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Wahoo, I’m so excited to be linking up with Cooks in the Kitchen today. Ever since Elah Tree and Sweet Lavender Bake Shoppe announced this series at the beginning of the month I’ve been itching to get it on it.
Now, please don’t get your hopes up, it’s not because I’m an awesome cook or baker. I’m not. I’m also one of the pickiest adults you will ever meet (superior taste buds I tell you).
The actual reason I am so excited about this link up is because I’ve wanted to push myself to become better at food photography for quite sometime since I find it such a challenge. I obviously know how to use my camera in manual mode (I do teach a whole course on it after all) but setting up a photograph of food is a whole new ball game for me and it’s something I would like to become more proficient at, I may even go as far as saying it is something I would like to master.
Anyway, back to Cooks in the Kitchen. The prompt for this month was semi-sweet chocolate. Um, yeah so that’s one of my favorite food groups ever.
Side note: I actually sneeze when I eat semi-sweet chocolate, when I lived at home my mom would always know when I snuck into the pantry for a handful of chocolate chips thanks to that telltale sneeze.
I have been baking gluten-free ever since Jared’s diagnosis of Celiac Disease last summer (though there is a possibility that may have been a false diagnosis, we should know more in the next few weeks. One can hope!) so I thought I would whip up what has been one of our go-to desserts in the last few months. It is definitely not the healthiest dessert, but with an ingredient like semi-sweet chocolate there was no way I was going to go the healthy route, I’ll save that for future prompts.
2 cups corn syrup
1 1/2 cups peanut butter
4 cups chocolate chips
5 cups crushed peanuts (we prefer a mix of peanuts and almonds)
- microwave the first 3 ingredients until bubbly (2-3 minutes)
- add crushed peanuts
- spread on 2 cookie sheets lined with parchment paper and refrigerate till firm (approximately 30 minutes)
What’s your favorite food with semi-sweet chocolate?
Anyone have any tips for food photography?
Caitlin | The Siren's Tale
Yum, this sounds delicious, and I love that it doesn’t require a laundry list of ingredients! I hear you on the food photography. I seem to be much better at capturing landscape/animals, but when it comes to food photography sometimes I’m all thumbs. I’ve been pushing myself in the last few months to take the time to set up props and such. The shots I get are still sub par compared to many, but hey – it’s a bit of improvement! Looking forward to more food posts from you… your photography is lovely!
Improvement is good! It’s definitely going to take a lot of practice, that’s for sure!
These sound so yummy! And I’m trying to eat less grains, so this is a great way to satisfy my sweet tooth!
Yes, it is really nice to have some grain free desert options!
Oh yum!!! Now I’m hungry and need to go buy some peanuts!! Way to get my cravings started first thing in the morning 🙂
Haha, at least you are pregnant and can have an excuse for the cravings! 🙂
wowsa! Thanks a lot, now I’m hungry! haha.
Looks great girl!!! Thanks for participating!
Yay! I love the link up, I’m looking forward to next month!
Amy Dawn Bishop
The photography looks really great!
And, these look amazing! I would probably eat them all in one setting and then be totally sick!
Yeah, that’s kind of how I roll with all baking . . . it’s dangerous to have sweets in the house.
These look lovely! I’m just now learning how to work a camera and photograph food so you’re way ahead of me! Yum!
It’s definitely going to take some time, that’s for sure!
P.S. Your blog link isn’t in your Disqus profile.
Those look so good! I don’t feel like I’m awesome at baking or food photography either. I love that this link-up is inspiring us to challenge ourselves!
Yes, it really is! I’m so excited for next month!
You can never go wrong with a mix of chocolate and PB. Never 🙂
Isn’t that the truth!
I get comments about being a picky eater too, I’m going to use the line “superior taste buds” next time 😉
Haha, it’s nice to know that I’m not the only picky adult eater! 🙂
nom nom nom nom NOM! yummy!