Hi, I'm Shirley  --a food photographer who loves to cook.

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What kind of a cook am I?

Simplicity plus fresh Ingredients makes great flavors is my mantra.

Many recipes I learned as an "assistant" in my grandmother's kitchen.  She was a southern woman who had moved to the north looking for work and a better life.  

I love updating her old recipes, re-creating classic American dishes with new flavors; and creating dishes that reflect foods I discovered through my travels--albeit with an American slant. 

And yes, I do test and re-test (or even more) old and new recipes.  Cooking and presenting food for family and friends is quite different from offering a dish on a food blog!  Moreover, there is always room for improvement. 

Learning how to share my recipes heightened my interest of food as art--its beautiful forms, textures and colors of food.  That opened a door that, like a trip in Alice In Wonderland, led me to food photography--and a whole new exciting world

That door led me to photographing food as art, as well as shooting food for stock images.  I invite you to view my SmugMug Gallery.