The Splendid Table

Monday, 18 August 2014

The Splendid Table radio program is a longtime favorite of mine. I especially admire radio host Lynne Rossetto Kasper’s creativity in her regular “Stump the Cook” challenge: Listeners call in and ask her to combine random ingredients into something they can cook—and would like to eat. So, I was excited to be asked to shoot images for this new monthly USA Weekend Magazine feature that spotlights her on-air challenges. As usual, Lynne came up with a delicious-sounding, inventive recipe, incorporating all the ingredients into a harmonious whole: Sriracha Oatmeal-Crusted Tilapia over Pan-Roasted Carrots with Almond and Garlic. (Listen to this “Stump the Cook” radio spot, here.) Like Lynne’s creative recipe, the USA Weekend page design combined the ingredient of typography to integrate with my photo for a fun, dynamic layout that really invites the reader to dig in. My creative ingredients included their page layout, food items and the background. According to the layout given to me,

NHLBI’s We Can Program

Thursday, 12 June 2014

It’s strawberry season—the perfect time for this Summer Breeze Smoothie! It is one of a series of “Fun Family Recipes” that I shot, along with food stylist Lisa Cherkasky, for the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Their We Can program offers these recipes online and as these downloadable PDF recipe cards, shown here. This recipe for Crispy Oven-Fried Chicken is a smart, lighter version of this classic, favorite dish. This Quinoa and Black Bean Salad recipe is refreshing and vegan. This recipe for Autumn Salad, including Granny Smith apples, dried cranberries and walnuts, would be tasty any time of year. I feel good about working with programs and clients that help to provide information on healthy and delicious foods, like NHBLI’s We Can program: “(Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition) is a national movement designed to give parents, caregivers, and entire communities a way to help children 8 to 13 years old stay at a healthy weight.” Some of these recipes

Award-Winning ADA Cookbooks

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Congratulations to Robyn Webb and Barbara Seelig-Brown, two very smart and talented authors (and more)! Both recently won awards for cookbooks we collaborated on for the American Diabetes Association. I am so proud of them both, and really enjoy photographing recipes for their cookbooks, along with food stylist Lisa Cherkasky. Robyn Webb’s The Smart Shopper Diabetes Cookbook just won a Silver Benjamin Franklin Award from the Independent Book Publishers Association. In addition to being author of many books, Robyn is also a nutritionist, culinary educator and Food Editor for American Diabetes Association’s magazine, Diabetes Forecast. In The Smart Shopper, Robyn shares her savvy secrets to making healthful eating more convenient—and more delicious. Recipes include a chapter on “Quick & Easy Desserts,” like the frosty chocolate treat, below. The Smart Shopper also was cited as one of The Washington Post’s Best Cookbooks of 2013. I’m also pleased to have worked with her on another award-winner, The


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The Washington Post Plate Lab

Saturday, 05 April 2014

Springtime means new beginnings. So, it’s perfect for The Washington Post Magazine’s redesign launch. Along with their fresh new format, they are introducing a regular feature, “Plate Lab: Restaurant Recipes for the Home”—and, I am just thrilled to be part of it! The first Plate- Lab-featured recipe is very appropriate for Springtime in DC: “Cherry Sambal,” by Miles Vaden, executive chef of Passion Food Hospitality group’s DC Coast restaurant. “Cherries Jubilation,” the title for this debut feature, really works for me. Cherries, cherry blossoms, Spring—all are cause for annual celebration—but, maybe even more so than usual this year, after such a long, hard winter. Having contributed to the Washington Post Food Section and the Magazine for many years, I am glad to be collaborating again with Joe Yonan, Food and Travel Editor, and Bonnie Benwick, Deputy Food Editor and Recipe Editor. I’m looking forward to the fun inspiration of exploring and illustrating their selections from restaurant menus.


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USPS Wedding Cake Stamp

Monday, 24 March 2014

Fred is one of my biggest fans. He is an avid stamp collector, and over the past ten years a number of my photos have appeared on U.S. postage stamps. The Postal Service kindly credits my photos, and Fred sends me these funny little notes with autograph requests when my stamps are issued or reissued. This time Fred asked me to sign this newspaper clipping of an article in Linn’s Stamp News announcing the recent reissue of the Wedding Cake stamp with my photo of the lovely, classic cake by Pastry Chef Peter Brett. This is the second reissue of this pretty stamp. When it was first issued five years ago, Mara asked if this stamp might be around for her own wedding someday. I told her then that I didn’t think so. But, now, I’m not so sure!      


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Food Network’s Appetizers

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Appetizing appetizers can be just a few easy steps away… Food Network’s 12 Last-Minute Appetizers from the Pantry presents ideas that transform packaged items into “company-worthy snacks.” I shot this group of images showing basic ingredients and their appealing, simple transformations. Even colorful, jarred red peppers look more inviting when “cut into strips and tossed with olive oil and something green…cilantro, parsley, capers or scallions.” This feature was one in a Food Network series that I did with food stylist Lisa Cherkasky. The other features are: 5 Pantry-Raid Recipes, using only “nonperishable pantry ingredients”; and Supermarket Ingredient Shortcuts, suggesting “quick fixes at the grocery store that will help you get dinner done quicker tonight.” Sometimes I can really use this kind of practical inspiration in the kitchen, so I hope it helps other busy people, too!  


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Rise and Shine for Breakfast

Saturday, 01 March 2014

What makes it worth getting out of bed at a B&B or hotel? A fabulous breakfast! Even on vacation, I might jump out of bed for these “Lemon Souffle Pancakes with Blueberry Compote.” This recipe, from 1851 Historic Maple Hill Manor in Springfield, Kentucky, won BedandBreakfast.com’s award for the “Best B&B Breakfast Tournament.” I shot this image for USA Today’s magazine, Best Years’ story, “6 award-winning breakfasts from B&Bs.”  It might just be worth the trip to Kentucky, but in case you can’t make it there to taste them (or to bring home the pancake mix they sell), try their celebrated recipe.  Breakfast can be tempting and relatively healthy—even when traveling. That is the new attraction promoted by Springhill Suites by Marriott. For their guests’ complimentary breakfasts, they are offering a new selection of “fresh, natural, delicious options,” including this oatmeal, beautifully studded with selections from their toppings bar. Here is an array of their new, healthier breakfast


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Superbowl!

Thursday, 30 January 2014

USA Weekend asked Chef Bill Briwa of the Culinary Institute of America for recipes that could be Superbowl Sunday favorites. He suggests dishes that represent “global,” “authentic” and “democratic” trends—including his delicious guacamole recipe, which I photographed for this cover, with styling by Carolyn Schimley. I hope everyone has a tasty, fun Superbowl Sunday!

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Textile Museum Memories

Thursday, 23 January 2014

The Textile Museum in Washington, DC is such a magical place. Their displays of exquisite fiber crafts can transport visitors to faraway places and teach about global cultures from antiquity to the current day. A little part of the magic for me has always been the atmosphere of its longtime home in Kalorama. When shooting subjects for their fascinating exhibits, I have had the pleasure of working in that space. The real magic, the museum’s staff and collection will be moving a few minutes away to a brand new building on the George Washington University campus. They expect the new home to be open by the Fall of this year. The new space will be fantastic, but I will miss visiting this special place to work with this great group of people. So, I wanted to capture my memories of working here. The mansion entry hall, as shown at the top, immediately invites you to


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2013 Retrospective

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Looking back on 2103 projects, I am very grateful when I review this year of terrific variety, as reflected in this collage. Thanks to all of the wonderful clients and partners I am lucky enough to work with—here’s to a happy, healthy and creative 2014!

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