Boulder, CO Favorites

Over New Year’s I visited good friends in Boulder, Colorado. Our days were filled with eating, drinking and of course outdoor adventuring and yoga to balance it all out. I stopped by some of my favorite spots, all very GF friendly (duh, it’s Boulder)! I hadn’t visited in a few years—in fact, not since I shot the images below. Their crazy winter weather was the same though: a mix of snow and the kind of sun that makes you think you’re in LA. Basically the perfect combo and a great place to start the new year. It’s so easy to be active and healthy in this town! Details to your GF dreams are in the captions below.

From left to right, top to bottom: 1. GF pasta and bread is made by hand at Frasca // 2. Snowy mountains set the scene // 3. Happy hour by the fire at The Kitchen Upstairs // 4. The coffee bar at Boxcar Coffee // 5. Almond butter cup from the totally GF, community-supported restaurant (CSR) Fresh Thymes //6. A server at The Kitchen Next Door // 7. The Combo Bún at Black Pepper Pho: pork, chicken and shrimp egg rolls made with rice paper in a gluten-free fryer // 8. Sunny winter day on Pearl Street at Boxcar Coffee // 9. GF pizzas at Pizzeria Locale

Parents Latina | Tamale Party

It’s not every day that you get to photograph your friend and her family for the cover of a magazine! Monica Pierini not only modeled for the most recent cover of Parents Latina, along with her husband and son, she also food styled the entire feature! Here’s a little sample below. So pleased with how this one turned out! The pattern, the color, the authentic vibrancy of Monica’s beautiful family. Prop styling by Carla Gonzalez-Hart, wardrobe by Laura Pritchard, hair and makeup by Briana Chapman.

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Favorites: Holbox, Mexico

I just got back from a jaunt to Holbox, an island that I chose quite specifically not only for its weather and ceviche, but also for the lack of things to do. I’ve been tired. I wanted to feel the sun on my shoulders, to wander aimlessly, to not have to make decisions for a few days. Holbox surely delivered that, along with some surprising food (gluten-free empanadas at Luuma!), and refreshed my eyes and spirit with its perfect breeze, vibrant color and lack of viable internet. Some of my favorite things are pictured and captioned below. The images center heavily on my base camp, Casa Las Tortugas, where I spent at least half of each day reading on a comfy beach bed under the palapa. Dreamy, dreamy. Oh--and though not pictured, I would highly recommend an eating tour of the carts around the main plaza, coffee and smoothies from Tierra Mia, and quesadillas, tamales, and lovely service from Abominable Maria.

From left to right, top to bottom: 1. Palomas on the roof at Mandarina // 2. The beach dining area at Mandarina // 3. Breakfast at Mandarina // 4. The beach at Casa Las Tortugas // 5. Guacamole and Shrimp Tostadas at Los Pescaditos // 6. The courtyard and pool at Casa Las Tortugas // 7. Tacos and margaritas at Barba Negra // 8. The beach at Casa Las Tortugas // 9. Details at Casa Las Tortugas // 10. The view from Casa Las Tortugas' entrance // 11. Detail of one of the many murals on the island // 12. Seashells and dreamcatchers for sale in town // 13. The pool area at Casa Las Tortugas // 14. Aguachile and more tacos at Barba Negra // 15. Murals and bikes in town

Marcus Samuelsson + Danny Meyer

One of the perks of my work is that I get to see the back of house of some of the best restaurants out there. It’s a nostalgic love of mine too--being in a restaurant kitchen--having grown up in my family’s own. The ever-greasy, squishy mat-studded floors that I now find underfoot at work are enough to take me back to being four feet tall, admiring the smells and skills before me.

It never ceases to amaze me, a self-professed slow and messy home cook, to watch the staff do their dance--so focused and efficient. And yet, all this bustle is well hidden behind the serenity and curated interiors of the dining room. I recently photographed both Danny Meyer and Marcus Samuelsson in the art filled spaces of two of their respective restaurants: the new Union Square Café and the southern-inspired Red Rooster in Harlem. Both men are fun and gracious and fed me well (best collard greens I’ve ever had, Marcus!) It felt wonderful to connect with two of the greats in the restaurant biz, all in a month’s work.

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Parents | Lighten Up The Grill

It’s been really satisfying to work with Parents art director Emily Furlani on their "Supper is Solved" food section over the last several months. As the magazine moves into its full redesign, I've been tasked to contribute in evolving the section and we couldn't be having more fun experimenting! The latest feature included a lightened up array of grilling options with a family-friendly vibe and some very summery light, which I love!

Country Living | Fish Fry

Summer is all about shooting things in season: peaches and tomatoes, lush trees, people with their feet in the cool water of a placid lake. Naturally, it’s always slightly torturous for me to wait an entire year for these editorials to hit the newsstand. I’m excited to finally share an idyllic fish fry story I shot in Alabama last summer for Country Living. It was damn hot and the sprinklers turned on on my gear, but we all got to jump in after we wrapped, immediately erasing any challenges from our minds! Recipes by Dawn Perry, food styling by Marian Cooper Cairns, and prop styling by Heather Chadduck Hillegas.

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Garden & Gun | Bermuda

When Garden & Gun suggests a quick hop over to Bermuda to document the local scene for a summer travel story, there is only one option...pack your suitcase, find a cute assistant, and get on the plane!

The weather had plans of its own (all in all there were only 5 hours of sunshine to work with!) but the amazing views, healthy GF breakfasts, and colorful towns made the trip totally worth it. Favorite moments included a taxi-ride around the island that brought me unexpectedly to the hotel where my parents honeymooned, the steady stream of delicious meals courtesy of sous chef Paul Higgins at Marcus’, and the stunning water of Horseshoe Bay.

Pick up the current issue of Garden & Gun for the full story!

The Kitchn | New Orleans

Last month I had the chance to visit New Orleans for my friends at The Kitchn, and while it was not my first encounter with this magical city, I’m never bored with it. NOLA has a special way of making you enjoy going with the flow and creating new experiences. What started off as a trip with goals and plans ended with my flight back home being grounded, extra time in the Crescent City, and a masquerade ball and dinner hosted by Mario Batali for the Link Stryjewski Foundation (an organization that supports local youth empowerment groups). I scrambled to find something to wear, but it was totally worth it as the Bal Masqué featured an amazing array of dishes by some of the best chefs around the country. My favorite dish of the weekend was a boozy, citrusy, Baked Alaska type thing called “Satsuma Business,” born from the minds of Babbo’s Rebecca Deangelis and Nick Morgenstern. In typical over-the-top New Orleans style, The Kitchn’s Managing Editor and I stole a whole one from a nearby table and dug in with spoons after finishing our own slices. And though I may not rock an evening gown with high tops again for the foreseeable future, I’m grateful for another wonderful trip, surprises included.

Little Secrets | New Packaging + Website

I had a really fun time collaborating with Beardwood + Co. on my latest branding and packaging project. Little Secrets are candy-coated chocolates that come in really nice adult flavors like Sea Salted Peanut and Toasted Coconut. They're made with fair-trade chocolate, fruit and vegetable extracts for coloring, and don't contain corn syrup. My kind of treat! Our images showcase each flavor with fresh ingredient cues and are being used across all packaging and Little Secrets' new site.

Food styling by Cyd McDowell

Catskills Snapshots

Last week I went upstate to the Catskills to take care of my friends' animals and garden. Their place, Ravenwood, is like my dream country retreat.  My dog ran free, we ate the freshest eggs ever, raided the garden, and swam in waterfalls. Not bad. Thank you, summer (and Chris and Dana!)

Raw Cashew and Cucumber Soup

Last fall I photographed The Soup Cleanse Cookbook, written by Nicole Centeno of Splendid Spoon. It was the perfect time of year for this project, with so many fruits and vegetables beautifully in season and so many colors and textures to inspire our photographs. The book doesn’t come out until the end of August (pre-order it here!) but Nicole has been sweet enough to let me share one of our favorite chilled soup recipes. Her Raw Cashew and Cucumber Soup is a great partner for summer—refreshing and full of vegetables and herbs currently bountiful at the farmer’s market. It’s a riff on Turkish cacik, is very simple to make, and is both dairy- and gluten-free.

Food styling by Hadas Smirnoff, prop styling by Martha Bernabe

Food styling by Hadas Smirnoff, prop styling by Martha Bernabe

INGREDIENTS:

4 cups water, divided

1 cup quinoa

1 tablespoon olive oil

4 scallions, thinly sliced

1 large clove garlic, minced

1⁄4 cup raw cashews, soaked in water overnight and drained

4 large cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and chopped

1 cup loosely packed and stripped fresh dill

1 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Pinch of ground black pepper

1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt

PROCESS:

1. In a small pot over high heat, bring 2 cups of the water to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium, add the quinoa, and simmer for 15 minutes. Drain and set aside.

2. In a small pan over medium heat, warm the oil. Cook the scallions and garlic, stirring, for 7 to 10 minutes, or until the mixture is very soft and sweet.

3. In a countertop blender, combine the scallion mixture, cashews, cucumbers, dill, mint, vinegar, pepper, and salt. Puree until very smooth, slowly
adding the remaining 2 cups water as necessary to achieve a thin milkshake consistency. Cover and cool in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

4. Gently mound a quarter of the quinoa into the bottom of each bowl and ladle the soup on top.

Cooking Solo | Cookbook

I've spent some time now with this cookbook: up late at night in bed, lounging on the couch, and dirtying it in the kitchen. And although I'm completely biased for having worked on it, I have to say that Cooking Solo, due out on March 8th from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, is such a fun and useful book! 

Author Klancy Miller is funny and smart, and her recipes are considered yet very do-able. I think that she and I share a lot of sensibilities both in the kitchen and aesthetically, and I've really valued getting to work with her on this, her first cookbook. Check out some sample images below and go pick it up to see it in person. The design is fresh and clean, and it printed beautifully! Prop styling by Martha Bernabe, and food styling by Carrie Purcell.

Parents Magazine | Smart Cookie

My work is featured in the latest issue of Parents in a story about healthy, whole grain cookies you can bake at home. Now, I realize that this is Parents and recipes are often meant for kids, but these will surely please family members of all ages. I highly recommend the gluten-free Fudgy Brownie Sandwich Cookies. They're like an adult Devil Dog and way better for you! You'll be happy you ripped that recipe page out at the doctor's office (it wasn't me who said to do it). Food styling by Liza Jernow and prop styling by Carla Gonzalez-Hart.

Simple Green Smoothies | Cookbook

I really believe in everything in moderation but I'm always trying to be a bit more virtuous with my breakfasts. Maybe I like to start the day leaving room for myself to be bad later? It took me a bit to really get into green smoothies—my concoctions were often too earthy to get excited about. This shoot, for the Simple Green Smoothies cookbook, helped me get inspired to experiment and (yes, I know this sounds crazy) be less intimidated by earthy, muddy “failure.” Jen and Jadah showed me there are endless possibilities and I’m so happy that their recipes are out in a print collection! I had a great time shooting the lifestyle portion of the book in California with their beautiful families. Our two days were spent playing by the pool, going to the farmers market, and blending up lots of healthy goodness. Here are some of my favorite images from our shoot:

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Anthology Magazine | Wild Apple's Fall Desserts

When Anh-Minh and Meg (EIC and CD of Anthology Magazine) asked if Wild Apple would like to be a part of their "Forward Thinking" issue, Liza and I were truly honored. We really value that the ladies get what we aspire to do with the project: offer a new and different take on gluten-free cooking and eating. We aim to share recipes that reshape the way people think about gluten-free--you don't have to sacrifice anything when there is such a bounty of ingredients to work with, especially if you love cooking seasonally. So, for their final issue (yes--I know, it's sad) Wild Apple has shared three varied, though equally delicious, fall dessert recipes. We're rolling them out on the Journal, over the next handful of weeks, and here's a peek at how they appeared in Anthology.

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Coastal Living Magazine | Cranberries Feature

Okay, I have a confession. Cranberry sauce might be my favorite thing about Thanksgiving. There's just something about it that makes the whole meal come together. It balances all of the rich, savory dishes with it's bracing sweet-tart punch. It's the essential counterpoint, in my book. How happy was I then, with my love for the cranberry and my New England roots, to head down to Birmingham and shoot Coastal Living's feature on the fruit? Pretty happy. Check out some fun uses for the humble cranberry in their latest issue, just in time for the holidays.

TELEGRAPH MAGAZINE | RUSSELL NORMAN

Over the summer I spent an afternoon hanging out in my neighborhood with British restauranteur and food writer Russell Norman. It was pretty darn awesome because he's a truly lovely person and has very good taste in Brooklyn restaurants. We visited Maison Premiere and feasted on oysters and bourbon-based cocktails, spent time in the garden at Roberta's, and basically demolished the ribs at Rye, all pictured below. Russell's book Spuntino: Comfort Food (New York Style) comes out on November third.

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