An Icy Creamy Wrap-up

As the summer winds down, I thought it might be fun to do a little round-up of some of the recipe features, press and kind words that my book has received. I’ve been so overwhelmed with the outpouring of excitement over Icy Creamy Healthy Sweet. I’m so very thankful- seriously, it is such a thrill….

press for Icy Creamy As the summer winds down, I thought it might be fun to do a little round-up of some of the recipe features, press and kind words that my book has received. I’ve been so overwhelmed with the outpouring of excitement over Icy Creamy Healthy Sweet. I’m so very thankful- seriously, it is such a thrill. Let’s dive in to this deliciousness…Maple+Pecan+Crunch+Ice+Cream+-+Sprouted+Kitchen*Sara and Hugh Forte of Sprouted Kitchen made my Maple Pecan Crunch Ice Cream. I’m such a fan of their work so this really made my day. They had the genius idea to add chocolate. When in doubt, always add chocolate! Above photos by Hugh Forte.

*Design*Sponge featured my Roasted Peach Pops, one of my favorite recipes in the book. Stone fruit season is still happening so do yourself a favor and give these a whirl!

*Jessica Murnane of One Part Plant made my whole fruit pops (below, right). Just look at those chubby little fingers! 2016-08-26_0002 *Erin of Reading My Tea Leaves made my Roasted Peaches and Cream pops with cashew cream instead of yogurt and they turned out beautifully (above left)!

*Over at Eat Boutique my Frozen Yogurt Bark got packaged up for a sweet frozen gift!

*I was very honored that Sweet Paul included Icy Creamy Healthy Sweet in both his 25 Books I’m Loving Spring and Summer editions! Blueberry Ice Cream*Megan Gordon of A Sweet Spoonful went blueberry picking and made this vibrant blueberry ice cream!

*Kim Kinzi of Motif Magazine wrote the kindest review. When I came to work one day, my boss had pinned it to my bulletin board. That totally made me blush- I keep my school work self very separate from my writing work self!

*My friend Xan wrote the kindest words about both Little Bites and Icy Creamy Healthy Sweet over on her blog, The Conscious Caterpillar. I love that both of my books have earned a spot in her kitchen, and I especially love seeing them stained and ear-marked, just how a cookbook should look!

*Elizabeth interviewed me for her incredible Mornings on the Dock podcast. We talk books, babies, creativity, and what my month of July is like in Northern Michigan. If you can handle my strong Michigan accent, have a listen! And while you’re there, listen to them all…each one is fabulous and inspiring.

Icy Creamy in Self I have been so thrilled to receive some great press mentions as well, including a few of my recipes being featured in the July/ August issue of Self. As one of the first magazines I ever read, and one of the few that I continue to read on a regular basis, I can tell you that seeing my recipes in Self (and photographed by the one and only Johnny Miller) was a career highlight.  2016-07-07_0002 I also had the pleasure of shooting the COVER of The Coastal Table (above left). It is my first cover, and I am incredibly grateful to Karen, the founder and editor, for her support. The entire issue is gorgeous, and inside you’ll also find a fun ice cream story with several recipes, some from the book and a few brand new additions. I’ve been really appreciative of the Edible community for spreading the Icy, Creamy word. A big thank you to Edible Rhody, Edible Cape Cod, Edible Jersey, Edible Memphis, Edible Indy, Edible Toronto, Edible East Bay and Edible Boston for their features. 2016-07-17_0001 I’ve received other wonderful press coverage, including really nice features in The Improper Bostonian and Vegan Life, among other publications. I was also incredibly honored to win The Readable Feast’s People’s Choice Cookbook of the Year award, and a subsequent feature in The Boston Globe! Thank you so much for all of your votes! How thrilling. I also have an original recipe and thoughts on what it is like to write about food for a living in the current issue of Remedy Quarterly, issue #21.2016-07-11_0001 Finally, after waiting so long to join Instagram, I have to admit that I joined at the right time. I’ve loved seeing people enjoying my recipes! So, late to the party, but I’m fully here and loving it! Here are just a few of my favorite Insta images, above, top row (l to r): Sarah Waldo, Edible Manhattan, Jenn Elliott Blake. Bottom row (l to r) Floret, Marisa Dobson, Golubka Kitchen. Below, top row (l to r): Punkpost, With Style and Grace, The Book Larder. Bottom row (l to r): The Conscious Caterpillar, Megan Gordon, Amy Chaplin. Keep sharing your treats and make sure to tag me ch_chitnis and use #icycreamy. Thank you so much for all of your enthusiasm and support! And finally, if you missed my book tour recap be sure to check out my Seattle and San Francisco posts!2016-07-11_0002

Icy Creamy at The Pantry

The final event during the West Coast leg of my book tour was a party held at The Pantry. It was a gorgeous afternoon in Seattle and I spent the morning at Pike Place Market stocking up on local flowers and produce. The moment I walked into the space, I was hit with such a…

julieharmsen_C001 copy The final event during the West Coast leg of my book tour was a party held at The Pantry. It was a gorgeous afternoon in Seattle and I spent the morning at Pike Place Market stocking up on local flowers and produce. The moment I walked into the space, I was hit with such a feeling of calm. The space was so warm and inviting- it felt like walking into the kitchen of a good friend. I knew it was going to be a great party.julieharmsen_C30 copyjulieharmsen_C011 copyjulieharmsen_C033julieharmsen_C026 copy julieharmsen_C030 (1) copyjulieharmsen_C029 copy julieharmsen_C050 copy As the guests arrived, they were greeted with delicious eats from Rain Shadow Meats, and tall, icy glasses of homemade celery soda. It sounds strange, but trust me when I tell you it was incredibly refreshing. The group that gathered was so interesting- food bloggers, restaurateurs, stylists, chefs- a really eclectic and interesting crowd. We all easily fell into conversation. I actually had to be nudged to start my demo, or I would have spent the entire party chatting away.julieharmsen_C12 copy julieharmsen_C012 copyjulieharmsen_C087 copyjulieharmsen_C15 copy julieharmsen_C039 copy I was thrilled to partner with Seattle ice cream phenom Molly Moon for the event, so along with the fresh peach syrup and almond coconut chocolate chip cookies that I made, we had incredible, homemade ice cream (without me having to lug my ice cream maker along for the ride)! After the demo, we all feasted on fruit-syrup drizzled sundaes and ice cream sandwiches.  julieharmsen_C16 copyjulieharmsen_C18 copy julieharmsen_C095 copy julieharmsen_C103 copy I’m so grateful to everyone who took the time to come and celebrate with me, including Jenn, Megan, Lisa, Deborah, Heather, Janti, Leslie, Marisa, Kellen, Di, Paul, Grace, Phillip, Jess and Andy. A special thanks to Julie Harmsen for the gorgeous photographs that you see here. Thank you to The Pantry for the use of your beautiful space. And a huge thanks to Molly Moon for those incredible tubs of ice cream! Finally, my deepest appreciation to Vitamix, for making this leg of the tour possible. Lots of love for you, Seattle!julieharmsen_C104 copy

Icy Creamy in San Francisco

It’s a bit hard to put into words the whirlwind adventure I’ve been on this past month. Going into my book tour, I had no idea how I was going to pull off numerous events in multiple cities. My itinerary was three pages long, with multiple flights and accommodations to keep track of, as well…

IcyCreamyHealthySweet _ Nanette Wong-20It’s a bit hard to put into words the whirlwind adventure I’ve been on this past month. Going into my book tour, I had no idea how I was going to pull off numerous events in multiple cities. My itinerary was three pages long, with multiple flights and accommodations to keep track of, as well as all of the food preparation and grocery shopping that took place. I boarded a plane to San Francisco with two 50 pound suitcases loaded to the brim with kitchen tools, stacks of books, gift bags, and personal effects. The moment the last event ended I let out a huge breath, my stress melted away and my shoulders finally stopped hovering around my ears. But then I see these gorgeous photographs, and I remember all of the amazing people that came out to support me and my book, and I think…yep, I’d do all over again in a heartbeat! I am so incredibly thankful to my sponsors, Vitamix and HawaiianShavedIce.com not only for supporting me on my book tour, but making products that are an absolute joy to use. Okay, so San Francisco…besides a book signing at the incredible cookbook store, Omnivore, I also held a private party for local tastemakers. We had the best time- a gorgeous venue (thanks Cookhouse), a super talented, inspiring crowd and a shaved ice bar with homemade syrups! Plus…Prosecco and pops! cyCreamyHealthySweet _ Nanette Wong-2 IcyCreamyHealthySweet _ Nanette Wong-51 IcyCreamyHealthySweet _ Nanette Wong-49 I greeted my guests with homemade strawberry pops served in a wine glass filled with Prosecco. Not only was it delicious but it served as such a great ice breaker! While I had a rough idea of the recipes that I would demo at the party, I let a trip to the Ferry Building Farmers Market inspire my final choices. The strawberries were at their peak, and locally grown. Plus I splurged on some gorgeous local wildflower honey. The pops were so vibrant and delicious…plus soaked in Prosecco, so there’s that! After mingling and sampling some catered fare, I demoed a Strawberry and Basil syrup recipe, which I made with the help of my new Vitamix (the smaller size makes it so travel friendly!). And then we all went crazy drizzling homemade Peach, Watermelon Mint and Strawberry Basil syrups over fluffy shaved ice from my HawaiianShavedIce.com machine! Snow cones, you guys! Best party idea- seriously, it was a blast!IcyCreamyHealthySweet _ Nanette Wong-56 IcyCreamyHealthySweet _ Nanette Wong-11IcyCreamyHealthySweet _ Nanette Wong-72 IcyCreamyHealthySweet _ Nanette Wong-67IcyCreamyHealthySweet _ Nanette Wong-62IcyCreamyHealthySweet _ Nanette Wong-59 I want to personally thank all the wonderful people that came out to help me celebrate Icy, Creamy, Healthy, Sweet including Nik, Stephen, Molly, Jessica, Alexis, Marisa, and Kim. You sure knew how to make a girl feel welcome San Fran. And a final, huge thank you to Nanette Wong for the gorgeous images you see here! Have a lovely Fourth of July weekend, folks, and if you’re up for some fun, give this frozen treat thing a whirl 😉cyCreamyHealthySweet _ Nanette Wong-1 IcyCreamyHealthySweet _ Nanette Wong-3

Today’s the DAY!

Today is the day! I am so thrilled to announce that Icy, Creamy, Healthy, Sweet is out in the world. I cannot wait to see what recipes you make, so be sure to tag me @ch_chitnis and use the hashtag #icycreamy so that I can take a peek. In the coming weeks and months, I’ll let…

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I am so thrilled to announce that Icy, Creamy, Healthy, Sweet is out in the world. I cannot wait to see what recipes you make, so be sure to tag me @ch_chitnis and use the hashtag #icycreamy so that I can take a peek. In the coming weeks and months, I’ll let you know as different recipes are showcased online and in print- lots of exciting things coming up! You can find my book at any of the retailers listed below, or your local bookstore. Thank you all for your unwavering support over the years and the love that you have shown my books.

AMAZON / BARNES AND NOBLE / POWELL’S / ROOST / INDIE BOUND

And now for the most thrilling news imaginable! I’m going on a BOOK TOUR sponsored by Vitamix and HawaiianShavedIce.com, both companies that I use and love, and both of which played a prominent role in the making of this book. So what exactly does that mean? Well, that means we’re busy planning amazing events in Providence, NYC, Seattle and San Francisco!  West Coast, I’m coming for you! Stay tuned for more to come in the weeks ahead. I look forward to meeting you at book events this summer!

IcyCreamyHealthySweet If you’ve ever wondered what it looks like to photograph and style an entire cookbook- well, here’s my working wall! I devoted a wall in my studio to the book, and after every shoot I would print out the pictures that made the cut and tape them to the wall. When I stood back from it I could easily tell when a picture didn’t fit. I had a very specific aesthetic in mind for the book: light, clean, bright and cheerful. I wanted it to feel like a beautiful summer day- and I really hope I accomplished that goal. I’m pleased as punch with how it turned out and when I look back at this wall, it kinda blows my mind how much work went into the making of this book! I guess I was having so much fun with it I didn’t realize what a big task it really was. To celebrate the birthday of Icy, Creamy, Healthy, Sweet I am giving away two copies on Instagram, so hop over and enter for your your chance to win! Icy Creamy

Little Bites

A few weeks ago, I took a day trip to Boston to meet with Jenn, my editor at Roost, and pick up a copy of Little Bites.  It’s hard to describe how it felt to hold the actual book in my hands after working on it tirelessly for the past few years.  It surpassed all…

littlebitesA few weeks ago, I took a day trip to Boston to meet with Jenn, my editor at Roost, and pick up a copy of Little Bites.  It’s hard to describe how it felt to hold the actual book in my hands after working on it tirelessly for the past few years.  It surpassed all of my expectations.  The paper quality is gorgeous, the pictures translate beautifully, the size is perfect, and the design is spot-on.  The team at Roost has such vision and I could not be more thrilled to be one of their authors.  I’ve been showing off the book to friends and family, and everyone that has held it and flipped through the pages has fallen in love with the recipes, the words and the pictures.  As one friend said, “This book was made with such intention.”  I love that.  That is what I aspire to both in life and work; creating with intention.

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050115_0101_uncroppedI had the idea for Little Bites when Vijay was about 18 months old.  He is now closing in on 5.  To say that this book was a labor of love would be an understatement!  What’s funny is that I need this book in my life now more than ever.  I have two hungry, active boys to feed and a large part of each day goes into preparing them nutritious and delicious food.  I’m thrilled that Little Bites now lives in my kitchen, where I can browse through it at any given moment for snack-time inspiration.  Below is a peek at what you’ll find inside…in addition to 100 recipes for healthy, kid-friendly snacks, there is a jam-packed introduction and seasonal field trip ideas scattered throughout.  The idea is to make seasonal eating fun, wholesome and accessible!  Children associate snacks with fun, tasty, easy-to-eat foods, but as parents, we know that the very best snacks are all that and more. Snacks, when done right, serve an important purpose–they give our kids a needed boost of energy. Instead of settling for processed crackers or bags of sugary treats, we used our creativity and love of food to develop wholesome snacks that are easy to pack and simple to make.  Sarah is a genius when it comes to feeding kids; her recipes are both inventive and approachable.  It was truly an honor to work alongside her for the past few years.  Without a doubt my culinary skills have improved greatly just from cooking alongside her!  I simply can’t wait for you to try these recipes in your own kitchen.  I can promise there will be much more book talk in the months to come.  Little Bites releases in July, but you can preorder your copy now!

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Weekend on the Vineyard

I spent this past weekend on Martha’s Vineyard, shooting the fall recipes for our cookbook.  I know, tough job, huh?  It was a perfect fall weekend, sunny, with a crispness in the air.  The leaves were spectacular, as were the sunsets, farms and harbors.  I would wake up early each morning and wander the island,…

_MG_3229I spent this past weekend on Martha’s Vineyard, shooting the fall recipes for our cookbook.  I know, tough job, huh?  It was a perfect fall weekend, sunny, with a crispness in the air.  The leaves were spectacular, as were the sunsets, farms and harbors.  I would wake up early each morning and wander the island, taking pictures and soaking up the sites.  I rarely get to wander alone with my camera, so when the opportunity arises, it feels like such a special gift.

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_MG_3172Of course the only thing missing from this perfect equation was the presence of my boys.  They stayed at home with my husband while I worked, and I did miss them so.  I told Vijay that I would be gone for 3 naps (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and the little dear counted them down…”Only 2 naps left, mama.”  When I arrived home on Sunday evening they were waiting at the door, hopping up and down with anticipation.  It was a sweet reunion.  It’s always nice to have a few days away- I spoiled myself with dinner out (alone with a book, heaven), and long cups of coffee, walks on the beach at sunset and knitting late into the night.  But after a few days of rest and relaxation, I don’t quite know what to do with myself.  I miss the chaos and laughter that comes along with my boys….so that being said, it is so so good to be home.

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A New Website and a New Book!

It’s been an exciting summer to say the least.  As I’ve hinted in the past weeks, I have been working away on a few amazing projects.  The time has finally come to share…starting with a brand new look and feel to my website.  I adored my old site design, but felt it was time for…

_MG_0091It’s been an exciting summer to say the least.  As I’ve hinted in the past weeks, I have been working away on a few amazing projects.  The time has finally come to share…starting with a brand new look and feel to my website.  I adored my old site design, but felt it was time for a makeover.  I wanted a lighter, cleaner feel which would allow my pictures to take center stage.  Working with the lovely Aprile Elcich was such a pleasure, and she made my vision a reality with a watercolor hand-lettered logo, and a clean, bright website design.  I also decided to switch over to WordPress for a bit more behind-the-scenes control.  I’m pretty thrilled with the outcome, and I sincerely hope you like it…I know change is hard, but I kept things simple, so navigating and finding your way around should be easy.

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But the most thrilling piece of news is that I am working on a second book.  Just writing that  gives me goosebumps.  This book is something I have been working towards ever since my first book came out two years ago.  It will be published by Roost in 2015 (pinch me, this is my dream publisher)!  The premise of the book is wholesome, simple, seasonal snack recipes for active families.  I am passionate about teaching my boys to eat with the seasons, and I make a big effort to educate them about where their food comes from, whether by having them help me in the garden, shop by my side at the farmers market, or come along to pick berries at a local farm.  I hope this book will inspire families to incorporate a sense of seasonality into their cooking routine.  As a mom, I am always on the go… the playground, pool, beach…wherever we go, the boys inevitably ask for snacks.  I’m raising two ravenous little ones, so I’ve had to step up my snack game.  This book will include 100 original recipes for easily packable, kid-friendly, wholesome snacks.  And let me tell you, as I cook my way through the recipes, my boys are thrilled with the results!

The idea for this book came to me shortly after Vijay started solid foods, but I knew I needed the perfect partner to make it happen.  I’m thrilled to be co-authoring this book with my good friend Sarah Waldman.  She brings her amazing recipe development skills and nutritional knowledge to the table, while I’ll be handling the writing and photography.  We already have our spring and summer shoots wrapped, and the results are making us mighty proud.  I can’t wait to see it all come together, and I really can’t wait to share it with you.

As always…thank you for reading, and thank you for your encouragement.  Your comments after my rough winter were what pushed me to make this all happen- thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart.  Here’s to new beginnings!

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Michigan Book Signing

These gorgeous pictures (taken by the lovely Jamie) are from a book signing party my parents hosted for me in Michigan- lots of pressure to make my next book Markets of the Midwest!  I can’t help but agree- Chicago, Detroit, Madison, Traverse City…this book could practically write itself.  Or maybe that’s just my Michigan roots…

These gorgeous pictures (taken by the lovely Jamie) are from a book signing party my parents hosted for me in Michigan- lots of pressure to make my next book Markets of the Midwest!  I can’t help but agree- Chicago, Detroit, Madison, Traverse City…this book could practically write itself.  Or maybe that’s just my Michigan roots talking!  Okay…I’m off…on vacation…here I go…

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What a fabulous weekend…a book signing at Joanne Rossman‘s gorgeous shop in Roslindale followed by a Sunday full of lounging and walks to the park.  But more on the signing…. for Saturday’s book signing will forever hold a special place in my heart. I was introduced to Joanne by my dearest friend Elizabeth…and that introduction…

What a fabulous weekend…a book signing at Joanne Rossman‘s gorgeous shop in Roslindale followed by a Sunday full of lounging and walks to the park.  But more on the signing…. for Saturday’s book signing will forever hold a special place in my heart.

I was introduced to Joanne by my dearest friend Elizabeth…and that introduction led to the creation of my book.  Somehow, upon our first meeting, we happened onto the subject of travel, and Joanne mentioned that she knew Susan Simon, who wrote Shopping in Marrakesh, a travel guide by The Little Bookroom.  I almost fainted with excitement as I asked Joanne if she was willing to put us in touch.

You see, I had been stalking researching The Little Bookroom ever since I laid eyes on Pia’s Paris: Made by Hand, and I knew that this was the company I wanted to publish with, but I couldn’t, for the life of me, find their contact information, and I know well enough that sending a query to the info@… email never seems to elicit a response.

Long story short…Joanne put me in touch with Susan, who graciously introduced me to her publisher…and the rest, as they say, is history. 

So, I am forever indebted to Joanne…  of course, it doesn’t hurt that she has the loveliest shop on the planet!  It feels a bit like a personalized Anthropologie…everything carefully curated and beautifully arraigned.  I couldn’t stop taking pictures of all the artful product vignettes…but at some point, I had to put the camera down and engage with all of the lovely shoppers that came to purchase my book! 

It was a magical afternoon, and I have decided that Joanne has the nicest customers that one could ever hope for.  We almost sold out of the book, which was thrilling.  In all…a perfect day!

After such a lovely weekend, Monday hit us like a slap in the face- rain, gray skies, and a cranky baby who is either teething, or constipated.  Time will tell.  But we are making the best of it…or at least we are trying.  I am loving the energy going on over at Susannah’s blog– truth in blogging, what a concept!  It’s okay to admit to having struggles and tough days- not everything needs to be rainbows and butterflies.

It’s funny, because this post started out about my amazing, perfect weekend…but as the day wore on, I didn’t have a moment to come back and finish writing…so now, as I finish what I started this morning, my mood is not quite as cheery, and I am teetering on the brink of exhaustion.  But it is okay…

Bad days happen… although I like to cushion my bad days with loads of pretty pictures…butterflies included!

Official Book Launch Party

It was a night to remember…oh, was it ever! Family, friends, blog readers, and local community members all gathered to celebrate the launch of Markets of New England.  The food was all local…from oysters and cupcakes, to locally brewed beer and wine…it was truly a celebration of all that Rhode Island has to offer. I’ll…

It was a night to remember…oh, was it ever! Family, friends, blog readers, and local community members all gathered to celebrate the launch of Markets of New England.  The food was all local…from oysters and cupcakes, to locally brewed beer and wine…it was truly a celebration of all that Rhode Island has to offer.

I’ll admit to being a bit intimidated when I cracked open the first pristine copy of my book to sign.  It felt like a very important moment…lending my signature to my book.  But I quickly got into the groove, and enjoyed personalizing each copy.

It helped that so many of my amazing friends and family were there to lend their support…especially my mom, dad, brother, and cousin (all the way from Michigan), Aiden (and her adorable family), Elizabeth, and Nina…who took all of these gorgeous pictures!  I think I will let the images speak for themselves…and really, I am a bit too exhausted to try and put my feelings on the evening into words.  Suffice to say…it was perfect!