My food photography has improved considerably ever since my food stylist has started allowing me to use artificial light. Natural light is great….if you happen to have the food ready at just the right time. Most of the time, we don’t.
When I hear the word ‘dessert’, I immediately think of chocolate. There might be other ingredients involved. Maybe some vanilla, or cookie dough. But there is always chocolate. When I hear the word ‘fruit’…the last thing I think of is dessert. Fruit is what you eat when you are trying to be good and healthy. That’s the exact opposite of the meaning of dessert. My foodie friends, however, seem to think that fruit is just as delicious as chocolate and they actually make desserts that don’t involve chocolate on any level. You should’ve seen them drooling over this flat bread with plums for dessert thingie. They couldn’t wait for me to finish taking the pics.
Macaroni and Cheese. Not your ‘open a box and add water’ Mac n Cheese. This is the fancy kind. With Planko crust. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm….. Actually I don’t like Mac n Cheese. And if I did, I’d probably prefer the box kind. But this sure is pretty!
Whenever I had to attend a potluck, people would request my mom’s cheese potatoes. Luckily I have no pride issues when it comes to cooking. So, even as an adult, I would ask my mom to make them for me. Now, however, I live too far away from her so I had to learn to make them myself. Fortunately they are really simple to make. And I can promise you they will be a hit at any potluck. Even cheese snobs love them. Kind of makes me smile inside when they do because they don’t have to know they are made with Velveeta.
So, here’s what you’ll need to have:
A log of Velveeta (2 cups or half a regular log), 2 lb bag of frozen hash brown potatoes, 1/2 cup of butter (or margarine), 1 can cream of mushroom (makes it vegetarian), 2 cups of sour cream, 2 tablespoons minced onion, 1 teaspoon of salt, a large mixing bow and a 9 x 13 baking pan. Oh…and an oven.
Cut the Velveeta into cubes…
Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl…
Put the mixture in the baking pan…
Bake without a lid at 350 degrees for 1 hour, butstir it up after half an hour. This will make sure you get the butter and cheese all mixed up real well before it’s finished.
I hope you and your friends enjoy it. I’d love to hear back from those of you who gave it a go! I’ll be shocked if anyone said they didn’t love it.
Like so many hard-working humans, lunch is normally a fast food affair. Usually it’s a burger from The Habit. My second choice is a little sidewalk cafe type place called “Z Pizza”. (It’s a food chain) As far as pizza goes, it’s healthier and has fewer calories. Apparently this has been proven in the press. I’d be untruthful if I said that was why I eat there. The fact is that my friend, a healthy eater and a vegetarian, loves the pizza there. And I must say it truly is enjoyable. I’m even learning to love the thin crust. The people are friendly, the service is quick, and the price is great. Two large slices and a soda for approximately $7.00. What more could you possibly want?
Z Pizza on Lindero Canyon! If you are in the area (and you know what area I’m referring to), I highly recommend them.
What on earth am I supposed to do with them? I planted them in a box in the yard as props for future photo ops. I just feel the need to be honest and let you all know that I have no idea what they are for. However, the Tai Basil is really colorful and I think it will make a great accent on some photo some day.
And Parlsey…come on. Even I know Parsley is plated on almost all fancy dishes.