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Guess who’s backkkk!

Guess who’s backkkk!

Hello friends! I have missed you! It has been a whirlwind of a summer and while I didn’t anticipate taking time off, I know I just had a little too much on my plate. Needless to say I am thrilled to be back. I have […]

Red, White, and You!

Red, White, and You!

Next Tuesday is the 4th of July and what better way to celebrate than with this all-star patriotic dessert: Grilled Rhubarb Pound Cake with Strawberries and Whipped Cream!

Great People Doing Great Things

This week I want to talk a bit about where, or more specifically whom, I draw inspiration from. Before I started this blog I googled different things like “pastry chef blogs,” “food styling blogs,” etc etc. I found several different resources that I routinely look to for inspiration. Their work is far and away amazing and their blogs definitely push me to be better. 

 

One of the first blogs I fell in love with is called Hint of Vanilla and it was created by a woman named, Megan, who is a pastry chef from Vancouver. She creates amazing spreads of decadent looking desserts. They often have several components and the flavor profiles she comes up with are incredible. I seriously like have a blog-crush. She’s an amazing photographer who has won several awards/been featured in different magazines and articles. I love that she includes photos of her making the desserts as well as the finished product. The overall editing of the photos is always so cohesive. And she includes the recipes for easy reproduction. Overall this is one blog that I consistently come back to to look through her archives. 10/10 recommend.

I love Broma Bakery for several reasons, but mostly because it was created by a woman named Sarah living in Detroit, MI. So basically me…I wish. She does more than just desserts and all her work is amazing. Her photographs are rich, crisp, and clear generally with pops of color. One thing that I absolutely love about Sarah is that she frequently posts to her instastory about her process, answering questions, and giving tips and tricks. One thing that I would love to do is spend the day with a food stylist and learn all that I possibly can. Sarah is actually having a 3 day workshop in Ann Arbor for food stylists but it’s quite expensive, like thousands of dollars expensive. *sigh* Someday perhaps *sigh* Not only does her website feature a ton of great recipes/photos, but it has a wealth of information about photography, lighting, editing, and more. 10/10.

Another great blog I follow is Style Sweet CA. I actually got her new Layered cookbook for Christmas and I love it to pieces. Her food styling style is bright and clean which I love. Her cakes always look so good and the flavors are pretty nifty too. What I love most is the fact that she makes tutorials for her audience. That’s another great way to reach people. 10/10.

Lastly, I’m including two other resources although they aren’t really blogs run by individuals. Bake from Scratch and Food52 are both amazing websites/companies with incredible amounts of information. They both put out publications such as magazines and cookbooks. Both have online stores featuring different kitchen gadgets, decor, and so on. And most of all they have recipes, tutorials, videos, how to’s, “bakers to know,” competitions, and so many other resources. I could literally spend hours perusing these two sites. 20/20.

There are so many other accounts/blogs I follow which I will put on my upcoming “resources” page. Stay tuned!

Sometimes You Just Need Chocolate

Sometimes You Just Need Chocolate

The best part of the summertime, in my opinion, is the fresh produce. I love, love, love fresh fruits and vegetables. That being said, sometimes I just really really need chocolate. Anybody else? Just me? A little while back I bought these little ramekins and […]

Publication Design: A Love Story

Publication Design: A Love Story

I have written quite a few posts about my “journey” and how I came to be in Chicago studying graphic design, but I haven’t discussed too much about what I want to do with my life after school (as if anyone really knows, right?).

Donut Mess with the Best

Donut Mess with the Best

Anyone that knows me really well knows that donuts are my absolute favorite treat. Tomorrow is National Donut Day (!) so I set out to find the best donut in Chicago. I present to you a comprehensive ranking of Chicago donuts to quantifiably determine the best, in the name of science, of course. (more…)

Travel Cards-Pt.3

Travel Cards-Pt.3

Yesterday marked one year since the most amazing trip there ever was!

Lemon Chiffon Bars

Lemon Chiffon Bars

I am officially done with my semester so you know what that means?? It’s finally summer! (For me anyways) I have the perfect summertime treat to share today.

Cake Mix Redesign

Cake Mix Redesign

I took last week off to focus on finishing up my final projects of the semester. Well this week I wanted to share one of those projects with you. Not all of my projects relate to desserts but when they do it’s always fun to share them! (more…)

Upcoming Projects

Upcoming Projects

This week is my second to last week of the semester and because I am swamped with finishing up final projects I’ll be taking the week off. However, stay tuned for some amazing desserts and design coming at ya!


My Diary

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Hello friends! I have missed you! It has been a whirlwind of a summer and while I didn’t anticipate taking time off, I know I just had a little too much on my plate. Needless to say I am thrilled to be back. I have a lovely late summer dessert to share with you today and an update as to my plans for this little blog o’mine for the coming fall. I am SO close to graduating, 14 weeks to be exact (and yes I am counting), and I am still a full time student only this time around I also have an internship on Mon, Tues, Wed. which means there isn’t a single day of the week that I have free. Besides weekends of course, but those have a standing reservation with friends, and of course homework. So my point is that I will not be posting every week like I originally started off doing, but rather at least once a month, if not more, and my focus is really going to be on food styling. For those of you who have stuck around, thank you so much and welcome back; and for those who are new I encourage you to take a look around!

So.

I have been in utter denial that the summer is over (it’s not) and refuse to do any fall baking of any kind, just yet. Instead I was thinking of something to make with a late summer fruit- nectarines! They are like the peaches long distant cousins that don’t always come to thanksgiving. No less important or delicious, they just seem to take a backseat to peaches during the summer. Which don’t get me wrong, I love peaches too! After some deliberation, Pinteresting, and brainstorming with my roommate I settled on fritters. Like apple fritters only it’s not fall so we’re not using apples yet.

To make these I whipped up a batter, quite a bit thicker than a pancake batter but essentially the same, flavored with vanilla, cinnamon and a hint of nutmeg, then tossed in some deliciously sweet, ripe nectarine chunks and fried at 375°F.

They only take a couple minutes to fry on each side then they were dunked in cinnamon sugar right after I took them out of the oil. They are best served right away and perhaps even with vanilla ice cream if you have it on hand.

I have this large desk in front of a wall of windows in my apartment and I thought the stained top of the desk would look great and compliment the warm reddish/orange/yellow of the nectarines. I really wanted them to stand alone without any extra things in the shot. I had the chance over the summer to visit a studio where a lot of food styling and photography happens here in Chicago and I was looking through their extensive tabletop surfaces and prop section, practically drooling. Someday I would love to have a collection like that. This will just have to do for now!

 

Welcome back friends,

 


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Great People Doing Great Things

This week I want to talk a bit about where, or more specifically whom, I draw inspiration from. Before I started this blog I googled different things like “pastry chef blogs,” “food styling blogs,” etc etc. I found several different resources that I routinely look […]

Upcoming Projects

Upcoming Projects

This week is my second to last week of the semester and because I am swamped with finishing up final projects I’ll be taking the week off. However, stay tuned for some amazing desserts and design coming at ya!

New Year, New Me (2015)

New Year, New Me (2015)

If you’ve stuck around with me thus far, you know basically the whole story of how I became a pastry chef. That is a huge part of my identity. For a while, it was my whole identity but there was a part of me that […]

CIA-Pt. 2

CIA-Pt. 2

This week I’ll be following up about my experience at the CIA part 2. I have shared with you about my first year of the baking and pastry program (read here), and I’ve shared with you my experience at the Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, VA […]

My Externship: Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg VA

My Externship: Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg VA

So a while back I wrote a post about my first semester at the CIA, and now to continue taking you through my journey of how I got to where I am today I will be telling you all about my externship.