pot-luck brunch

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    We sent the toddler to not sleep at someone else's home this weekend -- cough, Camp Grandparents -- and had friends over! And I cooked. Not these bagels, though. They're from Ess-a-Bagel. Not the whitefish or cream cheese either, which are from Russ & Daughters. Just some other stuff, which may or may not show up in a cookbook sometime in 2012. :)

    Note: High chairs double wonderfully as a place to hold a bowl of a ice for the Bloodys, stage right, but only in the absence of their assigned toddler.

    Oat and Maple Syrup Scones on smittenkitchen.com

    amy up north, last_shit, and 9 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. KSheinin 38 months ago | reply

      Damn, I thought I was going to be learning how to make bagels in the next few days.

    2. Lesley:Consys Photo 38 months ago | reply

      I can't wait for your cookbook!

    3. Sarah I. Smally 38 months ago | reply

      Amazing !!

    4. jane.cahn 38 months ago | reply

      AAAH now that's a what I call a yummy brunch!

    5. Dawn D-B 37 months ago | reply

      In the words of Rachel Zoe...I die.

    6. shutterbean 37 months ago | reply

      ha! NOT SLEEP. After 2 years of watching Cooper every Friday, my mom has yet to get him to sleep. What is it with grandparents???

    7. smitten 37 months ago | reply

      Actually, on Friday night he'd only woken up once at the grandparents and then slept until 7. I may or may not have grumbled to my husband that it was kind of a punk move on Jacob's part after torturing us all week.

    8. Pachango 37 months ago | reply

      Love your food pics, they look absolutely mouth watering. Would you mind sharing how you take them? What lens you use, how you light everything?

    9. smitten 37 months ago | reply

      Thank you. I use a 5D, a 50mm lens and natural light. Nothing fancy.

    10. shutterbean 37 months ago | reply

      a 5d....you know...nothing fancy!!

    11. smitten 37 months ago | reply

      Argh! I meant no fancy light set-up. No umbrellas or strobes or speedlights.

      I actually hate talking about camera stuff. People focus so much on the camera and the "glass" and I think good photos are about good framing, natural light and practice.

    12. shutterbean 37 months ago | reply

      i rented a L-series lens for a few weeks and was soo annoyed at how many people came up to me and asked me about it. Reason enough not to buy it.

    13. jane.cahn 37 months ago | reply

      Did you happen to see Sam Grobart's article on 3/23/11 in the Tech section of the Times? Gadgets you should and should not get rid of? #4 is was to get rid of the Point and Shoot camera. I think he probably means the crappy Canon I use - but still.

    14. smitten 37 months ago | reply

      Jane -- I did read it. Thought there was some good advice but you should only get rid of it if you're tired of it. Sam Grobart isn't buying you a new camera, after all. :)

      Shutterbean -- Someone freaked out of my 5D on vacation. I'm not much of a spender so I'm very uncomfortable when people focus on my few luxury-ish purchases. Except, it wasn't a luxury. I'm shooting my cookbook and needed a full-frame camera, or I'd still be using my 40D everyday.

    15. k@ryn 37 months ago | reply

      Yum! Everything looks wonderful!

    16. Pachango 37 months ago | reply

      THanks for your reply, smitten! I know what you mean: taking beautiful photos is more about skill than about equipment. But your comment is very useful: it shows that you don't need fancy lighting gear to take great pictures. I guess you do need a good window in your kitchen for natural light, which if you don't have it, will be an expensive thing to get as well :-)

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