10 Tips and Techniques That Improved My ...

10 Tips and Techniques for Better Food Photography ~ by My Utensil Crock

In the spring of 2012, I bought a camera. I was headed on a fancy vacation with very dramatic scenery, and thought this was as good an excuse as any to buy myself a grown-up camera. Cue the dramatic scenery! It really looks like I'm standing in front of a fake background, doesn't it? My only specifications were: Light in weight / as … [Read more...]

My Utensil Crock Oatmeal Station

Oatmeal Station by My Utensil Crock - a streamlined way to assure a quick, healthy, filling breakfast

It has been raining in Washington, D.C., since April 27. Not constantly, but a lot. Every day. News outlets report that it didn't rain on Thursday or something, but my hair begs to differ. It's been unpleasant, and cloudy, and foggy, and misty for as long as I can remember. After driving rain during the day Friday, we did have a little respite … [Read more...]

Party Tips: Warm Cookies

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Coconut Oil Cookies ~ by My Utensil Crock

What beats a plate full of cookies? A pan full of warm cookies, straight out of the oven, served to a crowd in a get-em-while-they're-hot fashion. When planning a recent party I threw in my apartment, I got a little lazy with the menu. I have been trying to focus on make-ahead items for parties, so I can spend the time immediately before … [Read more...]

Party Tips: Meatballs + Manicures

Meatballs + Manicures

Sometimes when I have people over for a get-together, I am a mess at "game time." As my first friends are arriving, I am generally not wearing makeup (or shoes), my sink is filled with dishes, and I'm lucky if I haven't thrown two armfuls of clothes in the bottom of my closet to hide them from sight. Something is simmering on the stove - three … [Read more...]

How to: Roast Garlic

Roasted Garlic

For the occasion when raw garlic is just a bit too edgy, try roasting it. Roasted garlic takes on a completely different flavor. It is sweet and rich, and great in dips like hummus in place of minced garlic, or spread directly on a steak. If you are having a small dinner party, place a few roasted heads of garlic around a warm baguette fresh out of … [Read more...]

How to: Roast Peppers

Roasted Red Peppers

While roasted peppers are easily found in stores and are great in a pinch, if you find fresh peppers at a decent price, it is more cost-effective and healthy to prepare them yourself. They will also taste fresher - and there is no substitute for that! Turn on the broiler in your oven and set a rack 4 to 5" below. Cut peppers in half lengthwise; … [Read more...]

How to: Peel and Seed a Tomato


As soon as I learned this technique, I immediately didn't know how I had ever used a raw tomato with seeds before. This technique requires a few minutes of prep time, but I find it is worth it for some dishes. All you need is a tomato, a serrated knife, and a small pot filled with water deep enough to cover the tomato. You should also have a bowl … [Read more...]