Heirloom Tomatoes with Mayonnaise

I’ve been working on my food photography since going to a Food Photography seminar with Andrea and Sarah, the masterminds behind Beyond the Flavor.  I’m still using the camera on my phone, but I’m making an effort to take my dishes outside to photograph them in natural light.  I learned that it makes the color more … Continue reading

Foods from the Past: Salmon Over Salad

Last year, fish topped with pesto was a staple of mine.  I know that makes me quite an abnormal college student, but I loved (and still do!) salmon and trout broiled or baked with a nice smear of pesto on top.  So here is a dinner I made for myself and some friends of pan-seared … Continue reading

Foods from the Past: Pork Dinners

Pork might just be my favorite protein.  And that’s not just because pork belly is a contender for my favorite cut of meat.  I love pork because it comes in so many tasty forms.  You’ve got pork chops, pulled pork, baby back ribs, short ribs, pork belly, bacon (which is just cured belly), jowl meat, … Continue reading

Braised Lamb Shanks

I made braised lamb shanks this winter after buying some beautiful lamb from a farmer at the Charlottesville City Market earlier in the fall.  It was my first time cooking lamb shanks, but I had ordered lamb shanks at restaurants before, so I knew how rich and delicious they could be.  I combined a few … Continue reading

Barbecue Exchange

Over my spring break, I got a new motorcycle!  This isn’t directly food-related, but I wanted to share the whole story of visiting Barbecue Exchange, which is a barbecue joint in Gordonsville that my family frequents often on our motorcycles.  We waited for a nice, sunny afternoon, and we set off on our bikes: me … Continue reading

Ace Biscuit and Barbecue

Update: Life has gotten crazy, and I apologize for having neglected my blog.  I’ve been busy with classes, with applying to study abroad in Italy this summer, with playing club volleyball, with Crossfit and Olympic lifting, and with life in general.  It’s finally spring break at UVA though, so I should have some time to … Continue reading

Homemade Meatballs

Since buying a share of a cow, my family has a freezer full of ground beef, and I finally decided to do something more creative with it than just making hamburgers.  I made meatballs!  They’re pretty much small, well-seasoned, spherical hamburgers, but I made them even more exciting by making them for breakfast. I took … Continue reading

Beet Sliders

Beets are a little bit off the fall-flavor trend I’ve been sticking to, but I wanted to share the story of this dish regardless.  I just tried beets for the first time this year and found them delicious.  This is the first way I tried cooking beets, and they came out splendidly!  I started by … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Series: Autumn Cranberry Salad

Happy very belated Thanksgiving.  Although that particular holiday has passed, I have wonderful pictures and recipes to share from November!  Please excuse lateness of this post and perhaps take ideas for the upcoming Christmas holiday season.  This post will be the first in a short series about the dishes my family served at Thanksgiving, so … Continue reading

Petite Burger for Breakfast

Protein makes you healthy and strong!  Enough said. Here’s one of the ways I’ve been sneaking extra protein into breakfast in a way that’s delicious and hopefully beautiful: Start with an adorable, mini, grass-fed burger and a generous sprinkling of salt. Then work on frying a gorgeous, pastured egg.  Over-easy of course!  You’ve got to … Continue reading