About Dawn

My love of cooking started at an early age. I never had an Easy Bake Oven, because my parents felt it was not a safe toy. Instead, I was allowed to use the real oven…with adult supervision, of course!

My father was – and still is – my biggest fan. (Ok, my husband might be edging him out a bit!) Even the most bizarre concoctions I’d come up with my dad would eat with great relish! Now, of course, he doesn’t have to spit his food into a napkin before telling me how delicious it is.

In “real life” I’m an Electrical Engineer turned Stay-At-Home Mom. I have to say the latter job is the more rewarding, and the benefits far outweigh the cut in pay.

About the Site

I’ve had a recipe site for years, though it’s only been in its current form since May 2007.  I started with a single page of recipes on my “personal” web page.  It was just something I did for my own amusement.  It soon grew to the point where I decided to have each recipe on a separate page.  It got to be too much coding, and I decided a blog format would be more efficient.  I’ve imported all the old recipes to this site.  You’ll notice if you view the posts from that first month how boring they look…almost no pictures and no commentary.  (I’m updating them, though, as I find the time!)

Often times I’d modify the recipe to suit my tastes.  Eventually I started coming up with my own original recipes as well, although I still like to share great recipes when I come across them!  Now and then I come across a recipe I like so much, I don’t change a thing! I mention where each recipe comes from in its post.

Recipe Formatting

Several people have contacted me recently regarding the formatting of my recipes. When Google first started pushing recipe bloggers to use microformats in their posts to ensure proper indexing in  their search engine, I tried out several plugins to help with the reformatting of my existing recipes. Even with the plugins, I still did a lot of manual coding of each recipe to get them to look how I wanted on the site.

I recently discovered the Ziplist plugin which works beautifully, and I was able to convert ALL my posts, including styling, within a few days. It would have been even faster, but I was sneaking the work in during nap times. ;)

Equipment Used

All the photography on this site is my original work. I have no training in this department, but I think I’m getting better with practice…and, of course, there’s always Lightroom and Photoshop. Here’s a list of the hardware used for the photos:

Camera Bodies and Lenses:

  • Nikon D4 D-SLR, 16.2 MP FX-Format CCD
  • Nikon D80 D-SLR, 10.2 MP DX-Format CCD
  • Lenses:
    • AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G (by far the most used)
    • AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
    • AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED
    • AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED
    • AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
  • Lighting:
    • Nikon SB-800 AF Speedlight
    • Westcott Erin Manning Home Studio Lighting Kit (120VAC)
    • Natural light, whenever possible
  • Manfrotto 055XPROB 3-Section Tripod w/ 322RC2 Ballhead
  • Various other doohickies for shutter release, wireless transmission, etc.

Favorite Recipes

My father’s favorites include Perfect Apple Pie, Carrabba’s Style Herb Mix for Bread Oil, and Bread Pudding.

My pepere used to rave about the Boston Baked Beans and the Cinnamon-Raisin Swirl Bread with Crumb Topping.  I still think of him whenever I make those recipes.

I have too many favorites to list, but I hooked my husband with the Chicken Marsala! At least, that’s my version of the story. ;)