Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Yes, we're home. And yes, I have loads of pictures to post about the remaining couple of weeks in Florida, as well as the trip back. 


I have a new goal to become a culinary whiz (okay, so really I just want to be able to cook for my family without killing them.)

Here's the skinny:

I am experimenting with new recipes, playing with some of my favorites from my childhood, and as I find my favorites I am going to photograph them. 

Eventually I'm going to bind a book of my favorites, complete with delightful pictures.

The way I see it, I didn't come up with these recipes from my own noggin, so I'm going to share my new (and old) favorites here on the blog so that maybe--just maybe--some of y'all can benefit from them too!

Oh, and did I mention I'm going to be focusing on recipes that don't take forever and a day to prepare?


So here goes!

Fluffy French Toast

1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 pink salt
3 eggs
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp white sugar
8 thick slices of bread (I used Wonderbread's Texas Toast)

1. Measure flour into a large mixing bowl. Slowly whisk in the milk. Whisk in the salt, eggs, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and sugar until smooth.
2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium heat (I put our griddle at 350)
3. Soak bread slices in mixture until saturated. (If you use the Texas Toast bread, the milk and egg mixture might not make it to 8 slices if you let them get really saturated due to the extra thickness. We made four tonight and had maybe 1/3 of the stuff left over. Just an FYI.)
4. Cook bread on each side until golden brown. Serve hot with syrup, banana slices, powdered sugar, etc.

YIELDS: 8 (ish) slices.
(Again, this will vary depending on the thickness of the bread. The original recipe claimed 12 slices.)

What to y'all think of the picture? I haven't had a lot (okay, any) experience shooting food, but I really want to get into it. I love the colors and textures. I was thinking maybe I should shoot the french toast again next time and put some syrup on, too? What do you think? I wish we had more natural light down here. Maybe I should run the plate outside each time I want to photograph the meal?


Ashley said...

ha ha run the plate outside each time to take a picture?! only a crazed photographer would do such a thing! =) Love the recipe idea and i will be checking frequently! i always needs some good meal ideas. What's this about texas being in your future?! come on out!

Jewelyn said...

Hooray! I need good food ideas! I feel like since I'm going to be home a lot, I should probably start trying harder on fixing meals and other homemaking abilities. help!

Adriane said...

I think it looks yummy! Syrup would look yummy too though. Lol, if you run it outside, won't you have to have a table all set to be in the background? Maybe you should just eat outside. ALL THE TIME. Don't worry, it's not like fall is around the corner or anything ;)

Lauren Davison said...

Jewelyn--I feel the same way! Now that Kirby is home every evening (no more MTC), I have no excuse for being a cooking failure! :) I have a plethora of recipes to try and experiment with, so hopefully it will be helpful! Oh yeah. And delicious.

Lauren Davison said...

Adriane--I've seen some people photograph from above with a cute and simple fabric behind. Maybe I'll try some of that? We'll see. :)

Meridith said...

I'm so proud. You'll do so great. :D The photos are excellent; way to not pilfer food images off line. ;)


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