I thought I'd do a very typical blog-style blog today. Here are some scattered updates and trimmings from my life.

Photo Love
I've been threatening to get a DSLR camera for months. Many of the blogs I follow have stunning photographs of food, and I am completely envious of them. I would like to at least try to have comparable images.

I've got my eye on a Canon Rebel EOS XSi, which comes with a 18-55mm lens. From all the reviews I've read and from talking to a few camera geeks, the Canon Rebel seems like a good upgrade from my Nikon power-shot. I hear it's both beginner-friendly and fun for more experienced users, so I would hope I could learn the basics quickly and then grow to do more with it over time.

Often I find I have to talk about something incessantly before I actually do it, but I've been investigating and gabbing about this camera for months now, so I think I'm in the final stretch. I even went to B&H Photo one day to play with the display model.

Secret Cook Book
One of the side projects I've been working on lately is a cook book, with recipes contributed by people who work in a specific creative industry. I can't say much more about it quite yet, but it's been fun to read about people's favorites recipes, especially when they attempt to write them. Editing might be the thing I enjoy most in life, and editing recipes is pretty sweet. I just love doing it. I like being the person who takes ramblings and makes them more coherent, thereby making them more accessible to more people. I like working with ideas and words and people who have great potential and helping them realize that potential.

It would be nice if I could pick up a new camera soon and use it to take some shots of the cook book recipes being tested. I've outsourced a few recipes for initial testing, but all the recipes need to go through a second or third run before they can really be finalized. (Leave a comment on this blog if you'd like to test recipes, too. It's a bit more involved than just making the dish and deciding whether you like the final outcomes, but I can walk you through it.)

What I've Been Eating
I haven't been cooking anything too grand lately. It's mostly been simple dinners, but always done well with good ingredients. Last night I broiled boneless, skinless chicken thighs with sliced new potatoes and yellow onions, all dabbed with olive oil, salt and pepper. A simple cheese quesadilla with Marie Sharp Belizean hot sauce (amazingly flavorful and truly hot) and sour cream, and green salad rounded out the side dishes, plus some chicken soup for Boyfriend, who has a cold.

A couple of days ago, I went out to Long Island to The Shack, an outdoor clambake kind of place that also just happens to be a major motorcycle gang hangout. I had a lobster roll (a mark of summer) and a plate of steamed little neck clams to share.