Chocolate Chip Cookies . . . on Canvas!

A few weeks ago, the folks at Easy Canvas Prints contacted me to ask if I would be interested in receiving a free print of one of my pictures, in exchange for a review. Hmmm, let’s see . . . do I want something cool for free, and the opportunity to give my opinion on it? Yes, yes I do.

Printing on canvas is new to me, but it’s a neat idea! I was also impressed by how simple it was to use their site (I guess they weren’t kidding about the Easy part), and how many different options they offer. Various canvas sizes, a variety of wrap options for the edges, image retouching, etc. Pretty cool! I knew the image would not print as sharp as the original, so I decided to go with something a little bit softer that still had decent contrast to it. And as luck would have it, I still had these cookies kicking around in the queue. All in all, I was very pleased with the end result! The black is nice and rich. The cookies looked as yummy as the day the picture was taken. Good work, ECP.

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Yogurt with Fresh Mint & Cocoa Nibs

Two years ago, my downstairs neighbor planted mint in our garden. Summer came and went, and I eagerly awaited the following spring, because I knew that one little plant would turn into a garden filled with mint. And that would mean spiked mint lemonades, minty greek yogurt sauces, and chocolatey baked goods with fresh mint—all for me! This year, it’s spread to the lawn. And a yard-mowing earlier in the week led to the smell of mint permeating both my home and my subconscious, and left me craving minty vanilla yogurt.

Me-fact for you: I have weird yogurt issues. I cannot eat yogurt without some sort of texture to it, but that texture needs to be crunchy. I once ate half of a coconut yogurt, declaring it to be the most delicious thing ever right up until the point when I hit the layer of oily, shredded coconut at the bottom. I then recoiled in horror and threw the container in the garbage (likely making gagging noises the entire time too). I blame my mother for allowing me to load my yogurt up with sprinkles, M&Ms, and chocolate chips when I was a child (though, to be fair, this was the only way she could actually get me eat the stuff at all). I have since graduated from sprinkles to dark chocolate and cocoa nibs (which makes me feel infinitely more fancy).

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Poached Eggs over Beet & Carrot Hash

In the past couple months, my egg intake has increased dramatically (from maybe 1 per month to 2–3 per week). Maybe it’s all the biking I’ve been doing in place of walking. Maybe it’s the revival of an hour-long daily workout. (If my brain is going to insist that I wake up at 6:00 a.m. every morning, I might as well do something productive!) Either way, my body wants protein. But it also wants to keep things on the healthy side. So when I discovered this hash on my wonderful friend Whitney’s blog last week, it was love at first sight.

This stuff was incredibly tasty! It does require a wee bit of planning ahead if you want to roast the beet. (I’m still a little new to the world of beets, so I’m not sure how this would taste grated raw and pan-fried, along with the carrots—probably about the same.) But that extra 40 minutes of oven time lets you leisurely prep the rest of your ingredients while enjoying another cup of coffee (or perhaps a mimosa!). I was only planning on adding garlic scapes to the dish, but I threw in a handful of corn at the last minute (which turned out to be a delicious decision). If I’d had goat cheese on hand, I might have added it as well. But the lack of the semi-rich flavor of goat cheese kept the taste of the hash nice and light, and I think I will leave it out in the future as well. (Me opting to not put cheese in something? What is going on?)

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Swiss Chard & Garlic Scape Ravioli

There are three surefire ways to tell that my food photography was done at my parents’ house:

(1) Everything is well lit (thanks to this room); (2) Blue agate Bennington Pottery makes an appearance in 90% of my photos; (3) I am so bored that I will actually spend three hours making ravioli from scratch.

Yesterday I drove an hour to brave a very busy farmers’ market, and returned home with a bag filled with goodies. (While I am certain that I will never make any sort of “haul” video in my lifetime, if there was one thing that could get me to make one, it would be a successful farmers’ market trip. Dilly beans! Hot pepper jelly! OK, enough.) And despite the hour drive both ways, perusing the market, and a pit-stop at a coffee shop on the way home, it was still only 2:30 when I arrived back at my parents’ place. And as much as I tried to justify drinking a glass of wine alone at 3:00 in the afternoon, I really couldn’t. So I made ravioli instead.

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