'Find something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.'

'Find something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.'

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Baci di Dama// Italian cookies

Baci di Dama, or Ladies Kisses are some of my favorite Italian cookies. I like the fact that are not too sweet, and instead of almonds you can use hazelnuts. So good with a a cup of espresso macchiato. 

-10 tbsp butter
-1/2 cup confectionars' sugar
- 1 egg yolk
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 1 cup ground almonds
- 1 1/2 cup flour
- 2 ounces chocolate (I used dark chocolate)
Makes 20 cookies

1. Cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy then beat in the egg yolk, almond extract, ground almonds and flour until evenly mixed. Chill until firm, about 2 hours.
2. Preheat the oven at 325. Line 3-4 baking sheets with parchment paper.
3. Break off small pieces of dough (total 40) and roll into balls with your hands. Place the balls on the baking sheets, spacing them out, as they will spread in the oven.
4. Bake the cookies for 20 minutes or until golden. remove the baking sheets from the oven, lift off the paper with the cookies on, then place on wire racks. Let the cookies cool on the paper. Repeat with the remaining mixture.
5. When the cookies are cold. lift them off the paper. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of hot water. sandwich the cookies in pairs, with the melted chocolate. Let cool and se before serving.

Monday, November 24, 2014


Hello, I am Mary and this is my virtual place where I'll show you some photos of pretty foods and yummy recipes. Over time I have learned that the best food I have ever had was homemade food, always with a touch of love. I know it sounds corky, but this is what my mom once told me.  Here you'll find recipes from different books, from my mom's, grandma's and sisters' kitchen, or simply made by me. I always like to experiment and try new things. You wonder where my blog title comes from. I love photography and since I've started to photograph food I saw another side of it. Food is art indeed. The colors, the textures, the perfumes, the way we cook it and present it. Let's admit that everything in life evolves around food. Food always brings people together.

When I'm not in the kitchen or with my family I love to photograph people. I am a wedding and portrait photographer based in Washington DC, you can see some of my work on my other website here.

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Cheers and don't forget to have something sweet every day!
This is the kind of pie I grew up with, starting from late October until late spring almost every Sunday my mom would bake a pumpkin pie. It's light and if you use the right pumpkin you don't have to use too much sugar.  

- 200 gr warm water
-100 gr. sunflower oil
-a pinch of salt
-1/2 tsp dry yeast
- 3 or more cups of flour
- 3.5 lbs sugar pumpkin (get it organic- it makes a huge difference in taste)
- 5 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon

Pour flour in a big bowl and make a small circle in the middle. Mix the yeast in the water then pour along with the oil and salt. Knead it until it makes an elastic dough and let it aside for 30 min. Cut your pumpkin into small cubes, grate it and mix it with sugar and cinnamon. Divide the dough into five pieces, then take each one of them and roll it out very thin. Pour the pumpkin mixture into it and roll it. Brush it with a beaten e.g. and sprinkle a little sugar on top. Bake at 350 for about 45 min or until it's golden.
Bon appetite!!

Friday, October 31, 2014


Feel the wheat


For recipe: http://www.marysandovalphotography.com/tiramisu/

Wild berry and apple mini pies

For recipe: http://www.marysandovalphotography.com/wild-berries-mini-tarts-homemadenorthern-virginia-photographer/

Kale pesto

For recipe: http://www.marysandovalphotography.com/bruschetta-lunch-homemade/

Grilled halibut with Avocado puree

Chocolate Macarons

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

New season, new change

A new season brings a new change. This will be a place that will showcase my love for food photography, to include some of my favorite recipes.
My wedding and portrait photography blog has a new home, to make sure you keep up with the latest please check out www.marysandovalphotography.com.

Cheers, Mary