Go Gluten Free Pumpkin Ravioli

Last week, I shared this photo on facebook:

Go Gluten Free Magazine

It was just a normal Friday afternoon, walking through Whole Foods, when what do I see staring back at me in the checkout lane?

My photo on the cover of a magazine! Not a photo of me, of course, but a photo I had taken, all smooth and satiny and printed on real, physical paper and everything.

I’m pretty sure my squeals of delight caught the attention of more than a few shoppers, but I didn’t care one bit.

I have been so excited for this moment, ever since Go Gluten Free contacted me a few months back and asked if I’d be interested in shooting the cover of their fall issue. (Interested? Me? Hmm, lemme think about that… YES.) I was so eager to share my excitement with the world, but at the same time I was too afraid to say anything because… what if they didn’t like my work? What if something went wrong? What if I totally botched the photos? What if my recipe SUCKED?

Go Gluten Free Magazine

Well, it didn’t. *Whew* In fact, I’m super proud of this recipe.

I made something like ten batches of ravioli in about two weeks. The first photoshoot I did, I spent twice as long photographing as it had taken me to make the pasta (and we’re talking hand-rolling and shaping about 4 dozen ravioli). I filled my entire memory card with photos, half of which were blurry because my hands were shaking so much. You know you’ve gone a little overboard when your 32 gig storage device tells you it’s run out of space, but I couldn’t help it.

Breathe, Willow. Deep breath.

A couple more batches of ravioli, and another photoshoot later, I submitted my final image. I then proceeded to hit “refresh” on my email every five minutes waiting for a response (which was silly, because I submitted my image on a weekend). When the response did come in, it was a nonchalant, “looks great, thanks!”

Fast forward a few weeks later, and BAM. Magazine rack at Whole Foods.

At least, that’s the abridged version of the story. The whole story has a lot more of me panicking, and asking the editor of the magazine questions like “what fork should I use,” (as you can see, I chose to go with two forks, because really, two must be better than one, right?) and crying over the precise placement of hazelnuts… but you don’t need to hear about all that.

Go Gluten Free Magazine

Also inside this issue of Go Gluten Free are recipes from a few of my favorite bloggers. Like gluten-free and vegan Cinnamon Rolls, Pumpkin Bread, and Cranberry Orange Bagels from Cara Reed of Fork & Beans (who, for the record, is the reason I am on the cover — it was a guest post I wrote for her ages ago that first caught the attention of the editor of the magazine). Also,┬áCinnamon Sugar Doughnuts from Meg of Beard and Bonnet, Homemade Irish Cream Liqueur from Alanna of Bojon Gourmet, and a whole slew of recipes from Mellissa of I Breathe I’m Hungry… just to name a few!

Needless to say, I’m pretty geeked to be included in a publication with these ladies. I feel like just by sharing pages together, we have a special bond. Even if it is an imaginary bond I just made up.

The only bad news is, I can’t share this recipe with you here on the blog — you’re going to have to go get yourself a copy of the magazine if you want to make it. I know, I know, total self promotion, here… but seriously, go buy it. I want you to make this recipe so bad, it hurts.

(Bonus, I also have a recipe for gluten-free pot pies with butternut squash and rosemary in there, which are pretty much the best pot pies I’ve had to date. Just sayin’.)

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For those interested in picking up a copy: the availability of Go Gluten Free varies depending on location. It is carried in some Whole Foods, Barnes and Nobles, Targets, Walmarts, CVS, and Sprouts.

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7 Responses to Go Gluten Free Pumpkin Ravioli

  1. Anita August 6, 2014 at 3:20 pm #

    Congrats! How exciting! Will have to look for the magazine at the store :)

  2. Jennie @themessybakerblog August 6, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

    Willow, this is such exciting news. You should be so proud. That photo is stunning, and the ravioli look absolutely comforting. Go you!

  3. Bridget | The Noble Foodie August 7, 2014 at 10:29 am #

    Such a lovely shot – congrats! Definitely want to try your recipe, as I miss eating ravioli a lot :)

  4. movita beaucoup August 8, 2014 at 7:29 am #

    This is AMAZING! Like, crazy amazing! Congrats a million times over – you totally deserve to be featured.

  5. Katherine (eggton) August 8, 2014 at 7:40 pm #

    DUDE! This is huge! I am so proud for you!!! I’m going to buy it when I see it.

  6. shannon August 19, 2014 at 8:03 am #

    i need to go on a hunt for this: i haven’t seen it yet, but as soon as i do? squeals. also grabbing and maybe knocking people out of the way. so proud of you! And you experienced all the emotions appropriate for this sort of thing, as far as i can tell: i did the same when Feast when they asked me to photograph something (b/c that’s WAY more stressful than just making recipes and submitting them): first glee, then terror, then crying, then anxiety. it was terrible and also invigorating. HUGE congratulations, girl! being in a magazine is BIG TIME.

    • Willow August 19, 2014 at 1:08 pm #

      Haha, thanks, Shannon! There are SO many feels when it comes to being published. And doing photos for print? Super scary. It’s so different than shooting for yourself, or your blog. I found it really weird because of the crop factor, too… I was like “what? the pictures have to be 8×10? Okay, I’m going to shoot them from ten feet away, and then crop them however you want.” definitely took some getting used to. Such an awesome experience, though, it was well worth all the work. :)

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