I recently discovered that the Los Angeles Times food section has a feature that they call “Our Recipes, Your Photo”. You send in a photo from a recipe that they had in the paper and that you prepared in your home kitchen. Each week the Times selects one of the photos and includes it in the Thursday food section. I checked out the site and saw that there are hundreds of photos that had been submitted. I knew that I had tried various recipes from the paper in the past, but had I taken photos of any of them?
Well after I had returned from my Panini Girl Cooks in Lucca Tour we had a reunion dinner for those of us (and our families) in southern California. I had seen a great article by Nancy Silverton (of La Brea Bread and now Pizzeria Mozza fame) on making authentic Italian focaccia. She traveled to Puglia and got into the kitchens with bakers making focaccia and discovered their secrets and then shared them in the article. I was thrilled and knew I would get in the kitchen and follow her advice. I’m happy to say that I had great success with the focaccia and had indeed taken photos!
Imagine my surprise when I was contacted by the Times and asked if they could use my photo in the paper. Of course I agreed and looked forward to seeing my photo in the food section at some point in the next few weeks. You’ll have to believe me when I tell you that I was featured this week. Unfortunately they don’t include this part of the food section in their on line edition and so I’m not sending you a link. The above photo is what I had submitted. I hadn’t even bought the paper that day and it wasn’t until I received an e mail from a friend that I knew my photo had been featured!
December 10, 2011 at 4:40 am
Congratulations! That is so exciting! What an honor! And those foccacia are gorgeous! I need help with dough (would that be knead help? sorry… bad pun!) My pizza dough isn’t very successful… does Nancy Silverton have a good pizza dough recipe?
December 11, 2011 at 3:28 am
Maya-it is exciting for me to be in the LA Time. You should look on my blog for the pizza recipe I’ve been using-it’s an overnight dough and it comes out great every time.
December 10, 2011 at 4:49 am
Congrats!!! I have the paper but hadn’t had time to look, So glad I saved it and what great press for you. Beautiful photo! So excited for you!
December 11, 2011 at 3:25 am
Cath-I wondered if you might get the paper! Thanks for checking in with me-let’s get together after the holidays and go somewhere wonderful for lunch.
December 11, 2011 at 5:22 am
I would love to…..it’s beginning to get wild at C&B:)
December 10, 2011 at 6:10 am
Congratulations, been a follower for a long time. Thrilled you are bieng printed.
December 11, 2011 at 3:22 am
Emily-thank you for following my blog and for wishing me well.
December 10, 2011 at 2:50 pm
Congratulations Janie, what a wonderful honor and a great photo of perfect focaccia-I need help with mine!
December 11, 2011 at 3:21 am
Linda-hard to believe! I’d love to make this focaccia with you.
December 10, 2011 at 3:49 pm
This makes me so happy, Janie. I remember that image from when you posted it here. It’s beautiful. Congratulations!
December 11, 2011 at 3:20 am
Domenica-thank you-I love this recipe and can’t wait to make it again.
December 10, 2011 at 8:34 pm
Good for you, bella donna!!!
December 11, 2011 at 3:19 am
Meg-thank you-a small triumph for me!
December 10, 2011 at 9:52 pm
Great photo, Janie! I am glad to see that the LA Times has such good taste. I can’t believe John actually threw the paper out at LAX – before we knew your focaccia was in it! He did remember seeing the photo, his description:
“It looked like pizza!”
December 10, 2011 at 10:04 pm
Congratulations on your L.A. Times feature. The photo looks delicious. Maybe enough to make me try to make foccacia for the first time.
Also love the photos on your Lucca piece. Thanks!
December 11, 2011 at 3:18 am
GG-thank you so much! I’ve made focaccia many times before but this sort of involved process was really worth the effort.
December 10, 2011 at 11:20 pm
Congrats! Your biggest fan………J.
December 12, 2011 at 8:47 pm
…..and here’s to more!!! Bx
December 24, 2011 at 2:34 am
Congratulations Janie!! So let’s see, Step 1: Focaccia photo featured… Step 2: Hired as writer for LA Times food section… Step 3: Cooking show? You are amazing! 🙂
January 9, 2012 at 2:53 pm
Always exciting to get in print – shame they don’t have it online but well done!!