SPRING COCKTAIL RECIPES + A NEW PRINT PROMO

Over the next couple days, everyone should be starting to receive my latest print promo in the mail! I’m really excited and will share more of the actual promo soon. Part of the fun of it is a little call out for some super refreshing cocktails recipes I created with food stylist Hadas Smirnoff. I’m posting them on my Instagram and wanted to share them here as well. This is the hero image of the poster, and it’s followed by the recipes:

NORTHSIDE ROOFTOP

Makes 1 cocktail

For the Rhubarb Syrup:

8 stalks rhubarb, trimmed and cut into 1/4-inch pieces (about 6 cups)

1 cup sugar

1 1/2 cups water

In a medium saucepan, combine rhubarb, sugar, and water. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until rhubarb breaks down completely, and the liquid has thickened slightly and become bright pink. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing rhubarb with a wooden spoon to extract all of the liquid, and let cool. Pour syrup into a clean glass bottle and refrigerate until ready to use. (Save cooked rhubarb to stir into your morning yogurt!) Makes about 16 ounces of syrup.

For the Cocktail:

1/2 ounce elderflower liqueur

3 ounces rhubarb syrup

3 ounces sparkling rosé, chilled

In a glass filled half way with crushed with ice, combine elderflower liqueur and rhubarb syrup. Top with sparkling rosé, gently stir. Garnish with a thin slice of rhubarb.

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PORCH SWING

Makes 1 cocktail

For the Cherry Syrup:

2 cups cherries, pitted and cut in halves

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

In a medium saucepan, combine cherries, sugar, and water. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until cherries just soften. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve, gently pressing cherries to extract as much liquid as possible, and let cool. Reserve and refrigerate cherry halves. Pour syrup into a clean glass bottle and refrigerate until ready to use. Makes about 12 ounces of syrup.

For the Cocktail:

1 1/2 ounces gin

2 ounces cherry syrup

1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice

2 ounces club soda

reserved cherry halves

lemon, for garnish

In a glass filled with with ice, combine gin, cherry syrup, lemon juice, and a few reserved cherry halves. Top with club soda, gently stir. Garnish with a twist of lemon.

PARENTS MAGAZINE: BUSY MORNING BREAKFASTS

New work is out in Parents, encouraging healthy breakfasts that are also quick and great for weekdays. The best part is that they’re completely adult-friendly too! I’ll be trying the quinoa cereal and ricotta & strawberry toast (gluten-free, of course) this weekend.

 

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Food styling by Liza Jernow, prop styling by Pam Morris

 

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ICEBOX CAKES BOOK FOR CHRONICLE

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Jean Sagendorph and Jessie Sheehan’s Icebox Cakes book, published by Chronicle is out in stores! I worked with the very talented and lovely Chelsea Zimmer and former photo editor turned prop stylist Casey Oto on this sweet project. The cover makes me totally ready for summer roof parties with friends. Something about glass baking dishes takes me back to outdoor family parties and the simple desserts one can create in them.

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THE PARENTS VEGGIE CHALLENGE | PART ONE

There’s been a bit of a theme in my kids’ projects lately: shoots that encourage kids to eat more vegetables. I couldn’t support anything more! For Parents we wanted to create images that would stand out just enough from the rest of the magazine so that readers would see there was a new and exciting section. I got to have fun with lighting techniques I don’t get to use often and a retro palette that you’ll see more of as they roll out over the next three months.

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Prop styling by Paige Hicks, food styling by Simon Andrews

New Video for Happy Family

Happy Family is a fantastic brand that puts lots of healthy organic veggies into their minimally processed baby and toddler foods. The concept behind my recent stills shoot with the brand was all about kids loving their vegetables. Creative Director Becca Kovalcik imagined children using carrots as drumsticks, making “spinach angels” as if in the snow, and cuddling butternut squash and big bunches of beets like dolls. She tasked my team with creating high-energy images that would show a true love for veggies and really direct attention to the vibrancy and freshness of the produce. Wrangler Melanie Sawyer (whose energy never ceases to amaze me) was a key ingredient in making this happen. In fact we had a really stellar team, many of whom you can see in the behind the scenes video that I produced/directed.

Love My Veggies from Tara Donne on Vimeo.

Credits: Camera: Summer McCorkle + Adam Golfer, Editor: Sam Fuller, Composer: Jim Heffernan/TTO Productions, Producer: Get It Productions, Wrangler: Melanie Sawyer, Prop + Wardrobe Stylist: Sarah Conroy, Hair + Makeup: Gregg Hubbard, Food Stylist: Adrienne Anderson

Here are some of the still images that have recently been released:

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Tulum, Mexico

The only anecdote to a predictably long and cold winter is booking a tropical vacation for February…in September. This year, we were smart enough to do that and lucky enough to travel to Tulum, Mexico with our good friends Ryan and Rebecca. Yeah, sure, everyone’s been to Tulum now but really, there are reasons why. It’s mellow, the sand is so nice and white, one’s yoga practice is infinitely more fun in the heat, and of course, there are tacos. Some of my favorite spots from these Instagram snaps are listed beneath the photos.

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Stay: Hemingway
Tacos + margaritas on the beach road: Tacolum
Tacos in town (al pastor!): Antojitos la Chiapaneca
Yoga (and delicious healthy food like quinoa porridge and green smoothies!): Yoga Shala

Williams-Sonoma

You may or may not love Valentine’s Day, but you probably do love chocolate cake and cookies. Williams-Sonoma does too. I worked with a great team in San Francisco to create these heart-filled images for their latest catalog.

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PARENTS MAGAZINE

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I’m really excited to be a part of the new redesign at Parents! My image is on the (February) cover and there’s a graphic heart-shaped food feature that I photographed inside.

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Kicking Off 2015 in Jamaica

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There’s no better way to kick off the new work year than by road tripping it around Jamaica on assignment. I was revitalized by the intense colors, drinking fresh coconut water every day, and shooting from the turquoise waters in my bikini. There surely was a lot of hashtagging about loving my job when posting the above Insta snaps.