Recipe:: Fried Green Tomatoes

While it's not quite green tomato season yet, tomato season will be here before we know it. Put this recipe in your spring appetizer arsenal.

As most of you may know I am the Entertaining Editor for Atlanta Magazine’s HOME. In the latest issue, I showcased a traditional Southern recipe, Fried Green Tomatoes from one of the most original party ideas to date. One of my dear friends has a party called “The Birthday Club”. My friend and fine art gallery owner, Arnika Dawkins, gathers throughout the year with her best gal pals to celebrate each of their birthdays in a unique way.

Here’s how it works: each woman chooses an activity for her birthday and the other birthday club members make it happen. The club has enjoyed traveling, spa days, and concerts. In the Spring issue we featured Arnika’s birthday party. Everyone came together for lunch at Arnika’s photography gallery. For the complete feature make sure to pick up a copy of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME on newsstands now.

Make sure to put this recipe in your spring appetizer arsenal and enjoy them with family and friends.

xx Annette

Fried Green Tomatoes with Goat Cheese and Red Pepper Coulis 
Serves 6

You will need:
– 1 cup goat cheese
– 4 green tomatoes, sliced 1⁄2-inch thick
– 2 eggs
– 1⁄2 cup milk
– 1 cup whole wheat flour
– 1⁄2 cup panko breadcrumbs
– 1⁄4 cup yellow cornmeal
– 2 teaspoons salt
– 1 cup vegetable oil
– Feta and fresh basil leaves, for garnish (optional)

To prepare:

Spread a small amount of goat cheese onto one side of each tomato slice. Arrange on a sheet pan, and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Whisk eggs and milk in a shallow bowl. In a separate bowl, combine flour, breadcrumbs, cornmeal, and salt. One by one, dip each tomato slice into the egg mixture, then the crumb mixture; shake off any excess.

Pour oil into a deep frying pan and place over medium heat until a thermometer registers 350°F. Working in batches, fry tomatoes until golden on both sides, about 3 minutes per batch. Garnish with feta and basil, if using, and serve immediately with red pepper coulis.

Red Pepper Coulis

You will need:
– 7 ounces roasted red peppers from a jar
– 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
– 1 clove garlic
– 1⁄4 cup olive oil
– 1 cup fresh basil leaves
– 1⁄2 teaspoon salt

To prepare:
Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth.

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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.


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.

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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Atlanta Magazine’s Home Summer Issue :: Backyard BBQ with Chip Wade

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Chip Wade and I have been friends for years, and it’s been fun to watch him excel in his profession and his personal life. Recently, I had the pleasure of covering one of his family gatherings at his beautiful home for Atlanta Magazine’s Home where I am the Entertaining Editor.


One of my favorites recipes from the feature is this watermelon margarita. All the recipes are in the Summer issue of Atlanta Magazines Home and will be available online soon. In the meantime, share this yummy beverage with your family and friends at your next backyard BBQ.

Watermelon Margaritas
Serves 6

You will need:

– 1 cup sugar
– 1 cup water
– 3 wide strips orange peel
– 8 cups watermelon cubes
– 1 cup fresh lime juice
– 2 cups white or silver tequila
– 6 Watermelon wedges

To prepare:

In a small saucepan, bring sugar, water, and orange zest to a boil over high. Reduce to a simmer and cook until sugar dissolves, 3 minutes. Let syrup cool in a bowl discard orange peel.

In a blender, puree watermelon cubes until smooth. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing on solids, into a pitcher (you should have about 1 cup juice). Stir in syrup, lime juice, and tequila. Place in a pitcher

Fill salt-rimmed glasses with ice, then pour margarita mixture over top. Garnish with watermelon wedges.

Pick up a copy on newsstands now.

Photo credit : The Raftermen

Styled by : Moi

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Style+Photo Lessons :: Why and When you need to use a tripod

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As you know, my new passion is teaching people skills…skills that I use at my work everyday. About 2 years ago, I started my Style + Photo Workshops. My goal has always been to share my knowledge and the knowledge of the amazing photographers I have the privilege to work with every day.

Over the years, I have learned to use a camera myself. I knew all the words they used on set. Phrases, like “bracket,” “wide open,” “scrim,” and “bounce light.” And of course, on editorial photo-shoots I am always the one to trip on the tripod. The one thing that is pretty constant with all of the photographers that I work with on cookbook or editorial shoots is that they like using a tripod. But why? Why should you use a tripod when shooting your images?

Why not?! I started using a tripod, and I will admit I was hesitant as well, but it really opened a whole new world to me. So I am a convert, and this is the reason I wrote this post; I want you to be too.

At my workshops a tripod is always required, even though most students are reluctant to use it. That is precisely why you should. Learning to use an every tool in the photographic shed is part of the fun.

Tripods are a wonderful tool. They make photographing food, portraits, and rooms easy. Once you decide where your subject should be placed on set, having the camera stable and in a constant location can help you create the most stunningly lit and composed imagery. Having a constant so you can play with your settings is a source of confidence. If you have never used a tripod, invest in one, and make sure it’s a sturdy one like this one.

Let me know if you have any questions, and let me know how it goes with your tripod. For all of my photographers out there, why do you love using a tripod?

Happy photographing xx

Photo Credit: Unknown

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being #behindthescenes :: the rules for aspiring photostylists

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Sometimes you see me post #bts behind the scenes photos as I am working on styling jobs.

I love a pretty mess, and when you’re on set, pretty messes happen regularly, but sometimes they are not so pretty. One of the things that is most important when you work as a stylist is logistics. That means you have to be super organized. I cannot tell you how many times I have people want to follow me and when I tell them to organize and load props, they completely fall apart. ALL my interns for the most part want to “style.” When I explain to them that the “styling” is the minor part of our job, they NEVER seem to understand until much later down the road.

So for all you interns and stylists in training out there, here are a few rules for aspiring photostylists to think about before delving into the world of production and styling:

Ask yourself these questions::

1. Am I organized? Clients expect you to be organized and have everything at your fingertips on a photo shoot.

2. Am I physically fit? As a stylist your are a schlepper; you will be carrying, loading, unloading, and moving large pieces of furniture and backdrops, so workout. It’s imperative to your work.

3. Am I a good listener? Can’t tell you how many times I have asked an intern to do something, and they don’t hear me and mess up.

4. Am I a problem solver? Logistics and problem solving are the key component to being a great producer/stylist way before being creative!!!  Being creative is the easy part.

5. Am I patient? No you will not be touching the set to style for about 3 years. Learning to style takes patience, and in this “instant” generation, that’s a really hard concept to grasp.

Quick true story:: I recently took someone along on a shoot. She/he had never been on a “real photo shoot” before and made 3 big mistakes:

1.When I said load “your” car and head to the location ahead of me and unload, she/he loaded my car instead  of theirs and headed to the studio ahead of me. She/he was not doing #3: being a good listener or #4: being a problem solver.

2. In the middle of the shoot, we had our photo subject pouring Champagne…mind you the subject had been an experienced pourer. My new intern took it upon herself/himself to jump in and “show” our subject “How to pour Champagne”; a cringe worthy move that made the whole team and the subject super uncomfortable. Lesson here: Don’t jump in as the expert. You’re the intern. Stand aside, observe, and be quiet.

3.Later in the day the intern asked me if she/he should style up a a shot? WHAT??? “Why sure, I really want to wait around for a couple hours watching while you style up a shot for one of my clients. Um, no thank you.” I was gobsmacked at the arrogance. This person thought they could just waltz in having never been on a shoot, and having never styled in their life??? No.

Final question:

6. Are you willing to shut up? When you’re on a shoot as an intern, your JOB is to help. That means clean-up, be aware, be organized, and BE QUIET. Your opinion is not needed. If you have styling questions for me, save them. I am happy to talk about the shoot as we are loading up.

I know this all sounds very harsh, but lately with the interns and people that want to “follow” me, I have to be blunt. These are my clients, and your behavior on set is a reflection on me. Be professional, and you’ll be invited back. For all you stylists out there wanting to learn, remember it takes time to learn a skill, especially with a profession with a million tips and tricks like styling.

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Justin has been my styling assistant for over 4 years. He’s an amazing example of someone that is willing to put in his time and understands the value of being patient. I am happy to say that he will be styling all summer for one of my clients while I am in Italy teaching my styling and photography workshop, and I am sure he will shine and style with confidence and ease. I am so proud of him.

Just remember, assisting is worth all the time you invest;  it will benefit you greatly. I have seen so many people come in and out of my styling life, and the ones that stay the longest really thrive and go on to have great styling producing careers.

Let me know if you have any questions about styling as a career; I am happy to answer them because ultimately my goal is to help all those who want to pursue this amazing and creatively fulfilling career.



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Annette Joseph