I said it before, there is always a better way. I have been learning how to take better food photos. It more than point and shoot. There actually is a whole science behind it, from styling to adjusting. I have had a photo editor on my laptop, I use it to put the wording on the photos and that basically it. Yes, I started off using apps to do editing, it was easier, especially since I taken the photos on my iPhone. I admit, I bought Pinch of Yum’s $19 ebook to learn how to have better food photos. I got to say it is the best $19 I have spent. I have learned things like white balance, how to adjust the photos, even though I take on iPhone, to be the best photos. Here let me show you the difference. This is the original photo for the title photo, it is untouched, direct from my iPhone:
Balsamic Scampi Pizza is a flavorful shrimp pizza made with a yummy white sauce and an herb pizza dough
- 3/4 cup warm water
- 3 teaspoons milk
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons dry yeast
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 2 tablespoons oregano
- 1/2 cup parmigiano-reggiano cheese shredded
- 6 oz shrimp
- 1 clove of garlic minced
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons lemon pepper
- 1 lemon juiced
- 1/4 teaspoon chili pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar
Put all the ingredients into the bread maker, and put on the dough setting.
Once the dough is done, take out the bread maker, put a little oil on a baking sheet. I let you in one a secret, when I make breads I have one sheet that is only for bread making. It is nice and seasoned. It been oiled down so many times. I don't have to re oil it as much and it helps bake the breads very nice. If you want to bake bread. I suggest you do this, have one sheet that is for baking bread. Anyway, shape the dough and let it rise for 30 minutes.
Once 30 minutes have passed, in a pre heated 350 oven, bake the dough for about 8 minutes.
Melt the butter in a sauce pot, add the garlic and stir in the flour. Make sure you stir the flour in well. When comes to making sauce, you do not want any flour showing basically, otherwise you get that raw flour taste.
Add the milk to the flour mixture slowly, make sure you are stirring constantly.
Take it off the heat and add the cheese, oregano, salt and pepper. Still it is all smooth.
Time to add the spinach. How much spinach depends on what your taste level is. I use frozen spinach, since it is already chopped.
In a pan heat up the oil and add the garlic, balsamic and lemon juice. Mix it together.
Add the shrimp and the seasonings. Stir until the shrimp turn pink usually about 3-4 minutes.
Spread the sauce on the pizza dough.
Layer on cheese
Place the shrimp on top the pizza, pour any the sauce left in the pan from frying the shrimp over the pizza.
Finally bake the pizza for 10 minutes in 350 degree oven. Bake till the cheese is nice, golden and bubbly.
When it is done, drizzle some balsamic vinegar over it and enjoy! (I have also done this with a balsamic dressing drizzled on it and even better!)