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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

good enough to eat

I'm just a little bit selfish. I enjoy making things for other people, but I have a little bit of trouble giving them away. I get great satisfaction from creating things---from blankets to scrapbooks and other crafts. But, once I give them away I don't get to see them anymore and get that swelling of pride. It's almost enough to make me keep them for myself---but I'm only a little bit selfish, not a lot selfish. So I do give things away and then I make some more....but first, I take pictures of my creations. I have a file on my computer of pictures of some projects I've finished. Occasionally I'll take a look and enjoy the things I've made.

I also like cooking (when I'm not rushed and don't have small children whining around my knees) and I like to think I'm fairly decent at it. There are two reasons that I enjoy cooking:

1. I like serving my family and friends good food and watching them enjoy it.

2. I like the challenge and creativity required in creating dishes that look just as good as they taste.

There's a little problem with reason #2. Once reason #1 is done, the nice looking dish is no more. I've given it away for people to eat and I no longer get the satisfaction of looking at the piece of art I've just created.

I made a tasty dish recently that was as appealing to the eye as it was to my taste buds so I decided to do the same thing as I've done with other things I've created---I took a picture! Granted, I didn't come up with the recipe or plating technique--I copied the recipe from a magazine, but I still like how it turned out.

Maybe I'm just silly or vain or both. But it's fun and it's just me.

ETA: I guess it would be helpful if I say what it is! It's a Southwestern Cobb Salad: A bed of lettuce with chicken, cheese, bacon, tomatoes, avecado, black beans, and eggs. Yum!

29 comments:

Valarie said...

Is that a cobb salad? yum!

Amber said...

I LOVE cobb salad! Yummy!

Alissa said...

dude. what is it?

Nikkie said...

Oh, that looks really good! You must tell us what it is!

Heather from One Woman's World said...

I'm SO sad that I missed you at Brooke's house the other night. It would have been fun to see you. I don't think it's vain at all. :)

The Constant Gardener said...

It's a Southwestern Cobb Salad...chicken, cheese, bacon, tomatoes, avecado, black beans, & eggs all on a lettuce layer.

It was rather tasty!

frugalmom said...

I take pictures of food too.

Stephanie said...

That looks so yummy, and healthy! Keep the pictures coming!!!

ABC Momma said...

The salad you brought over the other night was colorful and tasty too. Thanks!

Jamie said...

Salad looks great! And I love that you are so proud of it you want to take a picture. You are really just too cute :)

Nicole said...

That looks so good, if I made it I would want a picture of it too.

Thoroughly Mormon Millie said...

I love cobb salad too! And you made it look so pretty. I'm glad you told us what it was. ;)

Lee said...

I looked at that and thought cobb salad. My favorite!!!!

beth said...

Yummy and lovely - you could start taking pictures and attaching them to your recipes, like your own cookbook.

AJ said...

The salad does look great- but it's you that steals the show!! I know you sometimes feel self-conscience about your rosy cheeks, but I love them!! I think they make you look happy and active and young. And you are! :)

emlouisa said...

YUMMMMMMM. That looks extremely good.

And may I say that the shirt you are wearing looks absolutely fabulous on me. I mean on you. It looks fabulous on you.

:)

Erin Newton said...

Looks Good!
Hey! I just wanted to know what was up with you guys Alicia! We've been out of town a bunch, so I feel out of touch. Are you guys still around then, and sticking that way? I hope! VERY CUTE pictures of your little ones on the blog just before this one - so talented!

The Daring One said...

You are so cute. And the salad looks delicious. I love that you took a picture of it. I never think to do that.

Sunny said...

Oh, that looks Yummy!!!

Linsey said...

Oh, man, I can't wait for you to make that for me. ;) I wish I thought of doing that, I make something and give it away and just miss it. I need to remember to take pics.

Jenn said...

Oooh...nice!

Cmommy said...

That looks yummy!

Jami said...

Correction... that shirt looks fabulous on me!!!






Okay, it really looks fabulous on all three of us!!!

Rachau said...

That looks so nice and yummy!We do not get cobb salads over here!But i will start making them this summer time!

txmommy said...

looks so YUMMMY!

Caryn said...

I love to give my creativity to other people, whether it's through my sewing or my cooking or my writing. Even gardening (because when I do it, it somehow ends up being creative. Oops.)

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