Cornbread Muffins with Bacon and Scallions

Cornbread Muffins with Bacon and Scallions

Lately, I’ve been mesmerized with steam and how it wafts in waves that can change depending on many factors such as temperature or the size and shape of the food item.

Watching steam is one thing but photographing steam and food is tricky. You have to have the right lighting, an object that is fresh from the heat source, and the ability to work quickly. I’ve been fascinated with photographing steam for quite some time some time now, and decided that it will be my food photography theme of this year. Sadly, this means that sweet baked goods that are eaten at room temperature are going to be out of the picture (pun intended!) so I will have to be creative in finding some recipes that make for good food photography steam photos.

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Persimmon Muffins

Persimmon Muffins

Persimmons were not in my repertoire of food until a few years ago.

Actually, I lied. They were but in a context in which I hadn't grown to love them.

The fall of my junior year of college, my friend Jenny and I took a bike ride to this bridge which is famed for its graffiti. Neither of us had ever been on our bikes for that long of a distance (5 or so miles), where the wind to the west and east is as cruel in one direction as it is exhilarating in the other.  After spending some time inspecting the graffiti, we found a few persimmon trees along the road and each picked one, like a bright orange egg waiting to be hatched. Having never really been exposed to persimmons, especially those of the hachiya variety, I took it home and immediately cut it open. But, being of the hachiya variety, and it not even close to being ripe, I was immediately exposed to my first bout of astringency. 

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Cranberry Streusel Muffins

Cranberry Streusel Muffins

Even though in this post I said I wasn't going seasonal, I think fall has finally hit me. 

Here are some things that have made me realize that summer is officially gone.

  • The first rain of fall arrived with gorgeous overcast window light and beautiful dew drops on all of the changing leaves.
  • My coworkers have returned to discussions of Halloween costumes, Thanksgiving and the temperature of the house we work out of.
  • I can now wear scarves without feeling like my neck is going to die.
  • Cranberries, apples, squash and Brussels sprouts have returned to my diet.
  • My birthday is in less than two weeks.
  • Kristen and I are already discussing what we are bringing to Thanksgiving. (Yes, we are a bit premature.)

To officially break into the large bag of cranberries I got from Costco, I made muffins. Also, I really needed to use sour cream that I had in the refrigerator. You know how the freezer and I work

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French Toast Muffins

French Toast Muffins

I know I've posted about French Toast Sticks, but French Toast Muffins are an entity on their own. 

Kristen is the sandwich-eater in the apartment due to school and convenience whereas I refuse to eat sandwiches anymore unless I know they will be top quality (yes, I am a food snob). We often make our own bread (and now we're also hipsters, too), but sometimes you get the batch that just doesn't do that well. So, we had a bag of a dozen rolls of too dense bread which lived in our freezer for months. 

Like many things, these muffins randomly flashed into my head and I knew that's how I would be able to use up those rolls. 

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Raspberry Muffins

Raspberry Muffins

I was a bit hesitant about posting these muffins because I a) made them quickly and forgot all about the crumb topping I had intended to put on them and b) they look kind of alien.    

A crumb topping would have been made these 10x better but, without the topping, it feels more okay to eat these for breakfast or snack rather than as dessert. I try to limit myself to one dessert-type thing a day but knowing my sweet tooth and the nature of my daytime job, some days that's really hard. I consider it a successful day if I can hold my sweet tooth off until about 8:45pm. Habits are hard to break. That time will forever be engrained in my head as dessert time. 

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