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June, September & October Squam Food Photography Workshops, A Giveaway, A Ratatouille Tart & A Blackberry Cobbler

Squam Workshop

The first time I heard about Squam Lake and Squam Workshops I said outloud "Ugh?". That was last year. Now, when I hear those words, something inside of me lights up and I say "heck yes!"

Squam Workshop

Squam is truly a magical place. A three day retreat put together by a group of talented women with the gorgeous Elizabeth leading the troups. I was honored to be asked by Elizabeth to come teach last September and the experience changed me deeply. I understood I needed to be nicer to myself. My inner child resurfaced. The one everyone in my family talks about. I found her again. It made me progress and gave me what I called a work inspired. A direction. I am not letting go of that feeling, no matter how hard it is to express.

Squam Workshop

At Squam, I met women so reserved, it was a gift to see their personalities transpire through their paintings, screen printing or story telling sessions. I also meant women so gifted at expressing themselves and leading others into tapping into their resources, that it was inspiring in itself when I went to lead my workshops there.

Squam Workshop

Back in September, I taught two food photography and styling class at Squam and really did not want to see the sessions end. The morning was devoted to cooking the food we would be styling and photographing in the afternoon. We had the luxury of the camp’s commercial kitchen, equipped with everything we could need. During one session we made savory tarts and the day after we made cobblers and crisp.

Squam Workshop - Blackberry Cobblers

And we shared with everyone…I had the best roomates to come back to at night and share a glass of wine with in front of a warm fire. A couple of slices of tarts or a spoonful of cobbler and we were good to chat the night away.

I was thrilled when Elizabeth asked me to come back and teach again this year. Not once but three times! I just can’t wait. I love how each session combines cooking and photographing so no matter what you forte is with food and pictures, you will learn and have fun in the process. I loved all my students last year and learned so much from them too that I can’t wait to meet the new ones this year!

Squam Workshop

I will be teaching two classes at the Squam June Retreat In New Hampshire(I know it reads that one class is over 2 days but both are all day classes. All day Thursday and all day Friday). Then I will be back in NH at Squam for their September Retreat with two more classes. And I am super excited to be teaching at Squam By The Sea on the North Carolina Outer Banks. Check all the classes and schedules on the website. Hope to see you there!

Making. Creating. Having fun. Letting go. Going with the flow. There is something for everyone at Squam. No matter your skill level. Hanging out is also a art form you know…!

group of squam tea cups

Picture by Christine Chitnis.

To celebrate this year’s workshops and their brand new shiny website, the folks at Squam are doing a little giveaway for you guys. Every month, the Squam site will offer one exclusive item for sale. This January, it’s these much coveted cups from Gleena Ceramics. I am thrilled to see my friend Asya’s gorgeous pieces associated with all the goodness that is Squam. Up for grabs is the "s" is for squam cup.

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post. I will draw the name of the lucky winner on Tuesday at noon (Eastern US time). Why not taking this opportunity to tell me one Special talent that you have…!

s is for squam tea cup

Picture by Christine Chitnis.

Squam is fun, Squam is enriching, Squam is what you want it to be. No one to force you into anything. No one to frown or look at you sideways. Squam is sharing. Tart and cobbler recipes after the jump!

Squam Workshop - Ratatouille Tart

Ratatouille Tart:

Makes one large 9-inch or eight smaller 4-inches tartelettes

For the crust:
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour (or same amount of Jeanne’s gluten free flour mix)
generous pinch sea salt or kosher salt
1 stick (115gr) cold, unsalted butter, cut into 1/2″ cubes
1/4 cup ice cold water, or enough to just hold together the pastry
1 egg wash – yolk, pinch salt, splash water, blended together

Half the quantity of ratatouille recipe here.
1/2 cup feta or goat cheese.

In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a plastic blade, pulse together the flour and salt. Add the cold butter all at once. Pulse until the flour is the size of tiny peas. Drizzle the ice water through the mouth of the food processor, while pulsing. Stop just when the pastry begins to come together. Empty the bowl onto a lightly floured surface and form into a disk using your hands. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. This can be done up to 2-3 days in advance. You can of course, do the whole thing by hand.

Once the pastry has rested, preheat the oven to 375F. Roll it out on a lightly floured surface, to about 1/4″ thickness. Line the tart pan with the pastry (or several tart shells if doing small ones). Line with parchment paper and fill it with pie weights or dried beans and bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove the parchment and weights, brush down the bottom, sides and edges of the tart shell with the egg wash using a pastry brush. Return the tart pan to the oven and bake another 10 minutes or until golden. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool slightly.
Fill the tart shell(s) with the ratatouille, top with the feta or goat cheese and return to the oven for about 20 minutes.


Blackberry Cobbler:

Makes 6 to 8 (depending on your ramekins)

For the fruit:
4 cups blackberries
2 tablespoons honey
juice and zest of one lemon
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon cardamom (optional)

For the crisp:
1 cup Jeanne’s all purpose gluten free flour mix (or same quantity regular flour)
1/2 cup (100 gr) light packed brown sugar
1 stick (113 gr) butter, softened

Preheat the oven to 350F (convection or regular) and position a rack in the center. Prepare the fruit filling:
Place the blackberries in a large bowl with the honey, lemon zest and juice, cornstarch and cardamom. Toss well and reserve.

Prepare the crisp topping:
In a medium bowl, combine with your fingertips or a pastry blender the flour, sugar and butter and form large clumps of dough. Refrigerate at least an hour or freeze overnight.

Assemble and bake:
Divide the fruit filling evenly among 6 gratin dishes or ramekins. If the crisp dough was refrigerated, just break apart clumps of it over the fruit with your fingertips. If it was frozen, you can simply grate it on top with a large cheese grater.
Bake for 20-30 minutes. Let cool.

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ALR January 9, 2012 um 4:48 pm

This looks like an amazing place! The workshop looks awesome!

Amy R.

The Devil's Food Advocate January 9, 2012 um 4:49 pm

Beautiful photos, of course. As for special talents, I think mine is the ability to pay attention; to be engaged with whomever or whatever is happening at a particular moment in time. People appreciate it in so many ways…

Anonymous January 9, 2012 um 4:49 pm

I see Squam everywhere right now & I am hoping so much that I get to attend the Italy one.
If not, I'm going to throw myself into learning as much as I can about photography, and about myself, and then try again next year.

Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet January 9, 2012 um 4:53 pm

How lovely! Seems like an absolutely idyllic retreat.

I guess my talents can be counted as performing. I was a theatre major in college and trained as a ballet apprentice when I was younger. So much of the talent for that comes from the heart and love for it as well.

Pastrychefgrl January 9, 2012 um 4:55 pm

I'm all about handmade Items me and my mom are crafters so id much rather buy from small businesses! And these are just adorable I'll have to check out the site as well! Happy new year keep up the great posts!

Michelle Venetucci January 9, 2012 um 4:57 pm

Ah, this retreat sounds lovely! If only, if only….

Lauren January 9, 2012 um 4:58 pm

I have been eyeballing those workshops. Esp. the Outer Banks, which are just a hop away. Trying to be nice to myself AND listen to the universe!

Kelly Edm January 9, 2012 um 5:01 pm

Oh, wow. These are so pretty. Patience is my special talent, and something you don't really think about until you grow older and are faced with an onslaught of "worries" or things to do. Thanks for the chance to win!

Maria Larsen January 9, 2012 um 5:06 pm

This looks like such an amazing place! I would love to check it out one day! I'll have to try the recipes out sometime; they look so delicious!

elainepill January 9, 2012 um 5:19 pm

i love squam-i've been to the lake for other events, but not for these workshops. maybe someday…

Unknown January 9, 2012 um 5:21 pm

I 'd love to win this giveaway!My singing is my biggest talent.

Meghan January 9, 2012 um 5:24 pm

Once again love the beautiful pictures on your website. I have many talents, as I'm into the do-it-yourself lifestyle. But one my my talents is being artistic. I like making things look creative and different or pleasing to the eye. And also picking out the beauty of things in life.

Janet January 9, 2012 um 5:26 pm

This is the first I have heard of Squam, and I am so excited that they are holding workshops at the Outer Banks, just about my favorite place in the world.

Anna January 9, 2012 um 5:40 pm

Yum, the tart looks great and those cups are adorable! I tried to register for one of the Squam workshops last year but learned about it too late. This year, it's sadly not in my budget, but it's most definitely on the must do list. As for special talents, I'm pretty good with my hands and usually pretty crafty, but mostly I like observing people and I'm a fairly good mediator.

Laura January 9, 2012 um 5:45 pm

I wish one day to participate to one of your workshops.

I can't think of one talent in particular, but rather the fact that I can do many things with my hands, from gardening, to cooking, to sewing. Is it a talent to have a photographic memory?

Happy January!

Dana55 January 9, 2012 um 5:49 pm

LOVE!!! I'm hoping to make it this year!!!

Irene January 9, 2012 um 5:51 pm

Oh, these are so lovely, thank you for this great giveaway! My special talent is organizing every kind of stuff πŸ™‚

Kirsten@My Kitchen in the Rockies January 9, 2012 um 5:52 pm

Great pictures!
Looks like an amazing place.
I would say my special talent is that I am very detail oriented. Found my love in food photography recently (thanks to the support of your wonderful book)which goes very well with my talent.
Greetings from Colorado

Ms Quez January 9, 2012 um 5:54 pm

My Sspecial talents include cooking, hostessing and garment sewing!

Claire January 9, 2012 um 6:04 pm

Cute cup! πŸ™‚

Kayla January 9, 2012 um 6:07 pm

I wish I could teach culinary arts!! Your blog would be a daily resource. My special talent is being myself in the classroom – for better or worse, for dorky and absent minded. My students know I am the real me.

Gabi Butcher January 9, 2012 um 6:07 pm

OMG!!! You should come to BRASIL!!!

Sophia January 9, 2012 um 6:09 pm

Yum, cobbler.

A talent is reading good food blogs!

Laura B. January 9, 2012 um 6:15 pm

Can't wait to make that tart!

My special talent is planning. I'm a planner and I love my spreadsheets!

KathyB January 9, 2012 um 6:23 pm

I was lucky enough to be in the tart class. Not only did I overcome my fear of pastry, but my delicious tarts saved the evening when we were too tired to head to town for dinner following the Art Fair on Saturday night.
I hope to take a class with you again!

Rachael Ferrera January 9, 2012 um 6:34 pm

Looks great! Special talent – being organized – special curse at times too…

Anonymous January 9, 2012 um 6:35 pm

This looks so fun. A special talent of mine is being able to communicate with children.

susan January 9, 2012 um 6:36 pm

I went to Squam last year, going again, and can't wait. It's a magical place and a wondrous group of people!

Ilan January 9, 2012 um 6:37 pm

Ooo such pretty photos! πŸ™‚

Tristen January 9, 2012 um 6:37 pm

I've been considering Squam for a couple of years now and this *could* be the year. I hope so! I'm loving these little cups and the giveaways, and I can't wait to try out the blackberry cobbler recipe. If I go, I'll surely be signing up for your class!

Winter Redd January 9, 2012 um 6:41 pm

Amazing! My special talent…I am good at making babies smile.

Jjulia January 9, 2012 um 6:43 pm

Squam IS an awesome place, and the workshop experience is too good to put into words. It is the place; it is the people; it is the energetic space that Elizabeth created.

Bonnie January 9, 2012 um 6:44 pm

Such a nice post about Squam! I mailed my registration form today. June will be here before we know it.

I love to draw, so maybe if I win the cup I will make a drawing of it.

Unknown January 9, 2012 um 6:49 pm

I'm definitely making that Ratatouille Tart for dinner tonight. Thanks for the giveaway!

Karen D January 9, 2012 um 6:49 pm

loved your view of teaching at Squam .. .I am heading back for a third time and like you I can't wait.


Sara January 9, 2012 um 6:54 pm

We go to squam every year, but xing fingers that I can go twice!

karyjune January 9, 2012 um 6:56 pm

Great recipe, cannot wait to try it soon. I've been looking at Squam since last summer. This just might be the push I need to attend

Allie January 9, 2012 um 6:57 pm

This looks like a magical place. I wish I could join for a workshop. I've seen their little bowls before & am in love.

veronica January 9, 2012 um 7:03 pm

I mailed my registration today and am so excited for my first SAW experience!

Christina January 9, 2012 um 7:06 pm

The recipes look delicious. I can't wait to try them out. My special talent? Hmmm… I have the ability to just be silent and soak up what is in a moment.

Jacqui January 9, 2012 um 7:08 pm

That place looks absolutely amazing!!

Molly Ann Cartwright January 9, 2012 um 7:21 pm

That blackberry cobbler looks scrumptious!

Tanya Dvorak January 9, 2012 um 7:33 pm

I began to write my our story after my Squam experience.

Laura Brienne January 9, 2012 um 7:59 pm

Looks delicious!

Let's see…special talent…playing the piano while lying on the bench and not looking at the keys?

~Heather January 9, 2012 um 8:04 pm

Lovely and beautiful mugs

Jagruti January 9, 2012 um 8:05 pm

not sure if my comment worked.

My special talent, baking and scrapbooking. Love the smile of others eating my homemade treats. And looking back at memories in the scrapbooks….very special

lizardek January 9, 2012 um 8:21 pm

how lovely! Maybe, since I probably can't make it SAW this year, I might be able to win a cup to help me get there NEXT year!

Anonymous January 9, 2012 um 8:36 pm

Good luck with the workshop!
I love photography, too!
I also love these cups…hope I'll get lucky….

Unknown January 9, 2012 um 8:42 pm

just found this blog. How lovely! and a special talent for me? hmmm, it's the ability to remember nearly every quasi-useful bit of information I am exposed to, except names and faces. Sigh πŸ™‚

laura January 9, 2012 um 8:43 pm

I love these cup give-aways and intend to keep trying! I've never been to Squam and already decided that when (ahem) I win the Squam mug it will go on my altar as a manifestation symbol and I'll drink to you all until I can get there!

Praline January 9, 2012 um 8:56 pm

I smile to you. Don't know what to do more πŸ™‚

Anonymous January 9, 2012 um 9:26 pm

Those chairs, that porch — my kind of perfect.



Hill Country Hippie January 9, 2012 um 9:31 pm

I'm good at telling stories via my blog, and manage to take halfway decent photos for them with a little point and shoot camera.

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga January 9, 2012 um 9:34 pm

My special talent is that I can drink coffee and fall right to sleep. haha!

Seriously…this is a great post and I would love to attend a workshop with you. I need to make that a reality in 2012!

PleaseLouise January 9, 2012 um 9:35 pm

Delicious! My special talent? Playing the part of the 'mom' – at home, at work, with friends. Sometimes, you just need a mom!

Mary January 9, 2012 um 9:36 pm

I've made little hand pies with ratatouille before, just to use up leftovers from the night before; yours looks beautiful!

Eva @ Eva Bakes January 9, 2012 um 9:59 pm

When I'm not in the kitchen or hanging out with my family, I figure skate!

alice2 January 9, 2012 um 10:01 pm

blackberries! one of my favorite. special skill… i've gotten pretty good at making a perfect detrempe for galette de rois!

Mary S. January 9, 2012 um 10:45 pm

I'm pretending to be on that porch right now — talents? Well, I'm told I'm a pretty good cook & baker.

Harriet January 9, 2012 um 10:50 pm

Your photography and words have me wanting to know more about the workshops at Squam….

Harriet January 9, 2012 um 10:56 pm

I certainly don't seem to have any talent for making macarons. I have been trying and trying…perhaps I'll get the meringue just right and the folding just right, one of these days.

terri January 9, 2012 um 10:58 pm

what lovely pictures!

TK January 9, 2012 um 11:35 pm

Mmm! The blackberry cobbler looks so delectable!

Special talent? I can find usually find the best stuff in thrift stores…

Gerri January 9, 2012 um 11:45 pm

Squam sounds lovely…praying that magic happens and I get to go. πŸ˜‰

eyo January 9, 2012 um 11:47 pm

my talent is getting a good shopping deal

Crystal January 10, 2012 um 12:26 am

Squam sounds wonderful – love the idea of a few days focused on being creative.

One of my special talents is gift wrap – I love playing with color combinations and fabulous ribbon. Most of my artistic/creative endeavors involve color or music.

Unknown January 10, 2012 um 12:28 am

I just sent in my application and now I wish I had asked if one could use gluten free flours at the Squam cooking classes! Good information for September should I be able to go.

Love the recipes. Which cabin will you be in and are you sharing the goodies after class?


Unknown January 10, 2012 um 12:46 am

This recipe looks not only beautiful but very tasty!

Unknown January 10, 2012 um 1:48 am

Those cups look so elegant!

elkemay January 10, 2012 um 2:00 am

ah…. squamalicious! i can't wait!

Amy January 10, 2012 um 2:01 am

The tart looks amazing and what a great way to eat healthy. A special talent of mine? Maybe able to run after my son while holding my baby girl in my arms! LOL…what a funny picture that is.

Sofie Dittmann @thegermanfoodie January 10, 2012 um 2:10 am

i wish i had the funds to participate… my special talent is actually my ability to teach myself – i am a passionate and devoted auto-didactic. i have found my way to photography and other things this way, things which will keep on giving… whether or not you honor me w/ a gadget! πŸ™‚

stephmansdoerfer January 10, 2012 um 2:40 am

Wow! I've never heard of Squam before, but it looks so creative and fun. I loved your comments about rediscovering a part of you that was there when you were a child! It's very enticing! I guess what I'm good at is looking at something and trying to make my own "take" on it. Does that mean I'm a copycat? I hope not, but maybe so! Anyway, thanks for the opportunity to be a part of the giveaway and thanks for your beautiful sharing!

Sarah J. January 10, 2012 um 2:51 am

Absolutely beautiful photography. Will definitely think about one later in the year. Love ratatouille too!

Sara January 10, 2012 um 2:57 am

The tart looks so delicious!

Kristen January 10, 2012 um 3:10 am

Sounds like my type of retreat – thanks for sharing the info, friend! Happy New Year to you πŸ™‚

Anibanan January 10, 2012 um 4:07 am

Blackberry cobbler looks like a delicious treat for the season!

Punctuation Mark January 10, 2012 um 4:20 am

I got your book over the holidays and I'm mesmerized by it… you have no idea how much I'd like to attend one of your workshops… as soon as I get a job i will!!! keep up the good work!

Michelle Huynh January 10, 2012 um 5:16 am

What cute cups! Teaching sounds really fun too.. I hope I can teach a class someday as well =) As for a special skill…it would be drawing =D

AmyRuth January 10, 2012 um 5:24 am

I am new to Squam and can't wait to learn more. I would love to attend so off I go to find the link in your post.

My gift you say? I'm a good listener…

Unknown January 10, 2012 um 5:28 am

I'm honestly not sure what special talent I have, hehe.

Those ceramic cups are simple adorable!!

Gourmet forever January 10, 2012 um 6:12 am

I would love to come to your workshop. Do you ever come to Europe?

Dulcistella January 10, 2012 um 9:01 am

wow, these ceramics are beautiful! I hope to be lucky this time!!

Kepa January 10, 2012 um 9:47 am

Congratulations on the new schedule, this is really exciting news. I will try to make it this year.

Little Chan January 10, 2012 um 10:22 am

Hi Hélène,
After buying your book, I've only recently discovered your blog both of which are wonderful and inspiring!!
It's been a slow process but thanks to you, I managed to dust off my dSLR over Xmas and start practicing for fun πŸ™‚

This post gave me a timely reminder of a phrase that one of my teachers said to us at pastry school, "Osez!" – it always helps for those times when I'm unsure about my career change or when nerves just simply get the best of me.

O is for Osez πŸ™‚

Liz January 10, 2012 um 10:23 am

What a wonderful initiative Squam is! I can see that folk from Europe have managed the hop across the 'Pond' to join in, but funds, a young son and work mean I won't make the trip (yet a while!).

However, it has got me thinking – in Malta, where I live, about doing it here. Our capital Valletta is just about to start down the road to being a European Capital of Culture, 2018 (if the EU gives it the green light). And a Squam-like project would be ideal as part of its programme. I must look into it all.

Thanks for intro-ing it to me, and I am ever hopeful Helene that you'll combine a French trip home with a course one day! A bit nearer to us European budding foodie photographers!

Joanne January 10, 2012 um 11:25 am

My special talent is…making tea. Over the last year we've had a really tough time and we've come to realise the most important thing about life is being there for your friends and family when they need you, just to listen. And a cup of tea loosens things up.

Truc January 10, 2012 um 11:51 am

Love those ceramic cups!

Beth C January 10, 2012 um 12:17 pm

Lovely pictures! And that tart looks amazing! My one talent would be my singing……..I've been singing most of my life and I love to sing!

irene January 10, 2012 um 12:42 pm

Blogger ate my comment–I'm sorry if this gets duplicated!

My special talent is kerning typography–I'm a stickler for good letterspacing. The Squam retreat looks like a slice of heaven! And the gleena pottery is just darling–thanks for the chance to win some.

Elizabeth Pottery January 10, 2012 um 1:03 pm

Beautiful as always! I found your blog after buying your book and look forward to new posts. I am also a big fan of Gleena Ceramics. Talents….I am a ceramic artist, I am kind.

Sally January 10, 2012 um 1:04 pm

Helene, I am thrilled you took to Squam after your initial response (!) Squam was my summer mother when I was growing up. LIterally. I spent two months directly across from Deephaven at a girls' camp, away from my parents and siblings. It was a place to grow into myself in a way that would never have been possible without that separation and without the deep connection and appreciation for nature that two months in a tent listening to the loon's cry made possible. I am happy you are teaching there and will have time to spend dipping into that pool of inspiration. I shall try to be there….if everything aligns!

sami January 10, 2012 um 1:10 pm

Ah, just the thought of a retreat to Squam sounds simply devine…a get away from work, family, friends. Did I say that??? I did and meant it!
My talent lies in photography and studying cookology!

okcamp January 10, 2012 um 1:16 pm

The workshop looks fabulous and fun. The cups are awfully cute, too.

I'm just getting back into photography after a long hiatus. I learned with b&w and color slides, but that was long before digital cameras.

Love your blog. The photos and the food are always lovely.

Retha January 10, 2012 um 1:43 pm

I've heard about this workshop and would absolutely love to go. Next best thing would be to win your giveaway!

Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITY January 10, 2012 um 1:46 pm

Such pretty photos and a lovely locale too. The mugs are really cute.

Talent? Hmmm. Simplifying the seemingly difficult (or so I've been told-lol).

Enjoy your day.

P.S. Don't forget to update the copyright date at the bottom of your page to reflect the new year.

Anonymous January 10, 2012 um 1:52 pm

I visited Squam Lake a few years ago – truly beautiful! First time to hear and see the Looms also. Did you know that the movie, On Golden Pond, was filmed on this Lake – our boat tour guide was very knowledgable about the points of interest. I can see why the whole atmosphere would cause one to reflect and invite the inner child to come out to play.

Talents – some say I have many; but I mainly do (DIY) whatever makes me happy at the moment – my inner child plays a lot and she is content!! Judy B. Texas

Anonymous January 10, 2012 um 1:53 pm

I love what you shared about learning to be nicer to yourself and finding your inner child again. As I sit down to write this morning and work through my own challenges, this is inspiring to hear;) Thank you for another lovely post!

Anne January 10, 2012 um 2:04 pm

I need to see the Squam website.

Alyse January 10, 2012 um 2:12 pm

I would love to be a part of squam. What a lovely word.
I guess that one of my talents is my artwork, which was put aside, for a while, to homeschool. I just found my easel, while unpacking. Oh, happy day!

kaytie January 10, 2012 um 2:28 pm

Squam has always looked like the most magical place to visit, just lovely.

dris209 January 10, 2012 um 2:39 pm

special talent? i'm a good listener!

Lisa January 10, 2012 um 2:41 pm

would LOVE to go to squam – maybe next year when funds permit. i guess my special talent is my attention to detail and organization. thanks!

Angela January 10, 2012 um 2:45 pm

Sounds like a lovely workshop…perhaps one of these days! I have newbie food blog and have been experimenting with food photography. Your photos are wonderful inspiration. I suppose I'm developing a talent in that area, as I've recently had some complements on my photographs πŸ™‚ Of course, I still want to come to your classes. We Nashville food bloggers need to have you visit us here for a class soon!

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures January 10, 2012 um 2:45 pm

Wow to be surrounded by such beauty and creativity would be incredible!

Peppermint Ph.D. January 10, 2012 um 2:59 pm

Squam by the Sea sounds so incredible!!

Unknown January 10, 2012 um 3:06 pm

Your photography is amazing! Thank you for the blackberry cobbler recipe … I'll be making that soon!
And my special talent is that whatever antique print or engraving or artwork you're looking for … I can find for you xo karen

Pat R January 10, 2012 um 3:12 pm

Great photos, gorgeous cobbler and I love the ceramics!

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Monica January 10, 2012 um 3:17 pm

My special talent would be making something out of nothing… whether it be cooking, crafting, etc.

Andrea January 10, 2012 um 3:23 pm

I just had a conversation about seeking a place like this and then, here it is. Beautiful photos with such an embracing feeling. I would love to attend.

I guess my special talent would be a keen awareness of others and the ability to listen, not just hear.

The Suzzzz January 10, 2012 um 3:31 pm

I wish I had more time to cook, clean, and get back into photography. I live vicariously through your blog in my few quiet moments. I was a photo major at uni more than a decade ago…back when digital was a nasty word. I still own my film medium format, TLR, and SLRs. I keep thinking "some day, when I can afford it, when life isn't so crazy".

marbellawalk January 10, 2012 um 3:35 pm

Love the cobbler recipe . have berries in freezer, will smell like summer again. My talents include specialized picture quilts, stained glass, jewelry making, crafts and of course cooking.

Colette (Coco) January 10, 2012 um 3:40 pm

Squam, ey? Sounds like the perfect escape with my sister. Thanks!

PaulaW January 10, 2012 um 3:40 pm

Beautiful area to visit. My special talent is raising three beautiful kids who appreciates me for who I am.

Shannon Smith January 10, 2012 um 3:42 pm

Wow – I love giveaways – especially this one!!!

Danielle Pertuso January 10, 2012 um 3:44 pm

Oh, that is so beautiful! I long to go too.

juliaelmer at hotmail dot com January 10, 2012 um 3:59 pm

Glad to know about Squam. And that tart looks amazing! My talent is learning languages. I always wished to have a musical talent but just don't seem capable of playing the guitar!

Darcy January 10, 2012 um 4:28 pm

I would love to experience Squam! Hopefully I will see you in North Carolina β™₯

Veronica January 10, 2012 um 4:41 pm

You got me thinking; what is my special talent. Could it be gardening, cooking, baking?

In the end I think it is my ability to see people beyond the surface that they present to the world. To see the real person and like them anyways.

Susan Gage January 10, 2012 um 4:53 pm

cup is so sweet from seamstress sue

Rhonda Gates January 10, 2012 um 5:44 pm

Your post definitely made me pause to consider my real vs hidden talents. I consider myself an artist but I love, LOVE to experiment with baking. I never seem to follow a recipe but, instead, am inspired by recipes and use them are starting points to an unknown something else. :0)

Trista Crossley January 10, 2012 um 6:48 pm

Adorable cups!

Marlo January 10, 2012 um 7:46 pm

A beautiful cup and delicious food to boot!

Gina January 10, 2012 um 7:57 pm

Beautiful cups. Simple and yet elegant.


jenniferherronsmith January 10, 2012 um 8:15 pm

I am coming to Squam for the first time this year. Your photos are amazing! I hope I get to meet you!

Deerskin January 10, 2012 um 8:50 pm

What a beautiful place! I'm hopeless at photography, but I would love to just sit there and paint all day. What a wonderful opportunity! I'm so glad to have learned about it – thank you! Maybe one day!

I'm not really sure what a special talent of mine would be…perhaps the ability to burn anything the first time I cook it. I'd like to think it's always being willing to be there for friends.

Unknown January 10, 2012 um 10:02 pm

your pictures as always beautiful!

Ricette&Vignette January 10, 2012 um 10:40 pm

How I would love to partecipate to Squam classes! and in such a beautiful location! a dream.. Enjoy and do you will report highlights of the classes on your blog, will you? Francesca from Bologna, Italy.

Unknown January 10, 2012 um 10:47 pm

I would have never thought to turn ratatouille into a tart. Great idea!

Muy Bueno Cookbook January 10, 2012 um 10:49 pm

My talent is cooking for family and friends…now my kiddos are getting older and love helping…that gives me tons of joy. Thanks for sharing your great experience.

Barbara Ellison January 10, 2012 um 10:55 pm

Lovely pictures of delicious food. Never heard of squam.

Jill Mant (SaucyCooks) January 10, 2012 um 11:58 pm

Your ratatouille tart looks divine. As for your feelings about Squam, I believe that all of us need to take a few days for ourselves at special places like this to revive. My special place here in Colorado is Shambhala Mountain Center. From your beautiful description and even lovelier photos I may have to venture East one of these days!

Kimberly January 11, 2012 um 1:56 am

I was so excited to learn about Squam and to know that you are going to teach there! I am marking the workshops.

My special talent would be … talking! lol

Thank you!!!!!!!

rebecca k January 11, 2012 um 2:24 am

yummy!!! thanks for the giveaway!

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Kate January 11, 2012 um 3:16 am

What a neat set of workshops! As for my talent, I am just a teen so I am still trying to figure it out, but definitely love photography with a vengeance.

Elaine D. January 11, 2012 um 3:25 am

The Ratatouille tart looks delicious, as does the Blackberry Cobbler…can't wait to try both!

Unknown January 11, 2012 um 3:39 am

Thank you for your work! I am planing to come to Squam By The Sea on the North Carolina for the first time this year.-))

Joyce January 11, 2012 um 5:09 am

Ratatouille tart? Looks mouthwatering! And I love the way you do food presentation. Makes eating more interesting and fun. πŸ™‚ As for me, designing interiors is my specialty.

Gina Marie January 11, 2012 um 5:11 am

Tantalizing website! Each photo is tasteful and in good taste! And yes, the ceramics are delectable as well . . .

PΓ©tra January 11, 2012 um 6:25 am

What a beautiful place! My talent is sewing and combining fabrics. Thank you for a chance to win such a beautiful mug!

Ailynn January 11, 2012 um 7:13 am

Your workshops look fantastic. I will definitely be putting this on my wishlist!

claudia_rose07 January 11, 2012 um 1:17 pm

I guess if I had to pick a special talent it would be listening to others. Or making people happy with food.

Anonymous January 11, 2012 um 1:45 pm

What a fabulous retreat and recipes! The cups are adorable!

Kim in MD

Jennie January 11, 2012 um 2:21 pm


Dewi January 11, 2012 um 3:27 pm

Beautiful mugs, love to win this! Not sure what my talent is, but I thing I can cook very well.

Patricia January 11, 2012 um 6:05 pm

Squam sounds like so much fun [and I lurrrv coffee mugs!] So, I suppose one of my strangest talents is my ability to not forget a face. I have an almost creepy ability to identify anyone, even if I only saw them for a split second in passing. I'm not kidding. It sort of freaks me out sometimes. πŸ™‚

angela@spinachtiger January 12, 2012 um 12:20 pm

Your food is lovely as usual, but I was touched today with "be nicer to yourself" comment. Second time I've heard that theme today and it's only 6:30 a.m. I love to see women find their creativity and stop being so goal focused, but more into the process. It makes women much happier.

Alma January 12, 2012 um 5:56 pm

I just love all your work, it's beautiful!. I love to cook and your blog is a daily inspiration for me and my family. Thank you!

Meghan @ Life Refocused January 14, 2012 um 12:32 am

Squam and your site are so YUMMY!

Eileen W. January 14, 2012 um 1:40 pm

Gorgeous photos! I long to go to Squam- have wanted to go for years… My S for a special talent would be maybe, sincere.

Lora January 15, 2012 um 6:50 pm

WHAT FUN! I also LOVED seeing you all in action! πŸ™‚ It's fun to see the faces BEHIND the cameras every now and then! πŸ™‚

Langolo cottura di Babi January 15, 2012 um 10:35 pm

Wow, I love your photos and recipes too!

L. January 16, 2012 um 6:45 am

That blackberry cobbler looks amazing.

Natalia January 16, 2012 um 8:36 pm

beautiful mugs!!!

Jenn January 16, 2012 um 11:27 pm

Beautiful photos. Squam does look like a special place!

Seanna Lea January 19, 2012 um 1:36 am

I have been a lurker on your blog for a while (and a Squam attendee since last spring). I'm going again this year, but I didn't make it into any of your sessions.

Vicki @ easyhomecraft January 19, 2012 um 7:37 am

Oh! That's a beautiful tart. And the mugs are sweet.

Shelby January 19, 2012 um 2:09 pm

What an exciting opportunity to share and collaborate on so many talents and passions! Look forward to looking into those workshop dates…

Unknown January 21, 2012 um 2:57 am

The photographs look so so lovely.

GoodSeatTickets February 1, 2012 um 8:21 am

Awesome photos, The workshop looks amazing!

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