Fresh Blackberry Mint Lemonade // Pretty EATS on MadeByGirl

Summer is here and fresh, sparkly drinks are calling my name! Head on over to Made By Girl to see my latest refreshment creation, Fresh Blackberry Mint Lemonade. Cheers to blue skies, balmy afternoons, and cold drinks!

Ps: Don’t miss the adorable mint ice cubes while you’re there!

Ember Restaurant // Edible SLO Magazine

I had the pleasure of photographing Ember restaurant for the current issue of Edible San Luis Obispo Magazine, and just had to share some favorites from the shoot. Chef Brian Collins, his wife Harmony, and the entire team welcomed me with open arms and made me feel at home while I ducked around the restaurant for an afternoon. I love the creativity that Chef Collins and Sous Chef David James bring to the tables at Ember, updating the menu every month with fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients. Ember’s motto, woodfired honest food, is something I got to witness in addition to the  passion and enthusiasm of everyone working there. Always something new to get excited about, do yourself a favor and spend some time at this gorgeous eatery! 

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Cabernet Gorgonzola Burgers with Edible SLO Magazine //

Cabernet Gorgonzola Burgers with Edible SLO Magazine // Pretty EATS

A benefit of working with Edible San Luis Obispo Magazine is all the new recipes I get to try.  This is how the Cabernet Gorgonzola Burger came into my life. How could these ingredients go wrong in one of humankind’s greatest creations, the BURGER. What made this extra mouth-watering is the Sriracha sauce and the caramelized onions. There’s a lot of bold flavors going on here. On the side, this Red Wine Apple Slaw was a welcomed crunchy, tangy addition to the dish. // note: I strayed a bit from the recipe and tested wine in the burger mixture. We loved the flavor that comes from adding 1/2 cup wine to the beef. 

Red Wine Apple Slaw with Edible SLO Magazine // Pretty EATS

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Pretty Eats on MADE BY GIRL // Watercress Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

  Truth be told, I have a very romantic concept of lunch. Memories of shopping with my grandmother at department stores…the kinds that still had little diners and cafes attached. It seemed like the fanciest little excursion, ladies who lunch. Fresh salads and BLT’s and iced tea… Watercress always makes me think of these idealized afternoons, feelin fancy.

I couldn’t resist this fresh, peppery watercress from the nearby farmer’s market. An elegant and light poppy seed dressing is all these special greens need. See the full post and more images over at MADE BY GIRL // 

Watercress Salad with Poppyseed Dressing // Pretty Eats on MADE BY GIRL

 

Wine Cocktails with Edible SLO Magazine //

Summer may be over but the heat won’t leave the Central Coast. I had a lot of fun shooting these wine cocktails for the current issue of Edible SLO Magazine. Wine ice cubes were a great way to use leftover wine (what’s that??) and made these drinks extra special. What a great way to be creative and stay cool during this Indian Summer. Check out the article online or find copies throughout SLO County. Cheers!

Jennifer Olson Images // Wine Cocktails with Edible SLO Magazine

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The Summer Cup // Sparkling White Wine & The King’s GingerWine Cocktails with Edible SLO Magazine // Pretty EATS

Champagne Mojito // Champagne & RumWine Cocktails with Edible SLO Magazine // Pretty EATS

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