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I'm a runner with a baking habit.  I'm constantly on the lookout for awesome desserts, freezer friendly recipes to pack in the lunchbox, and quick dinner ideas.

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Early in my adult life, I decided that cooking wasn't worth the trouble.  And then I turned 30 and bought my first house on Birchwood Street.  The main selling point of the house was the kitchen.  It was such a wonderful room that I was motivated to spend time there and as a result I slowly transformed from someone who lived off frozen convenience meals into someone who ate three home cooked meals a day.  That's not the same thing as someone who cooks three meals a day - as a singleton who worked hard and spent many hours away from home,  I learned to do meal prep on weekends and developed an epic roster of freezer meals that could be quickly reheated.

At the time this blog came about, I was eating lunch in the office every day with coworkers.  Our department was the "food" department, with potlucks for every birthday.  People kept asking for my lunch bag and potluck recipes.  One day a camera wandered into the kitchen while I was baking an apple pie for one of the birthday potlucks and a blog was born.  The cooking journey of someone who cooked meals for one and desserts for 20.  I didn't think that I would ever write more than a few posts, but new recipes keep coming along.  

2017 life update: I got swept off my feet and no longer live on Birchwood Street.  I haven't figured out what to do with the name of this blog, the "Main Street Pie Project" doesn't have the same ring to it, you know.  My cooking journey these days is centered around transitioning my new family away from single dad/picky kid meals of nuggets and mac n'cheese to quick home cooked meals that satisfy four very different palates.  I occasionally use child labor for both cooking and photography with excellent results.

Camera wise, I'm a big believer in refurbished cameras.  I started with an old Kodak that I picked up for $50.  It was a great camera as long as there was plenty of light, which is about 10 days out of the year in the area where I live.  Later I switched to a Panasonic that was much better with low light conditions.  I used both of these cameras for many years before they met untimely ends, and then I picked up a refurb Canon PowerShot N 12.1 for stupid cheap which I carry around in my purse to supplement my iphone.  The battery life could be better but the zoom is incredible.

When I was ready to delve into the world of DSLRs, a friend lent me an old Canon until I was ready to fork out the cash for my own.  I picked up a refurb D60 from Adorama and the Tamron AF 18-270mm.  As much as I love the DSLR, it's not the easiest thing to carry around, and certainly not a requirement for a food blog.  Compare this post with the $50 camera to the first one I shot with the DSLR, and it's pretty clear which one is the winner.

I use Photoshop when needed - for white balance, to take my reflection out of reflective surfaces, and for general cleanup issues.  99.9% of what I know came from this book.  Here's a typical before and after, where I fixed a crack in the tortilla, a crack in my thumbnail, and cleaned the counter.




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