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An Afternoon in Emily’s Kitchen

I recently had the chance to do a shoot with Emily Gold in her kitchen as she prepared the latest batch of goodies for the Walloomsac Farmers’ Market. We had been discussing a shoot for a while to help her promote her pastry business, Paper Cake Scissors, and last weekend the stars (and schedules) aligned and I was able to go to her house in Pownal, VT to shoot some in-process and finished goods.

What I love about Emily’s approach to cooking and preparation is how she combines her love of food and flavors, and thoughtfully blends ingredients in a way that richly layers complexity into the cookies, cakes, breads, pies and candies using infused ingredients. The result is truly unique baked goods. Some of the shots were of her homemade ingredients on the shelf, like rose sugar, and rosemary-infused salts. She combines and contrasts different flavors with poetic fervor.

Just to give you an idea of the variety from the shoot (not all shown here): Ginger Spice Cookies; Intense Chocolate Cookies (and intense doesn’t begin to describe, but the infused vanilla salt balanced the chocolate nicely); Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti; Almond Biscotti with rosemary and orange zest, dipped in Callebaut chocolate; Spiced Coconut Whoopie Pies with chocolate ganache; Meyer Lemon Pound Cake; Elephant Bars (layered peanut butter and chocolate), Whole Wheat Chocolate Chippers; Whiskey-infused Caramels made with buckwheat honey. In a word, yum.

But don’t take my word for it, visit her stand at the Walloomsac Farmers’ Market in Bennington, Vermont and try these incredible flavors for yourself!

Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti

Almond biscotti with rosemary and orange zest, dipped in Callebaut chocolate.

Rose Petal Madeleines

Rosemary-infused Valencia peels.

Icing the Meyer Lemon Pound Cake

Spiced coconut whoopie pies with chocolate ganache.

Whiskey-infused caramels, made with buckwheat honey and vanilla infused salt

Elephant bars, layered chocolate and peanut butter.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies with vanilla infused salt