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New link added – Steamy Kitchen

Are you a foodie? Do you like food porn photography? Need some upscale recipes to kickstart your rather tired kitchen repertoire?

Have I got the blog for you – “Steamy Kitchen”.

Jaden Hair is a Tampa-based food writer and personality who captures the joy of the kitchen through words and pictures. Her colorful site is rife with her own photography, and professional quality food porn it is. Her use of focal planes really highlights and focuses the attention on the main elements of the dish. She’s a Canon 40D gal for the moment (I’m a 20D dude myself, but my camera has been dead for almost a year now, and I just don’t have the bucks to send it back to Canon for repair). Here’s an example of how good she makes even the simplest dish look:

Photo of Baked Parmesan Garlic Chicken Wings © Jaden Hair 

Note the nice bokeh (the blurred, out-of focus background) – the shape and color of the basil makes a nice counterpoint to the foreground shape. This recipe is duly credited to  PizzAmore, Mount Dora, Florida so it’s clear that not only does she concoct her own recipes, she shares bits of her world with the rest of the world. Note the very subtle use of Photoshop. The photo is sharpened just so; the natural tonal balance preserved.

She’s spunky and fun to read and the site is really easy on the eyes. I recommend this blog to all latent and overt foodies in my audience.

Here’s one of the many reasons that I’m becoming besotted with this site:

Random Stuff

Confucius say:

1. One who has harmony in seasonings need no recipe. Know basic combinations of seasonings in types of cuisines Chinese: soy, sugar, wine, sesame oil Japanese: mirin, soy, sake

2. She who marinates meats – even a quick 10 minutes – will be rewarded with flavorful dish

3. Hot Wokky = No Stikky

4. Cooking not only taste. Use all 5 senses.

5. It is honorable to share your food with friends. Cook more than enough and bring to hungry neighbor.

Ok, ok, Confucious really didn’t say that. I made that shit up.

Oh yeah:

Legal Blah-Blah

Recipes, videos, photographs and text on by Steamy Kitchen, Inc. is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.

Attribution: You must attribute the work in the manner specified by me (author/licensor), but not in any way suggests that I endorse you or your use of my work.

Non-Commercial: You’re prohibited from using my work (photographs, text, and recipes) for commercial purposes.

No Derivative Works: You may not alter, transform my work.

  • For any reuse or distribution, you must make clear to others the license terms of my work. The best way to do this is with a link back to this web page.
  • Any of the above conditions can be waived if you get permission from me (the copyright holder).

Violate this and forever be cursed by the food gods – your souffles will never rise and eggs will always be rotten”.

End of Legal Blah-Blah

First of all, non-commercial. So far at least. So no problems there.

I would never presume that Jaden Hair endorses this blog. Until now, I’m sure that it’s unknown to her. I imagine that after she examines it, it will stay that way.

I admit to having altered her banner to make it fit. I’m hoping that this affront will only cause the miso in my fridge to turn (as if the long-expired expiration date hasn’t helped that along).

Already often cursed by the food gods, I only acknowledge all of this legal blah-blah out of courtesy and fear of court action.

PS, having mentioned gluten-free issues here in the past (no I don’t suffer from it myself), I note that the author is gluten-free aware and labels recipes that are, or can easily be made gluten-free with the initials GF. 

PPS, she’s also written a cookbook. Perhaps I will get a copy and review it in a future “Cookbook of the Day” post.

Let’s raise a glass of fresh lemongrass ginger ale as we welcome her to ye ole blogroll! 

 Photo by John Revisky, Sarasota Magazine