Sunday, October 12, 2014

Are you craving delicious mashed sweet potatoes with sweet onions?

Delicious sweet mashed potatoes with sweet onions TasteArkansas (c)nwafoodie

It must be the leaves turning their vibrant colors and swirling to the ground.  It just puts me in the mood.

Oh fall, I love you so.

Acorns dropping.
Leaves piling up.
Sweet potatoes.
Caramelized sweet onions.

Delicious sweet mashed potatoes with sweet onions TasteArkansas (c)nwafoodie

How does delicious mashed sweet potatoes with sweet onions sound right about now?

Get the recipe for my delicious mashed sweet potatoes with sweet onion from last month's TasteArkansas post. It is one of the most simple and fail-proof recipes and I know that you will fall in love with sweet potatoes all over again.

Touch of sweetness.
Each bite just slightly more heavenly than the first.

Yeah, baby.

Eat well, my friends. Eat well.


Monday, October 6, 2014

The Lowel Ego adds beautiful natural light that is great for indoor food photography.

Once the official beginning of autumn started a few weeks ago, did you notice how quickly the days instantly shortened? That means that the seasonal window for taking pictures after work in the beautiful daylight is dwindling down. Which means my photos will start looking all yellow-ey again, no matter how much I try to “fix” it in editing.

Lowel Ego (c)nwafoodie

Which means it was finally time to hire an assistant.

Friends, meet my new assistant, the Lowel Ego tabletop lamp.  He comes highly recommend from photographers and food bloggers around the globe and is highly accomplished.

Lowel Ego (c)nwafoodie

I am super jazzed about this employee. In a nutshell, he provides a soft light that allows me to achieve virtually the same affect as soft natural light.

Even inside.

At night!

Here are a few examples for you to see for yourself.  I used my Canon 50mm lens, which already brings in a lot of light.  The Lowel Ego light just tweaks the lighting in a way to bring out a more natural glow with clarity.  You can use the lamp by itself and it will cast a nice shadow or you can use it with a reflector board on the other side, which bounces off more light and therefore has no shadows. 

Either way, I love it.

okra without Lowel Ego (c)nwafoodie
without the Lowel Ego
okra with Lowel Ego (c)nwafoodie
with Lowel Ego lamp
okra with Lowel Ego and reflector (c)nwafoodie
with Lowel Ego and reflector
apple without Lowel Ego (c)nwafoodie
without Lowel Ego
apple with Lowel Ego (c)nwafoodie
with Lowel Ego
apple with Lowel Ego and reflector (c)nwafoodie
with Lowel Ego and reflector

Pretty cool, huh?

The box came with easy installation instructions and also highlights how it is also great for adding a pleasing glow if you conduct video conferencing or take portraits. 

Even though I purchased mine through amazon, I called the manufacturer to ask them a question about the light bulbs and they gave me the direct number of someone in customer service who was willing to go the extra mile to make sure I was completely satisfied.  He even offered to replace a bulb, even though I purchased through amazon and not directly through them.  Then, he even gave me his number to call back in case amazon was not able to take care of my needs.

See? I told you I hired a great assistant.

Eat well, my friends. Eat well.


Friday, September 26, 2014

My interview with Ardie Davis uncovers what we should look for in good barbecue.

KC Masterpiece 35th Anniversary Blend Kansas City Classic Barbecue Sauce Ardie Davis (c)nwafoodie

Right at this very moment, Northwest Arkansas is hosting Bikes, Blues, and BBQ. All I have to do is sit on my back deck to hear the rumble of bikers off in the distance or to hop in my car for a quick errand to observe that this area has completely transformed itself into one of leather, smoke, and blues. 

Personally, I try to steer clear of the congestion during this time yet it is hard not to notice all the pop-up barbecue food trucks.  Some are fancy while most are not.  The telltale trail of smoke almost makes you think that you can visualize the taste of barbecue in the air.  I wish they would stay around for good.

Because it is timely, today we are going to chat about barbecue.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Five Foodie Finds for Friday, September 19th.

Five Foodie Finds for Friday September 19 2014 (c)nwafoodie

After viewing countless videos of your ice-bucket-challenges, holding my breath with anticipation to see that moment of ice shower shock, I came to a realization.

America, you seriously need to update your ice bucket collection.

These little dandies will do just the trick.

Crate and Barrel. This beautifully designed and curvaceous ice bucket is the newest edition to the Carter Collection. Classic in style yet trendy enough to leave out on the countertop.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Still feeling peachy?

Fresh Peach and Tomato Salsa TasteArkansas Arkansas Farm Bureau (c)nwafoodie

Even though Vanzants Farm stopped selling seasonal peaches does not mean that I stopped wanting to eat them. Nope. I still want them Hopefully you were able to stock up and canned some while they were still bursting with rich summertime flavor.  Or, at very least I hope that you were able to score some fresh-off-the-tree beauties.

This summer I played more with my peaches. 

That just sounds silly.

Usually I keep it simple and eat them fresh, can them fresh, and slice them up fresh with ice cream.  This year I branched out a bit and experimented because I wanted to figure out a way to bring out the full flavors so we could eat them year-round and still have the freshly picked taste.

Just because peach season is over does not mean that we have to stop eating them.

These two recipes are keepers.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

I'm five.

nwafoodie blog turns 5 years old
Where were you five years ago? 

A lot can happen in five years, and a lot can stay the same.  It is a marvel to me to think back on all that has happened since 2009 and try to imagine what the next five will bring.  Ups and down, for sure. Trials make us stronger and build character and lovely joys keep us floating in hopefulness and delight.  I vote for both in our lives.

This blog just turned five.

Friday, August 29, 2014

#AWBU #foodiefriday

Panel session from #AWBU #foodiefriday2012

Ever thought about becoming a food blogger?

Have you been kicking around the idea of starting your own blog but not sure where to start? 

Have you been thinking, “hey, I’m a really good cook/baker/reviewer/foodie/eater and I should share what I know with others?”


Okay, your first step is to surround yourself with seasoned food and lifestyle bloggers and jump-start your idea. One way to get started is to attend a food blog conference.

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