You've heard about Jennifer, our test kitchen ninja. You know Kristy, who makes everything look lovely behind the scenes at our photo shoots. And you've seen Amanda's kitchen many a time. But have you gotten yourself acquainted with her windowsills? They are the canvas for our most serious snapshots from the test kitchen, natural light pouring in to create the kind of shadows that beg for an Instagram filter. What would we do without them? How would we write these weekly posts? Thankfully, we don't have to find out. Below, we've got completely random pictures from Tuesday's shoot, artfully set against our favorite white wood.
All photos are courtesy of the Food52 Instagram account, your source for up-to-the-minute updates from Amanda's windowsill.
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1. Eats, shoots and leaves. Somewhere, Magnus Nilsson is pioneering the art of foraging in a far-off Scandinavian cabin, but we're on the cutting edge of the Brooklyn Heights leaf-collecting scene. We like to gather our props (or are they ingredients? Stay tuned!) on Amanda's porch and show them off in rustic plastic containers.
2. "Recipe Testing." Here, a thimble of wine sits casually on the windowsill, casting what looks like a five o'clock shadow. Really it was more like a one o'clock shadow, but hey -- someone's got to test our newest boozy recipes. And sometimes it happens well before five.
3. It's all about balance. Sometimes when you find yourself sipping wine and eating chocolate at lunchtime, you just need to make a kale salad. And then photograph it dramatically with moody shadows and an out-of-focus bottle of wine in the background. Actually, kale salad, chocolate, and wine sounds like a brilliant idea for another Valentine's Day menu.