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In Love with a Strawberry Blonde
In Love with a Strawberry Blonde

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Challenge: Recipe (Food) III (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Sigma 28-135mm f/3.8-5.6 Aspherical IF for Canon
Location: Washington, USA
Date: Jul 12, 2008
Aperture: f/18
ISO: 200
Shutter: 4 secs
Galleries: Macro, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Jul 14, 2008


1/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon

24 ounces softened cream cheese
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 eggs
10 ounces frozen strawberries (thawed), in syrup
1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch

Puree strawberries and cornstarch in blender or other processor. Heat in a saucepan over medium heat until thickened, then set aside to cool. Combine butter, graham cracker crumbs and sugar; press onto bottom of 9-inch spring-form pan. Bake at 350 F. for 10 minutes and set aside.
Combine cream cheese, sugar and vanilla, mixing at medium speed on electric mixer until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Pour half of the batter over the crust then add half of the strawberry mixture by spoonfuls to the batter. Pour remaining batter into the pan then add the remaining strawberry mixture by spoonfuls. Swirl the mixture with a knife until it resembles a marbled effect. Bake at 300 F. for 50-60 minutes or until set. Allow cheesecake to cool then remove from rim of pan. Chill overnight before serving.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/22/2008 09:48:47 PM
A closer take on this subject might have made the sauce on the plate stand out a little better.
07/22/2008 12:37:33 PM
looks delicious! just a nice tiny bit of sheen on strawberry, too easy to over or under-do.
07/18/2008 09:05:12 PM
nice photo, colors are great. i like the texture in the red background and "warm" temperature of the red color makes my mind imagine the slice of cool cheesecake even more appealing
07/17/2008 09:01:56 PM
I love her too!
07/17/2008 06:56:58 PM
nice colours
07/17/2008 04:19:14 PM
This is too sharp (bet you thought you'd never hear that one...huh?).
The current style of food photography rarely if ever has everything in focus. If the food image is being used to idendentify specific product such as, a spice, an herb, a fish or utensil, etc. only then is sharp focus necessary. Otherwise full dof food images went out with Betty Crocker Cookbooks in the 1970/s/80's. Cheers!

Having said that, this will probably place better than my shot.
07/16/2008 06:14:05 PM
The plate seems a bit too busy to really show the food. (But I really like the plate! *smile* )
07/16/2008 10:07:09 AM
I can absolutely see your reasoning to match the colour and texture of the backdrop to the vivid red of the dish here but for me, it's just too much. What with the red of the strawberry on the slice and within the slice and of the sauce, it's just too much. Perhaps if it were on a plain plate without the sauce I'd keep the red fabric backdrop but otherwise, I'd say, something plainer. But that's just my preference.

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