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Tear Sheets: Southern Living July 2012


Somehow I forgot to share this amazing “Dorothy Draper” inspired pool house that I styled with you guys. I’ve been running around like crazy working on my cookbook and stumbled upon these tear sheets from Southern Living’s July issue. I instantly felt my pulse slow down as I looked over this charming retreat. I know the cooler days will be here to stay soon, but these gorgeous sunny afternoons are here for a bit longer and they have me craving being outside. I love how this pool house combines a glam interior with the beauty of the outdoors. It’s pretty perfect.

Hope you all had a chance to recharge this weekend…

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Tear Sheets: Southern Living September 2012


This shoot took place at Thomas Jefferson’s garden at Monticello. These incredible gardens are located in Virginia and have been grounds for experimental gardening and its own “slow food” movement for over two centuries. In 1977 Peter Hatch began his mission to restore Jefferson’s vegetable garden which had been replaced by a cut flower garden. This article is pretty amazing and follows Hatch and his dedication to bringing back 330 varieties of vegetables that Jefferson describes in his gardening book.

It was obviously a treat to be a part of this shoot, actually a career highlight. Shot by Robbie Caponetto. I actually got to go in their greenhouse to style the shots with all of the seeds. I had the run of the place, which even for a seasoned pro like myself was pretty incredible.The day we shot all the beautiful vistas I took a ride down to the greenhouse, what I saw blew me away, tons of heirloom seeds being harvested by hand so I insisted on showcasing the tireless efforts being made to save these historical varieties. I gathered the crew and drove everyone to the greenhouse to document the drying room. The greenhouse offered almost perfect lighting. To produce this feature was a pleasure, I think even Mr. Jefferson would be pleased with the outcome.

Pick up a copy of Southern Living September issue and see for yourself. Thanks to the staff at Monticello for being so hospitable and charming and a special thanks to the seed savers, without their help this garden could not survive. I’ll be back.

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Tear Sheets: Southern Living July 2012


I almost forgot to mention these two mouth-watering side dish recipes that I had the pleasure of styling for Southern Living’s July issue. In the south we clearly love a good hush puppy and slaw, but I love that these are non-traditional versions of two classics. The slaw for instance has peaches in it! Delicious! I thought these would make for a fun summer dinner with friends. Let me know if you test them out:

  • Hush Puppies (for a twist, try the bacon and caramelized onion version!)
  • Peach-Ginger Slaw


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  • Boozy Strawberry Lemonade


    headshot: R. Ross, cocktail: Sara Williamson

    Boozy Strawberry Lemonade Recipe

    Makes: 1 pitcher
    Serves: 8 – 10

    4 cups cold spring water
    1 carton local strawberries
    2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
    1 cup granulated sugar
    1.5 cups top shelf Vodka
    A few slices of lemon and fresh mint (garnish)

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    Vanessa Rocchio’s Cocktail of the Week

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    Vanessa Rocchio is a hot Texas Red Head who has worked for Southern Living Magazine for 23 years. She wears many hats (not just a cowgirl hat), she styles food, develops recipes, and writes a column for Southern Living called Quick Fix Suppers. Besides all of those amazing talents, she is also one of my favorite dinner dates and drinking partners and has a hellava sense of humor (which includes pranking me!) Her weekly column has also been turned into a cookbook Quick Fix Supper, which will have a ton of her tips for making dinner quick and yummy. Look for her on QVC this Sunday, April 22nd between 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., where she’ll be promoting books for Southern Living (and hopefully sharing secrets and telling stores like only she can).

    When she’s not busy being a mom to her son (who cooks with her…adorbs!), teaching cooking classes, or working with the Cub Scouts…she likes to kick back with a margarita. She is a Texas girl, after all.

    Pretty in Pink Margarita

    2 Tbsp. good tequila
    2 tsp. grenadine
    3 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
    1 to 2 tsp. good honey (if you want it sweeter…I like it tart)

    Shake in ice…and serve COLD.¬†Garnish with lime slice and cherry. Make it in measurements…or a dab of this and a dab of that. Drink and have fun.

     

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