It's wintertime, and here in Omaha it has been very cold lately. So I've been thinking about the shoot that I did with Inspired Living Omaha magazine in December. I was contacted by the magazine to photograph three soups made by two sisters, Mary Von Gillern and Julie Barnes. The sisters shared with us their recipes and stories about food and family. The chicken and dumplings recipe (pictured above) is one they helped make with their mom when they were children. Von Gillern and Barnes told us how they would come home from school and the dough would be rolled out on a table and they would help make the soup. It's a recipe that goes to the heart about one of the reasons I love food: family. Food is such a good reason to gather, to cook together, to eat together. Von Gillern and Barnes are great examples of food bringing family together.
Inspired Living Creative Director Heidi Thorson (above, left), with Mary Von Gillern, style the bowl of chicken and dumplings for the pictures in Von Gillern's kitchen.