Thats the way the cookie crumbles
It seems like every food blogger has their favorite version of the classic recipes: and nothing gets more classic than a good chocolate chip cookie. Though I generally prefer to try lots of different new and exciting recipes then to make the same one over and over, there is one chocolate chip recipe that I turn to when I want something easy that will definitely turn out great: Jacques Torres’ recipe from the NYtimes. The secrets to making these cookies really fabulous are – use great chocolate and make sure not to over bake them (they should still be pretty soft when you take them out the oven). Since they are really good I made these to take to our new tenants downstairs when they moved in. And then I made another batch to eat, and to photograph!
Speaking of photographs: sometimes when Noerah and I are taking photos for the blog one of us just knows how we want to set up the shot: but other times we look for inspiration in books or online. With these cookies, Noerah did a classic cookies and milk shot which she posted and wrote about in her adventures in food photography post. But we has also seen somewhere a cookie shot taken in a wooden bowl and decided to give it a try. I don’t think ours worked out quite as well as the one we had used as inspiration (I can’t remember where we found it or I’d link to it). I think they ran the wood grain the other way and the cookies were a lighter color creating more of a contrast. Still, it was fun trying to balance the bowl and get some light into it (its hard to hold a reflector in the right position to bounce light into a standing bowl without getting in front of the camera). And if its not the perfect shot, I’ll just have to bake a few more batches so we can try again, its a hard life, I know, but thats the way the cookie crumbles!
Update 4/12/10 by Noerah
OUTTAKES.. and there are 8 more where those came from!