Sashimi Salad with Citrus Soy

My weekend was full of recipes and shoots at home and I loved every minute of it. Although I love shooting for restaurants, it was fun to be back in my kitchen doing my own thing. I'm especially excited to share this super easy sashimi salad recipe with you. If you're obsessed with sushi like I am, you may be looking for ways to satisfy the sushi craving without breaking the bank. This salad is perfect! You can use any fish you'd like. I used smoked salmon which you can find at your local market or grocery store. It's a really flexible recipe too, because you can add or eliminate whatever your stomach desires to make it your go-to sashimi salad.

It calls for lightly toasted sesame seeds, which I hadn't done before. Be careful doing this because they toast up really quickly and it's easy to burn them. They become slightly fragrant when they're ready (within a couple minutes) and although they're tiny seeds, they definitely add a subtle, nutty flavor to the salad. The best part is the citrus-soy dressing. I hadn't tried the combination of citrus and salty before and it was delicious. Yum!

Enjoy!

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All Images © Regan Baroni 2015.

Posted on January 19, 2015 .

Creekside Cafe

I will always remember the first time Mike brought me to Steamboat Springs, Colorado. It was over the winter holiday in 2009, back when I was convinced I was a snowboarder. Turned out, I wasn't. One morning, Mike decided to take me out to breakfast in an attempt to get my mind off of my grumpiness with the mountain. He took me to Creekside Cafe

When I walked in, I immediately felt comfortable. There was a fast-paced rhythm to the business, but with a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. There was also exposed brick with hand painted cloud ceilings, making the space feel warm even in the heart of winter. Tall windows let the morning light in and we luckily scored a table right next to one. I ordered the croissant breakfast sandwich which consisted of two eggs sunny side up and smoked bacon with breakfast potatoes. Snowboarding was far from my mind and we had a pleasant time with our breakfast sandwiches and coffee. Mike was even able to snag a Steamboat Pilot (the local paper) from a stack in the entry way.

When we returned to The 'Boat this past Christmas, I knew I had to set up a shoot at Creekside. Kelly Landers, co-owner with her husband, Jason, was more than happy to have me. I arrived at 2pm (when they close up shop), to a packed and bustling restaurant, and Kelly was behind the bar simultaneously chatting happily with customers and keeping the service flowing smoothly. It's no wonder everyone wants to sneak in before they flip the open sign to closed.

The shot list from my shoot includes two very popular menu items including the Mountain Man Eggs Benedict with forested ham, locally cured bacon and house recipe chorizo on an english muffin, poached eggs, hollandaise and house potatoes and the Elkhead Ranch Purple Turkey Hash with Purple Majesty shreaded hash browns, all natural turkey breast, and diced onions seasoned and grilled, garnished with field greens and two poached eggs. I was lucky enough to take both home with me and Mike and I ended up snacking on a delicious breakfast at dinner time.  

Creekside's mantra is outstanding dining in an exceptional atmosphere and they certainly live up to that ideal. Looking very forward to my next visit... 

xo

Creekside Cafe places an emphasis on working with local farms for the highest quality ingredients. Below is a list of Colorado farmers they support.

Yampa Valley Farms
Davis Family Farms
Community Ag Alliance
Yampa Valley Beef
Elkhead Ranch Company

 

All Images © Regan Baroni 2015.

Posted on January 15, 2015 .

The Everygirl: 3 Cozy Winter At-Home Brunches

I'm very excited to announce that my photography featuring three tasty brunch recipes and a cocktail has been published on The Everygirl! <happy dance!> 

3 Cozy Winter At-Home Brunches

The recipes are inspired and prepared by Kit Graham, whom I've had the pleasure of collaborating with on several recipe posts. She designs the recipes and preps the food and I take the pictures. Our collaborations are creative and inspiring for both of us, so it's truly exciting to see our work come to life on The Everygirl.

I can speak to the deliciousness of all three brunch recipes since tasting and sampling is a necessity while we work together. The recipe list includes Raspberry Ricotta Pancakes with Lemon Curd, Potato Hash with a Sunny Side Up Egg, a refreshing Grapefruit Mimosa and Caprese Benedict.

Check out the article and enjoy the recipes and the photography!
xo

All Images © Regan Baroni 2015.

Posted on January 12, 2015 .

The Laundry

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Built within the old Steamboat Laundry dating back to 1910, I knew when I walked into The Laundry that my camera and I would bond with this restaurant immediately. The space is rustic with exposed brick and original woodwork to maintain the historic elements of what used to be. Unique details caught my eye, like the old washboards that were artfully placed on one of the walls and the vintage light bulbs throughout the bar. I was so excited to be there. 

Rex Brice, the owner, has 5 successful restaurants located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Hanging out with him and his team during the shoot was so enjoyable and they all really made me feel at home. I was there for just over an hour and I could definitely sense the positive energy and passion for the restaurant & the food. 

The shot list includes (from top to bottom), their ever-so-popular Fiery Margarita with habanero / jalapeño / poblano / red pepper infused silver tequila, triple sec, cilantro/lemongrass simple syrup, fresh lime juice and a splash of fresh orange juice, the Beef Brisket with bread from next door, charred onion, special sauce and a fried egg, the Hash with brussel sprouts, house bacon, goat cheese and crispy onions, the Biscuits with smoked bacon, cheddar and apple butter and the Chocolate-Espresso Pudding with whipped cream. 

Mike's family and I ate here the night following my shoot and we ate everything featured in this post and more... all truly delicious. The menu is considered sharable plates, so we even doubled up on some orders since there were a lot of us. It was such a laid back, yet festive evening and we were all raving about it being the best of our dinners out in Steamboat. I can't wait to go back again someday soon!

xo

All Images © Regan Baroni 2015.

Posted on January 5, 2015 .

Happy New Year 2015


It's kind of hard to believe another year is almost behind us. Time seems to be moving faster each year, doesn't it? Wasn't it Thanksgiving like yesterday?  

We just got home from Steamboat Springs, Colorado and are planning to spend a low key evening with good friends eating steak and seafood - two of our very favorite things. I don't know about you, but I find myself to be a little more quiet and reflective on New Years Eve. I can't help but look back and pick out those 'moments' where it inspired something a little different in myself. There are two that stand out to me most. 

One of those moments was when I attended a workshop in Seattle with Luisa Brimble, a truly talented photographer who has one of those personalities that inspires you to listen and hear what she has to say. She basically said to create your own opportunities and approach brands who you want to work with... "Create your own opportunities..." that advice has really stuck with me this year and I think it definitely inspired me to reach out to more restaurants and start featuring them on my blog. Not only did I do a handful of restaurants in Chicago, but I was also able to do a couple shoots out in Steamboat Springs while we were there. Pretty exciting!  

The second moment to me was much earlier in the year when Mike got home from work one night and said that he had been showing my blog to some of his coworkers. He mentioned that someone said, "why does it say "aspiring food photographer" on her blog? She IS a food photographer!" Then, Mike reiterated the same comment. "Take out that word 'aspiring' - you're way beyond that." So, after overthinking it for a bit, I removed it. It sounds so simple, but wow... it was a really good feeling. 

So, cheers to 2014!  

2015, I'm ready for you!

Images in order from right to left, top to bottom:
Vistro's Seasonal Pizza
Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bark
Oysters from Pearl Tavern

Whole Roasted Wild Mushrooms from deca Restaurant
Holiday Crinkle Cookies
Margherita Pizza
Oysters on the Half Shell

Raspberry White Chocolate Cupcakes with Mascarpone Frosting
Lobster Tails with Mojo de Ajo & Grilled Corn Salsa.

xo

All Images © Regan Baroni 2015.

Posted on December 31, 2014 .