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Joanie Simon

Hi! I'm Joanie, a pixie-haired food photographer, educator, wife, Mom and potato lover. So glad you're here!

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Recipes

 Looking for a recipe?  I’ve got plenty of home cooked favorites for you to peruse.View more  

For Photographers

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For Brands

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Portfolio

About Me

How did I get to be a food photographer and content creator?  None of it was planned, but all of it was meant to be.

My Story
I Fell Head Over Heels

I Fell Head Over Heels

I married my college sweetie, Ryan, and we brought two crazy little dudes into the world.  These are my people and they’re my biggest fans.

My First Post

My First Post

After ten years of working in both higher education and technology sales, I quit my job, got a tattoo of a chicken and publicly shared on my blog about entering the world of recovery.  That’s when creativity kicked into high gear and my blogging life began.

Family Favorites

Family Favorites

I started sharing my favorite family recipes and added my own bit of flair to them.  These enchiladas are my Nana’s recipe.  She’s the one who exposed me to great food as a kid. (love you, Nana!)

TV

Along the way I got the opportunity to do local TV segments, cooking up recipes from my blog, which you can still catch me doing on a regular basis.

My First Photo Gig

My First Photo Gig

As much as I loved the recipe development in food blogging, I loved the photography just as much (if not more!) and started getting hired by local restaurants to photograph their menus. This image was from one of my first paid gigs and actually ended up on a bus shelter months later. That was a major moment of encouragement to keep pursuing photography.

More TV

More TV

I even got to compete on Guy’s Grocery Games!  It was a dream come true to be on the Food Network, and yes, Guy is totally awesome <3

The Simon Ranchito

We bought the farm! Er, well, the “Ranchito” as we call it.  It’s our small urban ranch where I also have my photography studio.

Full Time Photography

Full Time Photography

I continued to expand my photography portfolio, picking up bigger clients and more exciting projects.  I even got to shoot a cookbook all about Marshmallows.

Today

This all turned into a full-time photography business and online media platform.  Any given day you can find me in my photo studio, on a TV set or editing my next YouTube video.  You can see the path to success wasn’t a straight line, but I’m grateful for every step and can’t wait to see where the adventure goes from here.

Blog

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Instant Pot Beef with Broccoli is like that famed take-out you love, but without the added sodium and mystery ingredients.  Too, it practically makes itself in the Instant Pot.  Obviously, if you’re an Instant Potter, I don’t need to…

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This Chocolate Cherry Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats recipe can be done in a flash with the pressure cooker settings or can be cooked overnight with the slow cooker settings.  That’s the magic of the Instant Pot.  It is so…

3 weeks ago
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This is an easy nachos recipe that’s a little out of the every day.  It includes a creamy cheese sauce made from pepper jack cheese and my favorite green chili salsa.  Throw some bacon and jalapenos in there for…

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Monday nights are looking for a new recipe and they want Instant Pot Sweet & Sour Chicken Lettuce Wraps. It’s like your favorite take-out sweet and sour chicken but a whole lot healthier and it only takes nine minutes…

1 month ago
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This recipe for Cheddar Bacon Cream Cheese Dip with Peppers was inspired from all of the “Crack Dip” that has been popping up in my Pinterest feed.  It’s high season for dips and easy appetizers for entertaining and this…

2 months ago
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This recipe for Instant Pot Green Bean Casserole is a one-pot dish and can be completed, start to finish, in 25 minutes.  It’s just like the familiar holiday side that you make in the oven, but the Instant Pot…

2 months ago 2 months ago

*This recipe and post for Mashed Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes is sponsored by Franklin Foods, makers of Greek Cream Cheese, however all opinions expressed are my own.   The Ultimate Side Dish Did you or someone you know buy a new…

2 months ago 2 months ago

 This recipe for Easy Blood Orange Chocolate Pots de Creme is sponsored by Torani but all opinions expressed are genuine. Too, they’re giving us all 10% OFF your First Purchase when you sign up for their E-Newsletter!” Who doesn’t love that? Celebrate Citrus Peppermint…

2 months ago 2 months ago

*This recipe post for Homemade Healthy Italian Dressing is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, but all stories and opinions expressed are 100% honest and true. Healthier Salad Dressing The problem with salads is salad dressings.  We’ve all seen…

3 months ago
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*This post is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, but all stories and opinions expressed are 100% honest and true. Summer Bod Gone Wrong This summer I gained 15 pounds.  While the rest of the country headed outdoors to…

3 months ago 3 months ago

These Bloody Raspberry Lime Ice Cream Floats are sponsored by Torani but all opinions expressed are genuine. Too, they’re giving us all 10% OFF your First Purchase when you sign up for their E-Newsletter!” Who doesn’t love that? Ice Cream Floats…

4 months ago
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Friends invited us to enjoy Sunday Supper with them.  Personally, it’s my favorite meal of the entire week.  A casual but hearty spread is required.  I knew she was doing a mixed grill with pork tenderloin, sirloin steak and…

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I love hearing from you!

I try to respond to e-mail as quickly as possible, but I also have two high maintenance clients named Blaise and Calvin who most likely need a drink/nap/hug/snack/repeat so there might be a short delay in response.  Thanks for reaching out and for visiting my little corner of the world wide web.
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