One Year Later

Around this time last year, I felt the need to push myself and learn something new. I had fallen into a fairly comfortable routine with my job, social life, etc. and wanted to mix it up with a creative interest. So, exactly one year ago today I bought my first DSLR camera and decided to learn photography, an art I had always found too intimidating to try and written it off as “not my thing”. The truth is that I’ve always been interested in photography, but simply got in my own way through these excuses. Thankfully, I decided to ignore those voices and take the plunge.

Why Food Photography?New adventure begins

My desire to learn food photography was inspired by my return to food blogging. As some of you may know, I used to have a cooking blog back in the day (’08!) called The Midnight Cook. All of my photos were taken with a Konica Minolta point and shoot, which at the time seemed perfectly fine. Fast forward 6 years, and so much has changed with amateur food photography, thanks to the popularity of DSLR cameras. It became obvious that having legit, good pictures of my cooking was a must-have for the blog. So, I’d need to invest some serious time learning how to use my camera before even thinking of writing my first post. After all, people eat with their eyes first.

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Lemon Thyme Roast Chicken

Lemon-Thyme Roast Chicken

As I wrote in my on Roast Chicken 101, my kitchen hasn’t seen much action since I was traveling over the holidays. To kick off the week (and get my kitchen smelling delicious!) I spent Sunday afternoon making this deliciously simple Lemon Thyme Roast Chicken. It only takes about 10 minutes to prep the chicken and ingredients, then it slowly roasts in the oven for 90 minutes. You basically can just forget about it…although the the amazing scent of garlic and thyme will remind you of what’s cooking.

Lemon Thyme Roast Chicken

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Roast Chicken 101

Roast Chicken 101

I absolutely love vacation. But then again, who doesn’t? I totally believe that taking time off from work makes you more energized and productive when you return to the office, and fortunately my company agrees! I was lucky enough to spend the Christmas week in Seattle with family, then the following week in Puerto Rico with my boyfriend. During both trips, I got to do a little cooking here and there too. It was just wonderful.

Perhaps the only bad part about vacation is when it inevitably comes to an end. I made it back to SF after a long day and night of travel which included sleeping in Chicago O’Hare airport (it was 3 degrees outside, and maybe only 40 degrees in the airport!) On Tuesday morning, probably still half-asleep, I stumbled into my apartment and quickly got ready to head into the office. I opened my fridge to grab a quick snack and — uh oh, it was completely empty. And I mean, empty. A few sticks of butter, a block of Parm, and half a dozen of eggs. I’m embarrassed to say that I didn’t make it to the grocery store until the end of the week. (Lots of catchup at the office – there’s a price to pay for two weeks of vacation, right?) I kicked off the weekend with a long Saturday morning visit to Whole Foods. And now, my fridge is full and we’re back in business!

One of my go-to purchases is a whole chicken that I can roast at home. Sure, there are rotisserie chickens that are cheaper, already cooked, and pretty tasty. But, what I like about roasting my own is that I can control every ingredient that goes into it, whether it’s salt, oil, or certain herbs. I usually eat some of the chicken the night I roast it, and then use the leftover chicken throughout the week. It’s a huge timesaver!

So, why isn’t everyone buying up whole chickens and roasting them at home? Sounds like a no-brainer, right?

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