As a food photographer I am exposed to a lot of food on a daily basis, but I have to admit that I have a weakness for ice cream. My grandfather used to serve up huge bowls of ice cream, always telling my mother that it was ok because he had made “hollow dips.” Invariably when I scoop out ice cream I think of good ole Chappie. As you can imagine, it was pretty not easy to maintain a semblance of control when Sauce Magazine sent me ten varieties of ice cream to shoot for their July Issue. While I usually don’t eat the food I shoot, well, I had a lot of ice cream left over, so I needed a few extra trips to the gym that week. #worthit
When I was growing up there was a black walnut tree growing in an alley at the end of our property. All that I knew about it was that it dropped messy green golfball-sized seeds everywhere which would stain your hands black if you tried to break them open to get at the nuts inside. Now that I am a grown-up I’ve discovered just how awesome black walnuts are. Despite the fact that they are a pricey due to the difficulty in hulling and their relative scarcity, they are one of my favorite nuts. Their distinctive rich flavor is something that I look forward to each fall.