This girl loves to cook. It shows when she starts talking about food, her eyes get huge and they get shiny! Hopefully, now that I'm making her truly famous, she will put her money where her mouth is, or should I say, put her pasta where my mouth is, and invite us over for some further proof!
Here is the chicken and dumplings recipe. I've always made this by memory instead of using the exact recipe, so hopefully I've accounted for all the little adjustments I usually make. My mom and I used to make this on the first frosty day of the year, often times on a snow day when we were home from school and stuck inside. It is a recipe that instantly reminds me of my childhood and family reunions in East Texas. This is simple Southern cooking at it's finest. Hope you guys enjoy it. :)
We certainly did KC. Thank you!
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The shot was created in the studio with my usual simulated window light from the left and slightly behind the subject. No fill light or bounce cards. With the camera almost directly above, I shot with a shallow depth of field to keep the focus on the food. But here is a real meaningful tip for you photographers out there, I use a large source of light (6' X 6' diffused scrim) so that my shadows remain soft, this is very important. Then with my editing software, i deepen the shadows with high contrast settings.
The chicken dumpling was tested, cooked and styled by our Master Chef, Jennie Kelly, view her blog here. She really did test it the night before AND very early in the morning she prepared the chicken. All before even arriving at the studio. That is dedication and passion!
Kristen Butler, my own personal prop stylist, friend, personal cheerleader, and studio wife. She put all the parts together making it look like we were at KC's house!
Thank you both!