Welcome! Whether you’re new or you’ve been here before, we’re excited to have you. Bell & Basket covers all things cooking, baking, home and travel, with an emphasis on weekend projects for busy full timers (like us). We hope you enjoy the recipes, DIY and travel posts – but more importantly, we hope you leave inspired to create.
As the daughter of a chef and restaurateur, my love for cooking and NYC’s food culture runs deep (my dad and stepmom own Clinton St. Baking Co.) When I started working in television (Live! With Regis and Kelly, Who Wants to be a Millionaire), I missed talking about food every day, so I transitioned into producing food content. I’ve produced episodes of TLC’s Cake Boss and cast more than 100 episodes of the Food Network’s hit series Chopped.
Today I work in media but continue to channel my love for cooking, baking, home and travel into Bell & Basket. As the recipe developer, tester and writer, I love the creative process from script to screen.
A photographer first, I never imagined that food would become a primary subject for me. Our collaboration on Bell & Basket has led me to the place I find myself today, with a focus on food and beverage image making.
I have been over the years a landscape photographer, inspired as a teenager by Ansel Adams when I first saw large scale prints of his on exhibit in a Seattle museum – the tack sharp ethereal and nearly grainless enlargements were stunning to me as a 14 year old who knew nothing about the technical process of photography. Picking up my mom’s Nikon FE2, I walked around my small town taking pictures of leaves, manhole covers, and frogs.
I became obsessed with photography, setting up a home darkroom and devouring issues of Popular Photography, Shutterbug, American Photo and any other more obscure titles I could get my hands on. I was simultaneously inspired by the likes of Sebastião Salgado, and entranced by the grainy black and white images in his monograph Otras Americas. I got turned onto the mythical leica toting Henri Cartier-Bresson’s photography by my uncle, who had a Canon P, with some leica lenses.
On it went, a continuous thread through my life, at turns it was landscape, street photography, environmental portraits – it has always been photography for me. These days food in all its stages and forms has become my passion. You can find more of my work on my site.
Why is the site called Bell & Basket? I’m constantly on my bike and always pulling over. Whether stopping by a yard sale or farmers market, I’m inspired by whatever I can take home in my bike basket.
What can you always find in our kitchen? President Butter (salted), seltzer from famed seltzer man Eli Miller (in his beautiful glass bottles), frozen bananas, Variety coffee and homemade “crack” granola.
Who takes the beautiful photos? My husband, Colin Berg takes all of the photos. I’m very lucky to have such an amazing partner to work with.
How can I get in touch? For inquiries, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.