Jerry built me a light box!
Materials: box, poster board, a sheet, and a lamp.
He cut out the sides and top of the box, leaving a frame.
He sprayed adhesive on the box and glued on the white sheet.
He finished by putting the poster board on the inside of the box. He even built me a stand so that my light would hang directly over the box.
Right now I have this set up in our sun room, which is perfect, since it is right off the kitchen.
Unfortunately our sun room is not heated, so I have a feeling that in the winter, I may be relegated to food photography in the basement.
Last night for dinner, I was in the mood for vegetables. After a weekend that included ice cream (as a meal), chicken wings (twice), a Reuben sandwich, and meatballs, Jerry and I decided on something light and healthy.
I made roasted stuffed pears and served them over a bed of arugula. I also had baby lettuce and heirloom tomatoes that I picked up at the farmer’s market on Saturday.
Prefect for Meatless Monday.
Jerry bought a bag of local Bosc pears at the orchard last week, and I didn’t want them to go to waste. These pears were still slightly under ripe, so they were perfect for baking.
Roasted Stuffed Pears
- 2 under ripe pears
- 2 Tbls walnuts
- 2 Tbls dried cranberries
- 1 Tbls brown sugar
- 1-2 tsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
- pinch of salt and pepper
- goat cheese, about 1-2 oz (this would also be excellent with blue cheese)
Peel the pears and then cut them in half, lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds, leaving a little well for the filling.
Toss the next six ingredients in a bowl, so that the brown sugar coats everything.
Place a dollop of goat cheese into the pear, and then cover with topping.
Finish off with a little more goat cheese on top.
Bake in a baking dish at 375 for 30 minutes, or until pears are tender.
I sprinkled a little more brown sugar on Jerry’s pear, and added some extra cheese and walnuts to the salad. I added a simple vinaigrette of olive oil, champagne vinegar, Dijon mustard, and S&P to my salad.
I loved the sweet and savory flavors of this dinner.
There were two standouts in this salad. The tomatoes, and the walnuts coated in brown sugar.
I sure will miss local summer tomatoes
Compared to my salad from a few weeks ago, I would say the photos taken in the light box are much better.
|Spicy Caesar, Sept 28, 2011|
There are no shadows in the bottom photo, some thing drove me crazy when taking pictures in my kitchen.
Thanks for your votes on the meatball photos!
I am currently debating between #2 and #3.