inspired by the creativity that can be found in the Post’s Peeps Shows and remembering how each year there always seems to be that extra box of matzah at the end of Passover no one knows what to do with.  So, the Jew and the Carrot wants to help you use up the rest of your matzah – with a diorama contest of our own!

A Taste of the Food Conference


Here we are at day 2 of the Hazon Food Conference, and already there have been so many amazing moments of connection – between old friends reuniting here in California, between new friends who are excited to partner with each other on new food-related projects, and moments of personal “ah-ha” connections as exciting new ideas are shared during the sessions and at meals.

Below, are a series of images that help capture some of those connections.  Sometimes pictures are worth a thousand words.  This weekend, they’re worth a thousand tastes.  Btai Avon!

Food Photography Tips and Tricks


What is it about a good food photograph that really makes you drool?  Have you ever wanted to learn why some photos fall flat, while others have that unnameable quality that makes you feel like you can reach right into the picture and dig in?  The Jew & The Carrot has created a list of Top 5 Food Photography Tips, which will demystify the growing world of food porn, and aid aspiring food photographers in capturing their tasty subjects in the most delicious way.

Below the jump – 5 basic tips and suggestions to amp up your food photography skills.  Plus – a collage of some of my personal favorite food photography shots.

A Local Thanksgiving: Three States, Three Dinners

Text and recipes: Nina Budabin-McQuown
Text and below-jump photos: Leah Koenig


Ah, Thanksgiving.  All across the country, families are gearing up to tuck into nearly identical plates of turkey (or a vegetarian alternative), mashed potatoes, green beans, and creamy yam casserole dotted with little white marshmallows.  But in this era of local-foods awareness, should all Thanksgiving dinner tables really look and taste the same from sea to shining sea?

The Jew & The Carrot set out to find out what a truly local holiday meal looks like, in three diverse parts of the country: New York, Florida, and California’s Bay Area.  We found that New York’s Thanksgiving dinner plate looked the most iconic and familiar, since it is geographically closest to the holiday’s colonial beginnings.  But we got the biggest thrill out of introducing new fruits like figs, grapes – and even avocados! – into a holiday meal that is second only to Passover in its insistence on standard repertoire fare.

Below the jump: find a delicious collection of recipes and ideas for three very different, very local Thanksgiving dinners.  And if you’re daring enough to stray from the delicious same old, same old – we’d love to hear how it turns out!

Get Up and Grow: Interview with Michael Ableman

Michael Ableman

A farmer, an educator and an activist, Michael Ableman is also a photographer and a writer. His three books include his latest, Fields of Plenty: A farmer’s journey in search of real food and the people who grow it, for which Ableman traveled North America chronicling the passion and prowess of the new generation of American farmers. He currently farms in British Columbia with his wife and two sons, and will be joining us as a presenter at the Hazon Food Conference in December, 2008. (Click here to find out more and register for Hazon’s Food Conference.)

I talked to Ableman about his hopes for the sustainable agriculture movement, his many hats, and Judaism’s connection to the cycle of the seasons.

Find the full interview below the jump.

Seasonal Picts (Photo Journal)


CSA members know plenty well what Community-Supported Agriculture tastes like – but what does local, organic food look like from week to week over the course of a season? Middle-schooler and Tuv Ha’Aretz Philadelphia member, Maya Kassutto, took on photographing her CSA distribution as part of her Bat Mitzvah project. As “staff photographers,” she and her father, Zach, documented the people and produce that add flavor to Congregation Kol Ami’s parking lot every week.

Below, find a photo journal of their work – a mouth-watering tribute to the season-in-progress. (Prepare to be impressed by this 13-year olds serious photography skills!)

Battle of the Blintz – Strawberries or Pesto?


As some of you might remember, I am one of the “blintz experts” competing in next Tuesday’s BLINTZKRIEG: Music and Blintzes. Competition is fierce for the battle of the blintz portion of the evening, let me tell you. (My worthy competitors are the wonderful Sandy Stollar of The Kosher Tomato Personal Chef Service, and the equally wonderful Linda Lantos, also a chef and culinary education instructor with the Children’s Aid Society.)  So, I need your help.

I want to make a blintz that really wows the crowd – sweet cheese is fine, but I want something that will take people’s blintz expectations to the next level. So far I’ve concocted two ideas for fillings – one a sweet mascarpone cheese mixed with strawberries and orange zest. The other goes the savory route, mixing garlicky pesto with silken tofu.

The problem is, as of 10:00pm next Tuesday – I’m going to be swirling blintz for a LOT of hungry people – people who will vote whether or not my blintzes taste better than the rest. I just don’t think I can deal with toggling back and forth between two fillings, nor do I want eaters to come away feeling like my blintz palette is muddled by competing flavors.

So, friends – I need you to vote. Tell me, which blintz filling would most excite your taste buds – sweet strawberry, or savory pesto? I’m in your hands.

To help you decide, check out the photos of the two choices below. And if you’re around NYC next Tuesday night, come check out the blintzes and the music at Blintzkrieg.