Vegetarian Chili and Nachos

Here’s a few shots from a “how to” article I shot for Walgreens last week. It’s a super easy veggie chili with a healthy spin on traditional nachos. The nachos use baked pita chips in place of tortillas, topped with a homemade bean puree, crumbled feta, avocado and diced veggies. Initially, I thought nachos were no place for a cheese like feta, but I must admit, I was sorely wrong. These are awesome and hearty enough to make for a quick light meal.

a link to the full recipe will be posted later this week!

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Homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream

I was recently featured by Demand Studios for photographing their really fun tutorial for Homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream. And if you happen to spill any on the floor, there’s also a tutorial on how to make a Homemade Carpet Cleaner! After all that drinking and cleaning, you might be hungry for these beans!anne_dale_photographyScreen Shot 2014-03-17 at 11.17.34 AM

Happy Making!

Valentine’s Day Breakfast ideas

Take Valentine’s Day/ Snow Day breakfast up a notch this year with these cool spins on egg sammies and p-cakes. If your in the northeast and have been hit by the snow fairies, you probably have a little extra time in the morning to cook these up.

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out of maple syrup?

try a homemade strawberry syrup. Add a few spoonfuls of strawberry jam and some mashed strawberries to a small saucepan and simmer for a few minutes. ricotta pancakes with berries-1

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Polar Vortex Ice Cream

Did you know you can make ice cream out of snow?

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Now, eating snow is a personal decision. Personally, I am OK with it.

I am more cautious about foods that come out of a lab than foods that come out of a sky.

And it is a new activity for the kids on their 657th snow day this year. (it feels like the 657th snow day, anyway)

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Maple Snow Ice Cream

6 cups of clean fresh snow

1/2 cup cream or half and half

4 tablespoons of maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla

5 Ways to Turn Your Digital Family Photos into Unique Handmade Gifts

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Digital photography has opened up new outlets of creative possibilities to use and display our photographs.  We can not only create heirloom albums and large canvas wall prints but we can also use those digital files to  create unique, fun gifts and home decor items while showcasing our family memories. Here are 5 ideas to get your creative juices flowing. For most of these projects, I used items that I found in my home or in my backyard to create meaningful and memorable photo-gifts.

1. Photo Garland

Garland is a simple and fun way to add a whimsical touch to your holiday decor.  This version of garland is made up of recycled fallen branches and strung together for a rustic, and natural feel. This garland can be personalized by adding photographs, names, messages or mini-drawings. Each family member can make their own branch tile and string them together for a…

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Pear Pancake

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Pancakes seem like such a quick, easy meal. And they are, except for the mess. All those little batter drips that get cooked onto the stove top..ggrr.

and waiting for pancakes to cook – it’s like watching paint dry!

I’d rather just pour the whole thing into one big pan and cook it.

Like I did here.

No drips, no mess. And with the addition of sautéed pears and walnuts, this is looking  a smidge healthier than plain old pancakes.

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(recipe to follow)

Simplified Halloween Decor

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My daughter loves all those sparkly- glittery Styrofoam pumpkins in the stores.

But my inner environmentalist only sees a heap of plastic that has to be packed up and stored somewhere for the other 11 months of the year.

Store- bought- sparkly- pumpkin- request: denied.

She didn’t throw a fit.

she didn’t beg.

she didn’t cry.

She got creative.

She made a beeline for her art supplies and made one herself out of a real pumpkin that will eventually decompose back into the earth.  (Whew)

Along with a hearty dose of glitter.

My 5 year old can’t type yet, but if she could this would be her Sparkly Pumpkin Making Tutorial:

You just paint the pumpkin your favorite color, then you hold it by the stem and sprinkle the glitter all over everywhere.

But make sure you sprinkle glitter on a piece of big paper so it doesn’t get on the floor.

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I am shedding tears of pride.

Spot of Tea

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I have been trying to photograph steam for some time now.  I’m getting close, yes?

The sweltering northeast summers are steamy enough that the mere thought of drinking something with more steam has been completely out of the question for the past 3 months.

But now it’s fall and hot foods are inching their way back into the kitchen and it is possible to drink a cup of coffee outdoors and.not.melt.

Fall- I love you.

Steam- i love you too.

Wanna photograph steam? Strong directional sidelight and a dark backround.

 

 

Preserving Peaches, the easy way

It’s the last week at the markets for peaches…

 

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and plumbs are on their way out, too…

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But now is the best time to take advantage of fruit “seconds”. I just picked up two bushels of peaches for under $8.00.

 

Tips for freezing Peaches:

Dunk the peaches in a hot water bath for 30 seconds and immediately drop into an a bowl of ice water to cool.

The skins will peel right off. (Kids love helping with peeling the skins)

Split or cut in half and layer flat into freezer bags.

Perfect for smoothies all year round.

 

Chocolate Covered Ice Cream Bars

Were you a pool kid?

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I grew up at the pool. I remember refusing sunscreen, getting stung by bees, lots of skinned knees, and  that big wet spot on my shorts that was left behind from my swim suit.  We wore those pool-wounds like badges of honor -as proof that we were having fun.

And some days we were even allowed to pick a treat from the pool snack bar that gushed Choco Tacos’, Push Up Pops and Screwballs.

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And among a crowd of fancy frozen novelties were the old standbys -chocolate covered ice cream bars. So simple and understated, just like we were.

Here’s a refined but simple version of that snack bar classic.

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Ingredients:

1 quart of vanilla ice cream
1 cup heavy cream

1 cup chocolate, coarsely chopped

Directions:

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Fill Popsicle molds with softened ice cream. Freeze several hours or overnight.

To make the chocolate sauce:

Pour the heavy cream into a small saucepan and heat on medium low. When warm, stir in the chocolate. Whisk until smooth.

Allow to cool to room temp.

Gently remove the ice cream bars from the mold and arrange on a baking sheet lined with wax paper.

Using a spoon, pour the chocolate sauce onto the ice cream bar. Lay the bar back on the tray and freeze until firm.