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I Am Peonies

Stinging Nettles & Lion’s Mane Mushrooms

Five Days in Tulum (is never enough)

Early Spring Breakfast: Soft Eggs and Cortez Bottarga

Mai Chai

Rhubarb Jam: An iphoneography Pictorial

Pulling Mussels

Spring, Shoots, and Leaves: Seasonal Styling With Photographer Clarissa Westmeyer

Test shoot: Carrots

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    I Am Peonies

    Photograph by Clarissa Westmeyer with styling by Heidi Robb I recently posted an Instagram picture of stunning peonies spotted whilst shopping at the Saturday, Shaker Square location of North Union Farmer’s Market. Earlier that morning I had read this blog post, and wrote the accompanying caption, “My head just exploded after reading a recipe for […]

    Stinging Nettles & Lion’s Mane Mushrooms

    Ferocious-sounding edibles area easily tamed into a deliciously verdant spring soup with some blanching, chopping, sweating, simmering, stirring, pureeing, slicing and crisping. Outdoor Farmers Market season has arrived, and I rejoice! Health benefits of eating nettles. Health benefits of eating lion’s mane mushrooms Soup ingredients sourced from the North Union Farmers Market

    Five Days in Tulum (is never enough)

    By the end of February I am starved for color, and a trip to Mexico is my usual remedy. The last two years I vacationed on the opposite coast in Sayulita and Chacala, but this season, I needed to get back Tulum before it stretches and grows beyond recognition.

    Early Spring Breakfast: Soft Eggs and Cortez Bottarga

    The calendar may say spring, but the view of snow-fluttered trees out my kitchen window still describes days of winter. My daughter is away on her senior class spring break excursion and I’ve been keeping the cupboard relatively spare while cooking for one.

    Mai Chai

      Hello, yeah, it’s been a while. Not much, how ’bout you?

    Rhubarb Jam: An iphoneography Pictorial

    Give me a spring filled with sassy stalks of puckery-sweet rhubarb. A harbinger of the season, to be sure, but preserved for heartier meals of colder months, it never feels out of place. Now, my rhubarb jam is enjoyed with homemade yogurt and the first blush of the most fragrant and juiciest of strawberries. Come […]

    Pulling Mussels

    “But behind the chalet, my holiday’s complete And I feel like William Tell, Maid Marian on her tiptoed feet Pulling mussels from the shell Pulling mussels from the shell”

    Spring, Shoots, and Leaves: Seasonal Styling With Photographer Clarissa Westmeyer

    Another delightful Sunday of test shoots at Kalman & Pabst Photo Group. I’ve been looking forward to working with Clarissa and her elegant touch with lighting for a long time. Spring sprung in the studio, and it tasted every bit as vibrant as it looks. #allnatural #realfood

    Test shoot: Carrots

    I spent the better part of a recent weekend styling test shoots with Cleveland photographer Ricky Rhodes. We worked in the urban comfort of  Kalman & Pabst Photo Group. The shoot was natural ingredient and whole-foods focused, and we kicked the session off by by getting up close and personal with affable bunches of varicolored […]

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