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Fort SumterMay 29, 2017

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I did some touristy sightseeing while in Charleston South Carolina and I visited Fort Sumter where the Civil War began.  Ironically it was the anniversary of the start of the Civil War and we were on the last ferry to visit that day.  Since it was such a special commemoration,  we were invited to lower the flag.  This is a huge flag and it took all of us to lower it and then fold it carefully.  Our Park Ranger, Antoine Fletcher talked us through the whole thing while detailing the events that led to the first battle.  You could feel the reverence in the crowd and everyone was very proud to be involved, whether they were American or another nationality.  On this Memorial Day my heart goes out to all of the men and women who serve our country as well as the families that have been affected by war and conflict.

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Cooking with Lilac’sMay 20, 2017

I recently visited Shenandoah National Park and stayed at Skylands.  The views are incredible on Skyline Drive and although we only had a short overnight stay, we had dinner at Skylands and tried their Blackberry Cobbler.  Their Blackberry ice cream pie is their signature dessert and I’ll try baking that next.  I have a new love for blackberries and in this area of Virginia they are incredible.

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Mint Juleps as featured on The KitchnApril 26, 2017

Since I recently visited the south, I can appreciate how popular Mint Juleps are.  Another fun shoot featured on thekitchn today with complete recipe.

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Recipe for Cornbread Pancakes with Strawberry Compote featured on Kitchn todayApril 25, 2017

I had the pleasure of shooting these gorgeous Cornbread Pancakes for Kitchn recently.

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You can read the full article here and the recipe follows.

Cornbread Pancakes with Strawberry Compote

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I’ll be sure to visit the Silver Dollar in Louisville for some Honky Tonk pancakes.

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The Faces of New Canaan WrestlersJanuary 6, 2017

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These are the faces of the New Canaan High School Wrestling Team.  These guys work incredibly hard, wrestling is a tough sport.  I’ll never forget watching my son in his first match.  I was trying to photograph it while squirming out of my skin.  A seasoned wrestling Mom nearby assured me that all would be fine, that the medics were standing by with tampon like stoppers for nose bleeds.  We had a good laugh and I eventually got more used to photographing the matches.  I still squirm sometimes but also get to feel the victory of these boys’ wins and the humility of their losses.

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