Heirloom Tomato Galette

by White on Rice Couple July 23, 2014
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We’re trying to be good kids this is the Summer by making it a season of “to-do’s”. If any of you have one of these lists, we’ve probably got you beat by a mile. Or two. We’ve just go so much we want to do and so little time. Well, we committed ourselves to being focused over the last few weeks, thus the lack of posting. 

Top of our list was finishing up house maintenance duties that have been neglected for a while. You’d be »

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Amazing Fresh Blueberry Cream Cheese Frosting

by White on Rice Couple July 2, 2014
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Remember my last rustic berry red velvet cake recipe? Well, that was just the beginning to return to my love of baking desserts and cakes. I promised I was on a mission to work on some of my favorite cake recipe
s but along with that has other duties too. One of them is to find wonderful frosting and icing recipes that I can whip up quickly, but yet have lots of flavor. And if fresh fruit is involved, I’m all over it like a »

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Chile Margarita with Paprika Salt

by White on Rice Couple June 27, 2014
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It’s still a shock to us that half the year is almost over and that we’re entering the end of June. Still, what is more of a shock? That 4th of July is next week and we’re in June mode. Our abrupt reminder was last night when someone ignited some illegal fireworks in our neighborhood that made us we realize two things: One, Christmas is around the corner and two, it’s time to start thinking of good food and drinks for next week’s bbq’s. 

To »

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Easy Strawberry-Blackberry Pudding

by White on Rice Couple June 25, 2014
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To be a host, party-giver, entertainer. For us one of the most important priorities is to make sure everyone feels included. Wether it is clients at the studio for a shoot, or if we are hosting one of our photography/styling workshops, or if it is just friends over at the house, that sense of inclusion amongst everyone defines the success as us as hosts.

More than once we’ve subjected friends to dorky games, coercing even the shyest ones into participation. There’s nothing like shared dorkdom »

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Rustic Red Velvet Cake Layered with Berries

by White on Rice Couple June 11, 2014
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Way back in 2003 when Todd was managing Cafe Zinc, we would often have staff parties at the house. It was always a blast because everyone was able to wind down, relax and be able to be fed food instead of having the role of feeding others all day long. Todd and I would spend a few days prepping, cooking and be in party-planning-mode, which is where we always loved to be.

Gatherings over at our house were actually an escape for us, to explore, »

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Home, exhausted and appreciative. CreativeLive.

by White on Rice Couple June 9, 2014

Four and a half months of planning with Creativelive came down to three days. Those three days were so lightening fast, it was hard to remember what happened even ten minutes prior. And to think that we considered to not partake in teaching because we didn’t think we could share anything different that hasn’t already been taught. Thankfully, we came to our senses. We all have our own unique perspectives. Even if something has been taught or said before, it can still be valuable to »

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Roasted Cherry Tomato and Sweet Onion Dip- The Hot Mess

by White on Rice Couple June 5, 2014
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You’re lookin’ a hot mess. And we’re not talking about emotional issues or drama. We’re throwing it all out there for you all to see, straight from the oven and ready to be devoured. This cheese dip is the epitome of a hot mess, but it’s so freaking good, you’ll be glad that we didn’t make time to clean it up.

It was so hard to not face-plant into this dip when it was bubbly, drippy, hot and messy from the oven. Probably the realization »

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Sweet Cherry-Bomb and Coconut Milk Pops

by White on Rice Couple June 2, 2014
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Boozy ice pops have been one of our secret addictions for so long now that rarely do any of our clients or workshop attendees leave without a lick.  We’re enablers for sure and that’s what makes our shoots, workshops and gatherings so fun is that everyone gets a double dose of booze. Start with a cocktail and end with a boozy pop. That’s the way we roll folks!

Sometimes at the end of a long hot day, treating yourself to an ice pop is something truly »

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Chili Garlic Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Fresh Herbs

by White on Rice Couple May 29, 2014
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Even when it’s hot outside we’re craving a dinner with something roasted in the oven. This just might be one of the last dishes that we roast in the oven for the next few months. Why? Because our traditional wood-fired oven is almost complete. Whew. It’s an epic project that includes lots of planning, prepping and patience. As of today, we’re 94.9382734% finished. All three brown coats are complete and dried in-between the layers. Now we’re just waiting for the final layer of stucco. We »

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Roasted Miso-Glazed Salmon

by White on Rice Couple May 9, 2014
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It’s confession time as to what we’ve been up-to at home over the last few weeks. Some of you already know that we’ve been working around the clock building out our new studio addition, shooting with clients, cooking, testing recipes our blog and preparing for some fun food photography workshops. All that requires work and with work, comes exhaustion. And with exhaustion at the end of the day means we really look forward to our “couch time”. Basically, we’ve been couch-potatoes in the evenings, watching »

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Roasted Carrots with Mint Lemon Dressing

by White on Rice Couple May 6, 2014
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Last week we had a heat wave that lasted five days of hot, dry, Santa-Ana windy weather above 95 degrees. We were dying over here, so to make it bearable we ate lots of blackberry mojito pops. That’s how to cool down and freshen spirits in style! But mojito pops wasn’t all that we nourished on, especially when Spring vegetables are plentiful and perfect. We’re always trying to find balance and variety in our diet. If we indulge in cocktails, we make sure to add »

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Free, Live Online Food Photography/Styling Workshop on Creativelive & More

by White on Rice Couple May 2, 2014

Hi everyone! Hope all is well over there on your end of the world. We’ve been working around the clock on some crazy new projects that we hope to announce soon. But we finally ironed out one of the first ones and we can share it. 

Wanna join us for a free, live online food photography and food styling workshop in June? We’ll be teaching a 3-day, live workshop on Creativelive . We’ll also be chatting about video and why you should end each shoot »

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Orange-Spiced Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

by White on Rice Couple March 24, 2014
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Lately we have been gardening fools.  Geeked out over little projects and springtime plantings. Our souls feeling rejuvenated as the garden warms from its wintertime laziness. Yes even here in So Cal the garden goes a bit mellow during the chillier months.

We’ll shoot with a client in our studio from 7 until 4 and then come home and stretch out every last ounce of daylight in the garden with the birds, bugs and plants. Sometimes working even longer with the help of our headlamps. »

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One Pot Stovetop Creamy Kale Mac and Cheese

by White on Rice Couple March 21, 2014
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Yes, adding kale can justify mac and cheese being “healthier”, can’t it? Please say yes because that’s what my conscience was telling me when I wanted to combine two of my top 25 foods all in one pot. Perhaps I’m making up lost time as a kid when all I wanted to eat was mac and cheese, but instead I was fed a healthy diet of fresh fish, greens and rice. Oh, the “trauma” of eating fresh homemade food during childhood.

Please, let me explain.»

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Blood Orange Gin and Tonic

by White on Rice Couple March 18, 2014
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We swear it wasn’t intentional to be missing from the blog for five weeks and return with booze. In fact, we had this recipe ready to share about seven weeks ago but a few things got in the way and blog life kinda came to a screeching halt. And secondly, we missed you all and want to let you know it feels good to be back. So this blood orange gin and tonic is indeed, a celebration to what lies ahead.

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Meyer Lemon Magic Custard Cake for Breakfast

by White on Rice Couple February 11, 2014
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The Winter Olympics are here and we’re trying our hardest to sneak in as much spectator time as possible, on television, that is. There’s so much that we love about the Olympics, but it’s the personal stories that make watching the events so special. We all have our dreams to pursue and to see someone be able to live their personal dream by just being in the Olympics is so inspiring.

It’s hard to not be drawn to each Olympians personal commitment and story to »

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Blood Orange Buttermilk Pound Cake

by White on Rice Couple February 3, 2014
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It’s always around this time of year that we begin swimming in citrus and every meal (and drink!) has some splash of fragrant juice. You can call it a garden obsession, but we’re not far from being finished. Last week we planted another (our third) blood orange tree and it wasn’t in-celebration to grow more, but rather, to replace one blood orange tree that had completely died on us.

So this blog post has mixed emotions, both sadness for losing a beloved tree and joy »

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Juicy Asian Oven Roasted Pulled Pork for Sliders, Pasta or Rice.

by White on Rice Couple January 28, 2014
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This is the unabashed, meat-lovers edition of pork. Apologies if the photo is an abrupt, in-your-face visual of juicy and saucy pork in its entirety. In fact, there’s no scattering of pretty garnish nor greens nor linen-pretty. It’s a delicious and amazing pulled pork dish and that’s pretty much all we wanted to share with you. Sometimes it’s more effective to just past all the words and give you a taste of the recipe as soon as possible.

The pulled pork is so amazing, we »

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Crispy Baked Beet Green Chips

by White on Rice Couple January 20, 2014
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We had a full day of green eating a few weeks ago and it doesn’t seem to stop. When we cooked up mustard greens we also made a batch of beet green chips as a test. This test turned out to be a nice surprise and worthy of sharing, so here’s what we have to say: Don’t waste those beet greens, crisp them into chips. That’s what we did when our garden beet roots are still to young to harvest but we have so many »

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Dragon Fruit, The Pups & Signing in SF

by White on Rice Couple January 17, 2014
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The weather can’t decide what it wants to do in January. Well, at least on our end of the world that is. As we’re watching the news of blizzards and people using their front porch as a back up freezer in some parts of the country, we’re bathing in 87 degrees over here.

Yes, over here, in our part of California, we’re wondering if turning on our air conditioning in mid-January is wrong. Or worse yet, we’re seeing blooms on our volunteer tomato plants AND »

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