Oysters on the Half Shell

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Wow, September was a whirlwind of a month...will you forgive me for my lack of posts the last three weeks? 

Mike and I are heading out west tomorrow! I can almost smell the coast and taste the seafood. I am excited to say that I'm lucky enough be attending a food photography workshop in Seattle with food writer, stylist and photographer, Aran Goyoaga and food and lifestyle photographer, Luisa Brimble. Their work is absolutely gorgeous & their use of light is inspiring. I can't wait to meet them, listen to their insight and visit Seattle, a new city for both Mike and me. After the workshop is over, we're sneaking down to Oregon for a couple days to explore wine country. We went there for our honeymoon 4 years ago and we've been so excited to go back. 

One of our favorite things to do before we travel is talk about what types of food we are going to eat and what restaurants we're going to try. For this trip, I'm really excited for the oysters. West coast oysters and I have been having a love affair for years (don't tell Mike). We decided to shuck a few so I could post a shoot before we leave. I've included a very simple mignonette recipe that pairs really well with oysters on the half shell. Don't forget the lemon!

Stay tuned for blog posts covering our adventures out west! Follow more of the day-to-day while we're there on my Instagram. And, if you have any Seattle recommendations, definitely let me know!

xo

Classic Mignonette

All Images © Regan Baroni 2014.

Posted on October 22, 2014 .

Grilled Tomatoes

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Mike was grilling up some tomatoes and yellow squash the other night and I wanted to play around with getting some shots of them. It was raining outside and the light was too gorgeous to pass up. I thought I'd share some of the shots since it's been at least a couple weeks since my last post. 

Thank you so much for sticking around with UCAT even with a delay in posts from time to time... the continued support means a lot to me! My fulltime job has been keeping me super busy these days and needless to say, I was soooo ready for the long 4th of July weekend to catch up on shoots again. I even rented a new lens to play with and it was a blast! Here are a couple of resources for lens rentals, if you're interested:

Borrowlenses.com
Calumet Photo

Overall, it was a really fun weekend of cooking and shooting and cooking and shooting... Mike really outdid himself and I'm very excited to share his recipes with you! Stay tuned!

xo

All Images © Regan Baroni 2014.

Posted on October 21, 2014 .

Sugar Fixé Patisserie

Macarons from Sugar Fixé Patisserie

Macarons from Sugar Fixé Patisserie

Chocolate Hazelnut Entremet from Sugar Fixé Patisserie

Chocolate Hazelnut Entremet from Sugar Fixé Patisserie

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My friend Cindy Summers is the talent behind Sugar Fixé Patisserie located in the heart of downtown Oak Park, IL. Her cute shop specializes in wedding cakes, pastries, cakes, cupcakes and was even selected as having the Best Macarons in Chicago by Serious Eats. From the moment you walk in the front door, you're faced with several delicious decisions to make. Grab a latte and take your time - there's no rush. After 4 years of success, she's now opening another location in Lincoln Park in the city of Chicago this holiday season.

I was honored to come in and do a photo shoot for Cindy featuring her famous Macarons as well as her Chocolate Hazelnut Entremet. It was a lot of fun to work with such gorgeous desserts - not to mention - sampling them all. I'm lucky to be a part of a lot of delicious shoots, but it's safe to say, this one takes the cake. 

Suburbanites, be sure to check out her place in Oak Park and for you city dwellers, stay tuned for the new location opening in Lincoln Park!  

xo

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All Images © Regan Baroni 2014.

Posted on October 20, 2014 .