Photography & Styling Workshop | Upstate New York

Autumn Upstate New York Photography & Styling Workshop

As many of you know, I spent the first weekend of October hosting a food photography and styling workshop with the lovely and talented Eva Kosmas Flores. Our locale was less than an hour away from my hometown in upstate New York, and Eva and I spent the days preceding the event filling baskets with produce from the farm stands peppered throughout the Schoharie Valley and taking over my parents’ house/cars/lives with props, boxes of dishes, cookware, and food. On Friday morning we traveled through winding back roads and up a steep, lengthy gravel driveway to arrive at a gorgeous renovated barn overlooking rolling hillsides of fall foliage. Our attendees Ashley, Bonnie, Linda, Sam, Summer, Sylvia, and Willow filtered in during the early evening, and we enjoyed dinner on the deck in the (very!) crisp fall air before retiring inside to huddle around the fire (that we managed to get going eventually). (NB: It is best to build a fire before the sun sets and you’re cold.)


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Adventures in Cooking + Reclaiming Provincial: Fall Photography & Styling Workshop!

You guys! I have been so super excited to share this news with you, which has been in the making for several months now: The amazingly talented Eva Kosmas Flores of Adventures in Cooking and I will be hosting a food photography and styling workshop this fall in upstate New York!!

Eva and I began talking about this workshop a few months back, when she approached me with a few ideas for collaborations. If I may take a moment to be a bit honest and real here, that phone call from her could not have come at a better time for me. She and I spoke mere days after I had officially turned down my book deal. I was house-sitting for my parents at the time by myself, wondering if I’d made the right decision or simply backed out of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity because it terrified me. But as she and I discussed possible future projects involving things that I actually felt inspired to do, I realized that I had absolutely made the right decision. Being free of something as weighty and time consuming as that book deal meant room for an opportunity that I was truly excited about: hosting a fun, amazing event with one of my favorite gals ever, with individuals who share our passion for food and photography. I am so insanely thrilled.

This workshop is also dear to me for another reason: it will be held in Margaretville, NY, which is only an hour away from the home I grew up in. (Mom dropping in with a tray of brownies = very likely. Also, we’ll be taking a little trip over to my favorite upstate NY farmers’ market.) And it is happening the first weekend in October, only a few days before my birthday! The workshop will be held in a beautifully renovated 19th century barn that’s located on a 300-acre mountain side. (Read: 300 acres of eye-melting early October upstate NY foliage. Alternate translation: pure fall heaven.) The workshop is 2.5 days, running from Friday the 3rd to Monday the 6th. We’ll be focusing on photography and propping/styling, as well as covering post-processing techniques in Lightroom. Plus there will be lots of delicious food, obv. You can read all the details about and sign up for the event here. And check out the gorgeous video that Eva made above! Please do let us know if you have any questions that aren’t covered by the event description. We hope to see you there! ♥

Also, a big thanks to Meghann Rader for the use of her beautiful artwork on our event flyer. You can see more of her work on her website, and also check out her pieces for sale on her Etsy shop.

Guest Post: Orange-Fennel Semifreddo with Spicy Chocolate Bits & Almond Streusel

Orange-Fennel Semifreddo with Spicy Chocolate Bits & Almond Streusel

Hey everyone! I just wanted to pop in to let you all know that I’m still alive, I’ve just been caught up in a super-busy couple of weeks. I got to hang out on a farm in rural Vermont with cute animals, I’m in the midst of a few days of prop styling at EatingWell, AND I made a super delicious semifreddo for my favorite gal Eva as a guest post over on Adventures in Cooking! Head on over there and check it out, and I’ll be back soon enough once the craziness subsides here.

P.S. If you’ve sent me an email in the past week or two, I am not ignoring you and I promise I will reply soon! (I feel the need to acknowledge this because I’ve received a number of very sweet emails lately, and I desperately want to take the time to write thoughtful replies as soon as I have a moment to breathe.)

A Very Overdue Post

fried chicken + cornbread

My last post was over six months ago. I promised you guys big, grand news back in January, and then I gave you half a year of silence. I honestly cannot believe that much time has gone by. It’s a gap that, when quantified, scared me a little. I asked myself questions like, “Can I even pick back up where I left off?” and “Do I truly want to?” I’ve spent the better half of a month mulling over these thoughts, wondering if this space could have run its course. But amidst all those doubts, one thought continually pushed its way through: “I miss my blog friends.” My little corner of the online food community has come to be an important part of my life over the years, and letting that fade away would be a damn shame. So, I’m back! With “hi!”s, “sorry!”s, and “I missed you!”s. And a not so short explanation of what I’ve been up to these past six months.


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Roasted Mushrooms: A Guest Post (and more!)

The Best Roasted Mushrooms

Hi guys! Just popping in real quick to mention a few exciting RP-related things happening elsewhere this week. First off, I have a guest post up over at A Cup of Jo! I made one of my favorite bachelorette dinners for Joanna’s Eating Dinner Alone series. It’s roasted mushrooms with copious amounts of butter and garlic (best soaked up with half a baguette, obv).

Second, I am so flattered to be featured in Shelly’s Currently Lusting series this week! Shelly is one of my favorite food gals, and her blog Vegetarian Ventures is gorgeous and delicious — I was super psyched to know that the feeling is mutual! (P.S. I think being Blogger I Would Most Like To Get A Drink With could be my new favorite compliment.) ;)

And third, totally delighted to be Food & Wine’s Instagram Follow of the Week! (Um, do you guys remember when I didn’t even HAVE Instagram [that was like six months ago] and I totally felt like a “how-do-I-work-this-darned-technology?” old lady when I started using it? Hurray for progress!)




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