Hi Friends, how has your 2012 been treating you? We still can’t believe this month is coming to and end. Wasn’t it just yesterday that we were wishing a farewell t0 2011 with our Life Recipes video? Maybe that’s what being on the road and being buried in work does to ones grasp of time. But we wouldn’t have it any other way because we feel so lucky to be working with fabulous people and photography projects.

As you can tell, we’ve been a bit absent on recipe sharing over the last few months. We miss being away from our home kitchen and although we haven’t been posting on our home cooked recipes, we’ve certainly been eating really well. Really, really well.

shooting Chef Charles Phan

If you follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, you’ll probably know we’ve been up in San francisco for two stints over the last three weeks for shoots. We’re thrilled to be working with Ten Speed Press on a couple video projects for new cookbooks coming out soon for Bi-Rite Creamery and Vietnamese Home Cooking by Chef Charles Phan of The Slanted Door.

When Ten Speed Press contacted us, we were beyond thrilled because that meant we get to be in one of our favorite cities and shooting with two of our beloved food heroes- Bi-Rite Creamery and Chef Charles Phan. Between the salted caramel ice cream at Bi-Rite creamery and Chef Phan’s steamed banh-bao buns, we were well nourished during the shoots.

Pastry Chefs Kris & Anne and owners of Bi-Rite Creamery

The community shoot at Bi-Rite Creamery, was extra special because some blogging friends came out to support us and to be a part of the video. We sent out a “casting call” on twitter and Facebook, looking for good ice cream eaters to be in the video. A lovely group of friends came out and they were camera and ice-cream-eating ready. Look out for their beautiful faces in the final video!

We’re off to Florida next week to assist our friend Jaden at SteamyKitchen.com shoot the recipes for her new cookbook. If you get bombarded by tweets and Facebook updates from a Florida homestead full of chicken and alligators, you’ll know why.

Oh, by the way, did we tell you that we’re growing 4 more citrus trees? We’re somehow squeezing that in while we’re home. More in a later post.

And lastly, a special thanks and love goes out to our friend Heidi Swanson for her support and help in making all this happen!

have a great one,

diane and todd

More scenes from our San Francisco shoots 

Chef Charles Phan cooking at home with his Son 

We spent a lot of time in beautiful Dolores Park neighborhood 

iphone shot- Thanks to friends for joining us at Bi-Rite shoot: John  FoodWishes.com, Michelle SFQ bbq sauce, Darya SummerTomato.com,  Jenna EatLiveRun.com , Anita DessertFirstGirl.com, Irvin EatTheLove.com, Ben YouFedABabyChili.com , Kirsten Bi-Rite Market, Jessica SodiumGirl.com 

Pastry Chefs Anne & Kris making ice cream 

crazy good salted caramel ice cream at Bi-Rite

lovely Anne taking a much deserved break from a long day of ice cream making & shooting

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