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  • MikeVFMKAugust 21, 2011 - 8:13 am

    Brian, I can see why these two make you happy. Lovely photos and a perfect Silent Sunday post!ReplyCancel

  • WinnieAugust 21, 2011 - 8:38 am

    Positively adorable :)ReplyCancel

  • Snippets of ThymeAugust 21, 2011 - 9:00 am

    Babies and Doggies. It just doesn’t get cuter than that! Wonderful pics of your niece.ReplyCancel

  • SMITH BITESAugust 21, 2011 - 9:44 am

    i am absolutely giggling w/you – these are happy, happy, pics!!ReplyCancel

  • Chez UsAugust 21, 2011 - 12:14 pm

    Is Jordon too darn cute or what. Just want to squeeze her!!! Lovely way to start Sunday morning. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • KristenAugust 21, 2011 - 12:29 pm

    Sweet, sweet, sweet!ReplyCancel

  • foodwanderingsAugust 21, 2011 - 1:13 pm

    Bri, your niece is absolutely adorable. Am not surprised you cannot put down the camera. Just precious!ReplyCancel

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  • Barbara | Creative CulinaryAugust 21, 2011 - 8:49 pm

    Jordan gets prettier every time I see her…she is adorable…and the pup ain’t half bad either! I especially love them together; kids and dogs were meant to be pals!ReplyCancel

  • Baker StreetAugust 22, 2011 - 5:47 am

    Aww… Jordan is so pretty and maki is just adorable.ReplyCancel

  • ElianaAugust 22, 2011 - 2:46 pm

    So precious! Love these photos Brian.ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanAugust 22, 2011 - 9:55 pm

    MMnnnn! I loves me some Jordan, especially when she hangs out with “the beast.”

    Muchos perros. . . si, muchos perros.ReplyCancel

  • AlyAugust 25, 2011 - 9:15 pm

    A great silent sunday!ReplyCancel

  • […] and I are the proud uncles of two very adorable girls.  Jordan will be turning two at the end of this year and Ayla, my sister’s daughter, was born this past March.  Now that they are in our lives, I […]ReplyCancel

I remember the last time we had peanut butter in our house growing up.  Sitting on the tiled floor of our kitchen, I held the jar in my hands and I knew that this was something we had to do.  Never again could we have any nuts (especially peanut butter) in our home.  It was too dangerous, too much of a risk.

This came after a few incidents where my older sister had, by accident, consumed peanuts and had ended up with a severe allergic reaction.  Her throat started to close, her breathing would become strained.  The few (thankfully, very few) times that I’ve witnessed this, it’s been terrifying.

Unlike my sister, I have no allergies to food (nor to animals).  But knowing someone who is deathly allergic to such foods, I am typically more sensitive about this issue.

And there’s a reason why I say typically.  Just a few weeks ago, I attended my first gluten-free event.  When I first heard that the Big Summer Potluck was going to be a gluten-free weekend, I had a moment of hesitation.  Really, how could a weekend without bread or cake or cookies be fun?  What the heck were we going to eat?

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  • Baker StreetAugust 17, 2011 - 1:46 am

    Your cookies look so nice and chewy. Hard to believe they are gluten free. Will surely give this a try the next time i’m baking cookies.ReplyCancel

  • susannunuAugust 17, 2011 - 3:13 am

    The cookies look nice, but i am facing a problemwith glutin free stuff that they get very hard quickly.could you plz post other recipes made of corn and rice flour.ReplyCancel

  • Lars BölanderAugust 17, 2011 - 4:02 am

    Hi! People with gluten intolerance, as well as those with lactose intolerance, should really be glad!(?) Man developed during, say, 6 000 000 years. Our genes developed, as we ate the foods of those days, until food and gene fitted one another perfectly, like two stones grinding on each other. And this process going on for millions of years, until we started to grow grains and milk cows. We had no genes suited for the intake of meals based on grains and milk. New diseases developed. Today we have a spectrum of auto immune diseases, very probably caused by the “normal” and “healthy” food, that we eat daily. If we /try to/ eat like our very early ancestors, we’ll all be healthier and more fit and with fewer allergies. Early mankind never had a reason to handle gluten or lactose! So, you with gluten intolerance, be happy, because in the long run you’ll be healthier without gluten, without flour in your cooking or baking. /LB (surgeon).ReplyCancel

  • chinmayie @ love food eatAugust 17, 2011 - 6:08 am

    WOW! Those look so good! Never thought there can be chickpea flour cookies!ReplyCancel

  • Caroline @ chocolate and carrotsAugust 17, 2011 - 7:18 am

    Yes, please! These look fantastic! I have some chickpea flour that I’ve been dying to break out…this is the recipe. Love it! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Sweet and SavvyAugust 17, 2011 - 7:27 am

    These look so perfect! Perfect texture and lots If chocolate! Couldn’t imagine anything better!ReplyCancel

  • ElizabethAugust 17, 2011 - 7:32 am

    That’s awesome that these only use chickpea flour. Both my sister and one of my closest friends don’t eaten gluten for sensitivity and celiac respectively, so I’ve done my fair share of gf baking. Some of the best baked goods I’ve had have a blend of flours but those get so expensive. Almond flour too is wonderful. I’m going to send this recipe to both of them :)ReplyCancel

  • DariaAugust 17, 2011 - 7:33 am

    I can’t wait to give these a try. My mom has a gluten intolerance so I’m always on the lookout for good treats to feed her sweet tooth.ReplyCancel

  • MichelleAugust 17, 2011 - 7:35 am

    I think that I had the same feeling about gluten-free foods until a friend of mine had severe allergies. Kudos to an honest post…and those cookies look fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • JessicaAugust 17, 2011 - 7:55 am

    Nice. I’ll have to try these. I am celiac and do heaps of baking. I usually just adapt any recipe with all purpose goofy (gluten free) flour. Most of the time it works perfectly well. I haven’t tried chickpea flour, I’ll have to see if I can get it.ReplyCancel

  • Ken⏐hungry rabbitAugust 17, 2011 - 7:57 am

    Glad I at least get to eat one of them, these were fantastic. Too bad we didn’t have milk at the moment.ReplyCancel

  • The Chocolate PriestessAugust 17, 2011 - 8:25 am

    We have a friend who must be exceedingly careful with what he eats because of celiac and other issues. However, I, too, have very mixed feelings about everyone else jumping on board. As with most “health” crazes this may be an excuse for companies to make more money and not a real concern with some people’s health. Even if I made things gluten-free, my friend feels safest making and bringing his own food, his wife makes hers, he makes his. He would never ask anyone to make his food for him now because the risks to his life are too great. As individuals we need to investigate matters and really weigh what works best for us and never just jump on board the newest food trend regardless of what it is.ReplyCancel

  • Gluten Free Girl In DCAugust 17, 2011 - 8:26 am

    I cannot wait to try this recipe, something I have been craving is great tasting gluten free cookies!ReplyCancel

  • AlyAugust 17, 2011 - 10:10 am

    I am assuming that you used Gluten Free chocolate chips too? I have never tried using chick pea flour but I have used the gluten free chips (and honestly prefer them to the regular variety these days). The photographs are beautiful and the cookies really look legit.ReplyCancel

  • ElianaAugust 17, 2011 - 10:21 am

    Although I’m not sure why, I too have been skeptical of gluten-free cooking. Thanks for shedding light on this important issue though. I will certainly start my GF baking adventures with these cookies. They look amazing!ReplyCancel

  • EthanAugust 17, 2011 - 10:23 am

    As someone who got to taste these cookies at Big Summer Potluck, I can vouch for them too!
    Glad you clarified your “anti” gluten-free and girl-friend statement 😛ReplyCancel

  • merry jenniferAugust 17, 2011 - 10:27 am

    These look stunning, Brian. My neighbor is gluten free – I should totally make these for her.ReplyCancel

  • Bev WeidnerAugust 17, 2011 - 10:50 am

    My eyeballs are so happy looking at all those cookies. MAMA.ReplyCancel

  • ElizabethAugust 17, 2011 - 10:51 am

    Wow, those do look amazing. Even though I have no reason to make anything GF, I have made some items before and I find them to be just as or even more delicious then their gluten-y counterparts.

    Thanks for the beautiful photos and recipe!ReplyCancel

  • TiffanyAugust 17, 2011 - 10:53 am

    We just found out that my little cousin has a gluten allergy… I’ll be home this weekend and promised here that we would bake some gluten free sweets… the first on the list? These cookies! Thanks for sharing! 😀ReplyCancel

  • mpv61August 17, 2011 - 1:43 pm

    Remember if you are making these for someone else with a sensitivity to gluten that you have to consider what materials you are using. For example, if instead of using parchment paper you decide to spray the pan with Pam, some of those have wheat flour in it and your friend might get sick. Some celiacs are “silent celiacs” and don’t get sick but get gut damage anyway.

    Wooden spoons might retain gluten on them from prior use, too. I’m not sure about plastic/silicone. Metal that’s been well-cleaned is probably safest.

    Anyone with celiac/gluten sensitivity/etc. is usually thrilled when someone has gone to the trouble to make them a GF treat, as long as it’s truly GF! I cried when I went to my sister’s house and my niece had made me (naturally) GF macaroons!ReplyCancel

  • Steph@stephsbitebybiteAugust 17, 2011 - 1:52 pm

    Yay for gluten free cookies that look so sinful! I try to be mostly gluten free to help with tummy issues. So to see some GF cookies really got me excited!ReplyCancel

  • SMITH BITESAugust 17, 2011 - 2:08 pm

    i nearly fell off my chair laughing at the ‘gluten-free, not girl-friend’ line!!! back to the cookies – my baby sister was diagnosed about 3yrs ago with Celiac and really woke me up to how many people cannot eat gluten. hats off the Big Summer Potluck for making the entire event gluten-free!!ReplyCancel

  • blackbookkitchendiariesAugust 17, 2011 - 2:15 pm

    omg! these look so good:) cant wait to try this out.ReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKAugust 17, 2011 - 2:44 pm

    These look chewy and incredible. I’m not against trying anything once, or twice. And if it’s good, gluten-free or not, I’m hooked for life. These looks like those kind of cookies!ReplyCancel

  • VijithaAugust 17, 2011 - 3:41 pm

    Looks chewy and nice! Most of the South Indian dishes which are rice based are gluten free. When my GF friends came over for dinner, I made dosa and idly for them.
    Chickpea flour (besan) and rice flour is used in almost every dish that comes from a Indian household.

    As always I love love your clicks.ReplyCancel

  • kankanaAugust 17, 2011 - 5:35 pm

    I didn’t know about gluten-free until very recently! These cookies gf or not gf 😉 looks amazingly good. Chickpea flour is something I use only in savory, mainly to make fritters or soup, this would be something I would love to try.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara | Creative CulinaryAugust 17, 2011 - 6:22 pm

    I think there is an element of ‘fad’ surrounding Gluten Free; some people have found it is the only safe way for them to eat because of a metabolic imbalance and others have taken it on as a way to lose weight…which is pretty crazy actually. In any event, it has started to feel like it’s being force fed to the public at large. I’ll be honest…I would have been irritated to have been required to only prepare gluten free food for an event. I don’t think that is any better choice than refusing to have it.

    My friends who must deal with gluten intolerance or celiac disease prefer that they prepare their own foods to insure that all necessary precautions are taken which can be a difficult task in a kitchen that normally is used for baking or cooking without those precautions. They were a bit surprised when I shared the idea of a GF potluck from the whole realm of cooks present and said they would not have eaten any of the foods they did not prepare because of the seriousness of a reaction that could have occurred. I’m wondering about this event…do you think precautions taken were significant enough to not warrant any concern on the part of those actually requiring that their foods be gluten free?ReplyCancel

  • With Style and GraceAugust 17, 2011 - 7:28 pm

    ah, these are the cookies you were telling me about, they look delicious!! Beautiful post [& photos], as always. xoReplyCancel

  • Nelly RodriguezAugust 17, 2011 - 7:37 pm

    These cookies look amazing! I’ve never baked with chickpea flour but need to asap and bake these! Torture indeed but no pain, no gain right? 😉 Thanks for sharing my dear…ReplyCancel

  • kamran siddiqiAugust 17, 2011 - 7:37 pm

    These look absolutely gorgeous and sinfully delicious. Beautiful post, Brian!ReplyCancel

  • Snippets of ThymeAugust 17, 2011 - 7:44 pm

    I have no problem with GF anything when it looks as delicious as those chocolate chip cookies you are eating. Chickpea flour! Every day I keep hearing about new substitutes for wheat flour.ReplyCancel

  • IrvinAugust 17, 2011 - 9:22 pm

    Those look fab! I’m actually not a fan of using chickpea flour in my sweet baked goods, preferring to keep the chickpea flour for savory baked goods, but your cookies might change my mind. As someone who bakes gluten free but is NOT gluten free, I’ll tell you that baking gluten free has shifted the way I bake – all for the better. Using alternative flours opens a whole new world of ingredients and soon you’ll find yourself reaching for different flours instinctively.

    Wish I could have been there at the BSP2! It sounded wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionAugust 17, 2011 - 9:36 pm

    I was so sad that I didn’t get a chance to try these at BSP… They were so good that they were gobbled up before I had one! So glad you posted the recipe… I will definitely give them a try!ReplyCancel

  • JoanneAugust 17, 2011 - 10:41 pm

    From what I’ve heard from my GF friends, chickpea flour is THE way to go when it comes to gluten-free baking! You done good, my friend.

    I really hate the negative connotation that this health craze has given to gluten-free eating, as if it were something that crazy health freaks do and not something that is required for some so they can be healthy!ReplyCancel

  • Angie's RecipesAugust 18, 2011 - 5:17 am

    Some gluten-free recipes could be really great too. Those cookies look divine.ReplyCancel

  • PeggyAugust 18, 2011 - 5:39 am

    I definitely know that I’m quite undereducated about the whole gluten-free thing, I was definitely naive to as well. And then a close friend of mine and also my neighbor were diagnosed with Celiac’s Disease. It really makes you put things into perspective – and now I have a tasty treat to offer them the next time I see them =)ReplyCancel

  • Maris (In Good taste)August 18, 2011 - 7:16 am

    Very thoughful and insightful post and oh yes these look terrific!ReplyCancel

  • ShereeAugust 18, 2011 - 7:36 am

    I haven’t seek chickpea or other bean flours at the store where we buy gluten free flours so I will have to check online. We are always on the look out for good gf recipes, especially for sweets! Looking into cultural cooking opens a whole new world to celiacs cooking. In other countries some of these flours are used for everyday cooking the way we used to use wheat flours. The first time I took a gf/nut free dessert to a potluck at church we had missionaries from South America, iirc, and they were pleased to have a dish that reminded them of home. I learned alot talking to the wife about cooking with these alternate flours!

    We too are to the point where we have began taking our own foods for my cleiac daughter when we go places where food is involved. We learned the hard way with my son who has nut allergies that even though people mean well, they don’t often think about the cross contamination from their cooking utensils. Their heart is in the right place but the knowledge is just not there unless you live with an allergy or with someone who has an allergy. And then there are people who havebthat “fad” mentality and don’t take you seriously when you say that you eat gluten free. Veru very frustrating!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren at Keep It SweetAugust 18, 2011 - 8:20 am

    My sister has to eat gluten free but I definitely have not tried as much gluten free baking as I’d like. These look wonderful and I think I’ll pick up some chickpea flour so I can try them!ReplyCancel

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspectiveAugust 18, 2011 - 10:22 am

    What, WHAT? Gluten-free? But they look so… REAL. Chickpea flour is magic stuff!ReplyCancel

  • NicolaAugust 18, 2011 - 11:46 am

    These look great! My childminder and a number of her kids and grandkids have coeliac disease; they love when I make baked goods for them. Having googled ‘chickpea flour’ and discovered it is ‘gram flour’ in the UK, which I have bags of for naan bread and other Indian cooking, these are what I’m going to bring her next. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • GailAugust 18, 2011 - 12:34 pm

    The cookies look great, Brian! Inspiring piece to try new flour combinations!ReplyCancel

  • JennAugust 18, 2011 - 2:18 pm

    I will also ditto everyone’s comments about being careful about cross contamination, especially if working in a kitchen where glutenicious goods are baked. There are many many things I had to learn about handling food preparation in my kitchen when my husband and I first started cooking together that I would never have thought about otherwise…

    This recipe is interesting, I’m really curious why you chose chickpea flour – I generally avoid using any bean flour at a 100% ratio in any GF baking because the flavor is so strong, and try to keep bean flours to no more than 1/3 or 1/2 (if a savory recipe). Did the chickpea taste come through much in the final product? I miss chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chips are a very very precious rare ingredient in my kitchen living in Europe…ReplyCancel

  • naomiAugust 19, 2011 - 1:21 am

    Brian, these cookies look crazy good. I have to say I’ve never even had GF cookie, but I did have GF pizza crust and it was GOOOD!!!

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. I’m going to be making this for a GF co-worker!ReplyCancel

  • Sneh | Cook RepublicAugust 19, 2011 - 6:44 am

    Lovely pictures and the cookies look stunning. I have a friend who is severely anaphylactic. Eggs & Peanuts are her bane. I always make a simple apple crumble whenever she visits :-) She loves it!ReplyCancel

  • […] miss these Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies from A Thought For Food. Brian brought them to the Big Summer Potluck, but they were so amazing that everyone snatched them […]ReplyCancel

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.August 19, 2011 - 4:20 pm

    These look fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • Lora @cakeduchessAugust 19, 2011 - 10:14 pm

    After a week w/my vegan BFF (still giggling at your GF line;) and her vegan daughter, and a month w/my vegetarian cousin from Italy visiting us…I feel that I will next be exposed to the GF lifestyle and will have to learn to bake something. It’s interesting reading the comments about how dangerous cross-contamination is and reading Jenn’s comment about the ratio you used of chick pea flour. That is mostly what makes me hesitant to try a GF recipe. I think your GF cookies look fabulous and sounds like they were delicious:) (love that photo you posted earlier w/ur mom in Twitter:)ReplyCancel

  • Russell van KraayenburgAugust 21, 2011 - 12:23 pm

    Wow such a straight forward gluten free recipe. I’ve been wanting to try and play with a gluten free cookie recipes for some of my gf friends but I am usually turned off/scared by all the different flours and random products I know little of. This is not a scary recipe; thanks for sharing! I love your shots too, as always. They look so intimate with a hint of bliss and nostalgia.ReplyCancel

  • KristenAugust 21, 2011 - 12:31 pm

    These look like the perfect little nibblers. And your photos capture me every time!ReplyCancel

  • Dan @ Dan's Good SideAugust 21, 2011 - 12:43 pm

    I’m sad I didn’t go to the big summer potluck. I would of brought my famous gluten-free celery filled with cheese whiz dish. It’s a real winner.ReplyCancel

  • MonetAugust 21, 2011 - 9:28 pm

    I loved the image of you savoring your last jar of peanut butter…and I loved even more hearing about how you discovered these gluten free goods. I have been meaning to incorporate more gluten free recipes in my blog, and now I have a great recipe to start with. The images look lovely, sweet friend, and your words even sweeter.ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanAugust 22, 2011 - 9:52 pm

    Mmmmmmnnn! I loves me some chocolate chip cookies – especially when they are gluten free!

    Un otro modo de comer chocolate sin “gluten” es que solamente comer chocolate.ReplyCancel

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  • Karla from Sal & AzucarOctober 12, 2011 - 4:01 pm

    Hey! Did you use any xathan gum or did the flour you use already have it?ReplyCancel

  • […] didn’t want that to stop me from eating cookies! How sad would that be?  I came across this recipe, and thought it looked really simple, compared to other gluten-free recipes.  I was worried about […]ReplyCancel

  • AudreyNovember 27, 2011 - 7:30 pm

    I was wondering if I could use a different flour other than chickpea and will they turn out the same? Thanks for the great recipe! (;ReplyCancel

  • jean's nuJune 5, 2012 - 5:36 am

    i just have to thank you for this recipe! i just tried making these, my cookies are still warm, and they are sooooo good. we will be making some more.
    i reduced the sugar by half cup, and i still found them sweet.ReplyCancel

  • leilaMarch 20, 2013 - 11:28 am

    I made these cookies with my 12 year old daughter yesterday.(we did use a flax seed egg substitute) I must say that while preparing the batter we had serious doubts because the batter was so thick and so sticky. It was easier to work with once it was chilled however. We were pleasantly surprised with the final product and this recipe has made made daughters final selection list. When we make them again we will reduce the sugar, these are very sweet cookies, we will also reduce the chocolate chips by half a cup as the batter was completely saturated with chips and we still were left with 1/4 cup of chips at the bottom of the bowl after forming the cookies.
    Thank you for sharing this recipe.ReplyCancel

  • […] experiment was a success! Next time I’ll have to tweak the recipe just a little bit. Follow this recipe to make your own gluten free […]ReplyCancel

  • SevFebruary 18, 2014 - 3:35 pm

    I just made these cookies. I really liked the texture, though they are quite sweet. I would suggest reducing the sugar by a bit.ReplyCancel

  • […] A Thought For Food, Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies  […]ReplyCancel

  • OliviaAugust 20, 2014 - 10:27 am

    I made these, but didn’t have any chocolate chips around the house (a tragedy). Instead, I exchanged half the brown sugar for honey and added blueberries and raisins. They turned out delicious and gooey- I think I’ll have to get some chocolate chips and make more!ReplyCancel

  • SamanthaAugust 21, 2014 - 1:35 pm

    These look SO amazing! I’m always looking for gluten-free, rice-free recipes, and these look outstanding. Could you substitute the chickpea flour for green pea flour instead?

  • fanitaNovember 29, 2014 - 5:10 pm

    These are amazing! They are really chewy inside and crunchy outside! The taste of chickpea flour is hardly noticeable once cooked, only a slight taste left in mouth, but maybe because I know what chickpea flour tastes like. I reduced the amount of sugar as well and they were still quite sweet (but not too sweet). Dont bake them for too long or they become too hard. 10 minutes is more than enough I found (for my fierce oven). Also I had 3 Tbsp of crunchy peanut butter to the wet ingredients, so it is even more packed with protein! I mixed dark and milk choc chips and it was the right balance of flavours. I am thinking of another version with raisins for even more chewiness (and replace some of the sugar), and also a dark choc chips and candied ginger cubes version! Yum , thank you, my gfree and non gf friends loved them and so did I.ReplyCancel

  • […] Chocolate Chip Cookies with Garbanzo Bean Flour ———— (Adapted from A Thought for Food) […]ReplyCancel

  • rachelApril 15, 2015 - 5:30 pm

    I just made them and they are great! I substitute the eggs with. Ground flax seeds and used 1.5 cups coconut sugar and that was my only mistake!!! Too sweet!!! Otherwise great recipeReplyCancel

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  • Dwiana@dwidlebugAugust 14, 2011 - 8:43 am

    What can I see, the ice cream look so good!! make me want to go to store and buy one. but of course I can’t find that here. Nice clicks!ReplyCancel

  • Mike@The Culinary LensAugust 14, 2011 - 8:43 am

    Great images as always. It is so good to support local businesses like this..ReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKAugust 14, 2011 - 8:59 am

    I love local food businesses like this. Be local by supporting local. And when that food business like Batch puts out a product that’s superior than the rest with amazing locally produced ingredients, well, that’s just icing. The salted caramel and ginger both sound incredible. Love Silent Sunday.ReplyCancel

  • Snippets of ThymeAugust 14, 2011 - 9:25 am

    How fun to meet a local provider and then support them in this way. Wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • serena @bigapplenoshAugust 14, 2011 - 9:58 am

    Beautiful photos – I would love to try that salted caramel ice cream!ReplyCancel

  • A Plum By Any Other NameAugust 14, 2011 - 9:59 am

    Completely agree. The makers of Batch deserve all the praise … and then some. When I talked to them last year at an ice cream fundraiser (terrible job but somebody has to do it) in the South End they mentioned that they actually drive to the farm to pick up the cream. Charming! Now, where’s my spoon …ReplyCancel

  • David @ Frenchie and the YankeeAugust 14, 2011 - 10:25 am

    Will definitely be checking out Batch. Thanks for the tip.ReplyCancel

  • LirenAugust 14, 2011 - 11:49 am

    These are the kind of food artisans we need to support! Nothing makes me smile more than seeing such a pure and accountable list of ingredients. Love the photos, Brian. It makes me want to hop on a plane just for a scoop of salted caramel.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren @ Healthy Food For LivingAugust 14, 2011 - 12:17 pm

    I’m definitely going to seek out this ice cream! I checked out their website, and it looks like the ice cream is available at the Newtonville Whole Foods. Thanks for the review.ReplyCancel

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.August 14, 2011 - 2:01 pm

    I want to try this!ReplyCancel

  • RJ FlamingoAugust 14, 2011 - 2:20 pm

    I love to support local businesses, and this sounds like a good one. Need to add this to my list for our next trip to MA, whenever that turns out to be. What am I saying? I’ll just have you make a list for me. 😉ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Life on FoodAugust 14, 2011 - 2:50 pm

    Homemade ice cream = yum! Salted caramel homemade ice cream = yum, yum! Glad you shared it with us.ReplyCancel

  • Bianca @ Confessions of a ChocoholicAugust 14, 2011 - 3:40 pm

    I love Batch ice cream, the salted caramel flavor is ridiculously good. And yes, I’ll be at the Boston Local Food Fest to support the local vendors! Hope to see you there, it’s been a while since we saw each other! xoReplyCancel

  • KimberleyAugust 14, 2011 - 5:09 pm

    They didn’t even compensate you with ice cream?!? 😉 I love companies that are this dedicated. Cheers to them.ReplyCancel

  • Maris (In Good Taste)August 14, 2011 - 5:11 pm

    Sounds (and looks) fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • AlyAugust 14, 2011 - 5:16 pm

    Your photographs are beautiful … In my book anything made with around 5 ingredients has to be amazing and this ice cream looked it.ReplyCancel

  • MichelleAugust 14, 2011 - 5:36 pm

    I’m a huge fan of Batch ice cream, especially their salted caramel flavor!ReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenAugust 14, 2011 - 5:46 pm

    Love, love salted caramel ice cream! In fact stopped today to get a cone, I’d love to try their version sometime.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet }August 14, 2011 - 6:47 pm

    I only wished I was in Boston right now to enjoy this supreme ice cream. Especially the salted caramel. Great Photos !!!ReplyCancel

  • MeganAugust 14, 2011 - 10:15 pm

    Love your pictures as usual… and completely agree that batch is such a great company! And the ice cream is so good!ReplyCancel

  • A Little YumminessAugust 14, 2011 - 10:20 pm

    No need for words…wonderful photos have left me craving ice cream…..ReplyCancel

  • AnnAugust 14, 2011 - 10:34 pm

    beautiful photos…I love artisan foods and how wonderful that you’re able to enjoy their ice-cream!ReplyCancel

  • SMITH BITESAugust 14, 2011 - 11:12 pm

    ice cream is probably The Prof’s most favorite dessert in the world – beautiful photos Brian!!ReplyCancel

  • LizAugust 15, 2011 - 7:55 am

    Stunning photos! I’d like a cone, too :)ReplyCancel

  • KitaAugust 15, 2011 - 8:49 am

    Love the packaging on this ice cream! It makes it look so fun. Great pics.ReplyCancel

  • With Style and GraceAugust 15, 2011 - 1:18 pm

    Looks like I need to come out to Boston now, not only to see you but to try this amazing ice cream! Mostly to see you, of course. Ah and that little girl, precious!ReplyCancel

  • sippitysupAugust 15, 2011 - 4:35 pm

    You and that ice cream are perfect together. Great job. GREGReplyCancel

  • Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionAugust 15, 2011 - 11:11 pm

    Oh, that ice cream sounds amazing! Now I need to get to Boston soon so I can give it a try!ReplyCancel

  • Erin @ A Nesting ExperienceAugust 16, 2011 - 5:06 pm

    Love Salted Caramel Ice Cream. Batch looks totally scrumptious. Yum!ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanAugust 22, 2011 - 10:06 pm

    Mmnnn. . . I LOVES me some batches.

    Estoy soñando en un montaña de helado, cuando de repente, podria ser un volcan de chocolate.ReplyCancel

The food blogger community is a tight group.  Through Twitter, Facebook, and various other social networking sites, we bond over the things that we love in the world.  For food bloggers, it’s mostly cooking related.  But after a few chats about our favorite childhood dishes and various techniques for making French macarons, the conversation quickly switches to something more personal.  These people that I’ve never met, and may never meet, know of my hopes, my dreams, my fears.  We talk about our trials and tribulations in life, sometimes humorous and sometimes not.

When I lost my grandfather last December, I wrote a post here about the experience.  The comments I received overwhelmed me.  As the condolences poured in, I realized that these were just strangers… people who didn’t have to care, but did.  Genuinely.  And that meant the world to me.

I was reminded of all of this earlier this week when I read, via Twitter, that Jennifer Perillo, blogger-extraordinaire, lost her husband suddenly to a massive heart attack.  The news has put us all in a state of shock.  There is no way to understand the loss that she must be feeling right now.  It’s not possible.

But I hope she knows that people are thinking of her, sending her millions of 8 second hugs (a little Big Summer Potluck joke).

I met Jennifer last weekend at the BSP and while we knew that we’d hit it off, I left feeling a special connection to her.  First, there was the pickled watermelon rind that she served on Friday night.  Really, truly inspired.  I raved (drunkenly, but sincerely) about how much I adored these delightful little treats.  Spicy, sweet, crunchy… it was an incredible sensory experience.

And then there is just Jennifer as a person.  Energetic, outgoing, thoughtful.  Someone you can immediately feel comfortable with.  It was the first time meeting her, but I left the weekend knowing that we’d see each other again soon.  And we will, Jennifer.  I promise.

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  • EthanAugust 10, 2011 - 12:16 am

    You did Jennifer and her watermelon rind proud Brian. I was right there with you when we tried it at BSP2 and you’re right, little rinds of heaven. This community continues to astound me.ReplyCancel

  • Sanjeeta kkAugust 10, 2011 - 12:58 am

    Save those peels..we make a spicy curry with the watermelon rinds…and this pickled version seems even better than that.ReplyCancel

  • Priya SreeramAugust 10, 2011 - 2:16 am

    lovely- am bookmarking this !ReplyCancel

  • NishiAugust 10, 2011 - 3:57 am

    I had never heard of Pickled watermelon rinds. This looks very interesting and yummy. A must try for me :)ReplyCancel

  • WinnieAugust 10, 2011 - 7:26 am

    So beautiful Brian- the sentiment and the pickles themselves- miss you!ReplyCancel

  • Jeanne @ CookSister!August 10, 2011 - 7:27 am

    So interesting. In South Africa I gres up with watermelon rind jam – but here in London everyone looks at me like I am mad when I talk about it. Intrigued by the idea of a spicy savoury pickle using the rinds – like nose to tail eating for vegetarians!ReplyCancel

  • JessicaAugust 10, 2011 - 7:28 am

    I’ve never heard of Pickled Watermelon Rinds, but if you like them, they MUST be good!!! Plus now I’ll have a way to use the WHOLE watermelon = less waste is good. So pinning this for later! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Jackie Gordon Singing ChefAugust 10, 2011 - 7:51 am

    I LOVE THESE –We sat there at Big Summer Potluck nibbling on Jennifer’s rind with her and laughing… Sharing good food with friends laughing and enjoying each others company — let’s do lots more of this. xxxooojaxReplyCancel

  • Aimee @ Simple BitesAugust 10, 2011 - 7:56 am

    A beautiful tribute to Jennie, Brian. Thank you. Those pickled watermelon rinds were incredible, weren’t they?ReplyCancel

  • Snippets of ThymeAugust 10, 2011 - 8:24 am

    It is amazing to me as a relatively new blogger to read the outpouring of love being channeled to this wife and mother. I have never even met another blogger but in my tiny corner of the world I cried for this person. Your post is beautiful. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • bunkycooksAugust 10, 2011 - 8:31 am

    Hi Brian,

    I am sorry that I missed BSP this year and meeting both you and Jennifer. I hope there will be another time and chance to finally meet in person.


  • Bev WeidnerAugust 10, 2011 - 9:49 am

    That look absolutely wonderful.

    I’m wondering if my entire face would fit in that jar.ReplyCancel

  • The CilantropistAugust 10, 2011 - 10:14 am

    What a touching post Brian, and a great way to bring a little sunshine to Jennifer and share her crunchy treats.ReplyCancel

  • ElianaAugust 10, 2011 - 10:32 am

    You’re the sweetest ever Brian! So sad I didn’t get to go to BSP to meet you but wil probably be making a trip to Boston in the near future. Thanks so sharing this for those of us that didn’t get to attend BSP. I looks amazing!ReplyCancel

  • ElizabethAugust 10, 2011 - 10:40 am

    I have been meaning to try pickled watermelon rinds for ages and have yet to do it, so maybe this will actually spur me to. I have a HUGE watermelon in the fridge and my chickens won’t eat the rinds, so they just end up as compost otherwise.

    I just can’t wrap my head around this whole thing with Jennie though. It makes me beyond sad and I cannot even imagine what she is going through. I know this community has an unbelievable penchant for rallying around the people that need it most though. All we can do as friends is support and hope that everyone involves has the strength to pull through.

    I hope we can all do our part to make the light shine for Jennie and her daughters.ReplyCancel

  • DeebaAugust 10, 2011 - 10:54 am

    This is the beauty and the depth of good food blogging Brian. That Jennifer lost her husband came as a huge shock when I saw the tweet. No words, feelings can express the pain, the loss … the void it must have created in her life. You are the best to connect with her with this post …
    And yes, am sure you will meet again!ReplyCancel

  • Ken⏐hungry rabbitAugust 10, 2011 - 11:01 am

    This incredibly flavorful jar of watermelon rind made a deep impact on my palette at BSP2. Just as you said, it reflects Jennie’s vibrant personality and we are lucky to have met her.ReplyCancel

  • christellarAugust 10, 2011 - 11:13 am

    Very Ironic, they used pickled watermelon rind on the episode of Chopped I watched last night! Thanks for the recipe :)ReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ In Katrina's KitchenAugust 10, 2011 - 11:22 am

    My words seem so empty to express how sad I am about Jenniffer’s loss. I am so grateful to be a part of this community.ReplyCancel

  • LirenAugust 10, 2011 - 11:40 am

    Brian, such a sweet way to honor Jennie and her family at this time. I’m sure she can sense the hugs.

    Love how this pickled watermelon rind has some kick.ReplyCancel

  • MargaretAugust 10, 2011 - 12:40 pm

    I also fell in love with these pickled watermelon rind, and glad that I had a chance to tell Jennie how much I liked them. Thanks for posting the recipe as I can’t wait to make this. It’s been hard not to think of Jennie these days without feeling sad, but seeing this recipe and thinking about the conversation we had makes me smile just a little so thank you!ReplyCancel

  • KellyAugust 10, 2011 - 2:11 pm

    Oh wow this sounds completely fantastic! Love the flavors and your pictures are gorgeous! :)ReplyCancel

  • BrooksAugust 10, 2011 - 3:52 pm

    You are a good and kind man Mr. Samuels, and what a fitting tribute to Jennifer. It’s moments like these that requires us to stop and relish the gift of life.ReplyCancel

  • KaseyAugust 10, 2011 - 5:19 pm

    So lovely, Brian. It is so beautiful to see the food community come together in such a capacity. I am sure the support means the world to her.ReplyCancel

  • ElizabethAugust 10, 2011 - 6:01 pm

    Such a devastating story. Nice post Brian.ReplyCancel

  • TiffanyAugust 10, 2011 - 6:39 pm

    I am intrigued!ReplyCancel

  • Jun BelenAugust 10, 2011 - 7:29 pm

    What a beautiful, fitting tribute.ReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKAugust 10, 2011 - 7:31 pm

    The watermelon rind sounds absolutely incredible. Just like Jennifer. Beautiful post, Brian. There may not be any words, but the ones you used were perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Maris (In Good Taste)August 10, 2011 - 7:58 pm

    This is a beautiful tribute to Jennifer and to all bloggers. You found the exact right words.ReplyCancel

  • A Plum By Any Other NameAugust 10, 2011 - 8:31 pm

    “Little rinds of heaven” ha! I love it. I had one negative pickle rind experience. Meaning, the rinds sat inside my fridge until they became waterlogged because I was too chicken to actually try pickling them. This recipe sounds worthy of a special watermelon. Enough time has passed: I need to get my pickle on.ReplyCancel

  • AnnAugust 10, 2011 - 9:25 pm

    What a beautiful tribute post. I was shocked to hear about Jennifer’s husband as well. I never met her, but as you say, food bloggers are a close-knit group.

    Eight second hugs to Jennifer AND to you….ReplyCancel

  • IlkeAugust 11, 2011 - 3:24 am

    I read that about Jennie and my heart breaks for her and her family. Such a sudden, unexpected loss! I did not know her as well but reading her post left me in tears.ReplyCancel

  • chinmayie @ love food eatAugust 11, 2011 - 5:13 am

    I had pickled watermelon rind last year and i still have a jar left in my refrigerator. I have used in in salads and sandwiches all these months and they are still crunchy and delicious!
    Beautiful photos and great recipe :)ReplyCancel

  • JoanneAugust 11, 2011 - 7:53 am

    I don’t really know Jennifer but the news about her husband hit me to my core. It’s amazing how connected you can feel to someone even when you’ve just read a few posts on their blog. Community, or FAMILY, is the perfect word to describe this world we’ve created. Beautiful post Brian! Both the food, and the message behind it.ReplyCancel

  • Chef DennisAugust 11, 2011 - 10:12 am

    thank you so much for letting us know about Jennifer’s husband, what sad news. You are right about our community, and I feel truly blessed to have so many wonderful friends.

    Thank you for such a beautiful post, and as always you images are gorgeous.

  • Boulder LocavoreAugust 11, 2011 - 10:16 am

    A beautiful honoring of Jennifer, Brian. Many arms are wrapped around her and her family right now in cyberspace; it’s palpable.ReplyCancel

  • SMITH BITESAugust 12, 2011 - 12:37 am

    love this Brian – am so happy you got to meet Jennie IRL – am hoping to have that opportunity some day soon!!ReplyCancel

  • KimberleyAugust 12, 2011 - 12:20 pm

    Such a lovely post, Brian. I’m so excited to trade notes on the nuances of watermelon pickles with you. :)ReplyCancel

  • foodwanderingsAugust 12, 2011 - 2:09 pm

    Hey Baby Boy, what a nice tribute. Just wanted to take a moment Bri to tell you how proud I am of all your successes and accomplishmets seriously! It feels only yesterday put you in the stroller and took you to the Smithsonian (not so seriously! :) Love the sepish (sp?) photo. Now I got to see what the word and what you came up with for that photography project of yours with Ethan.ReplyCancel

  • sweetsugarbelleAugust 13, 2011 - 2:01 am

    My heart breaks for her. As for the rinds, on my to try list. If they are half as good as pickled asparagus I know I’ll love them!ReplyCancel

  • MonetAugust 14, 2011 - 10:43 am

    I heard about this tragedy last night…I had never read Jennifer’s blog before, but my heart just broke. I know how intense the pain can be…but I also know how important it is for all of us to shower her with love and support. Thank you for doing this in her honor, my sweet friend.ReplyCancel

  • Kulsum at JourneyKitchenAugust 14, 2011 - 2:29 pm

    Wow Brian! I have never ever had something like this and to know its from Jennie’s recipes I ‘m making it soon.ReplyCancel

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspectiveAugust 15, 2011 - 10:04 am

    I haven’t eate this since my grandma passed. I used to LOVE pickled watermelon rinds. Thanks for the reminder. :)ReplyCancel

  • VijithaAugust 15, 2011 - 2:16 pm

    Amazing Brian! We make spicy curry (coconut based) with the peels and this is yet another variation to it. I am going to try it for sure.ReplyCancel

  • Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionAugust 15, 2011 - 10:10 pm

    I tried some of the pickled watermelon rind at BSP because you and Ethan insisted that I try it… and it was amazing! So lovely of you to make it and share it here. Lovely photos!ReplyCancel

  • MaureenSeptember 2, 2011 - 8:32 am

    I haven’t had pickled watermelon rind since I was a kid but it never looked as good as this.ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanSeptember 12, 2011 - 12:36 am

    Mmnn. . . I LOVES me some Watermelon and I don’t even rind it this way.

    Sandia, Sandra, Mantra.ReplyCancel

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  • EthanAugust 7, 2011 - 12:28 am

    A theme of laughter, food and thoughtfulness throughout this post. You captured BSP2 perfectly Brian.
    Great shot of Jenn cracking up during dinner!
    Can’t wait to rock #capturetheword with you!ReplyCancel

  • Baker StreetAugust 7, 2011 - 12:49 am

    Gorgeous clicks Brian! You manage to capture the true spirit of bsp.

    And congratulations to you and E for #capturetheword. Love the idea and looking forward to it.


  • MikeVFMKAugust 7, 2011 - 3:16 am

    Amazing as usual. Love the pictures. Stunning and speak a thousand words which defines what the conference was. Thanks for sharing, Bryan. Love this Silent Sunday edition.ReplyCancel

  • RosaAugust 7, 2011 - 5:16 am

    What a great potluck! Lovely clicks.



  • JamieAugust 7, 2011 - 6:14 am

    Oh, I so wish I could have gone! I feel so far away! And oh I want to see Ken and Mitch again – and meet you and my other friends I haven’t yet met. What fun!ReplyCancel

  • Angela@RecipesFromMyMomAugust 7, 2011 - 7:47 am

    So many talented and fun people I hope to meet some day! You can feel the camaraderie radiating right through the photos.ReplyCancel

  • Chef DennisAugust 7, 2011 - 7:52 am

    It’s so nice to see everyone in such a relaxed environment! What a fantastic event they put on!
    Thanks for sharing it with us Brian, and I’m off to check out your flickr site!ReplyCancel

  • ElizabethAugust 7, 2011 - 7:52 am

    Gorgeous, it looks like a wonderful time. Good luck on the project!ReplyCancel

  • Mike@The Culinary LensAugust 7, 2011 - 8:03 am

    Great images as always. You always seem to be able to work with the sun, it is always my enemy.ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanAugust 7, 2011 - 8:37 am

    MMnnnn. . . I loves me some paella, especially when it’s served with a shovel.

    Debemos tener cuidado de los patrocinadores. ¿Cuándo el patrocinador convertirse en el director?ReplyCancel

  • merry jenniferAugust 7, 2011 - 8:46 am

    Oh, I love them, Brian. Such wonderful photos that capture the spirit of the event so beautifully.ReplyCancel

  • FlaviaAugust 7, 2011 - 8:46 am

    I was in PA with my husband and his family the same weekend as BSP2 and I wanted to split myisrlf in two so I could be in both places at once! It looks like it was an incredible event from all the recap posts I’ve been reading. I’m hoping to attend next year so I can meet more of my blogging friends. Wonderful pictures, as always!ReplyCancel

  • MariaAugust 7, 2011 - 8:52 am

    It looks like it was a beautiful event. I always chuckle when I see photos of people taking photos of the food; that is how you can spot a food blogger :-) And OMGoodness, I am in love with this building’s facade. Beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • GailAugust 7, 2011 - 9:06 am

    BRIAN! You’ve done it again….told such a beautiful story with no words.ReplyCancel

  • Justin IdeAugust 7, 2011 - 9:22 am

    Great images … so jealous to have missed this event! Looking forward to participating in #capturetheword if I can figure out Flickr!


  • WenderlyAugust 7, 2011 - 9:32 am

    Lovely Brian. Just lovely.ReplyCancel

  • David @ Frenchie and the YankeeAugust 7, 2011 - 10:01 am

    Wonderful! Stunning, really. Lots of love and positive vibe come out of these pictures. I love this post. It’s really nice to read it on a Sunday morning.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer EloffAugust 7, 2011 - 10:22 am

    Looks like fun! Nice pics.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara | Creative CulinaryAugust 7, 2011 - 10:33 am

    Your recap in photos is a great insight into why this event affected the attendees as it did. How could it go wrong?Friends, food and, well, booze. :)ReplyCancel

  • MargaretAugust 7, 2011 - 11:05 am

    These pictures are beautiful, and truly captured the moments that were spent. Thanks for the memories as they brought me back to the wonderful time we all had. I’m also looking forward to your “Capture the World” project with Ethan. What a wonderful idea and it’ll surely be a success. xoxoReplyCancel

  • KristenAugust 7, 2011 - 11:50 am

    And can’t wait to Capture the World!ReplyCancel

  • TiffanyAugust 7, 2011 - 11:50 am

    Awesome photos! I feel like I was there!!!ReplyCancel

  • SusieAugust 7, 2011 - 12:06 pm

    Wonderful pictures……. It looks like a fantastic day spent with great people.ReplyCancel

  • TracyAugust 7, 2011 - 12:20 pm

    You captured the event so beautifully in your photos! It was so nice to meet you, and I’m looking forward to Capture the Word! :-)ReplyCancel

  • kateiscookingAugust 7, 2011 - 1:20 pm

    What glorious photos!!! I would love a big plate of those tomatoes right now – hopefully for dinner they’ll show up :-)ReplyCancel

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.August 7, 2011 - 1:46 pm

    This looks fabulous! What great fun!ReplyCancel

  • ChristineAugust 7, 2011 - 6:17 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful event. Great photos!ReplyCancel

  • sippitysupAugust 7, 2011 - 7:02 pm

    This is what it is all about. GREGReplyCancel

  • With Style and GraceAugust 7, 2011 - 7:20 pm

    What a great recap, Brian! You’re photos capture the weekend just beautifully – & super happy it worked to meet up! xoReplyCancel

  • SMITH BITESAugust 7, 2011 - 9:32 pm

    love. just plain love. am soooooo happy you got to attend this year Brian – was the best thing i ever did last year!! xoReplyCancel

  • JoanneAugust 7, 2011 - 9:36 pm

    this is far and above one of my favorite Silent Sundays, Brian! I feel like the jubilance of event is really captured.ReplyCancel

  • AnnAugust 7, 2011 - 11:57 pm

    It looked like an amazing time – thanks for sharing it!ReplyCancel

  • Angie's RecipesAugust 8, 2011 - 3:42 am

    Looks like that everybody had some good laughs!ReplyCancel

  • PeggyAugust 8, 2011 - 6:34 am

    What a fun experience! And Penny – I love her!

    And I’m definitely on board with Capture the Word! Can’t wait until Wednesday =)ReplyCancel

  • Sunny Hernandez (@foryourpiesonly)August 8, 2011 - 11:58 am

    Brian, again…what awesome photos and I loved the way you laid them out here. So great to meet you and I can’t wait for #capturetheword!ReplyCancel

  • Chris @ The PecheAugust 8, 2011 - 2:19 pm

    I knew, I just knew that I should never have given you the chance to snap those pictures of me. (But I love them.)ReplyCancel

  • bunkycooksAugust 8, 2011 - 4:56 pm

    Looks like a great event! Sorry I had to miss this event. Maybe next year…ReplyCancel

  • Joan NovaAugust 8, 2011 - 5:14 pm

    Fabulous storytelling in those photos!

    I’m going to join your flickr group.ReplyCancel

  • kankanaAugust 8, 2011 - 6:20 pm

    Lovely clicks and great potluck party :)ReplyCancel

  • Kulsum at JourneyKitchenAugust 9, 2011 - 12:20 pm

    Great photos. Certainly talk volumes about how much fun your had :-)ReplyCancel

  • KimberleyAugust 9, 2011 - 12:31 pm

    I love this! (And am a little envious.) I really wanted to go to the first BSP this summer. Everything here is bright and fresh and warm and perfectly summery.ReplyCancel

  • Jeanne @ CookSister!August 10, 2011 - 7:24 am

    Lovely pics that really seem to capture the mood – wish I was there! How awesome to see the fabulous Ken and Mitch in some of the pics. MISS those guys!ReplyCancel

  • DeebaAugust 10, 2011 - 10:57 am

    Just A M A Z I N G … so full of life & vibrant! Saw wabbit in one frame! Yay!ReplyCancel

  • {Recipe: Spicy Pickled Watermelon Rind}August 10, 2011 - 11:23 am

    […] I hope she knows that people are thinking of her, sending her millions of 8 second hugs (a little Big Summer Potluck […]ReplyCancel

  • ElianaAugust 10, 2011 - 4:00 pm

    Looks like such a great event. Really hoping it comes back next year.ReplyCancel

  • Chez UsAugust 12, 2011 - 11:51 am

    How did I miss this post and this event? Did not hear about the event; love the intimacy and the connection everyone made. Lovely photos capturing a special time!ReplyCancel

  • sweetsugarbelleAugust 13, 2011 - 2:10 am

    When I begin looking at your Sunday posts I scroll down little by little hoping each photo is not the last. I could look at your work all day. I love the photo of Ken being funny and of everyone snapping food shots with their awesome cameras …that says it all. And seeing so many different viewpoints, the far away look and the little moments such as Wenderly’s jam…you are so talented. Through your pictures I feel like I was there.ReplyCancel

  • […] typically.  Just a few weeks ago, I attended my first gluten-free event.  When I first heard that the Big Summer Potluck was going to be a gluten-free weekend, I had a moment of hesitation.  Really, how could a weekend […]ReplyCancel

  • […] This seems to be the time for giving and today I am announcing a giveaway for two fabulous items.  The first is Pam’s book (the one featured in this blog post).  If you don’t know who Pam is, she’s a cookbook author, blogger, and is just one of the sweetest women I have ever met.  Pam, along with her daughters Sharon and Maggy, make up Three Many Cooks and they are the organizers of the Big Summer Potluck. […]ReplyCancel

I wanted to chuck my camera in the trash the other day, but I knew it wasn’t my camera’s fault.  After an hour of shooting this bowl of roasted corn, taking pictures in a multitude of locations around my apartment and backyard, I threw down the dish towel that was hanging off my shoulder and I gave up.  Part of the problem was that I was hungry.  But I knew that the real issue was that I was feeling insecure about my capabilities as a photographer.  Could I really get the shot that captured the essence of the dish?

When I find myself in such a state, the best remedy is to take a step back.  I stop what I’m doing for a little bit and return to the project when my head has cleared.  This may not work for everyone, but it sure does the trick for me.  And it is exactly what I did when I couldn’t get a good shot of this recipe.

After a few hours, I came back to it.  The bowl just sat there and all I wanted to do was curse at it.  “TELL ME WHAT TO DO!” On one hand, I was glad it didn’t respond to my plea, but I was still left without an answer.  And if it wasn’t going to guide me, I was going to start chowing down.  It began with a nibble… then a scoop… and quickly turned into devouring half the bowl (I told you I was hungry).

A couple of minutes later, I was left peering down at this half eaten dish, thinking to myself “What the heck have I done? I haven’t even gotten my shot.” Then I realized this WAS my shot.  I took my camera out again and got in close.  Was it exactly how I had dreamt of it turning out when I started?  No.  But I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.

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  • chinmayie @ love food eatAugust 2, 2011 - 12:13 am

    I totally understand what you mean… It happens to me very often! I cook lunch and I have to take pictures of my food for the blog while I am starving and it’s so hard!! You will see that a lot of my blog photos have half eaten stuff! lol… I just can’t resist hot breads and muffins out the oven!
    Beautiful photos once again! I really love your rustic and natural food shots :)ReplyCancel

  • KimberleyAugust 2, 2011 - 12:59 am

    I feel your pain! It’s amazing how every dish presents new and different challenges. And all those variables. Sometimes I forget to take a step back when that’s exactly what I ought to do. (Tucking that away.)ReplyCancel

  • LirenAugust 2, 2011 - 1:15 am

    It’s so comforting to know that even you, Brian, find some days challenging in capturing *the* shot. I think you did manage to find it, and beautifully so. The shot is real, it tells of your experience, and it looks delicious. Glad to know I’m not alone in wanting to chuck the camera sometimes!ReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenAugust 2, 2011 - 4:20 am

    I’m laughing right now, b/c you have no idea how many times I’ve wanted to scream at the food to tell me how to shoot it! You’re right, the best thing to do sometimes is just walk away and inspiration will return.ReplyCancel

  • GailAugust 2, 2011 - 7:14 am

    Gorgeous and tempting, as usual, Brian.ReplyCancel

  • Ken⏐hungry rabbitAugust 2, 2011 - 7:14 am

    Love the addition of pickles in the dish. We all have those moments of disconnect, so don’t be too hard on yourself. Your photography has always been brilliant.ReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKAugust 2, 2011 - 7:38 am

    That half eaten dish tells such a story. It also looks insanely good and ready for the other half to be eaten. We all have those frustrating days, I’m glad this was the shot you finally took. Beautiful. And beautiful flavours.ReplyCancel

  • Baker StreetAugust 2, 2011 - 7:39 am

    You’re right. Sometimes its best to leave it and come back to it a little later.

    Pictures are stunning as usual.ReplyCancel

  • A Plum By Any Other NameAugust 2, 2011 - 7:40 am

    Sometimes our food just doesn’t want to behave. (Sometimes our minds don’t want to either.) You’ve managed to post another fantastic recipe that I somehow glossed over in the recent Bon Appetit issue: shame on me and thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanAugust 2, 2011 - 8:35 am

    Mnnn!!!. . . I LOVES me some Manchego.

    ¿Quien es el queso grande?ReplyCancel

  • Rachel @ Baked by RachelAugust 2, 2011 - 9:09 am

    Love the half eaten bowl pic – it’s true you sometimes start out w/a plan and then it changes for one reason or another. However the corn on the cob pic is seriously killing me. I have a feeling I’m going to need to hunt down some this week to grill up – yum!ReplyCancel

  • serena @bigapplenoshAugust 2, 2011 - 9:44 am

    That’s a gorgeous photo and this recipe sounds so good!ReplyCancel

  • ElizabethAugust 2, 2011 - 10:25 am

    I love that it’s like elote but off the cob. Corn and lime is just fabulous.ReplyCancel

  • Sorry for your frustration but we think your photos perfect. Love the half eaten bowl, makes it more appealing somehow, not that this recipe needs any help! Definite buzz!ReplyCancel

  • Brooks at CakewalkerAugust 2, 2011 - 11:10 am

    Sometimes when the best laid plans fail, it leads to perfection. That’s just what you have here, Brian, a perfectly written and deliciously photographed post. Remember you can never fail when you show vulnerability because it brings out your best self!ReplyCancel

  • Kulsum at JourneyKitchenAugust 2, 2011 - 1:59 pm

    wow that’s exactly my story. Its frustrating. Humbling. Encouraging. Fascinating. Every shoot is such a roller coaster of emotions for me :-) I love LOVE corn and this is something I would want to eat right now!ReplyCancel

  • Steph@stephsbitebybiteAugust 2, 2011 - 2:18 pm

    I think we’ve all had those moments of pure frustration with the camera. I don’t think I could’ve held out as long as you did though, this corn just looks way too good!ReplyCancel

  • KellyAugust 2, 2011 - 3:25 pm

    This looks seriously fantastic!! Printing this recipe as we speak and trying it soon, yum!!ReplyCancel

  • WenderlyAugust 2, 2011 - 5:18 pm

    Sometimes we just have to trust our gut… *Literally*.ReplyCancel

  • AdelinaAugust 2, 2011 - 6:32 pm

    I am glad you got your perfect shot. All you needed was some food in your belly:) I love corn and love the method used to prepare this.ReplyCancel

  • sweetsugarbelleAugust 2, 2011 - 6:38 pm

    I feel like that every day but stepping away NEVER works out this beautifully for me! Your half earn shot is beautiful! And it’s perfect for the same reason you like shooting with hands. We eat food. As for the dish, this reminds me of mexican street food in a way. Helotes with butter and cheese and chilie brings back fond childhood memories. I’d love to prepare this! BRAVO!ReplyCancel

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and DessertsAugust 2, 2011 - 9:30 pm

    HATE when you don’t know what to do to get the shot! Happens way too often for this challenge photographer! You did get the shot though, looks perfect! Corn sounds wonderful too!ReplyCancel

  • AnnAugust 2, 2011 - 10:46 pm

    It’s a beautiful shot. I completely understand….I like taking pictures of food, but it’s not my area of expertise.ReplyCancel

  • Mandy @ Cater to MeAugust 2, 2011 - 11:20 pm

    Food photography can be so frustrating – I honestly don’t have the patience to sit and style my food when I’d rather be eating it. Your picture, however, is great and I love the corn/lime/cheese combo!ReplyCancel

  • Meghan@travelwinedineAugust 3, 2011 - 7:40 am

    Corn and lime is one of my favorite combinations. There is seriously nothing more summery.ReplyCancel

  • Holly HenryAugust 3, 2011 - 6:06 pm

    What a great dish! Love the addition of the pickles! I concur with your camera frustration. It appears we all feel it. I think your photo turned out great and you captured the essence of the dish completely :)ReplyCancel

  • The CilantropistAugust 4, 2011 - 3:24 am

    Ah Brian, I am right there with you – sometimes I just don’t feel that inspired! Luckily for me it is usually when I am starting out with a shoot and I just can’t get the ingredients shots right. In that case I just put away the ingredients and start another day or later. :) I definitely agree that waiting gives your mind time to wander and find the right photo on its own. Great recipe, perfect for summer.ReplyCancel

  • Shu HanAugust 4, 2011 - 3:45 am

    Oh, that happens to me too! I feel so torn between taking a good photo and enjoying my food. My sister gets annoyed because all that warm delicious food is crying out to be eaten NOW. maybe it’s time to take a step back liek you, and just enjoy the damn thing 😉 congrats on your final photo though, brilliant shot.ReplyCancel

  • Tori (@eat-tori)August 4, 2011 - 4:24 am

    Seems like you got to shoot your corn and eat it too. I’ve just been reading all through your archives- your photos are beautiful. Inspirational stuff.ReplyCancel

  • Renee {Eat.Live.Blog}August 4, 2011 - 8:45 am

    Well I think it is beautiful….and more important delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren at Keep It SweetAugust 4, 2011 - 8:54 am

    Looks like your photo turned out perfect after all! It looks amazingly delicious.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey @ Gingerbread BagelsAugust 4, 2011 - 5:41 pm

    I love that you ended up taking a photo of the corn half eaten. I would seriously have a hard time resisting not digging into this! This recipe sounds amazing especially with the cheese. Love love love this recipe Brian! :)ReplyCancel

  • EthanAugust 4, 2011 - 6:38 pm

    I know you’ll take little comfort from this, but when I hear of talented people like yourself struggling and getting aggravated, it makes me feel a bit better about myself, so thanks:)

    The journey may have been frustrating, but you persevered and captured the moment!ReplyCancel

  • LorraineAugust 4, 2011 - 9:29 pm

    Brian…I come back to your site all the time because you make me laugh, you inspire my cooking and your photos are beautiful. It is good to understand that you have a process that allows you to get to the place that makes you happy with what you have done on all levels. It is an inspiration! I am not a photographer, I just like to cook and share my stuff with people, so sad to say my little Kodac digital camera is all I am likely to own and I am kind of happy when I remember to take pictures of the food I am writing about. Can’t wait to try this recipe. Corn is so good right now and this sounds like a great dish. By the way the photo of the partially husked corn reminds me of something :)ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth @ Saffron LaneAugust 4, 2011 - 9:40 pm

    And I thought I was the only one! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thrown in the towel, am packing up my tools and realize that the shot is right in front of me. Maybe we’re just thinking too much? I know I’m guilty of that … entirely too often. Regardless, it looks like this bowl of corn was well worth the wait!ReplyCancel

  • Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionAugust 5, 2011 - 12:45 am

    Yum… This dish looks incredible. And, yes, you definitely got your shot. I always admire your photos, Brian!ReplyCancel

  • […] that makes me want to dive in and take a bite (without worrying about spilling something!). This Roasted Corn with Manchego and Lime from A Thought for Food is a perfect example of what I’m talking about… Don’t you want to just grab the […]ReplyCancel

  • saraAugust 5, 2011 - 11:45 am

    It’s perfect 😉 I adore manchego, I’m sure the pair is delicious. and your photo of the corn is worth printing and hanging up, just so you know.ReplyCancel

  • Nami | Just One CookbookAugust 5, 2011 - 1:37 pm

    It’s been a while since I visited your blog and I’m trying to read through your archive (thanks for the twitter msg earlier – which reminded me to stop by). Usually not only I am hungry but my kids are ready to eat. I have to figure out by cooking earlier so I have enough time to photograph food. Your roasted corn looks really delicious and not to mention your photography is always outstanding… have a great weekend!ReplyCancel

  • JenniAugust 5, 2011 - 3:26 pm

    It might not be exactly what you wanted, but it’s a beautiful enough capture that I’d like to dig right in. Thanks for your honesty. As a novice, I’m glad to know the pros feel the same way sometimes. I love your blog. Keep up the great work!ReplyCancel

  • Mairi @ ToastAugust 5, 2011 - 7:44 pm

    Delicious salad…so looking forward to Summer….still at the tail end of winter here in NZ, so will save this one for later. And great photos too, beautiful blog :)ReplyCancel

  • foodwanderingsAugust 5, 2011 - 10:47 pm

    Love th ecorn husks Bri. Isn’t amazing what stepping away and reshooting does, isn’t it?! Happens to all of us uncooperative objects I say! :)ReplyCancel

  • DwianaAugust 6, 2011 - 6:10 am

    Hello, first time stopping by here. I really enjoy reading your blog. About your frustration of taking food, you see I have that problem a lot. But at the end your picture come out very good tho!ReplyCancel

  • SippitysupAugust 6, 2011 - 11:51 am

    Never throw in the dish towel. that is the lesson I learned from you today! I admire your creative tenacity… GREGReplyCancel

  • Lora @cakeduchessAugust 6, 2011 - 9:10 pm

    Only you could make corn husks look so beautiful. That first shot looks so delicious:)I think we all have moments of frustration. Stepping away and deep breaths help. I don’t think you could ever take a bad shot.ReplyCancel

  • JamieAugust 7, 2011 - 6:16 am

    I find it easier to find inspiration for a post or a story than a visual image. And then husband comes and tells me to get a grip, step back and think about it from a new angle. Well, a bit like my writing, right? And you make me miss American sweet corn..ReplyCancel

  • MonetAugust 7, 2011 - 10:27 am

    Before I read your post, I was marveling at the photograph. I love it…the stillness of capturing a moment half spent. And then of course, I loved reading about your process. I admire your work so much, and I enjoy reading about the struggles and the triumphs of your creative process. Thank you for sharing with me today. I hope you are having a wonderful day with your love.ReplyCancel

  • thelittleloafAugust 8, 2011 - 2:40 am

    I know the feeling! I’m a complete amateur photographer but love taking foodie photos for my blog…more often than not I sacrifice a good picture because I’m hungry and want to dig in! And I don’t blame you with a recipe like this, it looks incredible. Will definitely be making this week.ReplyCancel

  • MelissaAugust 8, 2011 - 1:09 pm

    I am a regular reader and I wanted to say that I love your photos and writing. Very inspirational! I know what you mean about trying to get the shot when you are hungry. It can be painful to watch the food, touch it, but not eat it when your starving! Your corn photo is beautiful too but I did want to point out the fly on the corn though. On the left hand side, mid frame. I thought it was funny since I have been having a hell of a time keeping the summer flies off my food when I am photographing. Little buggers are good at hiding.ReplyCancel

  • Jeanne @ CookSister!August 10, 2011 - 7:22 am

    LOL – I can relate. When it comes to food photography, some days you’re the windshield and some days you’re the bug. I have learnt when to say time out – this is not happening! Glad you unexpectedly got the shot :)ReplyCancel

  • ElianaAugust 10, 2011 - 4:01 pm

    You should never doubt yourself and your abilities as a photographer. You are amazing Brian! And your gift always shines through every picture you take.ReplyCancel

  • normaAugust 14, 2011 - 12:01 pm

    I feel for you, but you did a great job…love the corn picReplyCancel