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!


  • 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

  • September 30, 2013 - 12:56 pm

    Mint Pesto : eatingappalachia.com - […] From A Thought for Food […]ReplyCancel

  • October 20, 2013 - 11:32 pm

    Ingredients, Inc.30 Mushroom Recipes - […] Pasta with Mushrooms and Mint Pesto via A Thought For Food […]ReplyCancel

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  • June 2, 2013 - 9:48 am

    Gail - Brian, one of your best Silent Sunday posts. You captured everything from the beauty & glamour to the seedy grittiness of that place. Fabulous.

    Now, pardon me while I scroll back up to the beginning again.ReplyCancel

  • June 2, 2013 - 10:01 am

    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl - Looks like such an incredible trip!! Loving all of your photos. I also now want Pad Thai. :)ReplyCancel

  • June 2, 2013 - 10:16 am

    Liren - Fabulous photos, Brian, proof that you have a talent to capture the moment, no matter what camera you may be using. I’ve been dying to go to Lotus of Siam, I was ready to lick up the half eaten plate in my screen! Congrats again, I’m glad you had a blast in Vegas and with Saveur!ReplyCancel

  • June 2, 2013 - 10:59 am

    Grace @ Perpetual Nomming - This post honestly brought a flood of memories back to me. Ever since I was young in grade school, we’d go to Vegas for family vacations. Thanks!

  • June 2, 2013 - 12:37 pm

    Alison - Wonderful pictures. I as in Vegas in April and went to Lotus of Siam — can’t stop thinking of the food it was so delicious.ReplyCancel

  • June 2, 2013 - 1:26 pm

    Diane {Created by Diane} - looks like you have a GREAT time in Vegas!ReplyCancel

  • June 2, 2013 - 2:20 pm

    sara forte - love it. so nice to finally meet you in person. Glad you two had a great time!ReplyCancel

  • June 2, 2013 - 3:55 pm

    Cookin Canuck - So, so proud of you guys, Brian. It looks as though you had a fabulous time in Vegas…well-deserved!ReplyCancel

  • June 2, 2013 - 6:57 pm

    Aimee - One for the books. Amazing capture of our Vegas trip, Brian. It was super fun to meet Eric and hang out with you guys. Who knows when – if ever- we’ll have that experience again. Good times!ReplyCancel

  • June 2, 2013 - 9:26 pm

    Andrew Frishman - Mnnn… I LOVES me some Vegas, except, not so much.

    Lo qué pasa en las Vegas, probablemente no es particularmente interesante, y el carácter del consumo ostentoso tambien es muy desagradable.ReplyCancel

  • June 3, 2013 - 8:16 am

    Jeanette - Congrats on your award! Thanks for sharing about your trip – beautiful photos!ReplyCancel

  • June 3, 2013 - 2:25 pm

    Monet - What a weekend! It looks like you had a wonderful and much-deserved time of celebration! That sandwich looked particularly delicious. I love anything with bread! Thanks for sharing, Brian!ReplyCancel

  • June 3, 2013 - 9:22 pm

    Michael Lewicki - Love this iphone images Brian. A great visual display of Vegas. You did Vegas so well. And the awards. And love to see you and E so happy.ReplyCancel

  • June 3, 2013 - 9:47 pm

    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) - Vegas is just so much fun! It looks like you had a blast!ReplyCancel

  • June 3, 2013 - 11:40 pm

    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - I love the way you’ve captured the whole experience, looks like an event filled trip!ReplyCancel

  • June 4, 2013 - 3:50 pm

    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective - Love the photos! Looks like you had a great time!ReplyCancel

  • August 23, 2013 - 7:28 am

    Why I Love Taking Pictures With My Phone (And Some Tips/Tricks) - A Thought For Food - […] Ever since I started working professionally as a food photographer, I do like to take a break from my camera from time to time.  Sometimes you just need a little space.  I rarely bring it along when we go out to eat or are traveling anymore.  On a recent trip to Vegas, I only took my camera out once, opting to use my phone to take all my pic… […]ReplyCancel

Classic Negroni

As I open the door I’m greeted by Maki’s wagging tail.  In no mood to play, I do my best to brush her away, but our sweet dog’s persistance wins me over.  Fine… just a few minutes.  She guides me into the living room so we can roll around on the floor.  Soon, she has me pinned down and I get attacked with a few licks of her tongue, leaving long streaks of slobber across my glasses.

Exhausted, I call it quits and get my body off the ground.  Maki, disappointed, retires to her bed.  She wonders if maybe, just maybe, I’ll come back to play with her.  Sorry pup, I’m finished for the night.  It’s time to make dinner… and mix a drink.

After a long day, the kitchen becomes my sanctuary.  Before any onions are chopped, I throw a few rocks into my glass. An aperitif is in order to ease into a relaxing night of nothingness.  I whip up my old standard: a Negroni.  An equal pour of the three ingredients, a quick stir, and we’re in business.

Before the drink hits my lips, I shave a piece of orange peel and rim the glass with it.  The result is subtle, but effective.  The aroma of the citrus breathes life into the Negroni, but a bitter herbaceousness is present in the first sip, mellowed only by the sweet vermouth.  Another taste and my mind is no longer thinking of work and the stresses of my day.  I’m in the here and now.

The onion and garlic sizzle as they hit the pan of butter.  I rub my hand across my perspiring forehead, only to look down to see the glass sweating as well.  You and me both, my friend.  I pick up my drink. Cheers. Sip. Smile.

Classic Negroni

Classic Negroni

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