Editorial

Five Steps to a Simple Cheese Board with Feather + Oak Tennessee


Who doesn’t love a tasty, beautiful, Instagram-story-friendly plate of cheese? My friend Jennifer of Feather + Oak has written up these five steps for a simple cheese board, which you can easily put together with just a few ingredients. When Jennifer and I did this shoot, I was picking up the ingredients and she suggested going to Aldi. I bought nearly everything in these photos there — the meat, cheeses, nuts, and most of the produce — all at very reasonable prices and of great quality! I haven’t found the perfect alternative to Aldi here in Canada sadly, but the regular grocery stores will have to do!

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Five steps for a simple cheese board | written by Jennifer of Feather + Oak Tennessee

  1. Cheese: choose two. Ignore the rules about buying with regards to texture and flavor. That’s great for large cheese boards but for a simple one with friends, just buy what you like. For example: sharp cheddar + havarti or a goat cheese + gouda. 

  2. Meats: choose one. Go to the deli counter or check out the pre-packaged meats in that part of the store. Prosciutto is a universal favorite. A salami or capicola are also yummy choices. 

  3. Fruits + Veggies: choose three or four. If you don’t have time to slice, choose fruit such as grapes, cherries, bite size tomatoes + berries and pre-cut veggies like broccoli florets and carrots. 

  4. Vehicle: choose one. Your favorite cracker, a sliced baguette, brioche or Hawaiian bread torn into pieces. Bread will start to stale once sliced so if you don’t want to babysit your cheese board all evening, go with crackers. 

  5. Extras: choose two. Extras consist of nuts, spreads such as honey or jam, seeds, or dried fruit. In nuts, almonds are a traditional choice for cheese boards. If you want to be a little bit different, try shelled pistachios or macadamia nuts. A really good honey is excellent with everything on a cheese board. For jams, peach, strawberry, or blackberry are all quite palate friendly. Salted sunflower seeds or toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds) would be a delicious and unique alternative to nuts. Love dried fruits? Apricots, prunes, figs, and golden raisins are all readily available. 

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Prop/food styling by Feather + Oak Tennessee
Honey bowl & brass spoon from Facture Goods
Clay platter (in second set of photos) from Feast & Fern

Valentine's Day Brunch | featured on Style Blueprint


Valentine’s Day (or Galentine’s Day, my personal favorite holiday) is right around the corner! Here are some sweet ideas to inspire you for a lovely, cozy brunch. My friend Melissa of A Happy Healthy Heart put together this beautiful brunch at The Wendell Home, and I had a blast photographing it all. Invite over some friends and enjoy some yummy orange-soaked french toast, tea, fresh fruit, and some fun sparkling beet juice that tastes amazing (and is equally amazing for you). Just looking at these photos makes me hungry!

StyleBlueprint just featured this shoot and interviewed both Melissa & myself about it. Go check out the article for some great tips on throwing a beautiful brunch! Also be sure to try both recipes — I enjoyed both of them and they are so delicious. (I never knew beet juice could taste so good.)

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Orange Soaked French Toast (via
A Happy Healthy Heart)
Serves 4
Ingredients

  • ½ loaf sliced hearty bread

  • 5 eggs

  • juice of one orange + zest for topping

  • ¼ cup almond milk

  • 1 tbsp maple syrup

  • ½ tsp salt

  • 2 tsp cinnamon

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat coconut oil in a large skillet to medium heat. In a flat large bowl whisk the eggs. Add in the rest of the ingredients and whisk until incorporated.

  2. Place a slice of bread into the mixture and allow to soak for about 2 minutes and flip it to the other side. If your bread is thicker, it may need a bit more time to soak, you just want to ensure that the mixture goes into the bread and doesn’t just sit on top.

  3. Place the bread slice on the skillet and cook on each side until golden brown, approximately 3 minutes. Repeat this for all the slices until the egg mixture is gone.

  4. Serve warm with orange zest, maple syrup, and fresh berries.

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Sparkling Beet Juice (via
A Happy Healthy Heart)
Ingredients

  • 4 beets, peeled

  • 1 pineapple, peeled

  • 1 lemon, peeled

  • 1 bottle sparkling water

Instructions

  1. Juice all produce and pour into glass container and chill. When ready to serve, pour juice into a glass until half full. Fill the rest of the glass with sparkling water. Enjoy!


Farm Thanksgiving with Cottage Hill Magazine


It was so wonderful to photograph this Farm Thanksgiving for Cottage Hill Magazine last fall. I loved working with such a dream team of friends/vendors! Check out both of the Cottage Hill blog posts: the full post & the delicious Harvest Cake Recipe, which would be a perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table this week!

Rentals, vintage pieces, & prop styling: Feather + Oak
Event coordination, styling assistance: Locklane Weddings & Events
Food Stylist, recipe curation: Plated Color
Recipe curation, styling: A Happy Healthy Heart
Floral design: Rosemary & Finch Floral Design
Calligraphy: Pine