Food Photography: Wedding Cake Part 2!

I found some great photos that the professional photographer, Dominique Attaway, took at the wedding I mentioned yesterday. I think these food shots are terrific.

Sadness is comparing photos you took with those of a professional photographer – I’ll spare you mine and just share hers!

sald 20 south
Albemarle Salad with baby greens, Granny Smith apples, grapes, candied walnuts, cheese and Honey Lavender Vinaigrette.

20 south catering
Grilled Bistro Tenderloin, “Deconstructed” Fish Tacos, Roasted New Potatoes and Broccolini.

Catering by 20 South.

Food Photography: Wedding Cake!

I was at a wedding this past Saturday at Sweely Estate Winery in Madison, Virginia. Just try to tell me that this isn’t a GORGEOUS cake!


Vanilla buttercream filled with chocolate and deliciousness.

Food Photography: Birthday Fun

Edwin and I have been pretty busy and fell off the face of the earth for a while. It happens!

Today I’m celebrating my birthday, and my mom brought up a hummingbird cake, complete with hummingbirds. Hope you enjoy and are having a great summer so far!




And a birthday dog in a blue ribbon. Hello, Biscuit.


Food Photography – Scenes from Easter (sorta)

I spent Easter sleeping. Having just come off of a night shift at the hospital, my body was angry. These photos are from the day before Easter, which was the first day back of the Cville City Market and the day of the Charlottesville 10 Miler (don’t worry, I did not participate). After we loaded up on farmers market goodies, we took Biscuit to a great dog park we just found that has a lake area for pups to swim. He had the time of his life.

So I took a raincheck on Easter this year, though I did make Smitten Kitchen’s Spinach and Cheese Strata for dinner along with some kielbasa. The strata was amazing, but let me caution you to use a low baking dish – I used corningware and it took twice as long to cook. D’oh.


I just don’t understand how people enjoy running these things..


A pretty awesome string band (and their dog) played as the runners slogged by.


There weren’t too many vegetables out yet, but there were lots of great potted plants.


My husband zeroed in on the one stand selling apples.


Herbs and flowers were all around.


I want to say these are bright and gorgeous ranunculus – any flower experts out there?


There were some fresh and lovely looking lettuces.


There were also some new vendors this year; I like this girl looking pensively at the colorful skirts and tops.


Then it was time for Biscuit to enjoy the dog park.


The pups try to intimidate some geese.


Then Biscuit’s new friend says, “Come on, the water’s great!” But Biscuit has never been in the water before.


He tests the water a bit, but keeps close to the biggest dog I’ve ever seen.. apparently an Alaskan Malamute.


See that speck in the water? Someone has found his new love.


Everyone joins in the fun. Hope you had a great Easter!

Founding Farmers Yeast Doughnut Holes

My friend Lindsey is a fellow connoisseur of food and on occasion we like to visit new (to us) restaurant in the area; usually brunch because brunch friggin’ rocks. Good food and good conversation with a good friend always makes for an enjoyable Sunday. A few weeks ago we took a trip to Founding Farmers Market in Northwest DC that she had heard good things about. The decor and environment were very nice; very subdued considering the close proximity some of the two-seat tables were. Under Lindsey’s insistence we ordered the hot chocolate and yeast doughnut holes. Both quite good. I usually find vegetarian brunch options somewhat limited once you filter out your usual suspects of pancakes, waffles, etc, but was pleased to find a delicious Florentine eggs Benedict dish with leek hash. The egg dish was fabulous and the hollaindaise sauce was the best I’ve ever had. The leek hash? Not so good. Couldn’t even taste the leeks, but rather just some burnt potato scraps. Still an excellent experience and I recommend Founding Farmers Market for breakfast.

Eggs Benedict Florentine

Food Photography – The Baked Brownie

(The Baked Brownie, recipe from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking.)

This chocolate monster was almost too rich for me, even. Almost. Somehow I managed.

Food Photography – Fried Cinnamon Buns!

Deep Fried Cinnamon Buns!

I don’t usually eat that much fried food, I swear.  But with Florida, all bets were off.  As if a deep-fried Oreo sundae wasn’t enough, the following day we reached new heights of culinary delight with deep-fried cinnamon rolls!  Words fail to describe this the the full extent.  This is something that must be experienced.  Another delight from HUE.

Deep Fried Cinnamon Bun - Cut

Food Photography – Black & White Cookie, Chandler’s Bakery

I lied about posting yesterday! First I shrugged off responsibility and then I lied! Man, I’m on a roll here.. an evil roll.

I present to you the most delicious cakey Black & White Cookie ever. This cookie is courtesy of Chandler’s Bakery in Charlottesville. The cookie rises like a turtle’s shell, with the frosting on the flat side. It’s extraordinary.


Ever made them before? Edwin has. I did a little recipe digging, and while none looks as good as Chandler’s Bakery, Joy the Baker’s recipe may come the closest. What’s your recipe?

Black & White Cookie Roundup

  • Joy the Baker
  • Smitten Kitchen
  • Martha Stewart
  • Rachel Ray
  • Betty Crocker
  • Epicurious
  • Baking Bites
  • Duff Goldman (from Ace of Cakes), this recipe actually uses yeast! Maybe that’s the secret…
  • Food Photography – Chocolate Chip Cookies

    One of the happiest feelings is pulling a perfect batch of chocolate chip cookies out of the oven.


    In my last few attempts I’d been spurned by flattened cookies, but this time I played hard ball:
    – I left the butter out to soften for exactly 45 minutes before working with it
    – I spaced the cookies two inches apart, giving them plenty of space
    – I didn’t use parchment paper or spray; I read that it can encourage spreading
    – I included two extra tablespoons of flour because I left out the nuts

    If you’re feeling bummed out by flattened cookies, try a half batch of the Tollhouse Classic recipe, following the above tips, and let us know how it goes!

    Happy food photo day, everyone. I’ve been doing a lot with tempeh and other faux meats lately and I’m not entirely sure why. This is another dish from Totally Vegetarian, though I must admit this one did not knock my socks off. With tempeh and it’s brethren, the proper proper flavors are crucial to taking that block of bleh into something delish.

    Tempeh Curry