Monday, July 28, 2008


Normally I like to have more than one picture in a post for a number of reasons. First because I like to show off my food. Second, because when you're telling someone about food, reading ingredients hardly gives you a good mental image. Third, because I personally like to know I've done something right, I like to know that the recipe came out the way it was supposed to, I assume others are the same way so I include pictures to show the finished product, and sometimes the product along the way.

Now I readily admit I'm no Annie Leibowitz. Thatboy is the photographer in the family, and if there's one thing I picked up from my parents it's that if one half of the couple excels in something, the other half should support in whatever means possibly. For my parents, that means my mom's the baker and my dad does the cooking. In Thathouse, this means I make the food, Thatboy takes the pictures. And this is where it gets twisty, because I actually take the pictures of my food. Which explains why most of my pictures aren't going to be featured in magazines anytime soon.

That long and windy section up there is my way of apologizing for the singular picture in this entry. I seriously took a hundred and thirty pictures of this dish and none of them were coming out. Well, they were coming out, but badly lit and fuzzy, which is fine if you've been drugged or drinking, but gives you a terrible headache if you haven't.

So I passed the baton to Thatboy who managed to catch that above image before declaring "Enough of this monkey business. Let's eat." (Thatboy gets very hungry and impatient when the smell of ground beef wafts through the apartment.) The good news is, recipes don't get any easier than something you dump into a skillet and cook. So let's oblige our hungry photographer and onward with the recipe!!!!

Italian beef and rice
  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup of marinara sauce
  • 1 green pepper, coarsly chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup rice
  1. In a nonstick skillet, brown ground beef.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil over high heat.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook 20 minutes until rice is cooked through.
Serves 2.
Each serving has:
Calories 306.0
Total Fat 17.0 g
Saturated Fat 7.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 7.0 g
Cholesterol 58.0 mg
Sodium 247.0 mg
Potassium 282.0 mg
Total Carbohydrate 14.0 g
Dietary Fiber 1.0 g
Sugars 4.0 g
Protein 16.0 g


  1. I am laughing that taking pictures of food is "monkey business." Ha!

  2. yeah, witholding food from the natives is never a good idea ;)

  3. Giggle. It looks like you spent more time apologizing for the photo than it took to make the dish!

  4. From what I can see it looks good. ;)

  5. How sweet of your hubby to help take photos of your food! :)
    I love how you always break down the nutrition facts of your dishes. Im passing on the Yum-yum blog award to you. Check it out on my blog!

  6. see, the hub always makes a face or utters some comment that makes me want to smack him whenever he sees me taking food pics.