Monthly Archives: February 2013

No More Wimpy Yam Fries or I Yam What I Yam

I love the idea of Yam/Sweet Potato Fries.  I just don’t like many of the recipes that I have found.  Reason:  Wimpiness.

I can’t think of any good reason anything or anybody should be wimpy.

Wimpy is not a good quality and is definitely not a good quality when it comes to food.  Name me one food that is described as wimpy and is something you would cook?  I can’t think of any.

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Pulled Pork Sandwiches and Print Competitions

 

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Yes!Chef! loves pork.  Until he started cooking pork for me, I always turned up my nose at any mention of recipes that included pork.  My experience with pork has been dried up meat that needed lots of barbecue sauce in order to be able to choke it down.

My mind has been changed with some of the recipes Y!C! has made…specifically the Pressure Cooker Carnitas Recipe and the Pulled Pork Recipe he made last summer.  And now, he’s found a Pulled Pork Recipe that is more to his liking:  spicy, sweet and no-creamy cole slaw.

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I’ve seen the Light…another food photography post

Cierraproperlight webOccasionally I teach a class  on basic photography.  Whenever I teach this class, I always start out with how the camera sees light and I use this photo as an example. These two photos were taken within seconds of each other and within 5 feet of each other.  This beautiful woman was taking a class from me and I snapped these two photos off to show how light makes a difference in photography.  She was stunned with the results.  This photo has been one of the best learning tools that I have used.  The picture on the left is direct overhead, middle-of-the-day sunlight.  The shadows are harsh and for people, this light is not very flattering.  For the right hand photo, I moved her about 5 feet until she was under the open shade of a large tree with the same sunlight reflecting off the ground and bouncing onto her face.  You can see that reflected light in her eyes.  The light on her face is soft and without harsh shadows.

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Carnitas under Pressure

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Oh how I loved this meal!  I mean, really, really loved it.  I want to have it at least once a month because I loved it so much.

What is it?  Citrus flavored Pork Carnitas cooked with the amazing, marvelous pressure cooker.

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Say “Cheese” or maybe “Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries with Chocolate Ganache”, please.

a spoonful of Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries with Chocolate Ganache

a spoonful of Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries with Chocolate Ganache

What is Valentine’s Day without Chocolate?  It’s an incomplete Valentine; that’s what I say.  Add strawberries and cheesecake and do you know what you have?

Guilt!

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Please, sir, May I have S’Mores?

S'more Cookies with Homemade Marshmallows

S’more Cookies with Homemade Marshmallows

So, yesterday was the Superbowl of foodiness…oh, and also a really good football game. (We will not talk about the Niners loss…)

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Food Photography is Hard or Think Twice Before You Snap That Restaurant Pic and Post it All Over the Internet…

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As a wedding photographer, I have to be able to photograph anything in any light to document all the things that go on in the wedding.  The bride and groom barely remember anything that goes on in the wedding, so it is up to me, as the photographer, to document everything they have been working on for a year or more. You cannot always set up lights the way you would like or really have the kind of time that you would want to perfect each and every photo.  Most often, my second shooter and I come away with 2000 photos or more of each wedding we do.   I always want at least one good photo of the food and several great photos of the cake.  So, I have to know a little something about good light to get those photos. However, there is no way I have the time during a wedding to set up amazing food shots like I do when Yes!Chef! cooks.

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