Well now, THIS is something I could talk about all day! Food! Are you a foodie?
A foodie is defined as an amateur who simply loves all aspects of food-to eat it, study it, prepare it & just plain read about it. It's an ardent thirst for knowledge. Pure devotion & sensuous enjoyment....uh....is it hot in here or is it just me?!
Ok-moving on-today I have 2 stories wrapped in one-I didn't realize in all those years of reading Bon Appetit & Gourmet & yanking endless numbers of recipes from magazines, collecting & reading cookbooks like people read dime store novels was preparing me to become a foodie! Now add one more dimension to my already passion for food-Food Blogs! I love 'em and so I bought this great book: Plate to Pixel-Which, by the way I'd seen over at The Pioneer Woman's blog.
Not ONLY is it about food, it's about taking photos of it! *swoon*
I had already thumbed through the book several times dreaming of one day taking photos that good & as I was driving through a parking lot, I noticed a flooring store. I had a light bulb moment! I walked in, introduced myself and asked what happened to the wood floor samples once that style was discontinued. They get chucked! Now my wheels are spinning, my hearts beating a bit faster. So I explained I was an amateur food photographer (well- I am) & needed several samples to simulate table tops. He took my name & number & just happened to have a sample sitting outside (see above!) I was thrilled-not my 1st choice in woods but beggars can't be choosers & its wood-it can be stripped! I thanked the man 100 times & practically giddy I carried it to the car, loaded it-& was so excited to get home & share my excitement w/Frankie.
Pulled in the driveway-grabbed that sample, babbled the story to Frankie & then his eyes got as big as dinner plates. Now, he's a no nonsense kind of guy- and with his big eyes & stern voice told me to PUT THAT WOOD DOWN-he said it twice-at that point, I did NOT question him like I usually do. He grabbed that slab of wood and laid it on some bushes-I brought home the biggest black widow we'd ever seen. I carried her next to my skin-twice-& twice by the grace of G-d she didn't bite me. Most people bring home cute little puppies or fuzzy kittens. Your's truly brings home spiders and great big ones at that-
Gives me the shivers-Humble Frankie doesn't think he saved my life but grateful me thinks otherwise!
So, that's your "twofer" for the day-the spider (which we let go, both our lucky day) & my new "tabletop" for foodie pics!