Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Grilled Shrimp Kabobs with Tomato, Garlic, and Herbs

Grilled Shrimp Kabobs with Tomato, Garlic, and Herbs

I'm beginning to think there should be a support group for boyfriends and spouses of food bloggers.

I know you think you're just looking at an overly staged photo of shrimp, but let me paint you a little picture of what's occurring mere inches outside this photo...

It's 30 degrees and windy. James and I are standing on my balcony. I'm taking 23438735 photos of these shrimp, attempting to capture one or two acceptable enough to post here. To my left, James has kindly offered to hold my "light reflector", and by light reflector I mean a giant piece of white foam board that some person who knows about photography once told me to use.

My photo set up is so busted...

Meanwhile, our lunch gets cold while I snap away. Did I mention lunch was at 3:30 since we didn't grocery shop until early afternoon?

Grilled Shrimp Kabobs with Tomato, Garlic, and Herbs

I'm sure fellow food bloggers' significant others can empathize. Lukewarm food, photo shoots in freezing temperatures, and props clogging up closets are an unfortunate fact of life.

Fortunately, this weird hobby of mine has edible rewards. James and I loooooved these shrimp, and ate this whole recipe between the two of us in a single sitting.

I may be channeling warm weather a bit with this recipe since it contains fresh basil and calls for grilling. Usually, I like cold weather, but I'm kind of over it right now. All I want to do is sit outside in a sundress with a bottle of rosé and eat a bunch of these shrimp.

Also, I don't actually have a grill since I live in an apartment, so I broke out my trusty Cuisinart Griddler, which worked just splendidly.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Baked Vanilla Donuts

Baked Vanilla Donuts

I know Valentine's Day is this Friday and I should be thinking loving, happy thoughts...

...but all I can think is that if I see one more Facebook movie pop up on my newsfeed I'm going to punt my laptop across the room. I bought my Macbook on the same day Michael Jackson died, so I may just be looking for an excuse to put it out of its misery.

It's old and cantankerous.

I guess I'm also old and cantankerous if Facebook movies are all it takes to annoy me.

Baked Vanilla Donuts

In less complainy news, I baked these donuts last Saturday.

I made them pink, sprinkle-encrusted, and Valentine's themed to appease the food blog gods, but they can be adapted to whatever holiday or color-scheme floats your boat.

As an added bonus, these are baked instead of fried like traditional donuts, which means you can eat more. They're practically health food, right?!

Don't answer that.

Baked Vanilla Donuts

Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays to bake for, so be sure to check out my archives for all the red velvet-pink frosted-heart sprinkled goodness you could possibly need!

Have a happy Valentine's, everyone! 
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