Yesterday I had a new challenge. Adam needed to take the camera to work with him. I figured I’d just wait for him to get home and then spend some time in the evening taking shots. However, I walked outside my apartment at around 5:30pm to go grocery shopping and I stumbled upon this scene. My first thought was “Crap!! I so need my camera for this!” Then I remembered my new Droid cell phone (I finally upgraded from my little dinky flip phone). So I snapped a few shots with my phone cam. This is one of them! I am so happy with it I can’t believe how pretty it looks for a cell phone photo – check out that lens flare! It just goes to show… you don’t necessarily need fancy, expensive equipment to make pretty pictures. (I did use Adobe Lightroom to edit a bit after the fact – I sharpened the photo a little and increased the contrast to emphasize that bright glow of the sun & the water spray.) Adam had to take the camera again today – so I’m armed with my cell for photo ops until he gets home.
Last night I made a nice simple dinner – another recipe from my new favorite… Ina Garten (AKA “Barefoot Contessa”). This time I made parmesan chicken over a bed of arugula with lemon vinaigrette and shaved parmesan. It was SUPER fast and easy – from prep to serving I’d say it took about 35 minutes. I loved the arugula with the lemon vinaigrette. Making salad dressings is one of my favorite things. Once I started making my own instead of buying, I’ve never gone back. It’s so easy – all you need is some olive oil, some seasonings and some acid or vinegar – then you can totally improvise. Salad dressings are one of the things I feel comfortable experimenting with at this point. I still consider myself to be somewhat of a novice when it comes to cooking (or whatever comes next after novice… intermediate?) – so I depend heavily on recipes for the most part – but with salad dressings I let loose and have a little fun.