It occurred to me as I sat on the plane to Vegas that I hadn’t read a book in a while.  Like, a really long time.  Articles in The New York Times or pieces in The New Yorker, yes.  But an actual book?  It’d been over a year.  Before our trip, though, I purchased the latest David Sedaris book, thinking that maybe he could set things right.  And, you know what, he did.  As always, I found his words engaging, his stories honest and hilarious.  Just what I needed to get back on the reading wagon.  As I finished the book and flipped the last page (or, in this case, tapped my phone), I gave myself a pat on the back.  And now I’m searching for another great piece of literature (any suggestions are welcome).

Memorial Day marked the start of my family’s annual summer reading contest, where we see who can read the most books.  When it was just the four of us participating (meaning my parents and sister) the race was tight.  Over the last few years, though, we’ve invited other relatives and friends to join in and I’ve pretty much given up any notion of winning.  It’s still a lot of fun, though, and I’m so happy that we’ve continued this tradition.

Books and breakfast seem like the perfect summer pairing.  Mornings are when I get most of my reading done, either in bed or sipping on a cup of coffee at our kitchen table, the windows open to let a warm breeze in.  Leisurely mornings like that make every day feel like vacation.  While I’m kind of a scone fanatic, sometimes a muffin is what I crave.  As we roll into berry season, I feel the need to pack all of my morning treats with them.

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  • June 12, 2013 - 12:24 am

    Tieghan - These look amazing! What awesome flavors!ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2013 - 12:54 am

    Laura (Tutti Dolci) - I love berries with ricotta, these are breakfast beauties!ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2013 - 12:59 am

    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com - I could have these for breakfast, every single day! Yum!ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2013 - 7:22 am

    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel - I always hated reading until I was out of school. Now I truly enjoy it but am finding the time to read harder. I’m currently, even if slowly, working on the latest Dan Brown book. Love these muffins, Brian! Lovely flavors.ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2013 - 7:38 am

    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - I’ve been meaning to read the new David Sedaris book! Thanks for the reminder, and these muffins sound so lovely! Great recipe :)ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2013 - 7:52 am

    Lauren at Keep It Sweet - That summer reading contest is such a great idea for a family! I’ve been reading the same book since March now… I’m determined to finish just so it will be done haha.

    These muffins look wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2013 - 8:35 am

    steph@stephsbitebybite - These are STUNNING! I am drooling over the bursting berriesReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2013 - 8:50 am

    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough - Love the idea of that summer reading contest! I really need to get on my reading list already; it’s getting out of control. But about these muffins… YUM. The honey and ricotta additions are my favorite.ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2013 - 9:02 am

    carrian - At the risk of always being on repeat, gosh this looks gorgeous! I’m starving for muffins now.(I guess I have to get out of bed, wah wah wahhhhh)ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2013 - 10:09 am

    Jeanette - I love fresh berries – this combination sounds fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2013 - 10:52 am

    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic - I wish I had one of these muffins right now! Not sure if you are into memoirs, but I really enjoyed My Life from Scratch by Gesine Bullock-Prado.ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2013 - 11:13 am

    Jenny @ BAKE - These muffins look incredible, and your photos are beautifulReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2013 - 11:23 am

    Bev @ Bev Cooks - Ohhhhhhhh my achy breaky heart.ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2013 - 12:43 pm

    Ken Leung - Hello lover, come to papa. This muffin is a beauty.ReplyCancel

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    hungryrabbit - Hello lover, come to papa. This muffin is a beauty.ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2013 - 3:18 pm

    Marcia - An hour after eating my pitifully unsatisfying brown-bagged lunch slumped over my desk at work, having these photos pop into my inbox is quite simply cruel!
    These look fantastic! A recipe keeper!ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2013 - 3:29 pm

    Nusrat Azim - Eye popping !
    Drool-inducing !

    Lovely, of course :)ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2013 - 3:36 pm

    Liren - I love how your family has a summer reading contest. Such a fun idea. I’m guilty of the same, I find that the more you write the less you read, or at least that’s the case for me. I’m trying to remedy that and will add David Sedaris’s new book on my list. That and these beautiful muffins.ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2013 - 3:48 pm

    mr. & Mrs. P - These look wonderful!!! Need to try them asap!ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2013 - 4:10 pm

    thelittleloaf - Ooh, my company publish David Sedaris! Good choice :-) Lovely muffins too!ReplyCancel

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    Andrew Frishman - Mnnn… I loves me some scones, even when they turn out to be muffins.

    Conexiones orgánicas verdaderos son como velcro.ReplyCancel

  • June 13, 2013 - 6:44 am

    Carolyn - These caught my eye when you put them on Facebook yesterday. So pretty. I had to give up my New Yorker subscription. It was great when I commuted in to work on the T, but I barely have any time to read these days!ReplyCancel

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    Joshua Hampton (Cooking Classes San Diego) - I don’t have a lot of time to read these days as well and books just keep landing on my reading list. This muffin also landed on my list of recipes to try out. Can’t say no to a good-looking berry muffin.ReplyCancel

  • June 13, 2013 - 10:47 am

    Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking - I love berry season and I’m always up for some ricotta sweet treats. Gorgeous BrianReplyCancel

  • June 13, 2013 - 1:00 pm

    Igor Boltenkov - Very vkusno!ReplyCancel

  • June 13, 2013 - 1:03 pm

    Kelly Brisson - Can’t resist, have to make these tonight. Great recipe, Brian. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • June 13, 2013 - 1:54 pm

    sweetsugarbelle - The things you make always give me the overwhelming urge to type GAW-GUS! You are so talented, Brian.ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2013 - 7:51 pm

    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence - This post reminds me of the many summers I spent reading books at the my Aunt’s beach house. I used to love doing that. Need to pick up the habit again. Especially since I can go to the beach year-round now.ReplyCancel

  • June 15, 2013 - 6:59 pm

    Suzanne Perazzini - What a beautiful set of photos! I am an author and I love reading. David Sedaris is a favourite. As for a recommendation, I am of course prejudiced towards my own books. You can see all of mine here: http://www.amazon.com/Suzanne-Perazzini/e/B00D40FWHO
    Feel free to delete this link if you think I have been too cheeky.ReplyCancel

  • June 16, 2013 - 11:19 am

    Katie - The only redeeming factor of spending an hour on the T every day has been the amount of reading it allows me to get done! I’ve loved getting back into the habit of books. Your reading contest reminds me of when I was little – I used to keep a notebook with every single book I read written down it and the date I finished it. I used to compete with myself and would sometimes read two “chapter books” a day. (Go me.) These muffins look lovely, and eating one with a cup of coffee and a good book sounds like a perfect morning.ReplyCancel

  • June 17, 2013 - 2:49 pm

    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction - These muffins look amazing. Sadly, I don’t seem to have a lot of time for reading… But, I’ll happily munch on a muffin while entertaining Miss Maddie in the morning! :)ReplyCancel

  • June 17, 2013 - 4:59 pm

    Russell - Oooh. Yes please.ReplyCancel

  • June 17, 2013 - 7:41 pm

    Christy@SweetandSavoring - Whoa, the photos are mouth-watering and what a glorious combination- lemon, ricotta, berries…and honey?! Yes please :)ReplyCancel

  • July 9, 2013 - 4:23 pm

    Gourmandize - These look beautiful! I just tried my hand at homemade ricotta… this seems like a natural progression…ReplyCancel

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  • September 7, 2013 - 1:55 pm

    Confessions of a Food Lover - These look so yummy, can’t wait to try them.ReplyCancel

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  • June 9, 2013 - 8:17 am

    Jenny Hartin - Beautiful photos – I wish I had time to get there before we move to Colorado!ReplyCancel

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    Sarah - Lovely photographs!ReplyCancel

  • June 10, 2013 - 11:13 am

    Jeanette - Thanks for taking me through a stroll of The Pie Store – sounds like so much fun!ReplyCancel

  • June 10, 2013 - 5:27 pm

    Elizabeth F - Looks delicious. I miss Hobnobs and wine gums and good strong tea.ReplyCancel

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    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective - Lovely photos! Makes me hungry! :)ReplyCancel

  • June 11, 2013 - 6:36 am

    Joanne - A WHOLE.STORE devoted to pie?! YES. Just, YES.ReplyCancel

  • June 11, 2013 - 6:38 pm

    Charlene Patsko - Oh I wish I lived closer. Looks so good!ReplyCancel

  • June 11, 2013 - 11:45 pm

    Andrew Frishman - Mmnnn… I LOVES me some pie, especially when it’s ready to eat.

    “Que coman pastel” o pastel, o cualquier otros productos horneados están disponibles.ReplyCancel

  • June 11, 2013 - 11:55 pm

    Marie Anna - Love these photos too! from Marie from the WF class.ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2013 - 10:28 pm

    Creandé - Thanks for sharing this! The Pie Store looks like a great place to visit. All the food looks superbly delicious!ReplyCancel

  • June 18, 2013 - 10:05 am

    Shaina - I’m loving on those little square pies. What a wonderful shop!ReplyCancel

  • August 8, 2013 - 3:28 pm

    Rosie Padua - Love this place!<3.ReplyCancel

I’m keeping things short and sweet today, folks.  There’s a ton of work piling up and instead of getting it done, I’m here slackin’ off.  But, heck, sometimes we need to play a little, right?  I’m currently in the middle of a cookbook shoot and I have some other fun projects coming up, including an iPhone food photography class I’m teaching next week at a local Whole Foods.  I’ve taught one on one classes before, but this is going to be quite different.  Actually, I’m really excited about it.  We’re starting off the class by going around the store, taking pictures of the various produce, cheese, and fish displays.  From there, we’re going to do have a little cooking class and, as we prepare each dish, I’ll go over some ways to style and shoot the food.

So, yeah, I’m feeling a little overwhelmed by things, but I didn’t want all of this to stop me from posting.  I’ve had mint pesto on my mind a lot recently.  I first had it at a restaurant years ago and my mind was blown by how refreshing it was and how wonderfully it paired with other spring produce, like asparagus.  Here, I’ve tossed it up into a big pasta dish and have included one of my other favorite seasonal ingredients… mushrooms.  Enjoy!

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  • June 5, 2013 - 7:49 am

    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - This sounds SO GOOD! Also, an iPhone food photography class? Dang, I wish I lived closer!!ReplyCancel

  • June 5, 2013 - 8:01 am

    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl - Would love love love to go to your photo workshop!! Good luck! And this looks insanely delicious.ReplyCancel

  • June 5, 2013 - 8:19 am

    Tieghan - This looks insanely delicious and if I lived closer I would be at your class in a heartbeat!
    Have fun!ReplyCancel

  • June 5, 2013 - 8:22 am

    Jeanette - I love this pasta salad! So fresh and simple. Congrats on your class with Whole Foods – sounds like a fun idea. Good luck – I’m sure you’ll be great!ReplyCancel

  • June 5, 2013 - 9:05 am

    carrian - You have no idea just how much this is my kind of recipe. looooove it!ReplyCancel

  • June 5, 2013 - 9:11 am

    Joshua Hampton (Cooking Classes San Diego) - You had me at pesto. The fact that it’s mint pesto with asparagus and mushrooms makes this pasta, for me, more delightful.ReplyCancel

  • June 5, 2013 - 9:20 am

    kulsum@journeykitchen.com - LOveee this recipe.ReplyCancel

  • June 5, 2013 - 9:40 am

    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic - Asparagus and mushrooms are one of my favorite combos in spring pasta. This looks great. The iPhone photography class sounds fun, I wish it were nearer me! (or that I have a car) :)ReplyCancel

  • June 5, 2013 - 1:46 pm

    Eileen - This kind of fresh, beautiful pasta is exactly what I want to eat on a hot summer day! Love the mint addition.ReplyCancel

  • June 5, 2013 - 4:06 pm

    Mr. & Mrs. P - This looks amazing!ReplyCancel

  • June 5, 2013 - 5:30 pm

    Andrew Frishman - MMnnnn… I LOVES me some Shiitake mushrooms, especially when they’re really shiity.

    Hongos make me hongree.ReplyCancel

  • June 5, 2013 - 7:10 pm

    Aggie - I’ve never made pesto with mint. This looks absolutely delicious Brian!ReplyCancel

  • June 5, 2013 - 10:16 pm

    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction - This dish looks wonderful, Brian… What a perfect way to use the spring produce. I’ve never made a mint pesto before, but I’m going to have to do that ASAP… It is growing like a weed in my yard!

    And, I’m sure your photography workshop will be amazing. I’d definitely be there if I was closer. I could certainly use some photography inspiration lately. :)ReplyCancel

  • June 5, 2013 - 11:03 pm

    Jamie @lifelovelemons - Looks DELISH. Love the mint pesto.ReplyCancel

  • June 5, 2013 - 11:51 pm

    Monet - I’m sorry you are overwhelmed my friend, but I’m glad you were able to share a dish with us. As always, your photographs are stunning. I’ve never tried mint pesto before, and clearly I’m missing out. I need to make this dish happen…and soon! Thank you for sharing. Sending thoughts of peace your way.ReplyCancel

  • June 6, 2013 - 4:33 am

    thelittleloaf - I would LOVE to know how to take good photos with my iPhone! As for this pasta – it looks gorgeous, I love the idea of using mint in pesto.ReplyCancel

  • June 6, 2013 - 11:13 am

    El - Finally, the recipe! This looks amazing.ReplyCancel

  • June 6, 2013 - 11:15 am

    nusrat2010 - Healthy and full of oomph factors pasta :) How can I not love that?ReplyCancel

  • June 6, 2013 - 11:36 am

    Shannon - i know what’s going to be made with my first mint harvest :)ReplyCancel

  • June 7, 2013 - 7:06 am

    puterakd - look delicious… thanks for sharing…ReplyCancel

  • June 7, 2013 - 8:43 am

    Joanne - Whoa! Super cool about all the goings on in your life…that Whole Foods class sounds awesome.

    I learned a lot about mushrooms at Eat.Write.Retreat last weekend and it’s gotten me inspired to do more with them! Like, for instance, make this pasta IMMEDIATELY.ReplyCancel

  • June 8, 2013 - 10:18 pm

    Lora @cakeduchess - That mint pesto sounds incredible. I love pasta dishes like this in the summer time. Congrats on the cookbook shoot and your WFM class sounds like a blast!xxReplyCancel

  • June 10, 2013 - 12:49 am

    Liren - Gosh, you’ve got your plate full. But that’s a good thing :) I’m so proud of all you are doing, it all sounds very busy but very wonderful! A big bowl of this pasta is just what I would crave, too!!! Hang in there as you get through this busy time!ReplyCancel

  • June 10, 2013 - 6:39 am

    Carolyn - Sorry you’re feeling overwhelmed. I know that feeling all too well. But you do come up with the best pasta dishes…and I don’t even eat pasta!ReplyCancel

  • June 10, 2013 - 9:23 am

    Mushrooms Canada - Mint pesto sounds absolutely amazing! I also love the pairing of asparagus and shiitake mushrooms together. Thanks for sharing an excellent springtime recipe!

    -ShannonReplyCancel

  • June 10, 2013 - 11:59 pm

    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - Two of my favorite things at the moment are mushrooms and asparagus!ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2013 - 5:01 pm

    Shaina - Those mushrooms. The pesto. The asparagus. Here’s wishing I could stop over for dinner.ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2013 - 7:47 pm

    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence - What a beautiful pasta salad! Good luck with that mountain of work. I’m right there with ya 😉 Luckily I have a four day weekend coming up to play catch up!ReplyCancel

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