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On this day of giving thanks, I am truly grateful for my husband, kitty, warm home, my¬†family, wonderful friends and neighbors, good health, abundance of joyful days and a belly full of turkey! ūüėČ

“Thank-FULL” (Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner) Nikon D300, 62mm, F/5, 1/10s, +0.7EV, ISO 1000, Built-in i-TTL Flash, -1.0EV

Here’s hoping all your plates are equally¬†full!

Happy Thanksgiving! ūüôā

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Breakfast Collage (Clockwise: Ham & Cheese Scramble, Pancakes, Strawberries, Banana Bread, Cap'n Crunch's Crunchberries Cereal)

I’m what you’d call a foodie. Hmmm, no, that’s not right.

I’m¬†a die hard foodie!

Love to cook, love to eat, love to learn about food (and wine), love to watch cooking shows, love to create recipes. I am more than familiar with¬†the names Giada, Ina, Nigella, Tyler, Bobby, Gordon and¬†Guy,¬†and my dvr is loaded with shows having titles like ‘Hell’s Kitchen’, ‘Top Chef’ and ‘Chopped’. Heck, I’ve been regularly attending the¬†annual EpCot Food & Wine Festival¬†since 1998!¬†

So, when Scott Thomas posted his latest photo assignment, Food Photography, I knew I was all in! ūüôā

Lunch Collage (T to B: Ham, Cheese & Apple Panini, Beet & Goat Cheese Salad, Cheese Pizza)

The hardest part of this assignment was remembering to stop and¬†photograph the food. Let’s face it…once it’s baked, fried, grilled, roasted, seared, simmered and plated, the next step is¬†‘lift utensil, stick in mouth’,¬†not, pick up camera! ūüôā

For this challenge, I specifically chose not to make anything out of the ordinary. If you think about it, food photographers shoot all kinds of food and food-related items, not just fancy-schmancy, perfectly plated meals. Be it for an equipment ad, a recipe in a cookbook, a restaurant menu, a glossy magazine cover or gourmet catalog, their job is to make the food look interesting and appetizing, whatever it may happen to be. 

Therefore, these three collages simply represent a little snapshot of what you may see on our table on

Dinner Collage (L to R: Hearty Beef Stew, Linguine w/Meatball & Steamed Asparagus)

any given day. (Is your mouth watering yet? ūüėČ ) Like everyone else, our tastes change with the seasons and being¬†winter, these days the meals tend to be on the¬†heartier side with a very high ‘comfort level’ factor. (Hey, something has to get us through all¬†these Nor’easters!)¬†Around March, as thoughts turn to pool season, things will lighten up in anticipation of days spent by the grill and fresh veggies pulled from the garden. (Oh, and skin-bearing swimsuits…yikes!)

But for now, I am very happy with plates filled with eggs and pancakes and bowls piled high with pasta and stews.

Say…could you please be a dear and¬†pass the bread? ūüėÄ

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