A few weeks ago my husband bought me a camera and I’ve had such a blast figuring out how to use it. The camera came with one rule that I had to agree to before the purchase; if he bought it for me, I would NEVER ask him to carry it around. Can you tell he’s not much of a camera guy? What’s funny is he married into a family that’s full of shutterbugs. My Dad will casually shoot a few hundred photographs at a normal family gathering. My brother Luke has a video production company so he pulls out the cameras also . . . Let’s just say that our last family vacation was incredibly well documented. I think we had over 1000 pictures.
When Pete and I got married, he was stunned at the fact that there was always a camera around (I’ve had to plead with to him to be in at least one picture in my upcoming cookbook!) Years ago he would make comments like, “Doesn’t it bug you that there’s always a camera out at family gatherings?” I hadn’t really noticed. Last year my Dad gave my brothers and I DVDs of all of our family videos (there were 81!). We were watching one late one night and there I was, about 8 years old, dancing in the living room with my two brothers being filmed with a HUGE umbrella light in the corner. When Pete saw it he said, “Oh my gosh, now I get it! You don’t even notice the cameras because you were constantly being filmed and photographed as a kid!” Yeah, I guess that pretty much explains it.
Since I received my camera, I’ve read tutorial after tutorial and can’t wait to cook something new, throw it on the table and see what kind of pictures I can come up with. I’ve called my brother and he’s given me some quick tutorials and we’ve been bonding over things like aperture and f/stops. Each day, I kiss my husband good-bye, get the kids off to school, and quickly pull out my tripod, camera and some food . . . it’s like an addiction, I just can’t get enough. The timing of all of this is quite humorous given the fact that I have more to do in the next 5 weeks then I can possibly handle. I guess the camera is providing an outlet during this insanely busy time in our family.
I was going to wait until December to share this recipe with you, but I just couldn’t. I found it in a Martha Stewart magazine the other day and thought for sure I could change up the ingredients a bit using whole wheat flour and such. The end product is a recipe I’ll be using at the holidays for many years to come. A batch of these would be perfect to make for that first evening you have family in for the holidays or to bring as a hostess gift. They’re best when made the day before so they can sit overnight in the fridge.