behind the scenes with Ellie Krieger and a giveaway

Weeknight Wonders by Ellie Krieger

Note: This drawing is now closed. A lot of the work I do is solo. I sit at my desk typing emails, editing manuscripts, reviewing layouts, and more. It suits well my introverted side. The photo shoots I art direct are entirely different. On set things are sometimes loud, occasionally stressful, always very creative, and most of all, it’s a team effort. The photo shoot for Ellie Krieger’s amazing new book, Weeknight Wonders, was no exception. Continue reading

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bourbon-bacon macaroons


There are few things I’ve made in my life which have generated quite as much interest in such a short time as these. It started out simple. My friend Catherine, co-founder of Luca & Bosco (omg, try their ice cream immediately), was having a bacon-themed holiday party. I was going to make a pork adobo with bacon, but then Continue reading

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cheese ball time

cheese balls

Talking about the photo shoot for Great Balls of Cheese wasn’t enough. I had to try my hand at making some at home. Of course my decorating skills aren’t very impressive, so I went with one of the more “traditional” balls. But what it may lack in prettiness, it more than made up for in flavor. Continue reading

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cheese balls forever — and a giveaway

Great Balls of Cheese

Note: This drawing is now closed. I’m so excited about all of the new Fall cookbooks! Here is one that I’m really loving, because I clearly remember the day when I met author Michelle Buffardi, and she was telling me about her passion for cheese balls. Fast forward about two years later, and Great Balls of Cheese is a real book, in stores everywhere! Continue reading

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maple-bourbon-pecan macaroons and a giveaway


Note: This drawing is now closed. There are a lot of things I love about The Macaroon Bible by Dan Cohen, founder of Danny Macaroons. The biggest thing is that macaroons are naturally gluten-free. Another awesome thing is that they’re so simple to make. Lastly, I totally love that the basic recipe in the book for making coconut macaroons is so easily adaptable. I’ve been baking a lot from the book over the past year while we were getting it ready for publication, and you almost can’t go wrong with these recipes. If you feel like adding nuts, it’s no problem. Feel like Continue reading

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