If you’ve didn’t have a chance to catch my previous posts, I was one of the bloggers selected by blogger and cookbook author Jenny Rosenstrach (Dinner: A Love Story) to cook three recipes from her upcoming second book, Dinner: The Playbook. Although a terrific read with lots of great recipes for anyone that comes across it, it is especially useful for busy parents as Jenny unveils a 30-day master plan to get a good meal on the table each night. This recipe – once the ingredients were assembled – came together nicely. I really liked the heat that the red pepper flakes gave to the sauce – a nice little kick to offset the bit of richness. And overall, the layering of flavors in this dish really worked. I still failed at getting my son to try the artichokes, though. But what really stands out in my mind after cooking these recipes is just how much we “eat” with our eyes. For those of us who participated in this week-long challenge, we all received an advance copy of Dinner: The Playbook which interestingly enough does not resemble the final edition and all of the photos are in black and white. So as I selected the three recipes to make, there was really no visual “draw” to any particular recipe and instead I merely relied upon ingredient appeal and to best visualize how the dish would translate to a color image. Now I know there are some stunning black and white food photos out there, but there is a reason you rarely see black and white food images in mainstream magazines – it doesn’t sell. People clearly eat with their eyes first – and I love being behind the camera to capture that image. Again, unfortunately I can’t post the recipe at this time per the author, but hopefully the photos and summary of the recipes I made will interest you in her new book Dinner: The Playbook which is available for pre-order on Amazon.com. And, if you are on Instagram, please enter the hashtag #DinnerPlaybook to see many of the photographed dishes. I would appreciate your follows as well! You can find me HERE. Thanks for following along for this challenge……back to my recipes this week. 🙂
About Stacey | Kitchen Serendipity
Hello and welcome! I'm Stacey and it is my hope that Kitchen Serendipity will serve you well with recipes, photography, and many other things food-related. I live in a little corner of paradise called Longboat Key and when I'm not in the kitchen, you can find me on the beach photographing families from around the country and world who choose our island communities as their vacation or event destination.
My passions for both photography and food have taken me on a relatively unscripted, unchartered, and primarily self-taught journey. Growing up, meals were a proficient rotation of roast chicken, spaghetti and meatballs, steak, broiled scrod and homemade macaroni and cheese, and hamburgers. We had a good, simple meal on the table every night, but I really looked forward to the nights our family went out to dinner. My favorite memory is that of the Modern Restaurant in Nashua, NH. It was a jump back in time when people still dressed up for dinner and family occasions were celebrated with a good meal. Oh - how I loved their menu, the Shirley Temples, and the announcements over the loudspeaker for "The Smith party of four, your table is now ready," and "sorry folks, we are now out of chicken pot pie," the latter prompting all those waiting for a table to groan in mock-despair.
After some mishaps in the kitchen when I was on my own after college (like mistaking a clove of garlic to mean an entire HEAD of garlic oh horrors) I decided to get serious about learning to cook. I subscribed to magazines, collected cookbooks, and eventually made frequent Saturday treks down the NYS Thruway to the prestigious Culinary Institute of America to take classes that were offered to "regular" folks like me. I learned. I started to give dinner parties. I even gave some fancy dinner parties and catered a large event. I started to develop recipes.
Motherhood took over and photography entered the equation. (So did picky-eating.) Gourmet dinners were a thing of the past and were replaced by an interest in nutrition, whole foods, and family dining. Today, food and photography are finally on the same page, but it's been a journey. Food interests change as life evolves.
My main focus is to develop interesting recipes that are filling, delicious, and good for you. (And we'll address picky eaters for sure.) It's got to look good as well! I hope you will join me? I would love to see you here. :)