Gather Around

Gather: here you can find celebratory food and drink recipes cultivating connection with community, family and friends. Along with time saving tips and tricks to pull off any gathering with ease.

  • Cheesy Roasted Butternut Squash Casserole #butternutsquash #fall #squash #roasted #vegetables #foodphotography
    Gather Around,  Recipes,  Savory,  Vegetables,  Vegetarian

    Cheesy Roasted Butternut Squash Casserole

    Oh, casseroles. Long gone are the days where “casserole” meant unappetizing. Fast forward to today, and casseroles can be stand alone stars, healthy, crowd pleasers, and perfect for busy families on the go. This Cheesy Roasted Butternut Squash Casserole is one of the best casseroles I’ve ever had. It pairs nicely with roasted chicken, topped with pan seared, and buttery scallops, or good all on its own. “I’ve been thinking about this casserole all day” – Andrew. But I had been, too. It’s that good. As you can see, I shot this as leftovers. What’s great about this is that it conveys a feeling of sharing and also that the casserole is…

  • Summer Panzanella #salad #summer #raw #easy #panzanella #peach #foodphotography
    Gather Around,  Recipes,  Salad,  Summer

    Summer Panzanella

    Chock full of summer peaches and tomatoes, this Summer Panzanella is a match made in heaven and ready for your next summer party. This bright, refreshing, and satisfying recipe has been slightly adapted from Sarah Waldman.  Since starting on this food photography, recipe development, and blogging journey, I’ve had my fair share of doubts and insecurities. Seeing others on this journey is inspiring, yet somehow very nerve racking. Mostly because they’re work is SO good and they seem to effortlessly produce amazing content. Hello, practice. I keep telling myself that they’ve all started where I have and that seems to help keep me on track. I am lucky to have friends,…

  • Lemon Ricotta & Eggplant Pizza with Hot Honey Drizzle is perfect for a gathering or family night! #eggplant #vegetarian #summertime #foodphotography #foodie #flatbreads
    Dinner,  Gather Around,  Pizza,  Recipes,  Summer

    Lemon Ricotta & Eggplant Pizza with Hot Honey Drizzle

    For this Lemon Ricotta & Eggplant Pizza with Hot Honey Drizzle, I wanted to explore the sweet and savory aspects of the ingredients, and the texture of the pizza, while using classic in-season produce. The result hit the preverbal nail on the head. Elevated, yet simple, this pizza is perfect for both weeknights and weekends.  Guys, this pizza looks difficult and all time consuming, but hint: it’s not. However, it tastes like you spent hours slaving away in the kitchen. There are a few more steps than my normal pizza’s, but you won’t be disappointed. I am actually so pumped about this recipe as a local magazine, Charlotte Lately, reached out…

  • Simple Balsamic Marinated Kabobs #summer #entertaining #simple #kabobs #marinade #sustainable #easy #BBQ
    Dinner,  Gather Around,  Recipes,  Vegetables

    Simple Balsamic Marinated Kabobs

    It’s officially Summer! Spend more time outside with the help of these suuuuper Simple Balsamic Marinated Kabobs and your grill. Invite friends and family over. Kickback, relax, converse, listen to music. All of THAT is what makes great summer memories.  We kicked off our summer grilling season this past weekend which just so happened to be Father’s Day! We spent the day together – Park, walks, food, sunshine. I loved seeing my family together enjoying the outdoors and eating good food. Grilling outside this past weekend brought back memories of my childhood. I didn’t realize that a world without backyard grills, hamburgers, kabobs, grilled vegetables, side salads, and refreshing drinks…

  • Raw Cucumber and Broccoli Salad with Butter Beans and Parsley - Summer entertaining made quick and easy. #cucumber #summersalad #freshsalad #simplesides #broccoli #cucumber #beansalad #summer
    Dinner,  Gather Around,  Recipe,  Recipes,  Salad

    Raw Cucumber and Broccoli Salad with Butter Beans and Parsley

    Lets all just take a moment and reflect on how emotional food is. Like music, food can transport you to a different time and place. It brings people together. It evokes memories of all kinds. And if you’re lucky, it’s beautiful to look at. Food can make you happy and heal you when you’re sad. Cooking food is an art. Photographing food is another. There are healthy relationships with food and there are poor ones. Food is so powerful. And for all of these reasons, I love food so much. Luckily, in this season of my life, I choose healthy(ish – it’s about balance) fresh foods that make me and…