Peach & Basil Cobbler

Exciting news!! I got a new camera last weekend! <happy dance> I have loved my first DSLR and have really put it to work, but finally after all the research, the time had come to step forward to the D7100. Needless to say, I haven't been able to put it down much and I thought I'd share a recent test shoot.

I had a bunch of peaches in the fridge and decided to play around with them. I love peaches. After playing for a while, I realized I was going to have to make something with them. I decided on a Peach Cobbler with the addition of basil from our garden. The flavor combination is really nice together and the recipe is super easy to make. I usually go easy on the sugar since there is plenty of sweetness in those gorgeous peaches...

Enjoy!
xo

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Posted on September 10, 2014 .

Zucchini Soup

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We went to Minnesota last weekend and my Mom greeted us with a zucchini soup that was spicy, creamy and delicious. She gave me the recipe and I couldn't wait to share it with you. I know we haven't hit fall quite yet, but I have to admit, it's my favorite season. Soups are one of the many things I love about it. The recipe is really easy and will definitely become a go-to for you this fall/winter. 

Enjoy!
xo

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Posted on September 2, 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

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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Posted on August 27, 2014 .

Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

I love baking. I love the smells, the structure of following a recipe and the mess that becomes of the kitchen. There's always a story when I am baking and it's usually describing how my kitchen got as messy as it did.

I found this recipe on the food blog Add a Pinch. It's titled "The Best Chocolate Cake Recipe {Ever}". And, it is. It's absolutely delicious and by far the best tasting cake I've ever made.

Behind the scenes, the actual structuring of the cake was pretty much a disaster. Not because of the recipe, but because of my lack of patience in waiting for the cake to cool "completely." 

The frosting started to melt and the top layer caved in, eventually splitting into four uneven pieces, leaving a gaping hole in the center of the cake (you'll notice no arial shots from this shoot).

After reassembling the cake and covering myself and the entire kitchen in frosting, the shoot ended up working out pretty well. I give all the credit to the gorgeous cake stand. 

Enjoy!
xo

Chocolate Cake Recipe
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe

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Posted on August 4, 2014 .