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September 1, 2020

I’m so excited to connect with you again, my Baklava of the Month Club customers/friends! This month I don’t really have a “story” per se to explain how I came up with my apple baklava recipe, but I do have some wonderful news to tell you! My first instinct was to make it a surprise, but I’m not good at keeping secrets. So here goes…

I am so incredibly grateful to you all for your support and business and I want to show my appreciation by giving you something else of value besides your monthly baklava treats. Because I think of my baklava as art, I decided to capture all my flavors in pictures…but I’m also all about useful gifts. So I am in the process of creating a 2021 baklava photo calendar for you all! I’m not using the same images from my website. After all, I took most of those photos and although they are good, they are not FABULOUS!

So I hired a REAL photographer. Her name is Aubrie Cornelius, and she’s a food photographer here in Salt Lake City. She’s a young stay-at-home mom of two and like me, family is important to her, but turning her passion for photography into a business was something she was born to do. Aubrie reached out to me, so I checked her out on Instagram and was blown away by her photos. Can you say G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S! If you’re on Instagram, please go see her page; her handle is @theblonde_chef. After we talked and really connected, we spent the entire month of August working on the calendar pics doing about two a week. Aubrie did an amazing job interpreting my vision and ideas. She’s just finished putting the final touches on each photo and turned them over to me this week, and man are they lovely!

Now, I’m working with my graphic designer to create the perfect calendar. My goal is to have it ready to send to you with your October Baklava of the Month Club orders. Above is a picture of an interview I did with Aubrie on Facebook Live. If you have a Facebook account, please go check it out HERE. It’s approximately 22 minutes. We discuss how we met, our passions, all the ways we are alike, and a little bit about life. Aubrie is an amazing up-and-coming photographer, and I just had to introduce her to my Facebook followers and you, of course!

Stay tuned for the calendar. I can’t wait for you to see it…heck…I can’t wait to see it! It’s going to be beautiful and each month, when you turn the page, you’ll know right away what flavor to be expecting in your mailbox. Enjoy your Apple Pie Walnut baklava. My favorite way to enjoy it is with caramel ice cream. It’s so decadent and yummy. Until next month! And please remember…I appreciate you more than you will ever know!

With Love,
Baklava Rita