Date Night #1

Wednesday night was our “first” date night at home.  I mean first as, we are making the effort to have a date night at least once a week, we realized how fast life goes by as parents and we don’t want to lose touch with one another along the way.  So we will be cooking a meal together eating it together at the table and talking about how awesome we are.

I subscribe to Everyday with Rachael Ray.  (It was my birthday present last year from Steve.)   We pulled a recipe from the July issue, we made Grilled Bread Salad with Chicken.

Bread Salad

This meal was delicious.  Steve had doubts about the salad but he quickly changed his mind…

I chopped the cucumber, tomato, onion, basil and olives and put it all in a bowl.  Poured some olive oil over the mix, sprinkled salt and pepper and tossed.  The bread took 5 minutes on the grill. I cubed the grilled loaf, laid that cubes on a platter and then dumped the tomato mixture over then bread.  The mixture had enough time to break down to make a little juice, the hot grilled bread soaked up all those juices and presto you have a delicious Bread Salad.  Awwwesome!  Lay your chicken on the platter and juice one lemon over everything, then devour!  You want to keep eating it and you will but it does fill you up full.

So simple, so clean and super tasty!  I love cooking with Rachael Ray, her recipes are straight forward, everyday foods that that make your tummy happy after you create one of her dishes.

*I like to personalize mine, this called for Feta and I am not a fan, so I left it out.  When I make Bread Salad again I will be adding fresh Mozzarella.

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When I grow up…

I want to be a photographer.

I am setting my new year’s resolution early.  I am going to be a photographer full time in 2013 if it’s the last thing that I do.  No more of this “working for the man” business.  It gets you know where.  I have been with the same company for 5 years and where I am?  Sitting at a desk wishing I was successful and happy.

I know what I want and I am pretty sure I know how to get it.  With time and drive I will succeed.  I want to be an out side the box portrait photographer,  I want to work with small businesses to update their photos for their web sites and I want to shoot food for menus.

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I love food photography.  I think I love food photography more than I love food.  All things that you photograph are a memory but photographing food is a delicious memory, a memory that will make your mouth water, you remember the smell and sometimes you can remember the person that served it to you.

This is where I will start.

Hello, my name is Michaela Soderlund and I am a professional (food) photographer.

Just you wait and see.