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From the Kitchen to the Table: Tartelette’s Fresh Picks

Jul 20, 2010

by Tartelette handmade and vintage goods

Helene_bio.jpgA former pastry chef with a Masters in History, Helene moved from France to the U.S. in 1998 with a suitcase and the family’s old film camera. Photography resurfaced years later, when she quit her restaurant position and started her award-winning blog Tartelette. Knowing that food had to look as good on screen as it did in real life, she dedicated herself to the art of food photography and styling. Her photography is a blend of her passion for seasonal fresh ingredients as well as her love of travel and interest in people. Helene currently lives in Charleston, South Carolina. Read through to one of her favorite recipes below.

As a full-time food photographer and stylist I didn’t always have the time and the means to get all the props and tools I needed. Thanks to Etsy, though, the problem has been solved. I love Etsy for so many reasons: the high quality of products one can find, the artistry, the ease of shopping — but first and foremost, the sense of community. I know that I can contact a seller directly and talk about custom pieces, different colors, or new items to anticipate. I am always amazed at the talents I find and am very satisfied with the work I’ve commissioned. It makes the whole experience of shopping on Etsy authentic — which is a huge selling point for me! This collection of my favorite items comprises everything from edibles to linens to props and utensils. 


Provencal Filled Zucchinis



[From top left: Edible Lavender from laylaSmoked Sea Salt from The Last Loose LeafDried Rose Petals from laylaHibiscus Flowers  from Spirit Herbs]

I grew up in the Provence region of France, caught between the wild fields of lavender and salt quarries of Camargue — two items I can’t do without in my baking or cooking. I’d never thought that getting my happy intake of either spice would ever be as easy as a few clicks on the keyboard. 



Cherry Rose and Coconut Ice Cream



[From top left: Tall Porcelain Cups by Stepanka CeramicsCream Soda Glasses by Yava GlassCulver Glasses from Whimsical VintageSnowy white ribbed cups by Adventures in Clay]

I don’t know what’s with glasses at my house, but they vanish as fast as socks in the dryer. I’m always on the lookout for new replacements, and since I will most likely use them as props for pictures, different and fun pieces always catch my eye. The kid in me would love to have a set of 12 of these tumblers by Stepanka Ceramics and invite my best friends for an indoor picnic on a rainy day. Instant mood lifter! 


Gluten Free Nutella Doughnuts



[Filagree Meadow Apron by Atomic Aprons; Tea towels by JewelweedsPeruvian Walnut Cheeseboard by Boards and BeadsLinen napkins by Bloomsong]

I have a weird addiction for aprons — either for me or to give to friends — and the collections on Etsy are completely irresistible. The designs are so varied that I can find an apron for everyone! My current favorite is the Filagree Meadow Apron by Atomic Aprons.



Photo by Tartelette



[Antique replica porcelain milk bottle by Alyssa Ettinger; Blue stoneware clay bowl by Pat Parker Stoneware PotteryVintage scale from Behind The Screen DoorMilk glass lattice pedestal from High Street Market]

I’m always looking for fun, interesting and affordable pieces for my shoots, either for my own use or for a specific client and nothing — nothing! — beats Etsy in that department. I can get lost just browsing into the wee hours of the night. Here are a few of my favorites at the moment.


Grilled Peaches, Poached Cherries and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream



[Porcelain plate settings by Gleena; Dishes by Cynthia Vardhan; Bamboo patterned dishes by Mud And Fiber; Vintage Silverware Set from Sadie Olive]

I can safely say that I want one of everything that Asya of Gleena makes. Not only is she a gifted artist and an impeccable seller, but she is also one of the kindest people I know. I am proud to own several of her pieces and talk her up anytime I can. Everyone marvels at her porcelain plate settings every time I take them out.


Now, I’d like to share a recipe from my blog, Tartelette:

Parmesan Roasted Asparagus, Tomatoes and Eggs
Courtesy of Lorna Yee of The Newlywed Kitchen

Ingredients.jpgServes 2

1 pound asparagus
1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/4 cup grated Parmesan or pecorino
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly grounded black pepper
2 large eggs
3 spoonfuls pesto (optional)

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Wash the asparagus. Break the bottom stems off and discard. Toss the asparagus spears and tomatoes in 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, then place them on a parchment paper or Silpat-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with the Parmesan, salt and pepper. Roast the vegetables for 12-14 minutes, or until tender and cooked through.

Meanwhile, fry the two eggs in the remaining oil, seasoning them with salt and pepper to taste. Place an egg with each portion of the cooked vegetables and top with a dab of pesto if desired.


Do you have a favorite food blog? Share it in the comments below.

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  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 7 years ago

    You had me at Nutella... gorgeous photos, and they make me want to bake! Off to peek at those yummy sounding recipes :)

  • EvenAndy

    EvenAndy said 7 years ago

    Great collection and beautiful photographs!

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 7 years ago

    Yummy! Yes, every thing "must look as good as it tastes." --John Michel, my french cooking teacher in HS.

  • futurowoman

    futurowoman said 7 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous!!!!

  • Weloveit

    Weloveit said 7 years ago

    Everything is so beautiful !

  • persylla

    persylla said 7 years ago


  • RainyPenguinVintage

    RainyPenguinVintage said 7 years ago

    What beautiful thing! Thanks Helene! Jeanne RainyPenguinVintage

  • squeakydingo

    squeakydingo said 7 years ago

    such a lovely collection for the home <3

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 7 years ago

    Pretty & so many delicious photos.....hungry now!

  • monkeyandsquirrel

    monkeyandsquirrel said 7 years ago

    yummer indeed!!!

  • SewnNatural

    SewnNatural said 7 years ago

    fresh, earthy and beautiful choices. your photography & your recipes are mouth-watering. thanks!

  • monkeysalwayslook

    monkeysalwayslook said 7 years ago

    hey that's my basil fork I made for Tartelette! Yay.

  • Hammermann

    Hammermann said 7 years ago

    Tasty pics and beautiful finds! Thank you for sharing the recipe. It looks delicious and easy to make.

  • LeatherwoodDesigns

    LeatherwoodDesigns said 7 years ago

    Beautiful finds and the “Parmesan Roasted Asparagus, Tomatoes and Eggs” sounds divine!

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 7 years ago

    your photography is so crisp and clean... great pictures!

  • HeartfeltLetters

    HeartfeltLetters said 7 years ago

    I love making simple and delicious meals- I can't wait to try this one!

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 7 years ago

    Beautiful finds. I'm going to make the ice cream! Afterall, July is National Ice Cream month. :)

  • LittleBatch

    LittleBatch said 7 years ago

    -shuffles off to pick tomatoes and basil to make the recipe (sans asparagus... )-

  • IcingOnTheCupcake

    IcingOnTheCupcake said 7 years ago

    Beautiful photography! Just had asparagus for lunch ; )

  • junkyardglitter

    junkyardglitter said 7 years ago

    The photography is amazing. Very great topic, food.

  • bellasparty

    bellasparty said 7 years ago

    Great photos!

  • WhiteEarthStudio

    WhiteEarthStudio said 7 years ago

    Love the photos and will try the recipe. Thank you for sharing.

  • bread

    bread said 7 years ago

    I love eating a meal on various vintage dinnerware that I collect.It always makes it more personal and less about shoveling food in my mouth.Lovely recipe.thanks!

  • gatelinesalsa

    gatelinesalsa said 7 years ago

    Always a fav around our house, food! Love this article along with the recipes!! Thanks.

  • polkadile

    polkadile said 7 years ago

    Yummy! All of it. :)

  • LuRuUniques

    LuRuUniques said 7 years ago

    what great pictures. Will have to try that recipe.

  • LuBluDesigns

    LuBluDesigns said 7 years ago

    I love the photos. I graduated in Dietetics, so food is my life. I really love beautiful pictures of food! Thanks.

  • thelittlemarket

    thelittlemarket said 7 years ago

    Love, love, love everything about this article! Especially thos recipes :-) Thanks!

  • beautifulanodyne

    beautifulanodyne said 7 years ago

    mmmmm. making me hungry. Love these articles! Would like to see more, especially the seasonal types.

  • VeronicaRStudio

    VeronicaRStudio said 7 years ago

    Everything is gorgeous, from the items featured to the styling of the food! Thank you so much for a great article!

  • zwzzy

    zwzzy said 7 years ago

    My stomach just growled!!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 7 years ago

    I seriously love that Tartelette website its awesome, I love your picks too great!

  • Mattie714

    Mattie714 said 7 years ago

    Being in Culinary School, they teach you that presentation is everything. If it looks bad, it tastes bad. The end. It's so nice to get a food photographer's view on that! Love this!

  • paperholiday

    paperholiday said 7 years ago

    Oh yum!

  • amigurumis

    amigurumis said 7 years ago

    Very nice!

  • EverybodyElse

    EverybodyElse said 7 years ago

    Wow. Such crazy beautiful photos! And I'm so excited to try the Asparagus. I have a feeling Tartelette may be a new favorite blog.

  • patspottery

    patspottery said 7 years ago

    OHHH!!! How exciting!! I had no idea. Thank you so much for liking my Blue Stoneware Bowl ♥♥

  • ArtistBeingHuman

    ArtistBeingHuman said 7 years ago

    This foodie thanks you for incorporating food, (one of the finest things in life) into your scene, etsy. :)

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 7 years ago

    Beautifully photographed! I love roasted asparagus - great on the grill too.

  • ImSoVintage

    ImSoVintage said 7 years ago

    Well, YUMMY!!!

  • paulofnavarone

    paulofnavarone said 7 years ago


  • williamsportcharms

    williamsportcharms said 7 years ago

    Yes! I have some cherry tomatoes ready to pick from the garden. I am going to make your recipe tonight. Thanks for sharing!

  • BehindTheScreenDoor

    BehindTheScreenDoor said 7 years ago

    Simply delicious and beautiful photography! Thanks so much for the scale feature. Best, BTSD

  • SatinandBirch

    SatinandBirch said 7 years ago

    Love asparagus could eat it every day, thanks for the recipes, and great photos!

  • barrofsoap

    barrofsoap said 7 years ago

    mouth watering!

  • lot5studio

    lot5studio said 7 years ago

    Beautifully done. Now I'm hungry : )

  • sassyfancy

    sassyfancy said 7 years ago

    Very nice things!

  • balmenvy

    balmenvy said 7 years ago

    Beautiful article! Very inspiring! :)

  • leesielou

    leesielou said 7 years ago

    Sitting here shelling purple hull peas & enjoying looking through your amazing photography, blog, etc. Makes me wish for simplier times! Thanks for taking me back!:-)

  • fanciness

    fanciness said 7 years ago

    Mmm, definitely saving this recipe!

  • RedOnionWoodworks

    RedOnionWoodworks said 7 years ago

    Very nice. Great photos.

  • gleenashop

    gleenashop said 7 years ago

    Such a wonderful article. Everything Helen makes is just gorgeous and oh so tasty! And the photography and styling is always inspiring. Thank you!

  • joy228

    joy228 said 7 years ago

    As always Helen, your photos are priceless. xo

  • joy228

    joy228 said 7 years ago

    As always Helen, your photos are priceless! xo

  • rarebeasts

    rarebeasts said 7 years ago

    Yum, I love the food ones best.

  • trulyvera

    trulyvera said 7 years ago

    Love the article. Thanks for the great blog.

  • AZCreativeStudio

    AZCreativeStudio said 7 years ago

    Helene you are an inspiration for all of us! I can't wait to try this amazing recipe..

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar said 7 years ago

    grilled cherries...! hello! oh yes, yum stuff here- and the photographs are really tantalizing!

  • Lolavintage

    Lolavintage said 7 years ago

    that's it, I'm ready to cook!

  • pulpolinda

    pulpolinda said 7 years ago

    I love everything about her blog : amazing photos, gorgeous looking food, her unique style... it's my daily read :) I recently started my very own blog:

  • pineappleaisle

    pineappleaisle said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the recipe and nice photo choices...

  • Xiefashionstudio

    Xiefashionstudio said 7 years ago


  • lindasmartstudio

    lindasmartstudio said 7 years ago

    Loved the article, wonderful photos and finds! Authentic French at its best.

  • StudioCybele

    StudioCybele said 7 years ago

    Very nice!

  • StudioCybele

    StudioCybele said 7 years ago

    Very nice!

  • bittersweetdesign

    bittersweetdesign said 7 years ago


  • Raceytay

    Raceytay said 7 years ago

    Oh it's all so lovely looking. I want to lick the monitor!

  • beachglassshop

    beachglassshop said 7 years ago

    MMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmm....thank you~

  • Suravi

    Suravi said 7 years ago

    Beautifully written and beautiful photography! Thank you for sharing!

  • GoodGriefGlass

    GoodGriefGlass said 7 years ago

    Gorgeous photographs!

  • lindaketelhut

    lindaketelhut said 7 years ago

    My appetite is in full swing. Absolutely Beautiful photo's and inspiring finds!

  • sweetjane

    sweetjane said 7 years ago

    Love the photos, what a talent!

  • ecozuzu

    ecozuzu said 7 years ago

    deliciously beautiful!!!

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 7 years ago

    Lovely and beautiful photos!! Love your blog ♥

  • santosleather

    santosleather said 7 years ago

    Stunning, delicious, a lovely selection !

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 7 years ago

    Your photos are beautiful. Love your glasses. Can't wait to try the asparagus recipe. Thanks.

  • evertonterrace

    evertonterrace said 7 years ago

    I want to cook AND eat, and collect kitchen items. Beautiful images.

  • shannondzikas

    shannondzikas said 7 years ago

    I'd buy your cook book. Beautiful food porn!

  • PinkMoustache

    PinkMoustache said 7 years ago

    great post!

  • LiaLane

    LiaLane said 7 years ago

    A fabulous post!

  • dhergtdesign

    dhergtdesign said 7 years ago

    The first picture of the egg, roasted tomatoes and asparagus is what I'm going to have to eat tomorrow. Would love an accompaniment of the selected works to surround my table as invited guests. Thanks for the feast for the eyes.

  • sallyamthor

    sallyamthor said 7 years ago

    I really enjoyed this! Fresh and inspiring. I love browsing etsy at midnight.

  • dhergtdesign

    dhergtdesign said 7 years ago

    I'm going to have the egg, roasted tomatoes and asparagus for lunch tomorrow. Would love to have the selected works as invited dinner guests. Thanks for the feast for the eyes.

  • dandelionland

    dandelionland said 7 years ago

    mmm...the recipe sounds really good.

  • thatchickwhodraws

    thatchickwhodraws said 7 years ago

    Wow this such a beautiful collection of things and a mouth watering recipe. Now I am hungry AND I need to go shopping. :)

  • ShannaMicheleDesigns

    ShannaMicheleDesigns said 7 years ago

    This is wonderful! I am so making that dish for breakfast too. Following the is so a meal for my eyes :)

  • felicitycrew

    felicitycrew said 7 years ago

    Awesome article and wonderful finds! Thanks for putting this together.

  • Dryw

    Dryw said 7 years ago

    Great photos and tempting recipe! I should try it asap :)

  • EmmieBean

    EmmieBean said 7 years ago

    gorgeous pics! looks like some yummy food :) nom nom nom

  • somsstudiosupplies

    somsstudiosupplies said 7 years ago

    Loved this article and the fantastic pics.

  • vivilian

    vivilian said 7 years ago

    love it!! such awesome share. thank you so much!!

  • jewellerytreasures

    jewellerytreasures said 7 years ago

    beautiful photos very professional

  • justnoey

    justnoey said 7 years ago

    Beautiful post! I love the photography!

  • secretjewellz

    secretjewellz said 7 years ago

    Oh! Very yummy. I all the ingredients for the Parmesan Roasted Asparagus, Tomatoes and Eggs for brekky tomorrow. Always look foward to these articles. Thanks for sharing.

  • TheSteelFork

    TheSteelFork said 7 years ago

    gorgeous. so inspiring, thank you!

  • KittyandFib

    KittyandFib said 7 years ago

    oh my goodness, mouth-wateringly beautiful!

  • BespokeShanny

    BespokeShanny said 7 years ago

    fantastic recipes, great photographs thanks for the fab article!

  • mbedesign

    mbedesign said 7 years ago

    in italy now are 13.30, is lunch time...and i'm so starving!!!! Gulp, gulp...GULP. Anyway...nice articles and amazing pics.

  • MGMart

    MGMart said 7 years ago

    Wow,gorgeous photos!!!

  • CamilleMarie

    CamilleMarie said 7 years ago

    Truely food for the eyes! Gorgeous!

  • MagicMarkingsArt

    MagicMarkingsArt said 7 years ago

    what gorgeous photographs and selections of etsy items to go along with them. each image is its own little work of art.

  • femmedelacreme

    femmedelacreme said 7 years ago

    Amazing. I just love the items you've selected and, of course, I always love a recipe from Lorna! Great article!

  • VogueVixens

    VogueVixens said 7 years ago

    Couldn't believe all the wonderful treasures you found on Etsy to photograph. Good for you to recognize their potential as photoghraphic wonders!

  • BeadedTreasurebySue

    BeadedTreasurebySue said 7 years ago

    Beautiful photos, lovely collection.

  • emichats

    emichats said 7 years ago

    I am enchanted by these photos. Food can be so beautiful!

  • binksandboo

    binksandboo said 7 years ago

    Beautiful photos! So inspiring. Love the vintage ceramic milk bottle!

  • beevintageredux

    beevintageredux said 7 years ago

    Yummy! I love Helene's blog, and these are some of the most elegant, beautiful picks I've seen yet!

  • urbanheirlooms

    urbanheirlooms said 7 years ago

    Would it be too inappropriate to lick my computer screen? Delicious photos!

  • akcArt

    akcArt said 7 years ago

    Exquisite photos, terrific finds! Egg and asparagus.........interesting!

  • jubilee82

    jubilee82 said 7 years ago


  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 7 years ago


  • TheShabbyHome

    TheShabbyHome said 7 years ago

    I'm hungry! Beautiful inspiring photo... off to the kitchen.

  • chifinds

    chifinds said 7 years ago


  • genisepark

    genisepark said 7 years ago

    What a lovely blog. Makes me want to go and cook beautiful food, especially those eggs.

  • bythewayside

    bythewayside said 7 years ago

    I'm with Krystyna - you had me with the Nutella! Served up on PatsPottery gorgeous dish, of course :)

  • AnnTig

    AnnTig said 7 years ago

    looks delicious! Great items.

  • Tartelette

    Tartelette said 7 years ago

    Thank you to the wonderful team of etsy for having me! This was fun!

  • dineanddish

    dineanddish said 7 years ago

    What a fantastic collection. Sadie Olive is one of my favorite Flickr photographers. I had no idea she had an Etsy store, so you can imagine how thrilled I was to see her on your list! Great job, my friend!

  • KristyLynnJewelry

    KristyLynnJewelry said 7 years ago

    Delicious, beautiful and inspiring!!!

  • asundrynotion

    asundrynotion said 7 years ago

    Simple and beautiful. Note to self: must grow asparagus.

  • poplovedesigns

    poplovedesigns said 7 years ago

    What mouth-watering images! Wonderful photos Tartelette! I adore looking at all the delicious food-creations out there, it's so inspiring! <3 Andrea

  • whimsicalvintage

    whimsicalvintage said 7 years ago

    An incredibly delicious and beautiful collection! I'm honored that you chose my Culver glassware:) Thank you! Pam

  • songsparrow

    songsparrow said 7 years ago

    How am I so hungry again after I just ate?!? So fresh and lovely. And I love the vintage display pieces, too!

  • sukran

    sukran said 7 years ago

    Great photos. I would love to be right into those photos somewhere and cook with all those elegant supplies. Very nice blog

  • zmedceramics

    zmedceramics said 7 years ago

    wow ... such deliciously rich photographs! i am a potter so i know how dinnerware can go a long way in adding subtle elegance and nice "flavors" to an already great meal! thanks for sharing this!

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