recently, i had the opportunity to do one of my favorite things: cook a delicious recipe in a beautiful space on a sunny day with a friend. oh! and we both took photos of the food and the process of making it. if that’s not a great day, i don’t know what is.
the delicious recipe in question is one of my favorite winter pastas, this baked pasta with sausage and broccolini. it started off as a smitten kitchen recipe, but then of course i fiddled with it, altering the greens and adding more in the process and (shhh, don’t tell!) toning down the cheese and sausage a bit (no, it’s ok! there’s still plenty of both.).
what results is a cozy and comforting but not overly indulgent dinner that’s perfect in the middle of winter, when we simultaneously want comfort food but also things with green vegetables to remind us that some day – some day – the farmers’ market will have something other than squash on offer.
it also turns out to be the perfect recipe to make while chatting with a friend, since it’s not so complicated that having a conversation means risking ruining dinner. which is key when part of the point of getting together is to photograph the recipe together.
there isn’t a huge market for food blogs featuring gross-looking burnt failures, as it turns out, and i’d hate to waste the talents of one half of the amazing russell caron wedding photography team! liz caron is an in-demand wedding photographer three seasons of the year but luckily for me, winter is a bit quieter for wedding photographers so when she suggested we get together to shoot a recipe, i jumped at the chance!
we got together on a lovely sunny day and despite the distraction of the river running past just outside the huge windows set in a wall of exposed brick (::swoon::), i managed to tear myself away from the view for long enough to throw this baked pasta with sausage and broccolini together.
it was really fun to work with someone else for a change and as liz and i were wrapping up, we talked about getting together again to shoot another recipe. i can’t wait, as some of my favorite memories have been made in a kitchen with friends and a good recipe.
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