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Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five minutes a Day- Cookbook Video Promo

Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five minutes a Day- Cookbook Video Promo

Pizza is one of those foods that makes all adults and kids happy. But homemade pizza is one that can not only warm the home, but get everyone excited to start creating custom “pies”.

Last month we traveled to Minneapolis to shoot the promo video for Jeff Hertberg and Zoe Francois’s new book, Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five minutes a Day. Both Jeff and Zoe have best selling books out already that you might already have. If you don’t already have these books, then »

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Cucumber and Zucchini Carpaccio Salad – Cristina Ferrare’s Big Bowl of Love

Cucumber and Zucchini Carpaccio Salad – Cristina Ferrare’s Big Bowl of Love

We love our job. Of course there are always challenges that come with each project we photograph or film, but at the end of the day we are always thankful for the wonderful people that we work with and Cristina Ferrare is one of those wonderous souls that help us love our job to no end.

Last year she selected us to photograph her new cookbook, Big Bowl of Love, which is also the title of her cooking show on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

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Soba Noodles w/ Parsley Pesto & Giveaway : and I shall have some peace there

Soba Noodles w/ Parsley Pesto & Giveaway : and I shall have some peace there

The giveaway has ended and congrats to Rebecca, comment #46 for winning the book!

Margaret Roach, the former Editorial Director of Martha Stewart and now author of the memoir “And I Shall Have Some Peace There”, has a story that we can all relate to at some point in our lives.

She asks in her author video, “Did you ever just want to get up from your desk one day and just walk away? and I don’t mean to just walk away and get a »

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Chocolate Peppermint Marshmallow Pops – Holiday Happiness on a Stick

Chocolate Peppermint Marshmallow Pops – Holiday Happiness on a Stick

There’s an obvious cult happening all over the internet and home kitchens. All the wonderful and cute blame goes to adorable Angie at Bakerella. Honestly (and unfortunately) we didn’t discover the world of Bakerella and Cake Pops until we met Angie at our last Food Blog Forum seminar in Atlanta. There was an energetic buzz around Angie and her fans were clasping to her new book, Cake Pops, like it was the hottest new toy in the food world.

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What were eating today – schweets

We’ve been eating and photographing lots of sweets for a new cookbook by @NinaMW . Here are some behind the scenes looks of the subjects.»

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Cookbook shoot with Cristina Ferrare & New Oprah Winfrey Network show

Cookbook shoot with Cristina Ferrare & New Oprah Winfrey Network show

Todd  &  Cristina Ferrare previewing the cookbook images

We’ve worked with some lovely people during our photography career, but yet have we been able to meet anyone so sincerely generous and kind as Cristina Ferrare. And better yet, Cristina’s new cooking show,A Big Bowl of Love, will debut in January on the Oprah Winfrey Network!

All her success, both past and present, are well deserved. No wonder Oprah Winfrey loves Cristina so much and we adore her immensely.

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Fall Fest: Arugula-Fig Salad w/Blue Cheese & Warm Bacon Vinaigrette from Gluten Free Girl and The Chef

Fall Fest: Arugula-Fig Salad w/Blue Cheese & Warm Bacon Vinaigrette from Gluten Free Girl and The Chef

Fall Festis here and it’s a continuation of Summer Fest, a cross-blog recipe (and tip) swap. These events were started by Margaret Roach of Away to Garden and Deb Puchalla of Food Network. Previous themes were  Spinach and Apples. For this week, it’s all about Fall Salads.

Join and share yourblog write ups. Just post your link or recipe or idea in the comments below this post, and also share on the blogs of the other participants who are co-hosting as well.»

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Autumn Apropos – Broiled Leeks with fresh Apple Vinaigrette for Fall Fest

Autumn Apropos – Broiled Leeks with fresh Apple Vinaigrette for Fall Fest

Fall Fest is here and it’s a continuation of Summer Fest, a cross-blog recipe (and tip) swap. These events were started by Margaret Roach of Away to Garden and Deb Puchalla of Food Network. Last week’s theme was Spinach and for this week, it’s all about  apples, beautiful apples.

Join and share yourblog write ups. Just post your link or recipe or idea in the comments below this post, and also share on the blogs of the other participants who are co-hosting as well.»

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Caramel Roasted Pears Recipe Perfect One-Dish Dinners Cookbook Promo Video

Caramel Roasted Pears Recipe Perfect One-Dish Dinners Cookbook Promo Video

Thank you to Pam, Maggy and Sharon Anderson of Three Many Cooks for sharing with us a copy of Pam’s amazing new Perfect One-Dish Dinners cookbook. We recently spent two days with them to produce and film the cookbook promo video for Perfect One-Dish Dinners. They swallowed us up into their loving, fun household and it was a joy to grab the cameras, capture their laughter, and to share meals and time with them. When we first sat down and talked the them, and Pam »

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Ginger Peach Muffins – Good To The Grain Cookbook

This is the time of year we start to inhale stone fruits, but ultimately there comes atime when there are too many to eat off the tree and we’re searching for additional alternatives to eat them. As Summer’s warm love beings to fill up our peaches, plums and nectarines with sweet juice to sink our faces into, nature conveniently decides to let them all ripen and drop at once. We just can’t keep up!

This year we have an added succulent hailstorm of necta-plums to add »

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Pickled Green Tomatoes & The Butcher and the Vegetarian

Pickled Green Tomatoes & The Butcher and the Vegetarian


This year’s tomato track record isn’t all that bad yet and we’re immediately jumping on the pickling band-wagon. The current tomato plant count is 4 out of 20 died due to disease, which is much less than what we suffered last year.  In 2009, the whole nation suffered a tomato crisis where a late blight hammered many crops and home gardens.

Some tomatoes are more disease resistant than others, so with fingers tightly crossed, were thinking that the dead plants were the weaker varieties.

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Vietnamese Style Pickled Carrots from Eating Local Cookbook


I’ve fully embraced the fact that I’m addicted to salt and crunchies. To preen me away from a jar of anything picked is like separating a mother bear from her cub. Please don’t get between me and my precious jar of pickled vegetables. Just don’t even think of going there. OK?

With that submission to salt made clear, I’m blaming it all on my Vietnamese heritage because I pretty much started at birth (once I moved to solids) to eating pickled foods as part of my meals. »

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Chocolate Crack Cookies from David Lebovitz, Ready for Dessert

Warning: These chocolate cookies are crack, just like the title and photo suggests (but it isn’t really the hard stuff in the photo.  Powdered sugar and palm sugar were the prop fill ins.)

Need your chocolate cookie fix?  Here’s a little something for you adapted from the latest book of the dessert masterDavid Lebovitz, “Ready for Dessert“.

David’s chocolate crack cookies are highly addictive chocolate bombs of ecstasy that he originally crafted in the kitchen of Chez Panisse.  He innocently claims the name comes from »

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Shrimp Stir Fry with Sugar Snap Peas – Snow & Sugar Pea Garden Monster – Jamie Oliver cookbook

There’s an uncontrollable beast on the North end of the garden and it actually comes in two forms: sugar snap peas and snow peas. Our spring peas are like serpants, clinging to everything they can get their tendrils on. Once they latch on, pea flowers shoot out and within 3-4 days, we have fresh peas to munch on. As a matter of fact, the warm sun is encouraging way more pea growth than we can ever imagine so it’s snow pea and sweet pea recipe »

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Endive & Radicchio Salad w/Creamy Parmesan Dressing from Rancho La Puerta Cookbook

I’m guilty and fessing up to the fact that I often drown my salads in dressing. Simple, crisp and fresh salads are my favorite ways to eat greens, sans all the complicated toppings. The extra toppings often get in the way of my favorite greens. But to contradict myself in a bowl of lettuce, I’ll often plunge the delicate leaves in a bath of oil and vinegar, suffocating my salad in excess dressing. Bad me, bad.

Key ingredients to healthy & flavorful dressing: non-fat yogurt, »

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Parmesan Herb Popovers- The Art and Soul of Baking

Warning: these parmesan popovers are way too easy and addicting to be legal. Crusty, crispy and savory popovers like these that are so easy to make, yet so quickly inhaled within a matter of seconds, should be against the law because they are that good. Really, really, really good.

These savory popovers so are light and airy, it’s amazing to watch them puff up to a crisp golden brown.  The fragrance of thyme and parmesan baking in the oven added the perfect warmth to »

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Butternut Squash and Apple Casserole – Clean Food

Don’t laugh cold weather folks, but by my mild Los Angeles weather radar, it’s been flipping freezing out here. Last week the weather dipped down to almost 40ºF and I was layered in so many clothes, Todd couldn’t even recognize who he was sleeping with. Yes, I take all my fleece layers to bed because if I can’t stay warm sleeping, no one sleeps! Even our warm weather dogs were shivering from cold weather anxiety and any loving pet owner, like me, would dress them »

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Somen noodles w/Sweet Soy-Ginger Sauce -Takashi’s Noodles Cookbook

Since our remarkable trip to Japan in August, we’ve been craving Japanese noodles with a vengence. We ate all the udon, somen, soba and ramen our stomachs could handle in 9 days and it was an amazing experience and education in the history and culture of Japanese noodles. We never got tired of slurping our way through Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. Each region’s noodle specialties were all so different, delicate and highlighted some magnificent regional flair. Coming back home, we were looking for a cookbook that »

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Sour Cream Pancakes from The Pioneer Woman

The Pioneer Woman Cooks is finally out and it’s flying off the shelves like hotcakes! Lucky for us, we were able to secure a free copy of the cookbook from our amazing swag bag at the Blog Her Conference we spoke at. Her new cookbook is a fabulous stroll through her amazing life of working, living and raising kids on the ranch. It’s full of fabulous pictures of cows, horses, her kids, her recipes, her life and more cows. And more gorgeous horses.

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Thomas Keller’s Truffle Infused Custards – an Amuse Bouche Phenom

Thomas Keller’s Truffle Infused Custards – an Amuse Bouche Phenom

Sometimes you want a dish that is so incredible, the moment your guests eat it their eyes widen, vocabulary stammers and smiles start to stretch across their faces …. Then come the inevitable proclamations of wonder and adoration. No more pulling punches, you are going straight for the “wow” factor.  Something that may be one of the best things your guests have had in their life.

Thomas Keller’s Truffle Egg Custards are just one of those dishes. This Easter we were having a gathering of »

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