Soup’s on!

2 10 2012

Since mid-July, I’ve been designing and photographing for Celebrate Home Magazine, which I just launched tonight with my publishing partner, Barbara Kelley. I’ll be sharing lots of photos from those shoots over the next few days. I’ve discovered that I really like photographing food and am learning something new with each shoot! Another plus is I finally get to use all of my dishes, linens and serving ware. I knew there was a reason for my obsessive collecting of these items! Below is Barbara’s “Autumn Corn Chowder” recipe, served in the cute little “cracker moat” bowls I got for a buck each at a thrift store in San Antonio this past January. Thanks to Barbara’s friend, Melanie, for traipsing around town to find tiny crackers for us to use!

Want the recipe? Click on either of the links below the photo to download a pdf file of the entire magazine. I’ve included two different pdfs—one is a two-page spread view (best viewed online) and the other is a single-page view (better for printing off the recipes on one page). Bon appétit!

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.

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CelebrateHomeMagFall2012 Spreads

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CelebrateHomeMagFall2012 Pages

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Thriftshoppin’ — Soup bowl with a cracker moat

1 01 2012

How cute and practical is this? This afternoon, my dad and I went to a Salvation Army store in San Antonio and I spied these unusual soup bowls. How often have you asked, “but where do I store my crackers until I’m ready for them?” Well, I don’t have to worry about that conundrum now that I have these little beauties. I bought four of them for just $1.99 each. They have a potter’s mark on the bottom, but I haven’t been able to find anything about them in my online search. (I would love to have more of them, so if you happen to see any while you’re out, please buy them for me. I’ll pay you back, I promise!) The salesclerks at the register said they didn’t know why they had the little ledge on them. When I explained what I thought the ledge was for, they looked wistful and said the bowls had been there, unclaimed for quite some time (and gathering a patina of dust).

We hurried home, cleaned them thoroughly, then added my sister Debbie’s white chicken tortilla soup with a side of crackers, of course. I’ll get the recipe from her to share with you—it is part cookbook recipe and part Debbie’s concoction and it is really, really good!

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved. (Soup © Debbie Talbert. Food styling by H.M. Dyer)