This year, much like last year, had some pretty specific culinary trends. Last year was all about microdistilleries, street food, foraging, and pie. This year, for a variety of reasons, we’ve seen a rise in cake pops, ceviche, bitters, and fried eggs atop our meals. Some items overlapped years (bacon-in-everything is the trend that won’t die), some fads…

When summer temperatures soar, I can’t seem to get enough Popsicles, ice cream, and frozen fruit pops. I rarely indulge in a lot of sweets anymore, but I admit that I’m a sucker for frozen desserts. When I saw the book People’s Pops, I immediately ordered it with some ice pop trays, and made my own. I’ve played around with…

Gourmondo Catering is a fantastic client who has hired me on multiple occasions to shoot their updated menu offerings. The ladies I work with there have a natural eye for detail and make styling a breeze. In most cases, we take a modern, minimalistic approach, but once in a great while, we let our rustic flag…

On-location picnic shoot If there is a more fabulous food photography/styling trio, I certainly don’t know about it! Although I already shoot professionally, I still try to learn and add tips to my repertoire, and so when I saw this workshop come available, with three people in the industry who I adore and admire for…

Last week, I came back from a trip to the Upper Midwest (northeastern Wisconsin, and the upper peninsula of Michigan). Before this, I’d never explored the Midwest apart from a couple of quick trips to visit a friend in Duluth (and an even quicker jaunt to Superior from there). I’d loved it there and was excited to return to the region and…

I was treated to a fantastic dinner and olive oil tasting hosted by California Olive Ranch‘s Adam Englehardt and Kirsten Wanket, organized by Seattle’s own Janelle Maiocco of Talk of Tomatoes, and held at Seattle’s FareStart. I’d never been to a tasting of this type before so I had no idea what to expect. What I received was some outstanding…

  Once again, Keren Brown has put on another successful Seattle Foodportunity networking event, held at the lovely Palace Ballroom. It’s a great event for writers, chefs, food producers, foodies, and restaurateurs to network, mingle, and nosh on good eats. As usual, there were many participating restaurants and food producers, as well as guest chefs and cookbook writers.…

My friend Lorna Yee (author of The Newlywed Kitchen) made this recipe, and another friend of mine posted about it. I’ve been wanting to try it ever since and finally did this last weekend. Now, I don’t normally give one recipe triple air time, but it really is too good of a recipe not to share. I’m not one…

This ain’t no fancy dish. No surprises. No particularly exotic ingredients. Just straight-up comfort food. I’ve been a huge fan of risotto for years, decades even. It is honestly my “stranded on a deserted island” food, the one dish I would choose to have for the rest of my life. There are so many variations;…

Looking back on last year’s culinary trends list, 2010 was all about macarons, bacon, whoopie pies, food trucks, cupcakes, raw food diets, sous vide, and sea salt. Some I’m glad to see phase out, and others continue to trend beautifully. This year has us once again seen us engaging in provenance, but to hyperlocavorist levels.…