I was at the store the other day and I saw a “Family Pack” of Pork Sirloin chops on sale. So, on a whim I picked up a package for Yes!Chef! When Yes!Chef! saw the package in the refrigerator, I shouted “Surprise. Happy Birthday! It’s a food challenge!” Yes, it was Y!C!’s birthday and he was quite surprised that he was going to be cooking for his own birthday.
I think love and strawberries go together. After all, you can dip strawberries in chocolate, or drop them into champagne, or slice them up and serve with ice cream drizzled with chocolate. All of these are romantic and put you in the mind for love. And between Yes!Chef! and myself, we have been making quite a few strawberry recipes lately.
Occasionally 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.
We are excited to celebrate the Super Bowl this weekend because
1. Finally my NINERS have made it back to the bowl!!!
And, 2. some friends of ours have asked us to come down to their beautiful home in Sacramento and spend the weekend (pictures to follow.)
Picadillo: ( “mince”) is a traditional dish in many Latin American countries and the Philippines (where it is known as giniling, and also Arroz a la Cubana) that is similar to hash. It is made with ground beef, tomatoes (tomato sauce may be used as a substitute), and other ingredients that vary by region. It is often served with rice or used as a filling in dishes such as tacos, savoury pastries or croquettes. The name comes from the Spanish word “picar,” which means “to mince” or “to chop”.
Well, now that we’ve cleared that little matter up…
I think anyone who reads this blog knows how our family feels about home made soup. We love it. We even love soup in the summer as long as it is a cold soup like gazpacho. Many soups are also good for the waist-line (and every other body line, for that matter) and many people are concerned about their weight starting this new year…including me! Yes!Chef! said he could stand to lose a few pounds, too.