Scenes from Mckendricks Kitchen

Scenes from Mckendricks Kitchen
I am  so lucky to have such a fine kitchen and such a great staff at Mckendricks steak house. I love to practice taking pictures in the kitchen and today I pulled out a lens that I normally do not use. I thought my Canon EF 50mm f1.4  was only for close shots but I have recently read that it can also be used for portraits. Above is the cooking line in the kitchen. Up front you see Danmon a line chef for about a year or more. Wonderful guy, great attitude and just a great guy  to work with! This is Jacob caramelizing a white chocolate and Grand Marnier creme brulee  with sugar in the...
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Holy Cannoli!

Holy Cannoli!
I am so sorry it has taken me so long to write a post! I have been so busy with my photography that I have not had time to sit and concentrate on writing a post. After two years I  finished my first photography class, photography 101, at Showcase School of Photography last week. The class was  awesome and I loved learning about apertures, F-stops, shutter speed and Iso. Our teacher Vino Wong took us on field  trip to Oakland Cemetery for a photography scavenger hunt. We had twelve different photos  to search out and take. Vino has such a great eye for light and I enjoyed...
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Sage and Thyme Seared Scallops, Roasted Plum Tomatoes

Sage and Thyme Seared Scallops,  Roasted Plum Tomatoes
I want to apologize for not writing any posts for the past month or so. Because of the holiday season I have to buckle down and place my entire focus on the restaurant. Planning for the increase in business starts late summer and early fall. Thats the time I  really take a look at my staff and see what positions they will fill and what staff I will need to hire. Along with staffing there comes menu planning, developing  menus for special functions, increasing pars, and new ideas for our guests. This gives me no time to do what I enjoy as much as cooking, food photography....
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Charred New York Strip and Roasted Garlic Shrimp

Charred New York Strip and Roasted Garlic Shrimp
Two new photos that I really don’t like, but these dishes are fantastic if cooked correctly and  the pictures are taken properly. The pictures are terribly off. I got so caught up in all the functions in the “M” mode ( manual mode) that I actually have no idea what I am doing. This will get better. Since purchasing my camera, the Canon Rebel EOS XSI,  I have taken one class and really thought I new what I was doing and as you can see I need work. So what to do! I guess more classes are in order. I don’t need a photographer and a food stylist. I want to learn to...
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A Tale of Two Brownies “Part I”

A Tale of Two Brownies “Part I”
     This post actually has two parts. The first part is about my blog, the second is about my grandmothers chocolate brownies and the next post will be about her blond brownies. I started a blog about two months ago with absolutely now knowledge of what I was doing. I even wrote a post on my blog about my first blog.  As I enjoy other food blogs, I noticed how crisp and clear their pictures were and what I was doing was not even close. How can someone have better pictures than me, this can’t happen. As I was reading a blog that I follow daily, I noticed that one blogger talked...
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