Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Published | People


Be sure to pick up a copy of the March 12, 2012 issue of People (!) where you can not only read about Kate Middleton and the Oscars, but also find Gail Simmons’ recipe for Pan Con Tomate (photographed and styled by me!) from her new book, Talking With My Mouth Full. Enjoy!


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Friday, February 24, 2012

My Portfolio


In my reading and research on photography, one piece of adivce I see repeatedly is to start your professional portfolio as soon as possible. It's not that I ignored this advice, but rather felt I was only in the beginning stages of piecing my portfolio together. And then I received three requests for my portfolio in two weeks. Yikes!

After some intense selecting, sorting, and flipping through old magazines, I am happy to announce the launch of, which will serve a my photography and food styling portfolio. I hope you will stop by and find something inspiring!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

"Talking With My Mouth Full" Book Party


This past Tuesday was rather exciting as my amazing boss, Gail Simmons, published her very first book, “Talking With My Mouth Full”! Only a year ago, she was in the very beginning stages of writing; since then there were many more hours of writing, tons of editing, recipe testing, shooting the book cover, selecting the jacket design, and planning a book tour. It was an incredible process to observe and I feel fortunate to have played a very small part in it all.


Tuesday night, FOOD & WINE and Essie threw Gail a book party at Beauty & Essex. It was the party every girl dreams of hosting just once in her life and nothing short of fabulous. The cozy space at Beauty & Essex featured accents inspired by the Essie Spring 2012 colors. Even the cocktails were mixed, muddled, shaken, and stirred with these colors in mind!


The evening would not have been complete without a fantastic guest list, including Andy Cohen, Padma Laksmi, Dannielle Kyrillos, Nigel Parry, Melanie Dunea, Dorie Greenspan, Marcy Blum, Mindy Fox, and Amy Atlas (I was SO excited to meet her!), among many others. We all spent the evening toasting to Gail’s success – present and future – and she could not have been a more gracious hostess. Be sure to order your copy of Gail’s book from Amazon or Barnes & Noble!

Check out more photos from the party here.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Grapefruit & Brown Sugar Soda


So, have you tried making Brown Sugar Broiled Grapefruit yet? If so, you might have faced the same dilemma as me, looking down at the remaining juices of the simple dessert, wondering what to do next. If it was only grapefruit, the answer would be simple: Squeeze the remaining juices into a glass, lift to your lips, and enjoy. But since the grapefruit juices are now combined with the lush flavors of brown sugar, drinking the residual syrup somehow just seems so potentially overpoweringly sweet. Not to fear - a splash of fizzy seltzer water easily transforms this grapefruit-brown sugar syrup into a refreshing soda! Cute straw optional, but recommended.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Pretty Paper | Valentine's Day 2012


Listening to a co-worker describe her five year-old's Valentine's Day morning reminded me exactly why I still love celebrating this sweet holiday. The preparation of Valentines to distribute at school, a special breakfast and little gift from mom and dad, a dressy outfit, wondering who will ask you to be their Valentine. The innocence and excitement of love – long before Valentine's Day meant showy bouquets of balloons and roses – is still why I so enjoy the day.

When I was old enough to handle glue and scissors on my own, without too much worry from my parents, I started the tradition of hand-making my Valentines. This year, seeking that same satisfaction of creating and distributing Valentines, I decided to forgo the usual store-bought, albeit beautiful, cards and design my own. Each note was enclosed in a beautiful, peony-pink envelope and then hand-addressed in a scripty lettering.


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Monday, February 13, 2012

Brown Sugar Broiled Grapefruit


Summer desserts are so simple – a handful of fresh berries from the farmer’s market is usually all it takes to satisfy my sweet tooth.  On the other hand, winter fruits are harder to so readily consume, therefore winter desserts are usually heartier and more time consuming to create.

But sometimes I want a dessert on a blustery winter’s night that feels just as simple as reaching for that handful of summer berries.  Pink grapefruit is one of my favorite fruits, a bright, fresh taste and smell to cheer up the long winter months.  Sprinkling just a bit of brown sugar on top and then placing under the broiler yields a delicious, warming dessert in less than five minutes.

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