Supporting our Tuscan cheesemaker friends

Support this Tuscan cheesemaker's farm | Cannelle et VanilleSupport this Tuscan cheesemaker's farm | Cannelle et Vanille

A couple of years ago I traveled to Tuscany to teach a workshop. Remember that story? During that trip, we visited Francesco Bagnoli in his cheesemaking farm. Francesco, a scientist turned cheesemaker, is deeply involved with the Italian Slow Food movement. His small herd of cows roams freely around the property overlooking the Tuscan hills. A beautiful sight. But now, the lease for the farm is up and Francesco and his family are asking for help to raise funds to help continue with his passion for making cheese and these cows.

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Homemade crème fraîche for a cheese and fig cup

homemade crème fraîche | Cannelle et Vanillehomemade crème fraîche | Cannelle et Vanille

When I moved to Seattle, one of the things that struck me the most is how many amazing cheese and ice cream makers there are in the area and how much of their products are featured in restaurants across the city. Dairy is abundant in Washington and when you drive around you see why. There is a lot of available farming land just minutes outside of the city, pastures, and lots of farming tradition. In fact, Washington ranks ninth in total milk production in the United States and here, people like their milk with the most fat.

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The butter in tarts

Stone fruit and hazelnut tarts | Cannelle et VanilleWerkhoven dairy farm, WA | Cannelle et Vanille

I love tarts and I love tarts made with really yellow butter. But you already know that. I also love cream, cheese, ice cream and any milk derived products.I know you do too. So when I was invited by the Washington Dairy Commission to learn more about our state’s dairy farmers, I jumped on the opportunity. And while at it, I made some summer fruit and hazelnut frangipane tarts for you.

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Food photography workshop | Rydal, Australia, Nov. 11-13

Food photography workshop with Aran Goyoaga and Luisa Brimble | Australia, Nov. 11-13Food photography workshop with Aran Goyoaga and Luisa Brimble | Australia, Nov. 11-13

I am thrilled to let you know that I will be traveling to Australia this November to teach a food styling and photography class with Luisa Brimble with the collaboration of Sophie Hansen. The class will take place in Rydal (just over the NSW Blue Mountains) on November 11-13, 2015. Registration for this workshop opens today.

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