Behind the Scenes

A Bakers Guide to Chocolate

Have you ever wondered what's the difference between bittersweet chocolate and semisweet chocolate? Can I use Dutch cocoa in all my recipes calling for cocoa? Understanding the difference in chocolate and how they are used is essential to baking. In this writeup, we will identify the characteristics of those chocolates used in baking. Let us […] Continue reading >

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

I have heard many times that there is no such thing as a bad cook, only bad recipes. I remember when I went off to Le Cordon Bleu. There was a lot of fear that I wasn't a good cook. How was I going to survive in that environment? Hint...I went down the pastry path. Not […] Continue reading >

The Cocoa Process

Nothing like a little trip out of the country to check out one of my favorite things. You guessed it, cocoa. If you have never been to a cocoa farm and you have the opportunity to go, I would highly recommend it. While planning for a Costa Rica trip, I knew that a cocoa tour was something […] Continue reading >

The Kitchen Brigade: Who’s Doing What?

The creation of the brigade system is credited to Georges Auguste Escoffier. After serving in the French army, he brought his military hierarchy experience to a hotel kitchen in the 1800s. The goal of the system was to streamline the kitchen duties and facilitate in the prevention of chaos. During the 1800s, grand sized hotels […] Continue reading >

Food Photography: Five Ways To Create Texture

Texture is one of the most underused elements in food photography. But if properly used, it can create some wonderful food photographs. Taste and smell are two things people most often associate with food. Because we can't capture that with the camera, we have to rely on other features. For texture to show, the image […] Continue reading >

Food Styling: Making It Real

There is no one right way (or wrong way) to style your food.  When I am photographing food, the only area of the food I really pay attention to is the side or piece that is being photographed. I like to sketch out my image, either mentally or on paper, and then I can take […] Continue reading >

Make Your Food Pop: A Quick Lesson In Color

I took a visit to Old Town in San Diego a few weeks ago, and was inspired to create those fresh warm tortillas that they are so known for. After living in So Cal for 20 years, I realized I have never made homemade tortillas, and to my surprise they were quite easy. After searching […] Continue reading >

Food Photography: Composition Made Simple

This lemon dessert was so simple it gave us some free time to experiment with the camera angles for the composition of the images. We will start with the three traditional angles for food photography. The Diner's View, the Top Down View, and the Straight On View. The Diner's View would simply be at an […] Continue reading >

A Professionally Produced Photograph Isn’t Just a Luxury

For most potential customers the very first experience they have with your product is by way of photographs or images, be it through catalogs, brochures or even websites. A professionally produced photograph isn't just a luxury it’s an incredibly important component of a well created advertising and marketing campaign that with proper use will influence […] Continue reading >