Welcome to Retrolillies! I’m Chaya, the writer, baker and picture taker behind this blog.
Here, I combine my love of well made, seasonal kosher food with my love for the written word. You’ll find find some of my favorite savory recipes for the Swiss, Jewish and American foods I grew up with, as well as baked goods using fresh, luscious fruits and whole grain flours. You’ll read about special cooking techniques, get baking tricks and tips I’ve picked up along the years and gain insight into what takes recipes from good to great.
Above all, I hope you’ll be inspired.
Cook something. Bake something. And of course, don’t forget to say hi. I always love hearing from you.


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Are all the pictures featured on your blog original?
Yep, unless otherwise specified! I took a photography course at FIT one summer and am mostly self taught. Still a complete newbie, still learning lots. I like shooting in natural light when I can.
What camera do you use?
A Canon EOS 6D. I use a standard 50mm 1.8 lens, a 60mm 2.8 lens and a telephoto lens. I’d love to get into film one day.
How did you learn how to bake? 
I taught myself. I learned even more when I interned as a pastry cook at a Brooklyn restaurant. At 19, I worked as a bread baker in an artisanal bakery and was trained in the art of making, baking and shaping sourdough bread.
Are all your recipes original?
Most are! Some of the recipes on this site are adaptations of recipes I love, carefully curated and edited from the best websites and cookbooks. In that case, I always provide proper credit and rewrite the recipe in my own words.
Can I use a picture from your blog?Shoot me an email at about the picture in question!
Are you available for cooking demos?
Please reach out via email to discuss scheduling a demo or workshop.
How can we collaborate?
As a recipe developer, food stylist and food photographer and writer, I’m available for magazine work, online columns, guest blog posts, photography, recipe development and videos and editorials. As well, I give cooking and baking demos around the tri-state area. Email me ( so we can discuss options!
What do you love most about blogging and working in the food industry?
I love that I get to express myself creatively in this line of work and really enjoy sharing what I know with lively and appreciative readers + audiences. The best part has been meeting talented, fearless and inspiring women. I’ve loved getting to become a part of this community and am constantly in awe of the dedication and creativity people have for their craft. 

You might have seen me on…
Food and Wine , The Nosher , The Feed Feed, Times of, Food52 Conde Nast Traveler , Haaretz

email: // instagram: @retrolillies

25 thoughts on “about

  1. shayna schwartz on said:

    Your soo cool!!!

  2. I enjoy reading your blog a lot. I love your writing. So glad I came across your blog 🙂

  3. Just came across your blog and I love it! Looking forward to to following your next posts😊

  4. Ohmigosh I’m loving your blog and I am thanking the heavens for discovering this! Your photos are mouthwatering! 😍 kudos, keep it up!

  5. hi chaya, i just found your blog via pinterest. your recipe for the biscotti is featured on my blog today with all appropriate mentions. i hope you are ok with me sharing this. i’ll be promoting it via my social media today if so. love your blog btw. dana at danacaseydesign p.s. plus you write in lowercase too.

  6. Hi Chaya! Just stumbled upon your blog and glad that I did it, it’s cute and beautiful! 🙂
    Looking forward to read new posts and chat. 🙂

  7. Ilana on said:

    This is such an AWSOME blog! I love all the outfits and duh of course the food! Yum so delicious! Can you post some pesach outfits? And say where each item of clothing is from?

    • Thank you! Outfit posts are definitely harder to shoot, but I’ll try to post some spring ones! All the outfit posts have outfit details right under the first picture.

  8. Rose Eidelman on said:

    I love your blog its soo cute ❤❤❤

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  15. Do you have a Facebook page or twitter handle??

  16. I enjoy, cause I found exactly what I used to be looking for. You’ve ended my 4 day long hunt! God Bless you. Have a great day. Bye

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