Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul

My first child’s high school years were screeching to an end in the proverbial ‘blink of an eye’ that all the more seasoned parents warn us about.

I mean really, how did he grow from this ————————————————— to this overnight?

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In a panic I realized that Home Economics was not something offered in his high school curriculum among all the triple crazy trig-something and the AP Physics sciency-thing classes and since I wasn’t invited to along to college with him it was time to take things into my own hands. I may not be able to teach him how to change a tire or fix a leak or repair his car, but I can teach him how to feed himself. Off to the market we went and this is the story of Chicken Soup for My Teenager’s Soul.

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Santa Barbara based editorial photography
Teaching kids to cook, stories by dena robles
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Fresh food photography
photos of food and recipe prep
Portraits of Vegetables, Farmers Market photographs
Photographing soup preparation
Food styling and photography, roasted vegetables
Roast Chicken and Vegetable Soup
Grandmother’s Cornbread and Chicken Vegetable Soup
Soup Plated, food photography
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Top Down photo of soup and styling

I’m less of a recipe-developer and more of a styler, photographer and storyteller. I’ll include the recipe here to complete the narrative, and also here is the link where I found the recipe a few years ago. Against All Grain This is the recipe for our favorite cornbread (we sub in gluten free flour) yummmm.


The good news is the teenager is now in his 2nd year of college and seems to be surviving and thriving quite well in the market aisles AND in his kitchen!