Food styling and photography




My only photography training was an elective in college which sent me into the darkroom for hours on end. I feel like I’ve improved a lot since then through practice—owing almost completely to this blog.

But it felt like the time was right for some instruction—some mentoring: As I mentioned, we were in New York because I’d signed myself up for a food styling and photography workshop.

Aran Goyoaga is a food stylist and photographer based in Seattle, and the creator of the blog Cannelle Et Vanille. Aron’s cousin actually sent us her cookbook, Small Plates and Sweet Treats: My Family’s Journey to Gluten-Free Cooking a few years ago (she’s a friend of his) and wondered if we’d seen her work. (I had and it’s beautiful!)

I suppose it would have made sense to wait until she was teaching in her Seattle studio (she’s in Portugal next) but it was a nice excuse to visit New York—and to once again step inside the gorgeous space that’s home to Karen Mordechai’s Sunday Suppers.

I thought I’d share some of my favorite dishes and photos from the workshop…


Van Leeuwen in the E...
Sacramento Eats: Bib...
Dandelion Chocolate
Scribe Winery
Lemon-Rosemary Buckw...

Assemble Your Allies: 5 tips for a stress-free kids’ party



I have it on good authority (from a 4-year-old expert), that Captain America is the coolest because he’s “the strongest human ever, has the best outfit, and he always does the right thing.”

So when that little Avenger (or explorer or princess) comes and tells you they want a character-themed party for their birthday, how do you bring that beloved vision to life while still keeping things unique and stress-free?

Here are 5 tips I’ve gleaned for throwing together something simple but special…
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