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The Power of a Picture and Why I Recommend The Cook's Illustrated Cookbook

Brianna and Her American Flag Cake
Happy Independence Day, USA! I know – I'm a day late (the holiday is on the 4th). But, the cake was not done in time to post this yesterday.
 
One of my life's best investments was in The Cook's Illustrated Cookbook. We gave it to my oldest daughter, Brianna, for Christmas a couple of years ago. The cookbook seldom left her side for the next year and it still gets lots of use. Brianna has become an excellent chef in that time – with deserts being one of her specialties.
 
Fast forward to earlier this week. I showed Brianna a picture of a cake decorated as a flag using fruit and whipped cream (our Independence Day holiday is best represented by the American flag).
 
Yesterday, the investment in the education (the cookbook and the time Bri spent with it) and the inspiration of a picture came together to yield this cake.
 
The cake of course turned into a photo subject. This time the Canon SL1 was paired with the Canon EF-S 18-55mm STM IS Lens (above) and the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC Lens (below). While the lenses were not the most drool-worthy, the subject sure was.
 
American Flag Cake
 
The design was a few blueberries short of authentic, but the cake still looked great. And I can tell you that it tasted twice as good as it looked.
 
What inspiration are you finding in pictures? Are you generating inspiration with your pictures?
Posted: 7/5/2013 9:06:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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