Join me — I’m teaching a series of cooking classes and photography workshops this Winter and Spring and I’d love to see you there…


Vegan Comfort Foods (Hands-On)

These modern twists on familiar classics will surprise and delight. Whether you’re huddled around the fire or kitchen table, these recipes are perfect cold weather fare.
Dishes include: Creamy Artichoke Spinach Dip with artichoke hearts, spinach leaves, almond-cashew cream; Homemade Root Vegetable Chips Dusted with coarse sea salt and olive oil; Smoky Mac ‘n’ Cheese with savory soy cream, smoked tofu, and fresh thyme leaves; Loaded Chickpea Burgers with shiitake strips and tomato-onion relish; Paprika-Dusted Red Yam Fries with red-skinned yams, Spanish paprika, and fresh parsley leaves; Stuffed Chocolate Chip Sandwich Cookies with Very Vanilla Frosting.
Date: Monday, February 17, 2014
Time: 6:15-8:45 pm
Instructor: Nikki Gardner
Location: Different Drummer’s Kitchen (Northampton, MA)


Tuesday at the Market: A Digital Photography Workshop For Food Lovers

In this two-hour workshop, local photographer Nikki Gardner will teach you how to use your digital camera to get the most effective and stunning results for your needs. She will teach photography basics (light, composition, framing, and exposure) along with visual storytelling techniques. You’ll also practice capturing the vibrant food scene at the Tuesday Market in Northampton: the local farmers, their produce, and the market shoppers. Bring your manually adjustable digital camera, a notebook to jot down notes, and any questions you may have.

Date: Stayed tuned for upcoming dates…
Time: 4 to 6 pm
Fee: $25.00 (per workshop, per person)
Instructor: Nikki Gardner
Location: Tuesday Market, Pedestrian Plaza (next to the parking garage in downtown), Northampton, MA
To reserve your spot, email: info [at] artandlemons [dot] com

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Art & Lemons photos/recipes featured on: blogEATS, design*sponge, Farm Bell Recipes, Foodgawker, Gourmet Live, Los Angeles Times, Mint Design, Tastespotting, the kitchn, HuffPost Taste (& again), The New York Times, WBUR’s Public Radio Kitchen, Whole Living, Yummly

Conference Speaker: “Being Relevant—What’s Your Story,” TECHMunch: Food Blogger Conference, Boston 2011

Guest blogger: Cookus Interruptus, Food Nouveau, Shutter Sisters, Snack Girl, The Blissful Chef, Mortal Muses

Interviews: BlogHer, Farm Bell Recipes, The Daring Kitchen, The Stir

Selected essays and journalism:

“A Night in Vancouver’s Wedgewood Hotel & Spa,” The Daily Meal, June 19, 2013.
“The P-Word: Demystifying the Art of Platform Building with Christina Katz,” IACP Newsletter—WORDS, Summer 2012.
“A Mission for Candy,” Food & Think (Smithsonian Magazine), September 19, 2011
“Sunday in New York,” Artful Blogging, Summer 2011
“Roasted Root Vegetables with Brown Butter,” The Daring Kitchen, October 2010
“A Farm, a Bus, and a Mission,” Boston Local Food Festival, August 18, 2010
“Dress Your Salad Greens with Homemade Vinaigrette,” The Daring Kitchen, August 2010
“Breaking the Mold: Award-winning cheese,” Edible Pioneer Valley, Spring 2010: Issue 7
“Make Your Own Fresh Buttermilk Cheese,” The Daring Kitchen, May 2010
“Watch It: Treme,” Venus Zine, April 8, 2010
“How To Make Yogurt At Home,” The Daring Kitchen, April 2010
“Broiled Grapefruit,” 5 Minutes For Mom, February 4, 2010
“Love Soup,” The Daring Kitchen, February 2010
“Polenta: A Seasonal Classic,” 5 Minutes For Mom, January 13, 2010


WWLP/22 News Mass Appeal: Skillet Asparagus with Lemon-Thyme Butter, Homemade Vegetable Stock, Strawberry Yogurt Pops, Vegan Sweet Potato Chili with Spicy Pepita Oil and Cornbread Croutons, A Sunny Winter’s Day Salad, Savory and Sweet Crepes, Gluten-Free Eggplant Rollatini with Mixed Green Salad, Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches with Vanilla Frosting, Granola-Filled Baked Apples, Raw Chocolate Truffles, Spring Vegetable Polenta Pizza, Gingery Rhubarb Crisp, Grilled Portobello Mushroom Sandwiches

Writing Mentor:

Afghan Women’s Writing Project, 2009-2013