These roasted plums with creme fraiche are a simple, elegant dessert! Brown sugar adds just the right amount of sweetness. Get the recipe from

Hi everyone! I have been holding on to some news for awhile now and am so excited that I can finally share it with you. In November I will be joining Eva Kosmas Flores from Adventures in Cooking in Tuscany where we will be co-hosting a food photography + styling workshop for Nostrale, an Italian tour company.

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This Heirloom Panzanella Salad is a perfect way to enjoy summer's most beautiful tomato! Get the recipe from

This is my absolute favorite time of year for produce in Maryland. We’ve got stone fruit, berries, sweet corn, fairytale eggplant and tomatoes (and that’s barely scratching the surface of everything that’s available). Between my CSA and the farmer’s market, I feel incredibly lucky to have so many options at my fingertips. That’s why when I first heard about a campaign called Save The Flavors, I was a little stunned to learn that everything I take for granted could be changing. What I’ve learned is that every year, new fruit and vegetable varieties are disappearing. They’re endangered no one is rallying to save them.

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This Grilled Italian Sausage and Vegetable Orzo Salad is all about summer grilling! Smokey, charred vegetables add a ton of flavor to this meaty pasta salad. It's ready in just 30 minutes. Get the recipe from

I cannot stop grilling this month! Taking advantage of our back deck and grill is probably one of the things I look most forward to during the summer. We’ve really been working on turning the deck into an extension of the rest of our house so that it’s a comfortable place to hang out during the warmer months. Since buying the townhouse 3 years ago we’ve slowly been making improvements to the “room” by adding cushioned furniture, an outdoor rug, citronella lanterns and, of course, the grill. We’ve even been teaching the cat to get comfortable with a harness and leash so she can sit outside with us. It’s truly becoming a family affair.

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Grilled Oysters with Chipotle Tarragon Butter and Gremolata are a fun and flavorful summer treat! You’ll never want plain oysters again! Get the recipe from

I’ve had the opportunity to do a lot of really fun, cool things since I began my food blog but there hasn’t been a ton of travel blogging. It’s an idea I’ve thought about on and off over the years because traveling is my other big obsession after food. If I could afford to travel more often, I definitely would. But it has been difficult since changing career paths. Not only is money a bit more tight than it used to be but when I go on vacation, I’m not earning a living. It’s the main downside to being self employed, as far as I’m concerned.

When I was first contacted last year about spending a weekend at The Melrose Georgetown Hotel and dining at their restaurant Jardenea, I was caught off guard. DC is filled with restaurant bloggers and reviewers but I’m not technically one of them. I come up with recipes and I take pictures of food. Was it ok to switch things up?

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Strawberry Ricotta Crostini with Fresh Herbs is a light and refreshing summer appetizer that's easy to prepare and perfect for guests. Get the recipe from

2013 wasn’t that long ago but in terms of my career it feels like an eternity has passed since then. So much has changed. One thing that remains the same, however, is my love of working with California Strawberries and supporting their work with farmers.

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