Commissioned Editorial Assignments

Jackie-Alpers-Photography_mug-bacon-cheese-burger

My marvelous microwave mug meals in mere minutes. For Refinery29. Pictured above is my photo of a bacon cheeseburger made in a mug in less than 5 minutes! It’s a miracle!

Easy microwave chicken pot pie you can make in a mug in minutes.

Easy microwave chicken pot pie you can make in a mug in minutes.

{ 0 comments }

black pasta carbonara with exotic beech mushrooms.

black pasta carbonara with exotic beech mushrooms.

To help us carbo-load for the long trek through the neighborhood every Halloween, my mother would prepare her standard pre-trick-or-treating meal of Kraft’s boxed spaghetti dinner. We loved it.

These days, I’ve upgraded the tradition with a homemade pasta recipe. This spaghetti carbonara recipe is almost as easy to throw together as a boxed mix. And while the black pasta is much spookier looking, it’s still elegant enough to serve at a Halloween-themed adult dinner party.

Get the recipe at Random House’s Tastebook Blog.

black on black food photography of a stack of black bean pasta.

black on black food photography of a stack of black bean pasta.

 

Exotic beech mushrooms

Exotic beech mushrooms

 

{ 0 comments }

Jackie-Alpers_sparkling ginger white sangria with grilled fruit-22

This non-alcoholic version of sangria incorporates grilled fruit for a smoky/spicy summer quencher. The contrast of the grill marks on the colorful fruit make for a stunning visual display, so be sure to serve this in a large glass pitchers or several smaller glass carafes. 

Get My Recipe at Random House’s Tastebook: Sparkling Nongria with Grilled Fruit

Jackie-Alpers_sparkling ginger white sangria with grilled fruit-125

 

 

 

{ 0 comments }

sprinkles dessert

Sprinkles elevate an everyday dessert like this simple chocolate mousse into something special. Glittery red cinnamon sugar and vanilla mini marshmallow bits add a kick of flavor, while the subtle color of these pretty blue jimmies comes from natural dyes. So sprinkle without abandon and make even everyday celebrations sparkle like it’s the 4th of July.

Get My Recipe at FoodNetwork.com

{ 0 comments }

Pound Cake Revisited

June 24, 2015

JackieAlpers-grilled-fruit-poundcake-kabobs

Store bought pound-cake was a weeknight dessert staple when I was growing up, and it’s still got a strong presence in the grocery store’s freezer section. What I like best about it is that it’s sturdy, but not too sweet, making it a good base for creative elaboration. I came up with 10 ways to fancy-up store bought pound cake for my latest FoodNetwork.com article. I ate a couple of slices plain along the way, for old time’s sake. 

JackieAlpers_pound-cake-croutons fruit salad

JackieAlpers-pound-cake-pB&J sandwiches

{ 0 comments }

smores mug dessert JackieAlpers food photo

S’more of my multiple microwave mug meals, manageable in mere minutes!

Mug Desserts at Refinery29

Mug Breakfasts at Refinery 29

Funfetti Microwave Mug Cake Recipe at The Kitchn

 

 

{ 0 comments }

Bagel Improv Sundae

“The most creative and inventive snacks are the result of mastering the art of improv” – me quoting me! Read the article I wrote for The Kitchn. The improv snack pictured is a bagel sundae topped with hot fudge, caramel sauce, popcorn, Raisinettes, whipped cream, cherries and of course sprinkles. There are also links to two original recipes I developed for The Kitchn’s Snack Week.

{ 0 comments }

image-1

I am thrilled to be a part of First Lady Michelle Obama‘s ‪#‎GimmeFive‬ challenge to explore healthy living and lifestyle choices. Refinery29 asked me to create 5 easy avocado recipes with 5 ingredients each. Here they are: http://www.refinery29.com/easy-avocado-recipes

 

{ 0 comments }

15fda0296a71080242b26ea9eddc936c

Celebrate Spring with one of my creative pizza ideas, or use them as inspiration for your own unique pie. Read more at the FoodNetwork.com. The pizza above is a chocolate and blueberry breakfast or dessert pizza with lemon mascarpone, sage and edible flowers.

Below is a slice of seafood pizza with fresh peas and basil:

seafood pizza by Jackie Alpers This one is goat cheese, roasted corn, heirloom cherry tomatoes, parsley and chives.

64d0d8afcb0d7c0e3338d70ae81c10c5

{ 0 comments }

Easter Cake Decorated with Peeps and Jelly Beans

There’s a Peeps extravaganza going on over at the Food Network just in time for Easter. I came up with 8 party ready ideas featuring everyone’s favorite sugar coated marshmallow candy.  The Peeps Bunny King cake is shown above.

Below are the Peeps brownie bottomed terrariums:

JackieAlpers_Peeps_chick-terrarium

Eventually these Peeps will become Peeps infused Vodka. Click on the photos to learn more.

Peeps infused Vodka

{ 0 comments }

Jackie Alpers on NPR

March 10, 2015

lucky charms cake slice by Jackie Alpers

Listen to me talk about food photography and my cookbook, Sprinkles! Recipes and Ideas for Rainbowlicious Desserts on NPR! I also make this Lucky Charms Cake on-air to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Here’s the link to the audio and the recipe.

Lucky Charms cake whole

{ 0 comments }