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Almond Flour Pancakes

Almond Flour Pancakes

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These pancakes are so luxurious that Paul and I staged this photoshoot just as an excuse to make this breakfast for ourselves. Luckily almond flour is a great substitute for wheat flour and makes this recipe far less of a carb catastrophe than regular pancakes. Also known as Almond Meal, it’s imporant to note that Almond Flour is really not a flour at all. It’s simply almonds ground up into a fine powder.

Food Photography Notes:  Natural diffused light was used for this photoshoot and the camera is a Leica S Medium Format with a 30-90mm f/3.5-5.6 Vario-Elmar-S lens, at focal length 70mm.

Food & Prop Styling Notes: Dark toned plates and a very dark salvaged wood tabletop were selected to set off the golden color of the pancakes. Blueberries and teal napkins were chosen for their cool hues to complement the deep warm browns on this canvas.

Almond Flour Pancakes
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Recipe type: Breakfast
 
Pancakes made with almond flour (almond meal)
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups Almond Flour (aka Almond Meal)
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Butter
  • 1 cup toasted almond slivers
  • Maple syrup or fruit preserves
Instructions
  1. In a medium to large bowl whisk eggs, vanilla, almond extract and water.
  2. Add to the bowl the almond flour, salt and baking soda then stir until thoroughly mixed together.
  3. Add a pat of butter to a skillet or cast iron pan and melt over medium heat.
  4. Pour about 2 tablespoon of batter at a time onto the pan, making no more than 4 pancakes at a time.
  5. Wait about 1 to 2 minutes to flip the pancake and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes. The first pancake or two will be your "test" pancakes.
  6. Repeat with the remaining batter.
  7. Serve with butter, maple syrup or fruit preserves with toasted almonds sprinkled on top.

Rusty Nail Cocktail with Bénédictine and Walnut Bitters

Rusty Nail Cocktail with Benedictine and Walnut Bitters

Rusty Nail Cocktail with Bénédictine and Walnut Bitters.   Click here to see more Food Photography.

 

The combination of Scotch and Drambuie has been well known for decades as the Rusty Nail. For a more herbal accent, we added Bénédictine liqueur along with two dashes of Fee Brothers black walnut bitters. We chose Glenmorangie whisky for its fruity nature which is complemented well by the nutty bitters. Take your time and enjoy this one.

Rusty Nail Cocktail with Bénédictine and Walnut Bitters
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Recipe type: Cocktail
 
Rusty Nail Cocktail with Benedictine and Walnut Bitters
Ingredients
  • 2 oz. Scotch
  • .5 oz Drambuie
  • .5 oz Bénédictine
  • 2 dashes Walnut Bitters
  • 1 Maraschino cherry
Instructions
  1. Fill a rocks glass with ice.
  2. In a mixing glass, stir the scotch, Bénédictine, Drambuie and bitters together.
  3. Pour the mixture over the ice in the rocks glass, and garnish with the cherry.

Rusty Nail Cocktail with Benedictine and Walnut Bitters

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Rusty Nail Cocktail with Benedictine and Walnut Bitters

Rusty Nail Cocktail with Bénédictine and Walnut Bitters.  Click here to see more Food Photography.

Rusty Nail Cocktail with Benedictine and Walnut Bitters

Rusty Nail Cocktail with Bénédictine and Walnut Bitters.  Click here to see more Food Photography.

White Chocolate Bark with Pistachios, Cranberries and Tart Cherries

White Chocolate Bark with Pistachios and Tart Cherries

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Chocolate bark is such an easy and festive candy to make during the holidays, or anytime really.  Most commonly you’ll see combinations of pistachio, cranberry or dried apricot used along with white chocolate, but we also love using dried tart cherries when we can get a hold of them.  To make this beautiful bark follow the easy recipe below.

White Chocolate Bark with Pistachios, Cranberries and Tart Cherries
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Recipe type: Candy
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ pounds of white chocolate (roughly chopped)
  • 1¼ cup shelled pistachios (or ¾ cup pistachios and ½ cup raw almonds)
  • ¼ cup dried tart cherries (roughly chopped)
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries (roughly chopped)
  • ½ teaspoon of canola oil
Instructions
  1. Chop ingredients as noted, and prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper.
  2. Place ½ of the white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl, and microwave on high for 30 seconds.
  3. Stir and add the canola oil and ½ of the remaining chopped chocolate.
  4. Microwave again for 30 seconds, then stir again to incorporate all the pieces.
  5. Add the remaining pieces and microwave again for 30 seconds.
  6. Stir until smooth, and if any unmelted pieces are visible, microwave again in 15 second intervals until all chocolate is melted.
  7. Add most of the nuts, cherries and cranberries to the white chocolate, reserving a handful of each to be set aside. Stir all the ingredients together.
  8. Pour out the chocolate mixture onto the parchment paper and spread out to about a 9" x 10" rectangle.
  9. Sprinkle the reserved nuts and dried fruit onto the top of the chocolate and press very lighty just to make sure they stay attached.
  10. Allow candy to harden at room temperature for a few hours, and either cut or break apart into pieces.

 

hite Chocolate Bark with Pistachios, dried Cranberries and dried Tart Cherries

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hite Chocolate Bark with Pistachios, dried Cranberries and dried Tart Cherries

White Chocolate Bark with Pistachios, dried Cranberries and dried Tart Cherries – Click here to see more Food Photography

hite Chocolate Bark with Pistachios, dried Cranberries and dried Tart Cherries

White Chocolate Bark with Pistachios, dried Cranberries and dried Tart Cherries – Click here to see more Food Photography

Cranberry Shrub Cocktail

Cranberry Shrub Cocktail

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Shrubs, also known as drinking vinegars, were popular in Colonial times. For this cranberry shrub cocktail, we used a simple and quick recipe.  To make the shrub syrup, in a medium-sized pot add one bag of cranberries, one cup of apple cider vinegar, one cup of sugar and a cinnamon stick and stir together.  Bring to a boil while stirring, then turn off the heat and allow to cool for an hour on the stove.  Strain the mixture first through a sieve and then again through cheese cloth to remove all solids.  To make one cocktail, add about 1 oz of the strained shrub syrup to a glass filled with ice, then a shot or two of gin or vodka.  Top off the glass with seltzer or club soda and stir lightly to mix. Garnish with sugared cranberries.  Store leftover shrub syrup in a glass container and refrigerate for up to two weeks.

Cranberry Shrub Cocktail - Cranberries, Apple Cider Vinegar & Sugar

Cranberry Shrub Cocktail – Cranberries, Apple Cider Vinegar & Sugar

 

Cranberry Shrub Cocktail
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Cranberry Shrub Cocktail - cranberries simmered with apple cider vinegar, sugar and a cinnamon stick. Add the syrup along with gin or vodka to seltzer or club soda.
Ingredients
  • 1 bag fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick (optional)
  • Sugared cranberries for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a medium-sized pot, add cranberries, apple cider vinegar, sugar and cinnamon stick.
  2. Bring to a boil while stirring, then turn off the heat and allow to cool on the stove for at least an hour.
  3. Strain the mixture first through a sieve and then again through cheese cloth to remove all solids.
  4. Add about 1oz of this shrub syrup (more or less as you prefer) to a glass filled with ice, add a shot or two of gin or vodka and then top off with seltzer or club soda.
  5. Stir lightly to mix.
  6. Store leftover shrub syrup in a clean bottle and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

 

Cranberry Shrub Cocktail

Cranberry Shrub Cocktail

Cranberry Shrub Cocktail

Cranberry Shrub Cocktail

Humboldt Fog Goat Cheese and Figs

Port, Humboldt Fog Goat Cheese, Figs, Honey and Shredded Chocolate

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Cheese board with Humboldt Fog goat cheese, fresh figs, local raw honey, shredded dark chocolate, crushed pecans and a french baguette.  This cheese board pairs well with a 10 year old Tawny Port.

Humboldt Fog Goat Cheese, Figs, Honey and Shredded Chocolate

Humboldt Fog Goat Cheese, Figs, Honey and Shredded Chocolate