Summer Fresh-I am ready!

It’s memorial day weekend which means summer is pretty much here! Lots of exciting things are happening and I can’t wait to share them all with you. I have another pasta recipe with Benedetto Cavalieri pasta coming your way!!! Here is a sneak peek below:

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I am also working on a collaboration with Perfect Puree and Pomp and Whimsey Gin! This July I will be attending the Les Dame d’ Escoffier scholarship gala and as a former scholarship recipient, I was offered the opportunity to partner with these brands to create an innovative delicious cocktail! AND I will be creating a savory food item with a Perfect Puree product to go along with it.

I’m thinking flavor profiles of lychee, vanilla bean, elderflower, and key lime! This is NOT the final drink, but something I am reaaalllly adoring!!!

I’m thinking flavor profiles of lychee, vanilla bean, elderflower, and key lime! This is NOT the final drink, but something I am reaaalllly adoring!!!

PowerHouse Production News:

This summer I will be traveling far and wide. I want to tell you where, but for now, that’s my best-kept secret… more of a reason to stay in the know of The Garnished Palate! This time the course is going to be quite different. Since I have been working as a Culinary Associate Producer for nearly 8 months now, my role is changing slightly on this next show we are working on. I am taking on the role of Associate Producer which means I won’t be worrying about swap outs, props, and grocery shopping, nor will I be touching food- YIKES, THIS IS KIND OF SCARY.

I’m still trying to understand the role in its entirety, but I can tell you that I am LOVING it. Associate producing on a travel show comes with its own thrills. Researching locations, making relationships, scouting, interviews, planning and asking lots of questions and being alert for every possible thing that could go wrong. I think it’s important for me to learn every aspect of this media industry and I realize that it doesn’t always have to be handling food.

I hope you are just as excited to hear my stories!

Passion Fruit Tree: St. Thomas—— a symbol for always loving what you do (in my opinion)!

Passion Fruit Tree: St. Thomas—— a symbol for always loving what you do (in my opinion)!

Let's Talk about the Reveal Meal

So it’s been a few weeks since Living By Design aired on CLEO tv and PowerHouse Productions is so excited to continue sharing the love! I am so thrilled to see the bits and pieces of it come together each week. While we were shooting all over LA there were so many moving parts to make this show come together but I was mainly focused on Jake an Jazz’s food scenes! I wasn’t able to watch Jake build or refurbish the most unique pieces of furniture for each candidate. Nor did I get to take part in Jazz’s redesign. But, now that I can sit back and watch the final product, it’s great being able to learn a few new things about building or redesigning in the craftiest of ways. And I hope that’s what others feel about the cooking scenes too!


One of my favorite desserts from the season. Jazz’s Vanilla Rose Pound cake with Strawberry Compote tastes just as beautiful as it looks! This pound cake is dense but it holds up well to its dainty feminine features.

One of my favorite desserts from the season. Jazz’s Vanilla Rose Pound cake with Strawberry Compote tastes just as beautiful as it looks! This pound cake is dense but it holds up well to its dainty feminine features.

It didn’t matter if I was shopping at 10 pm or baking at 3am. It didn’t matter if I had to test, retest, and then cross test a recipe two days before taping.

These spontaneous moments of constant hustle are what bring character to the show!

Premiere: Living By Design

It’s finally here! After multiple trips to the west coast, straight weeks of shopping, prepping, beautifying food, traveling, and shooting tv we have made it! PowerHouse Productions is so thrilled to share this series and I am so grateful to be on the team! A redesign show with a food element is the best of two worlds collided. Design and food connect through creativity and passion for the basic human needs of comfort and joy!

Get more information and recipes by visiting My CLEO TV.com!!! But first check out the promo !!!


Watch their show every Saturday at noon on My Cleo TV! Get more information and upcoming recipes by visiting the mycleo.com













One Pot Asian Pasta and my Checklist

PowerHouse Productions finally wrapped the first season of a design and food show after many trips to California and back! I am always grateful to be a part of their team as Associate Culinary Producer.

My first meal back on the east coast this time was a little lazy, because well, I was trying to catch up on dozen of hours of sleep I had missed so badly (only with slight exaggeration). I sautéed a red onion and red cabbage with turmeric and smoked paprika- 2 of my favorite spices- tossed in spaghetti I had broken into quarter pieces and poured over a little bit of coconut milk and a spoonful of miso! It was pretty darn good for a one potter.

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My days after a long trip are filled with writing lists to catch up on what needs to be done! So I like to lounge around grazing on food, usually something I made a smallish pot of and then begin crossing things off my check list… like this blog post that I’ve been needing to write for so long!!! And the fact that I am awaiting a large package of pasta any day now! Soon I will be able to elaborate on what this is all about. Stay curious!

Also, I am very excited because I will be going to Wisconsin of all places at the end of this month! I received a scholarship from Jones Dairy Farm through the CIA some time ago and have been invited to a retreat of sorts. I cannot wait to meet Mr. Jones and his family and tell you all about it. I have heard so many lovely things about the family and the farm. Any time I go to my local Gristedes and see their products I think, wow, how cool is this!

New Soul Kitchen

This is a super awesome time! New Soul Kitchen is airing this week on Saturday, March 16th. Cleo TV will be featuring a new series with Jernard Wells and Porsche Thomas highlighting soul food in their own very unique ways. Porsche Thomas will create her version of soul food, through a vegan lens! Very interesting, actually, and a great show to watch if you are looking to transform and still want to eat yummy, rich foods. Her co-star Jernard Wells is such a hoot and I always looked forward to his silly commentary on set.

I really enjoyed my time working with the talent! This was my first major shoot and it was a TOTAL whirlwind, shooting 12 smaller episodes in just 3 days. And, It happened, it really did. I’m talking about all-nighters, fighting off an intrusive cold with nasal spray- which actually worked it’s magic in only a few hours, and juggling food shopping, recipe reviews, photographing beauty shots, and setting up and breaking down three sets a day. It was like a crash course of sorts and I had to juggle leadership with perseverance. It was an incredible challenge.

But this sweet series is finally here and I cannot wait to share more!