Hi Friends. Are you all on Instagram? If not, you’re missing out on really simple, yet fun community of friends catching up with one another via pictures. We enjoy it and it’s always been a serene place to browse though our friends day from their mobile photographs. But now video is a new 15 second feature on our once simple feed of quiet images.

We’ve heard so many different thoughts about Instagram video, but are curious to read what you think? Are you loving it? Liking it?

The feature itself is great to be able to give folks the option to share moving images. We’re big fans of video if you already didn’t know. The feature to choose your lead photo for video is great and being able to customize that give us more creative liberty and choice. But what was hard for us to appreciate right away was how intrusive the sound and audio can be.

When scrolling through our feed, it can be awfully disruptive to get a jolt of audio from the video. We love seeing the videos, but just wish there was an option to click play when we choose to, rather than have the video auto-play.

So we really wanted to share some video and figured that the only way for us to not scare our followers with a sudden rush of loud sound, was to first share a quiet video with music playing in the background. That way, we don’t shock the heck out of our followers.

Here’s our first Instagram video we worked on together called “Morning Ritual”.

We’re on Instagram as @ToddPorter and @DianeCu

And we’re overloaded with garden heirloom tomatoes now. So here’s an Instagam video about…..tomatoes!

Have you tried instagram video? We want to learn more about it and understand what folks like to see?

hugs,

diane and todd

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Junk Food Confessions

by White on Rice Couple June 26, 2013

Let’s be honest. We all have our vices and hidden underneath or behind our pantry shelves somewhere probably lies a half eaten box of Little Debbie chocolate cupcakes. It could possibly be our box of stress-relief after a long days work or when you need to quietly sneak your kid some sugar contraband just so […]

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Grilled Green Tomatoes, An Accidental Dish

by White on Rice Couple June 24, 2013
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It’s always an accident. At some point during my garden duties of tying up the tomato vines on the trellis, I inevitably bump a healthy green tomato and watch it fall to the ground. Darn it. There’s nothing more frustrating than to watch a beautiful heirloom tomato grow to it’s perfect shape and never see […]

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Summer Grilling Recipes & Latest Photo Work

by White on Rice Couple June 21, 2013
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Can you believe it? 2013 is already half way through, our heirloom tomatoes are starting to ripen and Summer feels like it’s arrived in full swing. Every day we’re taking time to live in the moment because before we know it, we’ll be sourcing our Christmas tree. What a scary thought. From a photographic perspective, […]

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Merci-Handmade Vintage Satchel Giveaway

by White on Rice Couple June 18, 2013
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This giveaway has ended. Thank you everyone who commented. Please scroll below to see the winners. I love curating, collecting and shopping. And I love finding handmade or one of a kind pieces to giveaway on our blog. I purchase these treasures myself, so my little giveaways are never sponsored. If anything was ever sponsored, […]

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Juicy Lucy Burger Party & Recipe

by White on Rice Couple June 17, 2013

How can someone resist a burger that comes with a warning disclaimer? That was exactly our predicament a little over two years ago and we soon found our burger world rocked. In the middle of a whirlwind trip we found ourselves in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, affectionately dubbed the twin cites. We were one set […]

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Roasted Zucchini with Cheese and Herbs

by White on Rice Couple June 10, 2013
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A vegetable side dish doesn’t have to be complicated. I often remind myself of this when menu planning for a party of twelve or more. Even if I’m making dinner for two, I remind myself again and again: keep it simple, keep it fresh and it will be great. Sometimes I’ll browse through a cookbook […]

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Fire Roasted Summer Corn Salad

by White on Rice Couple June 3, 2013
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It’s this time of year that we’re craving fresh corn and thanks to the bounty of the season, gorgeous corn is making its appearance at farmers markets. Such pleasure! Though it’s not officially Summer yet, it’s hard not to be in such the mood for fresh grilled salads and pretty much anything that comes off […]

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Thinking Out Loud- Blow Torches and Favorites

by White on Rice Couple May 31, 2013
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“I think every woman should have a blow torch” – Julia Child. These words, Julia’s words, are brilliant. I can’t help it but to look it up again every so often because it makes me laugh out loud and it doesn’t matter where I am when I’m reminded of it, people look at me crazy […]

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Blood Orange Ricotta Cookies with Blood Orange Glaze

by White on Rice Couple May 29, 2013
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You know how you are searching for one thing and end up on a tangent, totally forgetting about your original search, but you did find something awesome. That is how these cookies came about. In another moment of distraction, or was is work avoidance, we stumbled upon Giada’s Lemon Ricotta cookies. The recipe looked tasty […]

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How We Shot Our Bountiful Cookbook Cover & Outtakes

by White on Rice Couple May 28, 2013
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The last few weeks have been quite adventurous. Between our work shoots and trip to Orlando’s Disneyworld for Food Blog Forum we’ve braved Space Mountain and shooting highly reflective glassware in the same week. If you’ve ever experienced either one of those, you’ll know that they both pose their own set of challenges. More on […]

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If you could have one day, what would you do?

by White on Rice Couple May 25, 2013

  Do you ever take a much needed day just to un-plug, to remove yourself from your everyday duties and do what makes you happy? We’re not talking about a few hours, but rather, a full day that doesn’t include email, social media or work. Personally, we often forget about taking that special day where […]

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Video- Behind the Scenes Shoot at Our Studio with KitchenAid

by White on Rice Couple May 23, 2013

Want to know what goes on behind the scenes of one of our food photography shoots in our studio? Well finally, here it is! So many of you have asked for a video and sneak peak into all the scenes that happens on our shoots. Because we’re always so busy in the kitchen and behind […]

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“Black Magic Cake” with Butterscotch & Cream Cheese Frosting

by White on Rice Couple May 20, 2013
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  Pinterest gets me in trouble, and it isn’t even from me browsing. Diane will be lying on the couch at the end of the day, scrolling along while I catch up to the sports world on ESPN. Then suddenly she’ll pipe up “I want that”, thrusting her phone towards me. What am I supposed […]

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Meyer Lemon Crinkle Cookies

by White on Rice Couple May 15, 2013
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I love a really good cookie. Though I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, I appreciate and savor every bite of dessert that my palate can tolerate. And though I’m not capable of eating too much, I’m always searching for a great recipe that can satisfy my two to three bites of sweet joy. […]

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Our “Bountiful” Cookbook Preview & Roasted Strawberry Scone Recipe

by White on Rice Couple May 13, 2013
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We did it. We made it. And haven’t killed each other over which recipes were going to make the cut. Though we both have less hair than when we first announced last year, we did figure out how to make our small kitchen more efficient and whose turn it was to use the big burner. […]

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Vietnamese Pork and Shrimp Spring Rolls

by White on Rice Couple May 8, 2013
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Hi everyone,  hope you’re doing well and your weather is warming up to the peak of Spring. We’re back, cooking in our home kitchen again and it feels nice to be making food that isn’t for a shoot. We’ve had a fulfilling four weeks of back to back shoots and working with some of the […]

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The Best Dog Biscuits EVER – According to Sierra

by White on Rice Couple April 25, 2013
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“Incentives.” That’s what we have to call dog biscuits now around the house. The pups have long figured out “treats” and spelling out the letters to each other in this LOL world was starting to get old. We’ve gotten in the habit of using letters instead of words so much I’ve started glancing over my […]

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For the Love of Meyer Lemons: Video & A Little Giveaway

by White on Rice Couple April 1, 2013

This giveaway has ended, thank you all for sharing your love of meyer lemons. Scroll to end of post to see winner. We do love to share, but sometimes it’s really impossible to pass around a few baskets of citrus from our garden to all you kind folks. When we can, we do enjoy sending […]

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In the kitchen with Wolfgang Puck and Alain Ducasse

by White on Rice Couple March 20, 2013

It’s been a while since this incredible evening happened, but thanks to a few nudges from you guys, we reached back into our archives for the images. What would we do without you amazing people? You keep us in check and encourage us to post regularly. Thank you for that. You see, we were asked […]

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