Dairy-Free Wendy’s Frosty Copycat Recipe + A Few Tips for Photographing Drinks

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Hi, my name’s Michelle, and I’m obsessed with cute paper straws. Seriously, ever since I got these paper straws in the mail, I want to make nothing but smoothies and milkshakes and summer drinks. If it can’t be slurped, it doesn’t belong in my kitchen.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. It’s summertime, and everyone and their mother is obsessing over beat-the-heat drinks served up in glass mason jars with cute paper straws. It’s so in it’s practically out. But my obsession has nothing to do with the fact that it’s (a) summertime or (b) mason jars and straws are front and center on Pinterest. I mean, they’re cute and all but I’d rather eat my calories than sip them. Food over liquid…almost…always.

Nope, it has to do with the fact that I finally, finally, FINALLY learned how to photograph drinks.


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Frozen Strawberry and Almond Smoothie

When my neighbor, Lesley, asked me if I had any use for the two gallons of frozen strawberries currently languishing in her freezer, I jumped at the offer. (Have I mentioned how awesome she is?) Not that I had anything particular in mind, but just because I have me a small frozen fruit addiction. Mostly,… 

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Apple, Ham and Cheddar Pita Pizza with Honey Mustard-Thyme Sauce

I feel like a kid again. I’ve been eating pita pizzas all week. It’s not the first time. Pita pizzas have been known to make the rotation through my weekly lunch menu. But there’s something about these particular pita pizzas with sliced apples and cheddar that really make me feel like a kid again. Where’s… 

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Yellow Couscous with Pomegranate and Mint Citrus Dressing

I don’t know what’s going on but I just can’t seem to get enough hearty grain salads in my life. I’ve made it clear that I’m obsessing over some summer orzo salad, and quinoa salads – though technically a seed and not a grain – rock my world. Now, here comes the newcomer. Couscous. Couscous… 

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Whole-Wheat Gnocchi with Creamy “No Cream” Spinach Sauce

I feel like I’m slowly becoming a master at creamy “no cream” pasta sauce. I’ve used cauliflower, I’ve used onions, I’ve used soy milk, and I’ve definitely used white beans. All with much success. The one thing I haven’t tried is tofu. No reason, just haven’t gotten around to it. But, last week, that all… 

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