Food Photography – Popovers

Heather and I love to try all kinds of different recipes and styles. The world of food is so huge that there’s just so much out there to try. Of course, with trying new things come failure. Bread that doesn’t rise (grrr), chicken that’s too spicy, dishes that just plain burn… And for the most part we keep that to ourselves. Sure, there’s plenty to learn from failure, but a recipe on how NOT to make something isn’t all that helpful.

Sometimes you come across a cool idea that didn’t come out spectacular but didn’t absolutely fail either; like today’s photo of popovers. I made these using a recipe over at Bakers’ Banter that called them “guaranteed.” Sadly my result wasn’t as stellar as theirs but I really liked them nonetheless. They get their name from how they rise and “pop over” the edges. They are very light and fluffy, and very simple in flavoring. Consider trying it next time you need biscuits.

Popover

Food Photography – Scenes from the Joint Birthday Cook-out

I consider myself very lucky; I received many gifts this year.

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Gifts of lovely flowers, phone calls, messages and cards

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Gifts of very good news

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Gifts of funny hats (courtesy of Chef Edwin), laughter, and friends

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We enjoyed more food than we had room for – like Alton Brown’s Baked Macaroni and Cheese (doubled, and with shell pasta instead of elbow macaroni)

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My Uncle Chuck’s famous beans (my favorite – stayed tuned!)

cheesecakes

Key Lime Black Raspberry Cheesecake cupcakes, deliciously made by a friend

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A Tres Leche Cake from CakeLove: How to Bake Cakes from Scratch

And much, much more

Thank you for all the wonderful gifts this year – cheers to another year of friendships and culinary adventure!

Pop's Old Fashioned Ice Cream

One of the best ways to repay a favor, as far as I’m concered, is with food. I helped a friend out a bind and she wanted to repay me with ice cream. It had been a while since we had hung out so we decided to hit up Pop’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream in Old Towne Alexandria.

Walking in, you can’t help but be struck with a bit of the 50’s style red & white motif and server’s uniform. Their menu is simple with only four kinds of sundaes. In the world of Cold Stone and Baskin Robbins, this places doesn’t fit it. And you know what? I like it that way.

Food Photography – Mom's Strawberry Shortcake

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Pictured: Mom’s signature birthday cake – Strawberry Shortcake.

My father and brother demand it for their birthdays each year. I’m sure this will scandalize everyone, but when I was little I used to pick off the strawberries and just eat the cake!

I like to marvel at this photo I took from my dad’s recent birthday… perfectly aligned cake, not a drop of Cool Whip amiss, strawberries and candles evenly spaced – Mom is a much more meticulous baker than I!

Food Photography – Carrot Rainbow

Happy Tuesday, everyone. Time for another round of food photography. Today’s shot is from my trip to Europe last year. While backpacking around, I made it my goal to experience a wide variety of foods and visited a market square in just about every city I was in. These carrots are from a stand in Freiburg. I loved rainbow of colors together and, I must say, they were quite tasty.

Carrot Rainbow

mixed chocolate truffles

(Pictured: Dark, Milk and Chai Ginger Chocolate Truffles made for a co-worker’s birthday last week. Truffles are covered in coconut, pistachio, cashew, powdered chocolate or pecan).

I was asked to bring something to a superbowl party once and decided to post my dish on popular vote (I selected the nominees). This little baby won by a landslide and I attribute that to the mesmerizing power of peanut butter and chocolate.

This sucker is incredibly to make with no actual cooking required. You can find the recipe where I did at, over at Sticky, Gooey, Creamy, Chewy (what a name). Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Cornflake Balls

Food Photography – "What Have You Got There, Tom?"

This past Monday would have been my friend Jeff’s 28th birthday.

I thought about saying or making something special here on Monday, but it just didn’t feel right. My husband and I did honor Jeff that night by eating some giant cheeseburgers and root beer on tap from Ray’s Hell Burger, and I made a Coca-Cola cake. We ate entirely too much and skipped our trip to the gym, just as Jeff would have wanted. Several of his friends as well as his parents also took the opportunity to eat or drink in honor of him.

Ray's Hell Burger

We’re all trying every day to keep his memory, spirit and bad jokes alive. I’ve been told it gets easier with time, but in a lot of ways it’s harder. We’re realizing that we do actually have to carry on the rest of our lives without him; it’s confusing, infuriating and painful.

Ray's Hell Burger

Thankfully we’re not alone, and we do have one another to share the burden with. Jeff had a lot of wonderful, compassionate friends. We keep in touch, reminisce about the great and sometimes completely bizarre stories and remind one another how lucky we were to have had his friendship.

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The title of this post is a quote from the greatest Space Ghost Coast to Coast episode ever, frequently quoted by Jeff.

Growing up, my mom was always really into Easter every ear. We did it all; the easter baskets, the egg hunt, the big easter meal… She didn’t stop making my sister and I search for eggs until some time in middle school. I still remember my father telling me “Just find the eggs. Do it for your mother.” She always did get a kick out of it.

One of the traditions we also had was a yellow lamb cake she’d bake and decorate. She’d even dye shredded coconut green for the grass. This tradition died some time ago but came back this year. Alas, we did not have shredded coconut and couldn’t justify the thirty minute drive to the market (my mom lives in the boonies); and there was some…. difficulty removing the lamb from the pan which required some decorative gluing….. but it was good to see all the same.

Easter Lamb Cake

I hope you all had a great Easter.

Food Photography – Perils of Life as a Chocolate Bunny

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Hope you enjoy my recreation of a favorite Snorg Tee in celebration of Easter this coming weekend. This one has always cracked me up, and I don’t mind a little cruelty to chocolate bunnies (mwhahah)!

They were very good models.. Mmmmm!