Blood Orange & Meringue Tarts with Lauren Cooper

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My friend Lauren, if you haven’t already gleaned from my Instagram, has been my culinary cohort this year. With eighteen years of catering under her belt and a pastry chef for just the same, Lauren brings expertise to my humble love of cooking and creating in the kitchen. I’ve always got a head full of ideas from my travels and she’s always up to join me to try out my culinary crazy and raise me one (or many) with her culinary insights. We’ve worked together this year cooking and styling... Read The Rest →

Pickled Vadouvan Deviled Eggs with RawSpiceBar

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RawSpiceBar recently contacted me to see if I’d be interested in checking out their cool new product. Think “Fruit of the Month Club” for spices. Having been cozied up here in home base USA for a little over a year now, I’m kicking and screaming to pull out my passport and get moving again. Until then, I quickly answered, “Yes!” This months spice kit was filled with memories of South India, giving me one more reason to love the team at RawSpiceBar. My kit arrived with three .3 ounce packets... Read The Rest →

One Roll

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I shot considerably less 35mm in India than I did 120mm. A roll of 35 could meander the streets with shots from a walk here or there and would often finish, forgetting where it started. When I’d finally sent it to be developed and it eventually made it’s way back to the USA, I’d often forgotten what was on it at all. Months later, small gifts would unravel in my inbox filled with frames of friendly faces and bright temple corners. Somehow in the chaos of our move back home... Read The Rest →

Beetroot Hummus Tartine

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It feels as though summer may have sighed her final, warm sigh. I suppose the final days of summer are like the final days of your baby awakening in the night; you wish them away, begging for sleep, only to lie awake one night, longing for the sweet smell of that same baby curled in your lap in the still of the night. But she never calls. In the thick of it you feel like those nights will last forever, but then one day they are simply gone. Last week was still impossibly... Read The Rest →

Watermelon Fresh Lime Soda

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The very first thing you learn in India, is to drink fresh lime soda. If it isn’t the first thing you learn, it should be the very second. In A Historical Dictionary of Indian Food, it is dubbed, “The supreme quencher of Colonial thirst.” A hit of sugar, which anyone will tell you is the breath of life in your 4:00 pm tea or coffee, just the boost you need to get you through the last hours of the day and well into the steamy and electrifying South India night. A dash... Read The Rest →

Lemon Rice

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  This is the dish from our time in Chennai, that I cook the most. It is equally as satisfying for breakfast with an egg and filter coffee as it is for lunch with an ice cold glass of sweet lime soda, and as good hot as it is cold. It appeals to the entire stadium of taste buds and senses, as it is a little crunchy, a little sweet and a little sour and salty, too. This dish, like most south Indian dishes, initially seemed intimidating, given it’s complex... Read The Rest →

Food Styling for WUSA9 “Great Day Washington”

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Here is a super bowl I prepared and styled from Rich Roll’s, The Plantpower Way cookbook yesterday that was featured on set along with a few other plant-packed recipes. The show, “How to Eat Like an Olympian,”  featuring Roll and a registered dietician with Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, aired yesterday morning on WUSA Channel 9’s “Great Day Washington” morning show.

The Giese Girls

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Meet my friend Alison. Alison and I first met in Brazil (where we both lived at the time) and have remained friends across continents. Not only is she the mom of these three beautiful girls, but she has a most wicked eye for design. You may have even seen her gorgeous Rio de Janeiro apartment, featured in Rue Magazine a few years back. She is the owner and lead designer at Alison Giese Interiors and she now lives right here in Northern Virginia, with her children and her husband. It’s been... Read The Rest →

Madras Mary

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Summer is here and with a house-full of kids, plans to play in the sun all day, you’d better believe I’m dreaming of weekend mornings and long brunches complete with Bloody Marys. Our biggest plans during our summers back in the United States are to simply stay put and enjoy the fruits of the season, the green grass, the fireflies twinkling in our yard, popsicles on the porch and the many parks with in walking or biking distance to our house. We’ll take a short trip to the Pacific Northwest in... Read The Rest →

South Indian Beauty // Botanicals

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It doesn’t take much to throw my creative juices off, I think any creative would tell you that. Negativity is the death of creativity for me, as I know it. Sometimes it’s like a fickle fire that needs constant attention, little pieces of kindling to keep it going and sometimes a lot of kerosine when the fire has simply fizzled out. Other times it is like Niagara Falls and I wonder when the ideas will ever end or how I will contain them. I keep my creative fire fueled and... Read The Rest →

Tamil Nadu Fish Fry

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Famed as the “World’s Longest Beach,” Chennai’s Marina Beach, is alive long before the sun rises, a sandy village awakening. The sea brings all people in all forms for ritual feedings of a million pigeons, a fury of tangled nets and surprise catches, variable goodie bags of sea-life. However, when the sun is high the beaches of Tamil Nadu become largely abandoned. Unlike most of the world’s beaches, it’s clock set a little to the left of center and for good reason. In the heat of the day fisherman and locals scamper... Read The Rest →

Notes From India: One Year

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I speak best in photographs, it’s true, but in the last few years I’ve found I have more to say, more experiences to share and that the weight of my words carries moments in time and feelings that sometimes even my photographs can not. I read once that Annie Leibovitz said “If they could only convey smells, photographs would be perfect.” Above all I am a story-teller. If given every possible tool on Earth to communicate, none would accurately describe the heart of Chennai except for a visit ones self.... Read The Rest →

South India: A Lady-Traveler’s Fashion Guide

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Wherever I go, I aim to maintain my personal style. I look at each of our travels as a fashion challenge, a way to stretch my wardrobe, create new outfits, but most importantly see, experience and photograph as much as I can, and as a photographer, that often means blending in as much as possible. It’s true I’ll never completely fit in in most places, but not standing out can work greatly in my favor. In fact, I never want to stand out when exploring, I don’t know if I ever really... Read The Rest →

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