Earlier this week, I listened to this fantastic interview with Sally McKenney from Sally’s Baking Addiction. Her blog gets literally millions of hits every month, and it was really interesting to get a glimpse behind the scenes. I was so relieved to hear that of everything–recipe testing, writing, social media, back-end website stuff–she spends the most time working on her photography. Me too!
For every decent photo you see here, there are dozens upon dozens that are blurry, overexposed, underexposed, or just plain gross. It was really encouraging to hear such a successful blogger talking about how hard it is to basically teach yourself how to be a professional-level food photographer.
I have good days and bad days. This past Wednesday I was tearing my hair out, trying to photograph two dishes that I just couldn’t get right. Finally, I realized that I was way too angry and frustrated to work thoughtfully and compose a tasteful shot. It just wasn’t going to happen.
So I gave up and made lemonade. Because, when life gives you lemons… right?
(It’s actually limeade, but let’s not split hairs.)
But before we get to the recipe, how about some fun and interesting links from across the web?
Reading this New York Times article was a bit like looking in the mirror: “I find myself going to 8,000 different stores to replicate the experience of going to Sahadi’s.” Yes!
Dogs get MRIs! And it turns out they really are the best animals ever.
We’re going on vacation next month to the beach in Rhode Island (where I also went to high school). Here are six swoon-worthy RI homes.
Obama is the first president to visit a federal prison.
Move over Goop! Lena Dunham is starting a newsletter.
Back to that cucumber rosemary limeade. I know, I know. I’ve been making a lot of lemonade-y things lately. Are you sick of them? Good, me neither. Besides, as with photography, practice makes perfect, and this version just might be my best one yet. Cooling cucumber, woodsy rosemary, and tart lime are combined into an incredibly flavorful, decidedly grown-up drink. Dare I say mocktail? I like to mix mine in a 1 part limeade to 2 parts club soda ratio. Last night Alex added a splash of gin and reported back that it was delicious.
Cucumber Rosemary Limeade
- 4 cups water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3 springs fresh rosemary
- 1 large cucumber peeled
- 1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
In a small saucepan, combine 2 cups of water, sugar, and rosemary. Bring to a simmer and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Let cool completely, about 1 hour. Remove and discard the rosemary. Transfer sugar syrup to a pitcher.
In a blender, combine the cucumber and remaining 2 cups of water. Blend until smooth. Strain into a large bowl, pressing on solids to extract as much liquid as possible. Transfer liquid to the pitcher. (Discard solids.) Stir in the lime juice.