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 .

Lobster Tails with Mojo de Ajo & Grilled Corn Salsa

Mmmm...lobster.  When Mike and I were first dating, we were watching Rick Bayless make Lobster with Mojo de Ajo on tv and spontaneously decided to get a couple of lobster tails and make it ourselves that same night. Mojo de Ajo is basically a garlic sauce that you pour over the lobster... and it's absolutely delicious. 

Mike wanted to make Bayless's lobster recipe again and paired it with his own tasty riff on a grilled corn salsa. This was a challenge to shoot because I wanted to eat it immediately and will admit to sneaking bites throughout the shoot. I'm a sucker for all things seafood. If you are too, you'll definitely want to snag this recipe! 

xo

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Posted on July 27, 2014 .

Untitled

Salmon Belly Tartare with lava bean remoulade, seeded rye crackers & smoked roe

Salmon Belly Tartare with lava bean remoulade, seeded rye crackers & smoked roe

Crispy Squash Blossoms with house made ricotta & truffle honey

Crispy Squash Blossoms with house made ricotta & truffle honey

Pork Shoulder Spoon Bread with a runny farm egg & sriracha chow-chow

Pork Shoulder Spoon Bread with a runny farm egg & sriracha chow-chow

Striped Bass with house cured guanciale, white beans & dandelion greens

Striped Bass with house cured guanciale, white beans & dandelion greens

I am very excited to kick off my first restaurant shoot featuring a "hidden gem" in Chicago called Untitled. This place holds true to its name, located at 111 West Kinzie with two large, unmarked doors. When Mike and I walked down the stairs, we were blown away by the 18-foot tall ceilings and the dimly lit rooms that all seemed to have their own unique concept. There's even a whiskey library bar that has a wall completely dedicated to individual member lockers so that each can store their own bottles. There's a champagne & scotch room if you're feeling a little more fancy for the night. Oh, and if you're looking for live music, they have a room for that too. From the artwork and furniture to the carefully crafted menu, it's obvious that a lot of creativity was put into building a space that could feel open, yet intimate. The staff are all very friendly and knowledgeable and try to make sure that everyone has what they need.

As amazing as the space is, the food truly steals the show. Chef Joe Heppe & Sous Chef Bryan Collante are the duo behind a menu that features a variety of seasonal delicacies. Ranging from a daily oyster selection to a dry aged new york strip to whiskey ginger carrots, there is a little something for everyone. The chefs selected four items from their current tasting menu for me to shoot and each one completely blew me away. I really enjoyed using their space to capture their obvious love for food. I think I'll be dreaming about the salmon belly tartare for a while… 

Cheers! xo

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Posted on July 18, 2014 .