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Photo Shoot Recap: Stevia In The Raw

    This was such a fun day and everything went smoothly. I can’t stress enough how important pre production to a photo shoot really is. The more planning, communicating with agency, client, and team the better the day will go. We finished our shoot on time if not a little early! Also it’s really nice when you have two amazing assistants on hand. This shoot for Stevia In The Raw was highlighting their newly designed packaging for print ads across many popular food magazines in addition some very tasty recipes using the product. The hero shot was really cool because we worked with Hinge; a 2D/3D animation studio in Portland that created a really cute gingerbread man character that they placed in my photograph for the final!
    For the recipes they were all amazing, but I think my personal favorite was the chocolate espresso pizzelles. The expresso buttercream sandwiched between the two pizzelles was so good! Luckily Lisa my stylist made extras, haha! Lisa did a fantastic job creating the other recipes as well. She made the gingerbread butterscotch trifle cups that created these beautiful layers. The grand finale recipe was the chocolate peppermint truffle tart. She had sourced spearmint leaves fresh from a garden that topped the tart so perfectly. It made it picture perfect! Make sure to keep an eye out for my Stevia In The Raw shots and take a minute to see our B.T.S. video.

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Something New! The Pictured Kitchen

This idea between myself and fiance Joe has been tossed around for awhile; In what capacity can we work together? We are both commercial photographers specializing in different fields people automatically would assume, "You guys should combine forces and work together!" That is not something we wanted to do. I run my business and have my clients and so does Joe. Ignoring the fact though that we are together and in the same business wasn't going to work forever. We have been able to meet on this idea of working on a blog together! We both have passions for food, drink, and travel and both of us touch on this personally and professionally so it seemed to be a good platform to get started!

After a long couple days of brainstorming we were able to come up with the very creative and catchy blog The Pictured Kitchen

This has been live for about a week and we have a supporting Instagram handle @thepicturedkitchen which we are excited to populate with our personal journeys, recipes, drink tips and tricks! If you have anything you would like to contribute or comment on we would love to hear from you.

info@thepicturedkitchen.com

 

Soft Pretzel Month! Recipe

TRIVIA ANSWER: B. BALDIES

1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in 1 1/4 cup warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.

2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, 1/2 cup sugar, and salt. If the mixture is dry, add one or two more tablespoons of water. Knead the dough until smooth, about 7-8 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl, and turn and coat with oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

3. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Grease 2 baking sheets.

4. In a large bowl, dissolve baking soda in 4 cups hot water; set aside. When risen, turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a rope and twist into a pretzel shape. Once all of the dough is shaped, dip each pretzel into the baking soda-hot water solution and place pretzels on baking sheet. Sprinkle with kosher salt.

5. Bake in preheated oven until browned, about 8 minutes.

Ingredients

4 teaspoons active dry yeast

1 teaspoon white sugar

1 1/4 cups warm water

5 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup white sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1/2 cup baking soda

4 cups hot water

1/4 cup kosher salt (for topping)

 Food Photography by Food Photographer Felicia Perretti, New York, Philadelphia

Happy Easter Weekend Recipe: Deviled Eggs

Happy Easter Weekend! It is very early this year, I almost forgot about it :) A favorite snack of mine which you can have year round but certainly pops up at the Easter table is deviled eggs. A classic recipe with variations you can choose to do. For me I may use a little white or red onion in the yolk mix. You can certainly jazz is up with sprigs of dill and even bacon bits to the recipe!

Here’s my recipe adopted from Food Network: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/classic-deviled-eggs-recipe.html

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National Pancake Day- March 8th

It’s National Pancake Day on March 8th! IHOP in the past has had it as today so I'm not sure...

http://www.ihoppancakeday.com/

This form of batter that was fried and considered a flat cake dates back 30,000 years ago. Amelia Simmons’s was the first known American to have a cookbook published which included pancake recipes back in 1796.

My personal favorite style of pancakes are buttermilk pancakes. Please see recipe referenced below from Bon Appetit. Recipe by Jessie Damuck

 Food Photography by Food Photographer Felicia Perretti, New York, Philadelphia

Ingredients
Servings: Serves 4 (Make About 8 Pancakes)

    1⅓ cups all-purpose flour
    3 tablespoons sugar
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon kosher salt
    2 large eggs
    1¼ cups buttermilk
    2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
    Vegetable oil (for griddle)
    Pure maple syrup (for serving)

    Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Whisk eggs, buttermilk, and butter in a medium bowl; stir into dry ingredients until just combined (some lumps are okay).
    Heat a griddle or large skillet over medium; brush with oil. Working in batches, scoop ⅓-cupfuls of batter onto griddle. Cook pancakes until bottoms are golden brown and bubbles form on top, about 3 minutes. Flip and cook until cooked through and other side of pancakes are golden brown, about 2 minutes longer. Serve pancakes with maple syrup.

 

Recipe: Buffalo Wings

I don’t have a deep fryer at home and buffalo wings make me feel guilty enough so these baked buffalo wings were a good trade off. I was really craving the buffalo style wings with that real orange sauce so this recipe I didn’t need to add to much extra butter. You can buy this style sauce at any supermarket, it’s usually next to the Frank’s Red Hot Sauce which also offers an awesome wing recipe on the bottle.

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What you will need:

3/4 cup flour (this yields for about 20 wings, depending on the size and quantity of the wings you may need more or less flour)

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 or 1/4 cup melted butter (whatever your feeling!)

1/2 cup of the buffalo sauce


Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and lightly grease with cooking spray. Place the flour, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and salt into a resealable plastic bag, and shake to mix. Add the chicken wings, seal, and toss until well coated with the flour mixture. Place the wings onto the prepared baking sheet, and place into the refrigerator. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F

Whisk together the melted butter and hot sauce in a small bowl. Dip the wings into the butter mixture, and place back on the baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven until the chicken is no longer pink in the center, and crispy on the outside, about 45 minutes. Turn the wings over halfway during cooking so they cook evenly.

*I also had a grate between the foiled pan and the wings just so they could get a little crispier.


Grana Padano photo shoot for Cheese Connoisseur Magazine

Just in time for the holidays, a few quick cheese recipes I shot for Cheese Connoisseur magazine. These were prepared with Grana Padano cheese, which is similar to Parmigiano-Reggiano. It is made in northeastern Italy. The recipes were really a nice selection to showcase how you can use this cheese. We made a simple quesadilla with roasted red peppers, a squash soup, and an apple crostata!

We had to make sure and leave room for titles and recipe text when these run in the magazine.

Holiday Recipe: Hot Chocolate Truffles

Ingredients

12 ounces dark chocolate chips
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
TOPPINGS: Crushed candy canes or Hershey's cocoa powder

Directions

 Place all ingredients in a double boiler and stir until chocolate is melted. Whisk works well.
    Allow the mixture to cool. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerator for about 2-3 hours until firm.
    Using a cookie scoop, scoop the chocolate mixture ( approx. 1 inch scoops) and roll into a ball. Then with your choice of topping roll in that. Immediately place each ball onto a square of plastic wrap.

For Gifting: Wrap up each ball with plastic wrap to seal.  Place balls in a freezer bag and freeze until ready to use.

To Make Hot Chocolate: 1 cup of milk into a microwave-safe mug (or in saucepan to heat). Carefully drop two unwrapped hot chocolate truffles into the milk. Stir for 30 seconds to 1 minute until the truffles dissolve into the milk. Serve warm!

Wine Choice: Merlot

 Food Photography by Food Photographer Felicia Perretti, New York, Philadelphia



Published: Vegan Casseroles Cookbook

This year has been so amazing, and this is the perfect way to end it with my 2nd cookbook that just came out! I was able to photograph Vegan Casseroles by Julie Hasson. The cookbook consisted of recipes involving Pasta Bakes, Gratins, and Pot Pies. I was amazed at how flavorful and beautiful these dishes came out. Vegan food is something not everyone is comfortable with. I love food and it would be very hard for me to live a vegan lifestyle but these dishes were really amazing. If you've never tried a vegan dish this is the cookbook you would want to find a recipe.

Link to cookbook

                                        Here's a lasagne dish from the vegan cookbook

                                        Here's a lasagne dish from the vegan cookbook

Recipe: Red Skin Potato Chips

What you will need:

3 medium red skin potatoes(depends how many you want to make)
oil/Pam spray
Seasonings

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Thinly slice(or use a mandolin slicer) your potatoes, do not use ends.

Lay out the potato slices without overlapping onto your oiled sheet tray.

Sprinkle generously over the potatoes your choice of seasonings.
I used, salt, pepper, oregano, Old Bay seasoning, and Paprika.

Put into the oven and bake for 20 min or until golden brown, flip over a couple times during process.

After they are done lay out on a paper towel to dry any excess oil.

Serve!

Dip
Sour Cream(This is quick and easy if you have left over sour cream from another recipe)
-Cumin
-Paprika
-Pepper/Salt to taste

Mix the sour cream in with paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper until spicy and tasty.

I’m a big fan of red skin potatoes, not just because of the nutrients you get from them that plain baked potatoes don’t have but they are just as versatile as baking potatoes.

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