June Workshops registration is about to close

I am very excited about welcoming our June 2017 Style + Photo Workshop students, after all they will be the first to experience our new Tuscan location. We will have an action packed 4 days touring, learning, eating, and styling and photographing. Even better, we have 2 amazing photography instructors joining us in June.

April 30th is the deadline for signing-up for June workshops. Don't miss your chance to be among the first to experience La Fortezza in person! Christina Wedge  is teaching our very first workshop this summer, Christina is a wealth of information. She’s funny, smart, and is originally from Berlin, so she feels right at home in the EU. Her workshop filled-up quickly, too. I think everyone wanted to be the first to say they were at La Fortezza for the first workshop; the first ones to experience our dream come true. Christina and I have taught Style + Photo workshops together for years.

Helen Norman, who is an amazing photographer and instructor, has worked in the business for many years. She is one of America’s well-respected photographers. She’s full of great tips and tricks. She and I conducted a workshop in Maryland last September at Helen’s gorgeous farm Starbright Farm. I can hardly wait to work with her again. Her workshop still has spaces left. If you quickly grab them before we shut down registration, you will not be disappointed. April 30th is the deadline for signing-up for JUNE workshops. Don’t miss your chance to be among the first to experience La Fortezza in person!

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QMUN75rc We still have spaces available in  Sarah Dorio’s July 5th workshop and Sif Orellana’s workshop July 19th. Head to the workshop page and sign up. My strictly styling workshop July 12th is full. I will be scheduling that one again next spring in 2018 for those of you who missed out this year.

The DEADLINE TO SIGN UP for remaining workshops in JULY is May 30th, so head over and grab your space. Italy is waiting for you.

We could not be more excited about opening our new creative retreat location. The renovation is spectacular, and our vineyard will be in full swing. I am living for our first picnic in the vineyard.

Needless to say, this is our dream come true, and we are so incredibly excited to share it all with of our attendees.  xx

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My Life in Photos, April

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Can you believe that April is almost over? It’s been a busy month, but I’ve loved every second of it. April has been full of wrapping-up phase one of our Italian renovation, whipping-up spring recipes using veggies from my garden, and putting the finishing touches on book two.

I’m both exhausted and excited thinking about it all.

As most of you know, I adore Instagram. It’s truly a place where I can share all of my goings on with you. However, I know some of you like to visit the blog instead, so I thought I’d share a few of my favorite photos from April with you here. There’s so much color, beauty, and of course, memories in these photos. Enjoy!

xx Annette

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Our master bath door waiting to be installed at our renovation.

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Many people ask me how long it takes to put a book together. When I hand in the final manuscript plus all the photos, it will be 3 years.

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How cute was Vivi as a puppy? We brought her home 5 years ago.

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This torta pasqualina was featured on City Sage a few weeks ago.

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Props, props, and more props for Cocktail Italiano.

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That’s a wrap on photographing book 2! Love this mash-up of the wrap party for Picture Perfect Parties 5 years ago.

 

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2017 Style + Photo Workshops in Tuscany

2017 Workshop

              Announcing 2017 Italy Workshop Schedule

I am happy to announce the Italian Creative Workshop schedule for 2017.  I have gotten so many emails asking me to announce early, so everyone can make their plans for next summer. As some of you may know, we bought a medieval fortress in the countryside of northern Tuscany, a region known as Lunigiana

We have been searching for the best workshop location for 3 years and finally found our dream location this past summer. We are busy with renovations and hope to have the first phase of renovations finished by early May.  Hence the workshops in Tuscany can commence, and all of you can experience our dream project in person.

As we always do, we will have photo and styling workshops. We will create beautiful imagery with food and the intensely beautiful landscape of Tuscany along with lifestyle photography as an emphasis.  Of course, there will be plenty of eating and wine drinking, especially since we are now the owners of our own vineyard. Drinking our own wine is really something special.

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This year we will be adding a few exciting additions to the schedule. We will have 2 very important food stylists joining us as special guests and instructors. To say we are excited is an understatement.

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We will be adding a healthy cooking workshop with a world-renowned cooking instructor, food stylist, photographer, and recipe developer Jodi Moreno. For those of you interested in hands on cooking, recipe writing, and food photography, this one’s for you.

I will be conducting a “strictly styling” workshop for aspiring stylists, new bloggers, experienced stylists, and bloggers looking for some new inspiration. This workshop will be styling without photography (no need for cameras), although we will have one of our amazing team photographers capturing images for us to work with.

Of course as always, we will be going on many excursions to local farmers markets to buy food products to use in our shoots and at our cooking lessons.

One workshop day will include a guided excursion to Parma to explore food purveyors and more. On your day off, you can visit seaside locations and take in antiques markets as well. We are here to help with all those arrangements. There are plenty of choices.

So as you can see it’s going to be an incredible summer of programs at our new location in Tuscany.

As always, our workshops are open to all levels.

Sign up early!!

We pride ourselves on providing one on one personalized instruction for everyone, therefore classes are limited to 6 students.

We welcome private groups please feel free to email Annette to make arrangements. annette@annettejosephstyle.com

We look forward to creating beauty with you, drinking our wine at aperitivo on the expansive terrace, and dining alfresco as the sun sets on the gorgeous Tuscan countryside.

Join us, what are you waiting for?

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Easy Summer Pesto that will Last all Fall, too

August means that summer is slowly winding down. In fact, it’s only a matter of time before we’ll be well into fall. Can you believe it? If you have loads of basil in your garden like I do, I’m sure you’re looking at ways to use it before the end of the season. Here’s my trick:

As the summer comes to a close, I make sure to harvest all the basil in my garden. Then, I make this summer pesto recipe and freeze it. I like to freeze it in ice cube trays and use it throughout the winter. By doing this, you’re able to enjoy wonderful, homemade pesto throughout the year.

This pesto recipe is straight from the source, my sweet Ligurian friend Monica Damonte. Here’s her version of pesto ala Liguria. Hers has a twist with Ricotta Salata on top; it’s delish. Try it.

Enjoy xx

Pesto

Coin Pasta with Pesto
Serves 6

You will need:

– 4 cups basil
– 1 cup olive oil
– 1¼ cups grated Parmesan cheese
– ½ teaspoon salt
– 4 cups dried coin pasta, or trofie pasta
– 12 cups water for boiling the pasta, reserve ¼ cup pasta water
– 1 cup ricotta salata
– ¼ cup chopped tomato
– 6 mint leaves

To prepare:

Place basil, 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, oil and salt into the bowl of a food processor fitted with a blade. Pulse for 3 minutes until it forms a paste. Set aside. In a large pot cook pasta for 10 minutes until al dente and drain. In a large bowl combine pasta, pesto, and the reserved water (¼ cup). Add ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese.

Serve in individual bowls with a dollop of ricotta salata. Top each serving with a mint leaf and tomato for garnish. Serve immediately. Place the extra Parmesan on the table for guests.

Photo credit : Victoria Lacarrieu

Food Styling: Me

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Beet Goat Cheese Salad with Lime & Thyme Dressing

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I love beets and thyme, and this recipe for beet goat cheese salad combines both of my favorite flavors. It’s so amazing the variety of beets that are found in the market these days.

The above photograph of beets is from my style + workshop partner and photography instructor Helen Norman ‘s farm. Make sure you head over to the Maryland Style+Photo Workshop page to sign up to be taught by Helen, one of the best in the business. We will forage and style from Starbright Farm to create the most gorgeous imagery. Sign up before all the spots are gone. These tend to sell out fast. I can’t wait!

Try this salad, and let me know how you like it in the comments section below. How do you like preparing your beets?

Beet and Goat Cheese Salad with Thyme/Lime Dressing
Serves 6-8

You will need:
– 6 large red beets, roasted
– 8 tablespoons plain goat cheese
– 6 cups arugula

To prepare beets:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Roast beets in skin in the oven for 45 minutes

Let the beets cool, then peel the beets and slice into ½ inch disks

* I use gloves or a knife and fork to peel my beets; it’s much less messy this way.

Dressing

You will need:
– ¼ cup lime olive oil like O&CO
– ¼ cup lime juice
– ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
– 3 tablespoons finely chopped shallot
– 3 tablespoons fresh Thyme leaves
– 1 teaspoon lime zest

To prepare salad: 

Place all dressing ingredients in a small lidded jar, close the lid and shake until combined

Assembly of the salad: Arrange beets on platter or a plate on top of arugula, dollop with teaspoons of goat cheese, pour dressing over the salad.

Photo Credit : Helen Norman (Maryland Starbright Farm Style + Photo Workshop Photography instructor)

xx

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