Work with Me

Food Styling

Yogurt Mountain is a longtime client. I love styling new creations with their team. Find them on their website, inside wall art, and window ads.


Although I’ve worked on hundreds of cookbooks over the past 28 years, Southern Living Little Jars, Big Flavors, published by Oxmoor House, is one of my favorite books to work on. I was the food stylist and developed several of the recipes including the pickled jalapenos front and center on the cover. It took me back to the days of my youth when we canned everything we grew in our garden and entered only the best jars in the Sharp County Fair.

Pictured below, I was one of two food stylists to work on the Alabama Department of Tourism’s “Year of Food” project with Lucky & Co. advertising agency and Becky Luigart-Stayner, photographer. The project featured food from popular Alabama restaurants on their website as well as 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama. The project was turned into an Art of Alabama travel exhibit that started in New York. Here’s a few pics. See if you can recognize the restaurant and the dish!


I’ve also styled food for Coastal Living and Christian Woman magazine.

Recipe Development and Testing

I’ve developed thousands of recipes for brands such as Oxmoor House cookbooks: Southern Living, Cooking Light, and Weight Watchers Annual Recipes; magazines such as Christian Woman and Coastal Living; other publications include Pillsbury and Betty Crocker. Many of my recipes have been featured on the covers of these publications.

Most of my test kitchen career was spent in the Southern Progress test kitchens. A few years ago, all the kitchens (Southern Living, Oxmoor House, and Cooking Light) were combined along with publications from New York such as Real Simple, People, and Health to form Time Inc. Food Studios (TIFS). Food and Wine has recently joined them and now Meredith has purchased Time Inc.. I have been fortunate to spend many months testing and developing recipes for them in this state of the art venue as a free lancer.

I developed all the recipes, prepared, and styled the food for my new cookbook, Magic Cakes. Check out the Cookbook tab on the home page or click here to order your copy.

Product Promotion

In 2018, watch me every month on WBRC Good Day Alabama  and ABC 33/40 Talk of Alabama morning shows. Click here to watch my Holiday Shortcut Cooking segment and here to watch Chocolate Biscuit Strawberry Shortcakes segment.

I would love to develop recipes for brands if they align with my cooking philosophy of cooking-Southern shortcut recipes with a pinch of gourmet and dashes of healthy and frugal.

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