"Cookies" + Photography

January 30, 2009

I forgot about you guys!!! I was just sitting here responding to emails and realized I hadn’t blogged lunch yet :) My photo shoot threw me off!

We had a fun food lab this morning – cookies!! We split 9 cookie recipes between the groups and baked them off with slight variations in ingredients and then went through a “Sensory Evaluation” to determine how they were different in taste and texture. It was quite interesting. Here are the photos of the different bakes (I don’t have the energy to label each one, but they get progressively more cookie-like as they go, starting with just flour and water and ending with a real recipe)

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And ours, which were the real deal.

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Our for sampling (along with store-bought Pillsbury on the right)

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Yum! Unfortunately they were baked with margarine ()

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My sample plate with some palate cleansing H2O. We were told we could spit out anything we didn’t want to eat after tasting into a paper cup, and I probably spit out 75% of mine (which was a gross process). I just swallowed the ones that tasted good (actually I liked the ones without egg the most – they had a better texture. Chewier and less cakey). But #5 was made with shortening and was disgusting! It tasted just like vegetable oil. And the one with just flour and water was pretty strange too.

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After class I moved on to my photo shoot. Here’s what I packed!

A spinach salad with green pepper and carrot, walnuts and cottage cheese (dressed in a little EVOO an salt).

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Plus half a grapefruit

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…and a slice of bread. But since we’d just finished our sampling an hour earlier, I wasn’t terribly hungry and gave my bread to the magazine’s art director, who’s a big fan of GH bread :)

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The shoot went really well. I may not make the cover (depending on how the layout ends up) but we will see. They took me photographing my food (which was tough to hold the pose realistically for so long) and then also in a different outfit on the elliptical! I took a peek at a few of the photoos and they are cute.

I got home at 3:30 and was pretty hungry for a snack – I missed that bread after all! The husband brought home this Morning Glory Muffin from GH yesterday. It was divine!! I wonder how healthy it was because it sure tasted healthy – filled with dried fruit, carrots, and stuff.

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Crumbled over half a cup of yogurt with tea

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Yay for Charlotte Restaurant Week!! We’re picking Karen up at 6:50 to head to a cool Italian place we have never been to. See you later tonight (if I remember to blog!)

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1 Danielle January 30, 2009 at 4:44 pm

I definitely would have spit out the cookie that tasted like shortening too, gross!
Can’t wait to see the results of your photo shoot!


2 theoddbod January 30, 2009 at 4:44 pm

nice foodo shoot!


3 Sara January 30, 2009 at 4:44 pm

What an interesting experiment! I’m assuming they’re sugar cookies right? I bet the ones with only water and flour were gross. Your muffin and yogurt sound like a great snack! :)


4 zestycook January 30, 2009 at 4:45 pm

I was wondering where you were Kath… Looks like you had fun!


5 Betsy in Pittsburgh January 30, 2009 at 4:48 pm

I just ate a big hunk of cold buttercream frosting… Talk about gag! I’m sure the shortening cookie was worse though.


6 brandi January 30, 2009 at 4:48 pm

Sounds like a fun day!


7 Rachel January 30, 2009 at 4:49 pm

What a neat food lab! I’d love to sit in on a couple classes like that sometime. I think I might have a hard time resisting eating it all though :)


8 fitforfree January 30, 2009 at 4:57 pm

sounds like a fun experiment! I love eggless cookies :-)


9 Biz319 January 30, 2009 at 4:58 pm

your grapefruit looks delicious – hope you have fun tonight!

Love trying out new restaurants!


10 ashley (sweet & natural) January 30, 2009 at 5:00 pm

When do we get to see the pics?!


11 Missy (Missy Maintains) January 30, 2009 at 5:04 pm

I would love a class like that! Tasting cookies all day! Perfect!


12 Maggie January 30, 2009 at 5:05 pm

Wow, that looks like a fun class :) Love the snack!!


13 Marisa (trim the fat) January 30, 2009 at 5:07 pm

I would love that class! How fun!

Have a great dinner tonight!


14 Joie de vivre January 30, 2009 at 5:14 pm

It is intimidating to spit things out. I’ve been tempted in some restaurants but have never had the guts. Good for you.


15 Mauree January 30, 2009 at 5:16 pm

That’s a really cool experiment! I’m glad your photoshoot went well.


16 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) January 30, 2009 at 5:21 pm

What a neat experiment!


17 K January 30, 2009 at 5:31 pm

Oh fun!! First of all – that lab blows my chem lab out of the water! Glad the photo shoot went alright and I hope you guys have a blast tonight :)

Don’t forget about us, Kath!! 😉


18 Hallie January 30, 2009 at 5:31 pm

Kath, your photos are so pretty. I just started taking some food photos, and it’s not easy.

Yay for Restaurant Week! The one in San Diego is so much fun; I have friends that have gone to three restaurants in one week. And from a marketing standpoint, it’s so smart of the restaurants to participate. Have a great time tonight!


19 Nicole January 30, 2009 at 5:40 pm

Have fun tonight! The photoshoot sounds like fun!


20 Sarah (lovINmytummy) January 30, 2009 at 5:52 pm

I wish I could go to school and eat cookies.


21 seelee live (for the love of peanut butter) January 30, 2009 at 5:52 pm

Hey KATH! It’s the end of restaurant week in philly, tomorrow! enjoy urself tonight-cant wait for PICS!!


22 Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday January 30, 2009 at 5:58 pm

Glad the photo shoot went well!

Enjoy your dinner!!


23 Mutritious Nuffins January 30, 2009 at 6:04 pm

that cookie lab sounds like fun :)


24 Erica January 30, 2009 at 6:31 pm

What a cool lab and photo shoot! I’m so jealous of your day! Have fun tonight 😉


25 Shelby January 30, 2009 at 7:19 pm

Muffins and Yogurt are one of the best snack combos…ever!

Sounds like you had fun today =)


26 Diana January 30, 2009 at 7:28 pm

I can’t wait to see the pictures from your shoot! sounds like fun!


27 VeggieGirl January 30, 2009 at 7:37 pm

Lovin’ the treats!! I just posted my newest treat :-)


28 Kelley January 30, 2009 at 7:43 pm

oh man, now i want a cookie. BAD!


29 Katie January 30, 2009 at 8:29 pm

The taste test sounds interesting. Yuck on the shortening cookie. I can’t wait to see your photo shoot photos.


30 Kim January 30, 2009 at 10:31 pm

Hi, Kath — I know that a number of RD students have a history of food issues, and I was just wondering how aware/sensitive to that fact the faculty seem to be? Just wondering, since they seemed pretty upfront about letting students spit food out.


31 Katelyn January 30, 2009 at 10:40 pm

Your class looks like a ton of fun!


32 sue January 30, 2009 at 10:45 pm

that class looks so fun…can’t wait to see more experiments! and congrats on the photo shoot, i hope you make the cover 😀


33 Meg January 30, 2009 at 10:54 pm

What a fun lab! I would have been doing lots of spitting out too!


34 faith February 1, 2009 at 7:56 pm

what did i miss?? photoshoot for what??? excitement!!


35 Courtney February 2, 2009 at 3:40 pm

I love Morning Glory Muffins and depending on the recipe they can be very healthy.


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