I’m a food writer, but not a food blogger. There’s a big difference, in case you were wondering.
When I develop recipes for publication, my energy is completely devoted to the timing, order, and taste. After I’ve finished that part, someone at the magazine cooks and styles the recipe, and someone else shoots the photo. They’re completely different processes, because even if you style food naturally (rather than use science-fiction tricks to make it look better than any home cook could make it) you still don’t make it to eat, but to shoot.
So that’s the old school way I’m used to working. None of this step-by-step-show-your-underwear-while-you’re-at-it kind of process.
Which is why, in addition to the facts that I stink at photography and every time I try to take a photo, Jonathan yanks on my leg, I get a big fat F at documenting my time in the kitchen. Here’s the latest half-finished attempt. (But do scroll down to the recipe, because it’s quite good.)
There’s a single guy in our congregation who lives at home with his mom and brothers. He’s the Lutheraniest Lutheran I know, a fount of history and theology. I’d put him against the best pastors in the Synod for a showdown any day. He’s also a very good cook, by necessity, since his mom is ill and someone has to put chow on the table. He gave me his chili recipe, which couponers will love because he gets all his ingredients at Aldi for a song. I’ve never been to Aldi (hate shopping) but every time I make this chili I think I should just bite the bullet and go.
1 pound ground beef
1 envelope taco seasoning
1 quart whole tomatoes
1 jar salsa
1 can diced green chiles
3 cans of beans (kidney, pinto, and great northern)
Salt, sugar, pepper, jalapenos, vinegar, hot sauce (whatever, in whatever quantities you want)
First, brown the ground beef.
Add the taco seasoning, tomatoes, salsa, and chiles.
Rinse the beans in a colander and add. Try to take a photo while baby pulls on pants leg and screams to be held.
Abandon photos because baby wants to be held. Add salt, sugar, pepper, and vinegar. Taste. A little more vinegar. Mmmm. Simmer as long as possible before hungry family converges on kitchen demanding dinner. Whip up some cornbread as a side. Eat.