Scenes Next!

Posted By mattantonino / May, 27, 2010 / 5 comments

Somewhere along the line I picked up a habit, probably from acting juvenile, of saying “SCENES NEXT!” whenever a show would announce “Stay tuned for scenes from our next episode.”  I never lost the habit and even now when I’m watching Survivor or Top Chef I say it (more quietly now!).   So considering my fondness for previews I thought I’d give you a taste of what’s coming.  Here are scenes from our next few blog posts:

Beef stroganoff


Perfect Egg McMuffins


Raspberry Lemonade Jello Cubes


Mandarin Chicken Salad


That’s what I’ve shot already!  As you can tell I’m running a few blog posts behind (more on that sometime in the next month!)  This week’s shoot plan includes lots of seafood including shrimp, scallops AND tilapia and possibly a dessert (remake of our Boston Creme Pie perhaps!)

So stay tuned!

Homemade gourmet macaroni and cheese

Posted By mattantonino / April, 23, 2010 / 7 comments

Ah, good ole mac and cheese. My girlfriend’s daughter came to us a few nights ago after some Kraft with “this tasted nassssty.” I’m glad she is growing up. Now we get to test better recipes for family classics. This one had to be the first. While it came out “slightly dry” (don’t overboil or overbake it, hey) I think we’ll enjoy it next time. I always have tweaks after the first and second cook.

This recipe was an amalgamation of all the ones I was able to find for fancy mac & cheese. Call it an “original” – maybe my first.

As you can see from the lighting diagram in photo #2, the setup is very simple again. Softbox on left, reflector(s) on the right. We shot this a little after dark so the background was simple enough to control. Photo #3 was taken in the oven. I thought I’d sell more if I got some cooking shots and oven baked photos. The light was a simple stove light with the kitchen light. I had to shoot these with a really slow shutter though, so I was on a tripod the whole time. #5 should definitely sell the best. Graphic designers love that copyspace and I try and give it to them with all the food photo setups I shoot.

I’m going to try submitting #4 to Tastespotting just to see how it does. (Edit: This is my 2nd most popular post thanks to TasteSpotting, FoodGawker and StumbleUpon! Thanks!!)

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baking gourmet mac and cheese


Modern Healthy Beef Stew

Posted By mattantonino / March, 24, 2010 / 0 comments

I love homemade beef stew – but I’ve never made it. When I saw this I knew we had to shoot it.

This stew comes pretty much straight from The Biggest Loser Family Cookbook. I love to adapt recipes once I’ve made them and tweak things for my own tastes. This is one I’ve changed only a few details – it was close to perfect! They do recommend half the flour but I didn’t feel it coated well. I also doubled the garlic because hey, you can never get too much taste!

Trivia: Stew is one of the oldest meals in the world. In the Bible book of Genesis, Esau trades his father’s dowry with his brother Jacob, all for a dish of stew.

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Healthy Sesame Chicken

Posted By mattantonino / March, 23, 2010 / 0 comments

I chose to shoot sesame chicken because, well let’s be honest, it’s delicious! I eat too much of it, though, and wanted something healthier. One reason I love food photography is my introduction to healthy versions of classics. This recipe allows you to eat all that yummy Chinese food at home. Let’s compare how this one stacks up to a personal favorite, PF Changs.

The PF Chang Sesame Chicken contains 535 calories, 15g of fat, 76 carbs and 39g of protein per serving.

This Healthy Sesame Chicken contains 457 calories, 6.5g of fat, 38 carbs and 59g of protein per serving.

80 fewer calories, less than half the fat, half the carbs and almost twice the protein makes this recipe a DEFINITE keeper! This is another recipe I adapted from my Biggest Loser Family Cookbook. This won’t crisp up like deep fried sesame chicken but it won’t kill you either.

Trivia: Syncretic dishes are meals that symbolize a particular cuisine, like Sesame Chicken does Chinese.

Healthy Sesame Chicken

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