Thursday, January 10, 2013

Weekend Roundup

A couple new things to report on from last weekend - I finally took my new camera (a Canon Rebel T3i) out of its box and tried taking a few pictures (next week I go to a class, I have LOTS to learn!)  The other is that I've been wanting a light box to take pictures since it is dark out while I am preparing dinner.  Natural light is the best but this time of year it is not an option when I get home from work.

The DIY guy and I came up with a design and we both worked on it  (a future post will be on this project).  The picture above was taken with the camera and placed in the light box - I was pretty pleased with both.

Another new thing for me was making brussel sprouts - first time!  They just looked so fresh and appealing as I was walking through Trader Joe's, that I couldn't pass them up.  I first diced up some bacon and sauteed it until crispy and set aside.  In the drippings with another tablespoon of olive oil, I sauteed some shallots until soft and also set them aside.  I added the sprouts in small batches and browned on each side with a little sugar and once they were all done, I placed everything back in the pan with salt and pepper, covered and cooked an additional 7 minutes.  The turned out super yummy.

For the chicken, take a pound of boneless chicken, cube it and place in a baggie with 1/2 cup Greek Vinaigrette dressing and 2 tablespoons of mayo.  Marinate for 1-2 hours.  These taste best skewered and cooked on a grill.  Super easy!

I'm excited to learn more about my camera and experiment with picture taking.  Thanks family for the Christmas gift!  You know I'll be cooking more so I can do "photo shoots" but maybe that was your plan all along :-)!


  1. Can't wait to hear all about your new Camera; I would also have to take a course, needing one now with my Fuji S4600 ! My hubby loves Brussel Sprouts.

  2. Hi there! I am one of the co-hosts from the GYB hop. I am stopping by to follow you and to see what you are all about!

    I am not sure what I like better from the post, the recipe or the photos! I have glanced through your page and everything looks so delicous! Would you consider linking up to Foodie Friends Friday? We have a great party that starts at 9:00EST on Thursday evening. Check it out at

    Look forward to seeing more of your recipes and hearing more about your camera/photos!

  3. thanks for linking up to GYB link party!! have a great day! ~ Paula

  4. Ok, your pics look fantastic. I can't wait to read your post on making a photobox. I really need this for the pics I can't take during the day in natural light. OMG. They just look so awesome!

    What setting are you using on your camera? I've been using Creative Auto and the AV setting. I really need to take a class when I have time to so I can learn everything!


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