I once received a comment on a recipe post that said if I had used a different color plate it would have made the chicken look a lot more appetizing.
I was so thankful for the advice (NEVER would have even thought that the color of a plate contributes to food photography), but it made me terribly insecure for a few minutes about myself and my blog.
It is amazing to me that many bloggers have the gift of being crafty, being incredible at graphic design, cooking, looking cute, owning lots of different colored plates, AND being amazing photographers to boot.
Most of my blog photos are taken with my phone. I do try to pay attention to lighting and I know how to make a few edits on iPhoto, but that’s about it!
We are not wealthy, by any means – it’s why I love the Dollar Tree so much – so we do not have a million plate options for serving a meal. In fact, this particular recipe features the meal on a paper plate – our favorite plate option.
Most nights I am just proud of myself for remembering to take a photo of the food before the family jumps on top of it.
**Not to mention that the Happy Hubby is not a huge fan of me stealing his plate and running it outside for a quick photo shoot before the sun goes down. :-)**
So I eventually came to the conclusion that the mission of this blog is not to win photography awards or wow you with my collection of dishes, but to share with you what works for us.
And what works for us most often are paper plates and 2 minute photo shoots (before someone eats a chair leg out of desperation).
With the back to school season upon us, this recipe is sure to be a winner with your Happy Home because it is quick, easy, and so good.
Peachy Pork Picante
1 pound boneless pork, cubed
1 (1.25-ounce) package taco seasoning mix
1 T vegetable oil
1/4 cup peach preserves
1 (8-ounce) jar mild salsa
Hot cooked rice
1. Place pork in a large Ziploc bag and add the taco seasoning mix. Seal the bag, and shake to coat pork (this is a great way to include your Happy Buddies!).
2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork; cook, stirring constantly, until browned on all sides.
3. Stir in the preserves and salsa; cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve over rice on a paper plate.
4. Run it outside before Happy Hubby realizes you’ve gone, take a photo of it with your phone, and then blog about it.
Happy Peachy Pork Picante-ing!