Thursday, January 31, 2008

Truffles

I refer not to the mushroom, delicious though it may be, but to the wonderful chocolate confection...

Here is a specimen from Vosges:


photo by amishah

And another from Godiva:


photo by zero-g

Personally, though, I prefer a softer, shell-less variety, kinda like these handmade ones:


photo by Jeff Kubina

I have no idea what kind of effort goes into making 'em, but I'm sure I'll get around to it one of these days ;)

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Red Velvet

I attempted red velvet cupcakes last night, using a recipe from Paula Deen. As you can see, the cakes themselves ended up more like muffins, but that doesn't really surprise me since I was employing the Muffin Method in the recipe (thanks for breaking that down, Alton). This recipe isn't very chocolatey, so the red part is mainly from lots of food coloring, but it's still pretty tasty.





I also attempted to pipe the icing prettily with the "swirls technique"... worked OK, but the icing was too soft since I wasn't patient enough to wait for it to harden in the fridge (plus, I kept eating it :) )




all photos by me

I think next time I'll try a more cakey recipe... but I'll definitely still use that same icing!! (I heart cream cheese.)

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Great balls of meat

I decided to make turkey meatballs last night. For some reason, all of the pictures I took made the meatballs look like Jabba the Hutt... but they were still pretty delicious tasting. (Although next time, I'll remember to put in the parmesan cheese...)


photo by me

Watch out, Han... he's coming for you.

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Monday, January 28, 2008

In the soup

Winter is really starting to drag me down, so I think it's time to bring out the big guns... AKA soup.

Check out the comforting steam in this one... not to mention all of the tasty veggie bits:


photo by ndrwfgg


And of course, the King of all soups, french onion:


photo by hello_winnie

I think it's pretty obvious that I consider this the king solely because of the melted cheese on top. I think the best way to enjoy this soup is to get three orders of it and just eat the cheese... now that's comforting.

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Friday, January 25, 2008

Green tease

That last cupcake yesterday made me think about how I've started to see green tea as a flavor all over the place. At a local restaurant, Gold St., they have green tea-flavored mochi ice cream. I guess that's pretty normal to see in Asian countries, but it's still pretty new to me... so I searched around and came across this photo of green tea ice cream, which looks divine, especially in combination with that chocolate souffle:


photo by moriza

Yum! Apparently the restaurant where they serve it is right near my neighborhood... and now it's on my list ;)

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Sweet Tooth

Today I'm feeling the influence of my sweet tooth. I was craving pretty pretty frosting... and I found it!

Form of: Red Velvet!


photo by bosscafez

Then there's mini chocolate with pink and purple puffs of frosting:


photo by bosscafez

And the unique and tasty-looking green tea cupcake:


photo by bosscafez

The only sweet thing I had yesterday was an apple. I guess that must be why the frosting monster is yelling in my ear. Must... resist... urge... to go to Financier...

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Spanakopita

I just wanted to share with you all my deep, deep love of Whole Foods' spanakopita. Sure, I could (attempt to) make them myself, but these take approximately 16 minutes from freezer to plate in my shiny new toaster oven.


photo by me

That's my kind of fast food!

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Lunchtime

It's getting close to lunchtime and I have visions of panini floating in my head...


photo by Sashertootie

Normally I am not a huge zucchini fan, but that photo just makes it look so tasty! The original photo link also has the recipe, for the more ambitious panini eater :)

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Friday, January 18, 2008

Fry-day

Okay, people. We have been seriously good this entire week. I think it's time for some fried goodness.

I bring you: Fry-day!

Mmm, check out that crispy, golden exterior. Even the salt grains look tasty.


photo by jslander

I am calling this a "clamucopia":


photo by jslander

And then, of course, the ultimate friedness:


photo by Mr Wabu

Glorious, fried sticks of cheese! I love fry-day :)

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Insalata!

Ahh, salad! Healthiest of the healthies... right?


photo by Jeff Kubina

OK, maybe that one was not so healthy... but definitely delicious-looking. I think we can go healthier...


photo by catsper

Well, that one is a pretty nice picture, but it doesn't really leave me salivating for a salad. Is there a happy medium?? Can healthy and scrumptious really coexist??

Well OBVIOUSLY, after that buildup. I think this one fits the bill:


photo by stu_spivack

Yum! I am a sucker for green apples in a salad... soo tasty!

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Carrot (cake?)

Carrots are pretty healthy too, right?

They apparently also come in all shapes and sizes:


photo by Brettf

"Shapes and sizes", I believe, also includes carrot cake, which is obviously the best form of carrots!


photo by powerbooktrance

Hm, I appear to have lost my health focus. Seems to happen a lot when sugar is involved.

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Monday, January 14, 2008

You Look Radishing, My Dear

OK, I know what you're thinking. Most of these posts have been about 10,000 calories each. So I decided it was time for a slight detour to a healthier (yet still great-looking) type of food: fruits and veggies!

First up is the radish. I've heard many disparaging comments about radishes, but I happen to love the little buggers. They're tasty and have a bit of a kick to 'em.

Plus, they kind of look like candy ;)



I also discovered a pretty cool star-type pattern when you cut them in half:


photos by me

I love a colorful salad, and the radish never disappoints! (Unless you cut off the skin for some reason, but why would you??)

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Sunday, January 13, 2008

Waffling

I tried out my spankin' new waffle iron the other day and used part wheat flour, part almond flour. They turned out pretty well (once I threw away a couple of the inital ones....)

waffle with pat of butter
photo by me

I tried to use almond flour instead of wheat flour, but ran out of the awesome almond flour that they sell here so it needed a bit more wheat flour. Either way, it tasted pretty good! (Even when frozen and toasted back up... one of the many great features of a waffle!)

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Saturday, January 12, 2008

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Sushalicious

Dear sushi haters,

I was once among your ranks. I was well into my 20's before I even tried sushi. I guess the whole raw fish just didn't appeal to me. Even the non-fish avocado rolls just didn't do it for me.

I don't know exactly what caused my complete 180 regarding sushi (I think it might be tasting it for the first time), but now I am in the confirmed sushi lovers camp. I think that photos like these were helpful in my transition:


photo by Michael Jin


photo by grendelkhan

In my opinion, sushi is one of the most artistic foods out there, and one of the tastiest. What other food has takeout this gorgeous?

Sushi haters, seriously... you are miss-ing-out. At least you get to enjoy the photos, though :)

Love,
kim

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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Martini double-take

Yesterday's post reminded me of a martini glass I got as an engagement present:


It's made by Lolita Glasses. They have some pretty cute stuff for martini-accessorizing. This one came with a martini recipe painted on the bottom.


photos by kim

In the name of full disclosure, the yummy stuff inside the glass in these pictures is not the Weddingtini recipe... just Fizzy Lizzy. Hey, it's just as much a martini as those caramels.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Mmmmartinis...

It seems that in the past few years, martinis have been undergoing some sort of transition from a simple, elegant cocktail to a full-fledged dessert item. So in the spirit of that transition, I bring you Martini Madness: Evolution of a Cocktail...

Seen here, the fruity martini, the first step down the path of desserthood:


photo by monstershaq2000

From there, it is just a small leap to the chocolate-covered chocolate martini:


photo by AMagill

After that, what's the point of any liquid at all?


photo by mbm951

Caramels... tasty. I'm not sure this last one can actually be called a martini. Looks more like a gateway drug to me.

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Monday, January 7, 2008

Pizza pizza!

I loooove pizza. Especially cheese pizza (evident from the fact that cheese is the best food in the world). But I rarely eat pizza, saving a treat every now and then. Luckily, it usually looks just as good as it tastes.

I think I see some sort of ham hiding underneath on this one, not to mention the perfectly browned cheese:


photo by wEnDaLicious

NY-style white veggie pizza is always tasty:


photo by .Bala

This last one gets brownie points for being homemade by the photographer, and by my standards, being the most delicious-looking of the bunch:


photo by Gio JL

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Legendary Cheesecake

This cheesecake is legendary in my fiancé's family. It is basically the most moist, flavorful cheesecake in existence. Its texture comes from ricotta and farmer's cheese, and it is simultaneously dense and light. It is the world's most lovable enigma.


photo by me

I really wish Wonkavision existed so everyone could try some. And then I could take some to work with me even though it's long gone...

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Friday, January 4, 2008

They sure don't make 'em like this in the grocery store.

Since it is approximately -28 degrees outside today in my neighborhood, I just needed this reminder that there is still some warmth and good in the world:


photo by Sara

I am not kidding when I tell you these facts:

  1. Sara made these herself... the FIRST TIME she had ever made cupcakes.
  2. She grew the mint on her balcony.
  3. The blueberries were picked in the wild.
  4. There are tons of other gorgeous food (and non-food, if you like that sort of thing) photos on Sara's Flickr site.
Ahh... I just love this one. It's like an electric blanket for the soul.

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Serious food art

I don't know where people come up with this stuff. Personally I would be furious if anyone drank this after I poured my heart and soul into creating such a masterpiece...


photo by Bradley Allen

There is actually an entire underworld of cappuccino and espresso artistes who compete for regional, national and world championships. But lest you think they are solely superficial, check out the Sensory Score sheet. Serious business, people.

For further gawking, check out this ridiculousness.

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Thursday, January 3, 2008

Speechless!! (well, almost...)

Chewy...

Sweet...

Crunchy...

Colorful...


photo by miss pupik


Ahhh!! Sensory overload!!!


photo by miss pupik

Endless... doughnuts.......!!!



photo by miss pupik

Sigh... I wish every day could be doughnut day.

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Comfort

Sometimes, the simplest food can be the most eloquent.

Golden, crispy chips...



Creamy, rich French onion dip...



Mouthwatering cheese and crackers...



Kind of like slipping on sweatpants and listening to a thunderstorm while curled up on the couch. But much tastier.

Thanks to Chris & Jill for providing me with the camera fodder!

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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

A Smörgåsbord of CANDY...

Remember when happiness meant standing at the counter of a candy store, drooling over the saturated colors and sugary goodness?


photo by Beth

Ah, yes. This one brings back fond memories of last week.

Thanks, Beth... now I need a toothbrush.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all...


photo by Velo Steve

Here's to a scrumptious 2008!!

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Welcome

Me in the kitchen
Welcome to Scrumptious Photography! You'll find some delicious recipes here along with photos of my baking process and, of course, the finished products!

Photography has been my hobby for many years, and I've been lucky enough to take some continuing ed courses at ICP as well as trick myself out with a Canon 30D camera. I am a computer programmer during the day, and I also play rugby. Check out some more of my photos at kimberlysalem.com!

I was definitely not a cook before starting this blog — I was more the Doritos-for-dinner type of girl that rarely turned on the oven. To be honest, I don't do much cooking other than what's on this blog! Most of the recipes on here are new challenges for me, but I love trying new things, and I've discovered a real love for baking (especially desserts, as you can probably tell).

Join me by subscribing to my blog and following me on twitter. You can also reach me through my email contact form!

- Kim

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