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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.


Some years ago, I bought a house with a great kitchen.  Because I was motivated to spend time in the great kitchen, I slowly but surely transformed from someone who lived off of frozen convenience meals into someone who cooked three meals a day.

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 lives in a house nicknamed Birchwood Manor and cooks 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.  

Camera wise, I started with an old Kodak that I picked up for $50.  I still use it in a pinch, and it's a great camera as long as there is 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 is much better with low light conditions and that I still use frequently.  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 one with the first DSLR, and it's pretty clear which one is the winner.

I use Photoshop when needed - white balance, to take my reflection out of metallic bowls, 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.

And yeah, my kitchen countertops are purple.  Deal with it.

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