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Improv last won the day on June 10 2014

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  1. I agree, I don't think one could make shrimp look any tastier. They're perfect!
  2. Greetings, kamadoans... long time! No time to catch up... too much food... honey mustard moinks pork marsala with my daughter's new favorite side of creamed spinach taco meatloaf... ?... ! double with bourbon onions I got myself a pressure cooker and am quite into that. Very tasty beef veggie soup... ... and pot roast And my favorite, the whole beef tenderloin I cooked up for my mother's 75th birthday celebration. Folks are still talking about this one!
  3. My very first tuna steaks, believe it or not... soy/garlic/lime/sesame oil marinade
  4. My current record for ribs on the Akorn... 7 st. louis racks!
  5. My very first lollipops. And my last... until VERY important company visits. Thought I could handle the prep relatively quickly... no sir. They are a beast the first time!
  6. Well, I haven't cooked for it yet, but I'm already falling in love with this Sigma 24mm f/1.8...
  7. I was recently shooting out bluetooth speakers for the studio where I work. We wanted something small in each room that would be good to reference mixes and masters on. Our hands-down favorite were the Sony SRS-X2 model. We liked them better even than bigger, later models. Very good speakers, and more than adequate to fill a backyard with sound (not dance-party-driving bass, but clean, present and loud). And they are super cheap on eBay: http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313.TR10.TRC0.A0.H0.Xsony+srs+x2.TRS0&_nkw=sony+srs+x2&_sacat=0 I love how portable they are. A charge lasts all day and they really do sound great. If you want to invest more, the Jamboxes are awesome. My brother-in-law has the big Jambox and it sounds incredible. But they're 3x the cost of the Sonys new. And I'd suggest you avoid Bose. I can tell you from referencing my own mixes on them (their portable sets) that they do straight-up weird things to audio. Not worth it.
  8. Yes, I ran into this problem when I got my first DSLR 5 years ago. With the f/1.8 nifty fifty and my usual "as close as I can get" style, I was getting DOF of millimeters. I knew nothing about calculating DOF back then. The trick is to dial it in for your shooting distance to get the whole plate in focus but everything else nice and diffuse. I'm getting better. Your shots are beautiful. I still get some of my best results from my 3rd generation iPad. Really magical camera on that thing.
  9. Just curious what lenses you DSLR and mirrorless camera lovers like to attach when it comes time to take pics of your food. Most guides will suggest relatively long focal lengths, and I've just never been happy with that look (or having to take pictures from the other room). I prefer to get in close to my food, even if it means some proportional distortion. It's a plate of food, not a face. As a result, I tend to use my smartphone as it has a much shorter minimum focusing distance (MFD) than my DSLR lenses. Takes a lot of editing to get the color and detail "right" but I prefer the angle. Anyway, I just eBay'd a Sigma 24mm f/1.8 for my Canon 70D, and I'm excited from what I've read and seen about it. MFD of inches, relatively wide view, and sweet DOF. Should be a great food lens for me. So what are you using?
  10. Beef, Italian sausage, mozzarella moinks
  11. Late night bacon cheeseburger stromboli
  12. I'll post a link when it's all done. Thanks for listening! It means a lot! I'm really proud of how this one it turning out.
  13. Pan sauces are easy, especially when you're braising something like this. Not many ingredients. I did use homemade chicken stock, which helps a lot when cooking it down as much as I did here. I also like the Knorr gelatine stock starters.
  14. Thanks! Well, I just sunk over a grand in new photo equipment (something I consider an investment in the family), so I hope business stays good! Folks are really enjoying the new console, and my mixes are sounding truly world class, if I may say so. Great times. Here's a recent tune I produced, recorded, played wurli, mixed, mastered that I really dig. It's written/performed by Erik Mitchell and has the late, great Jef Lee Johnson on lead guitar. https://soundcloud.com/morningstar-studios/stripper-zipper
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