Out of My Element

Monday, 27 February 2012

 Food—I love it. I photograph it. I eat it. I don’t cook it (usually)! Marty and I were asked to bring dessert to a dinner party. Not just any dinner party, but the regular get-together with our wonderful dining group, the Society of Food Aficianados (SOFA). For 15 years, we’ve been part of this casual group that is serious about food, but doesn’t take itself too seriously. The elegant name is (mostly) tongue-in-cheek. Chuck Bernstein, a SOFA group member, explained in his article on us for The Washington Post in 1998, saying “SOFA” has “…all the right connotations: demanding of good food but not too snooty; comfortable with barbecue or beurre blanc, like dining on favorite sofas, in salons and TV rooms around the world. Plus [it’s] catchy.” Every dinner takes its theme from the host’s main dish. I described to Marty, the chef in our family, what dessert I thought he could make that

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Mother/Daughter

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

What a treasure to have this new portrait of me and Mara. It was taken by my talented friend, the distinguished DC-based portrait photographer, Mary Noble Ours. We were lucky enough to be invited to sit for her, and are grateful to have the image of us together, capturing this time in our lives. I met Mary Noble many years ago through our mutual friend and colleague, photographer Cameron Davidson. I just really enjoy her—she is a true artist! Plus, she loves food and is a wonderful cook. Her work captures a wide variety of subjects, from intimate portraits of pregnant women and newborns to authors’ book jacket photos; from horsewomen to violinists—and all kinds of adorable children. You can see in the faces of her subjects that they are relaxed and natural with her. Having a portrait taken can really create some anxious self-consciousness, but Mary Noble is expert at putting her subjects at

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Monday, 13 February 2012

Valentine’s Day can be a big deal—big opportunties for some restaurants and other businesses, and big pressure on (some peoples’) relationships. I’m glad to see my clients making their customers happy any day of the year, and wish them all well for this special holiday that keeps them very busy! As for relationships… Marty and I try to treat each other special everyday (I know, that sounds sappy!). After 25 years, it is a little easier, now that the kids are on their own, which leaves a little more time for “us.” Our favorite Valentine’s Day tradition is to lay low and hang out at home. So… I wonder what the chef (AKA, Marty) has planned…? (No pressure!) No doubt chocolate will be involved! Chocolate treats are a Valentine’s Day tradition—and I love it. While the health benefits of dark chocolate are widely promoted, this delicious Apricot Almond Truffles recipe maintains the indulgency quotient while

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