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Old 10-15-2008, 02:16 PM   #1301
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thanks!! I just have to get through Saturday...lol so my food maybe a little off lmao
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Old 10-15-2008, 09:07 PM   #1302
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Crispy chicken skin....hmmmmm. If it and the rest of the chicken lasts long enough to take a picture of it, I will try to fulfill the request.
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Old 10-16-2008, 07:06 AM   #1303
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Do the pictures have to be taken right before the food is consumed? I wasn't aware that was a rule on this thread. (Or that you were the one in charge of rules enforcement) In every other picture on this thread, you can tell that people were just off in the wings with forks at the ready huh? Yeah right. The pictures are of what I made and served. The story is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent. As a professional, I do try to take "professional looking" pictures. You can be astonished or not, but I imagine that you won't be because you are too busy trying to be a wise ass. Lol
You're one to be calling someone a wise-ass. :\
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Old 10-16-2008, 08:18 AM   #1304
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Some pics from last night's dinner...

From my foodee challenge recipe: Pumpkin soup w/ bleu cheese and crumbled (turkey) bacon

And for dessert: Lemon curd cheesecake
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Old 10-16-2008, 10:42 AM   #1305
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You're one to be calling someone a wise-ass.
Thank you very much! That's what I thought also. I AM the one to call someone a wise ass.
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To be honest vardon_grip I think you may have taken what Beabea said the wrong way. I think she expressed disbelief and shock at your pictures because they're so bloody good. Too good to believe that you shot them whilst you had friends waiting for dinner. If it's true, you know that it's true and it's a GREAT compliment to yourself if your photos are so good that people can't believe you took them
Wow. Just wow. Way to minimize Vardon's quite rightful indignation. It's his fault that he was insulted, because he's just too good to be believed?!?!

Vardon, I absolutely believe that those are your photos. I've seen your watermark elsewhere. And damn, but I wish that I was one of your friends .. at least for as long as it would take me to consume that veritable feast!

And you weren't mistaken. There was no compliment, intended or otherwise, in the first post. It was quite obviously a snide aside ... one cleverly enough "disguised" that, if called on it, could be withdrawn as a misunderstanding ... on *your* part, of course.

You handled your response with a lot more dignity and grace than I would have been capable of.
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SHHH now - I want to see more food pics
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Old 10-17-2008, 09:48 PM   #1309
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Some pics from last night's dinner...

From my foodee challenge recipe: Pumpkin soup w/ bleu cheese and crumbled (turkey) bacon

And for dessert: Lemon curd cheesecake
Oh that soup looks gorgeous! Im getting some canned pumpkin from the US so that I can try making it! The lemon curd cheesecake looks luscious too!
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Old 10-18-2008, 05:18 AM   #1310
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Old 10-18-2008, 05:25 AM   #1311
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The lemon curd cheesecake is soooooooooooooooooooo easy!

1 package of 8oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons lemon curd (or lime curd if you want lime cheesecakes)
6 mini graham cracker pie crusts
whipped topping and sprinkles, optional

Mix cream cheese, lemon curd and sugar together until creamy and well blended. Spoon into pie crusts, top with whipped topping and sprinkles (yellow for lemon or green for lime) and refrigerate for 2 hours. Serve and ENJOY!
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Old 10-18-2008, 05:36 AM   #1312
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The lemon curd cheesecake is soooooooooooooooooooo easy!
Lol, I was expecting a recipe that was too complicated to do anything except drool over but I think thats actually achievable - even by me!

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The lemon curd cheesecake is soooooooooooooooooooo easy!

1 package of 8oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons lemon curd (or lime curd if you want lime cheesecakes)
6 mini graham cracker pie crusts
whipped topping and sprinkles, optional

Mix cream cheese, lemon curd and sugar together until creamy and well blended. Spoon into pie crusts, top with whipped topping and sprinkles (yellow for lemon or green for lime) and refrigerate for 2 hours. Serve and ENJOY!
Thanks!! I'm filing that away for the next summer party!! Of course I'll be getting lots of practice to perfect it before then

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Lol, I was expecting a recipe that was too complicated to do anything except drool over but I think thats actually achievable - even by me!

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Lol, I was expecting a recipe that was too complicated to do anything except drool over but I think thats actually achievable - even by me!

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Lol! I know! So easy and with such incredible results!
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Thanks!! I'm filing that away for the next summer party!!

Can I come!!!! I promise to bring something good and yummy!
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Last night's dinner:

3 cheese, spinach lasagna
dinner rolls
tomato, broccoli & blue cheese salad
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Baked ziti with ricotta and mozzarella. Really hard to get a good pic, the oranges and reds just blow all out... oh well, you can see the cheese.
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CB and AM-Both of the pasta dishes look very yummy
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CB and AM-Both of the pasta dishes look very yummy

Thanks hun! Although my pics don't even compare to your GORGEOUS food pics! What's your secret?????
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Thanks hun! Although my pics don't even compare to your GORGEOUS food pics! What's your secret?????
Thank you for the compliment.

The biggest "secret"-equipment.
I have a professional DSLR with several lenses to achieve the looks that I need. I also have accessories to shape and soften the light. Unfortunately, it is very expensive for a lot of hobbyists. Don't let that deter you.
A lot of the point and shoot cameras made in the last 5 years are really good and should not be scoffed at. There are also simple household items that can be used to help you get the look you want.
That being said, here are a few suggestions.

-Whenever possible-use natural light.
-Always make sure your camera is set to the proper color temperature/white balance (Sunlight, Florescent, Tungsten, Cloudy Day, Flash or Shadow-for most cameras. Light has a color temperature and can cast an orange to blue tint to pictures if the camera is not set correctly.) Auto white balance doesn't really work great for all kinds of light
-Use a macro lens to get a shallow focus depth and to get close to subject/object
(If you use a point and shoot-zoom anywhere from 1/2 to max. zoom and then step away from the object until you get the framing you like. Most p&s cameras have a 3 ft. minimum focus. Any closer and it can't focus properly. You may have to steady the camera from blur by using a tripod. No tripod? Use the top of a chair backrest to steady the camera as you hold it. Or place the object at the end of a table and shoot from opposite end and use a couple/few books to get some angle/height and to steady your camera. You can also place the object on the ground as long as you can get good light on it)
-If you can-make the food "pretty"(Use nice plates, add color w/ garnishes, arrange the food, use props...etc.)
-Go to Wal-Mart or your equivalent store and buy a sheet of white poster board for around 2 dollars to use as a "bounce" card (You can reflect some soft light into darker or shadowy areas with the white card. It can soften shadows and can add just enough light into under exposed areas. Cut it down to a workable size, bend it, hand hold it, wedge it between books or tape it to a 2 Litre bottle of Pepsi to help it stand up to reflect the light where you need it.)
-Experiment with cropping

Good Luck!


Anyone email/PM me with specific camera/photo questions.
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Thank you for the compliment.

The biggest "secret"-equipment.
I have a professional DSLR with several lenses to achieve the looks that I need. I also have accessories to shape and soften the light. Unfortunately, it is very expensive for a lot of hobbyists. Don't let that deter you.
A lot of the point and shoot cameras made in the last 5 years are really good and should not be scoffed at. There are also simple household items that can be used to help you get the look you want.
That being said, here are a few suggestions.

-Whenever possible-use natural light.
-Always make sure your camera is set to the proper color temperature/white balance (Sunlight, Florescent, Tungsten, Cloudy Day, Flash or Shadow-for most cameras. Light has a color temperature and can cast an orange to blue tint to pictures if the camera is not set correctly.) Auto white balance doesn't really work great for all kinds of light
-Use a macro lens to get a shallow focus depth and to get close to subject/object
(If you use a point and shoot-zoom anywhere from 1/2 to max. zoom and then step away from the object until you get the framing you like. Most p&s cameras have a 3 ft. minimum focus. Any closer and it can't focus properly. You may have to steady the camera from blur by using a tripod. No tripod? Use the top of a chair backrest to steady the camera as you hold it. Or place the object at the end of a table and shoot from opposite end and use a couple/few books to get some angle/height and to steady your camera. You can also place the object on the ground as long as you can get good light on it)
-If you can-make the food "pretty"(Use nice plates, add color w/ garnishes, arrange the food, use props...etc.)
-Go to Wal-Mart or your equivalent store and buy a sheet of white poster board for around 2 dollars to use as a "bounce" card (You can reflect some soft light into darker or shadowy areas with the white card. It can soften shadows and can add just enough light into under exposed areas. Cut it down to a workable size, bend it, hand hold it, wedge it between books or tape it to a 2 Litre bottle of Pepsi to help it stand up to reflect the light where you need it.)
-Experiment with cropping

Good Luck!


Anyone email/PM me with specific camera/photo questions.

Thank you so much for your advice! It is greatly appreciated! P.s. You've been repped!
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Its fall around the country and yet the days in Southern California are still warm. The night brings a gentle coolness to the air that will turn crisp before morning. Even though its not quite soup weather here, I decided to make some split pea soup, because Andersen's restaurant (famous for its split pea) is far from me and I really like split pea soup! I am garnishing it with chopped ham shank and homemade herb croutons and parmesan crisps.


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The soup was very easy to make. I followed the directions on the package of dried split peas. I made it in my crock pot because I could walk away from it and not worry that it'll burn.
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Its fall around the country and yet the days in Southern California are still warm. The night brings a gentle coolness to the air that will turn crisp before morning. Even though its not quite soup weather here, I decided to make some split pea soup, because Andersen's restaurant (famous for its split pea) is far from me and I really like split pea soup! I am garnishing it with chopped ham shank and homemade herb croutons and parmesan crisps...
The soup was very easy to make. I followed the directions on the package of dried split peas. I made it in my crock pot because I could walk away from it and not worry that it'll burn.
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Homemade 3 cheese pizza:

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The 3 cheeses are Fontina, mozzarella and Romano. It ended up a 4 cheese pizza after coming out of the oven since I like to sprinkle Parmesan on it. The sauce is made from powdered tomato paste I reconstituted with water to the right thickness and seasoned with Italian spices and minces garlic. I sprinkled on some chopped up roma tomatoes.
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Dinner last night and lunch today. Penne pasta with olive oil, Black Russian tomatoes and shredded goat cheese:

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