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But in a good way! ūüôā

Two summers ago, we tried an intriguing antipasto plate at a Boston test kitchen made up of ingredients one might not think would go well together: watermelon slices, mozzarella, prosciutto and sunflower seeds topped off with a drizzle of olive oil, a splash of (some sort of) vinegar and a sprinkling of fresh herbs and salt. When all the components were eaten together, the combination was both magical and addictive.  

"Summer Cubed" (Watermelon, Mozzarella & Prosciutto Bites) Nikon D300, VR 105mm F/2.8G Macro, F/4.5, 1/30s, ISO 1000, Built-in i-TTL Flash w/Gary Fong 'Puffer' Diffuser

“Summer Cubed” (Watermelon, Mozzarella & Prosciutto Bites) Nikon D300, VR 105mm F/2.8G Macro, F/4.5, 1/30s, ISO 1000, Built-in i-TTL Flash w/Gary Fong ‘Puffer’ Diffuser

After¬†dinner, I could not get the flavors of that starter out of my mind and set out to recreate the experience, BUT as one fantastic mouthful. It took quite a few attempts (but I admit,¬†even the ‘tries’ were yummy ūüôā ) to get not only the ingredients (type, size and quantity)¬†correct but also, to have them assembled in the¬†perfect order to enhance and compliment each and every one.

"Amuse-bouche" (Watermelon, Mozzarella & Prosciutto Bite) Nikon D300, VR 105mm F/2.8G Macro, F/4.5, 1/60s, ISO 1000, Built-in i-TTL Flash w/Gary Fong 'Puffer' Diffuser

“Amuse-bouche” (Watermelon, Mozzarella & Prosciutto Bite) Nikon D300, VR 105mm F/2.8G Macro, F/4.5, 1/60s, ISO 1000, Built-in i-TTL Flash w/Gary Fong ‘Puffer’ Diffuser

These little bites have become one of our absolute favorite¬†go-to items for a quick and elegant snack/appetizer/salad/lunch/side/tapas etc., and with summertime watermelon season now in full swing, something that graces our table several times a week. (Plus, they are finger food…no utensils required).

Is there a recipe for these gems? Sadly, not yet. ūüė¶ Like many of my ‘creations’, it merely exists as a scribbling on a scrap of¬†paper lest I forget an ingredient or the order (and yes,¬†both have¬†happened).

Looks like I just might have to consider¬†writing that¬†cook book… ūüėČ

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Ha! Not that kind of Peep show, silly…..I’m talkin’ marshmallow critters here! ūüôā

"Just Hatched" (Homemade Marshmallow Chick in Nest) Nikon D300, F/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 500

Earlier this week, I tried my hand at homemade marshmallow chicks and I must say, they were pretty easy and oh-so-cute! (Yummy, too).

I’m hoping these little guys¬†will help¬†to keep my spirits up while I wait impatiently for my¬†broken foot to heal. (Sugar heals all wounds, right? ūüėČ )

Happy Easter, everyone! I wish you all good health and much happiness! ūüôā

After hours of clearing snow, there is nothing like sinking your spoon into a piping hot crock of turkey pot pie.

"Comfort Food" (Turkey Pot Pie with Phyllo Crust)

A lighter version of the standard, this one is chuck¬†full of veggies and chunks of Monday night’s leftover roast turkey, topped with layers of flaky phyllo.

Yum-ohhhhhhhhh- so-good! ūüôā

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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