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I’m very excited to see this in print!  Photos by yours truly, food styling by Jason Schreiber in this month’s Fitness Magazine.  MANY THANKS to Toby & Karina at Fitness!!!

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James & I made our yearly trip up to Maine this past October.  While there, we shot a photo story on the amazing Salt Water Farm in Lincolnville, Maine for CountryLiving.com.  We spent an entire day hanging out with the woman who started it all — Annemarie Ahearn.  We followed her around the farm and cafe and learned a lot about the area as well as the ins-and-outs of farming and owning/running a restaurant.  It was a pleasure to spend time with her and James & I will definitely be back to take a class the next time we visit Maine!  If you ever find yourself in Rockport, Salt Water Farm at Union Hall is a definite must.  Your taste buds will thank you!  Check out the full story here: Plan Your Next Getaway to this Farm-to-Table Cooking School in Maine

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Annemarie with her dogs, Moose & Moxie, at the Salt Water Farm cooking school

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The chickens at Salt Water Farm

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Stone hearth and pizza oven at the cooking school

04-salt-water-farm-restaurant-maine-mapLocal goods for sale at the restaurant in Rockport, ME

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Jonah crab claws — so delicious!

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Local goods sold in the restaurant in Rockport, ME

I recently photographed an original piece for Woman’sDay.com with the wonderful Donna Rickles and Corey Belle.  A huge thank you goes out to both these ladies for making the day so fun!  Lil Sofie was our fabulous model that day and is super excited for her first 15 minutes of fame!  Check out the full piece: 10 Surprising Human Foods Dogs Can Eat Too.  

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As I’m sure most of you know, yesterday was the first day of Fall and I can’t tell you how happy I am!  When I was a little girl, I looked forward to trading in my shorts and t-shirts for long pants and sweaters.  Not only do I still look forward to that clothing transition but I also get excited about fall foods.  Apples, pumpkins and squash, OH MY!  I’m mostly excited about going apple and pumpkin picking in October.  We had to forgo this Fall tradition last year due to lack of transportation but we don’t have that problem this year!

Anywho, I don’t know what you guys did yesterday to celebrate the changing seasons but I, of course, made my pumpkin pancakes.  These pancakes are chock full of spices and rich in taste!

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Pumpkin Pancakes

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canned (or freshly cooked) pumpkin
  • 1 Tablespoon molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Mix eggs, molasses, pumpkin, olive oil and spices in a small bowl and set aside.  Mix flour and baking soda in large bowl.  Add pumpkin mixture and coconut milk and stir.  Lastly, add balsamic vinegar and mix until combined.

Heat griddle to medium heat and coat with cooking spray. Drop batter by large spoonfuls onto the griddle and cook until bubbles form and edges are dry.  Flip and cook until browned on other side.  Serve with butter and maple syrup, YUM!

In other news, this is the 2nd CSA pickup in a row that we’ve received these flowers:

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I LOVE them but no one seems to know what they’re called.  Does anyone have an idea??

James & I finally had the chance to join our neighborhood CSA this summer.  The morning of June 16th was the first day we were to pick up our first round of vegetables, fruits, eggs and flowers.  That morning, James woke me promptly at 9am.  “It’s time to start waking up!” he told me softly.  “We have to go pick up our CSA!”

“Ok, give me a few minutes,” I replied with my eyes closed, too heavy to open.  I was not quite ready to wake up.

A few minutes passed and James attempted waking me up again.  I opened my eyes to him bright-eyed and smiling.  He was as excited as a little kid on Christmas morning – minus the giddy screaming and jumping on the bed.

We enjoyed the morning walk to McCarren Park where we were to pick up our veggie/fruit/egg/flower share and returned home with two large bags filled with fresh produce.  We had to clean out the fridge to make room for all the wonderful goodies!

greenpoint wiliamsburg csaWe’re now almost three months into our bi-weekly CSA pickup.  It has become a Saturday morning ritual.  Though the excitement of waking up early on a Saturday morning has worn off, we definitely have come up with a routine that consists of setting our alarms, getting all our bags ready and taking the walk over to the pickup area at the park.

We scoured the internet for fun and interesting recipes to make with our yummy produce.  Some were amazing and others… well… not so much.  Below are some of our favorites:

Working for Hearst definitely has it’s perks!  I was asked to photograph House Beautiful’s 2012 Kitchen of the Year for their online edition.  This year’s kitchen is designed by Mick De Giulio and makes my Brooklyn kitchen look excruciatingly pathetic…  If you’re in the NYC area July 16th-20th, get out to Rockefeller Plaza and visit the kitchen yourself.  Otherwise take a gander at House Beautiful‘s 2012 Kitchen of the Year on the web!

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