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Taco Nacho Rice with Marinated Corn Salad and Tropical Batido
Taco Nacho Rice with Marinated Corn Salad and Tropical Batido

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Challenge: Recipe (Food) IV (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-450D Rebel XSi
Location: Inside
Date: Jul 27, 2011
Aperture: 6.3
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/2
Galleries: Studio, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Jul 27, 2011

Taco Nacho Rice

8 oz fresh pre-diced onions (1 1/2 cups)
1 1/2 lb ground beef
1 tablespoon taco seasoning
1 (5.4 oz) package of taco-flavored rice & pasta blend (Knorr Fiesta Sides Taco Rice)
1 3/4 cups water
2 cups corn tortilla chips (thick cut restaurant style is best --->Margaritaville Tortilla Chips used)
1 (8 oz) jar taco sauce (mild or for the those who need heat extra, red hot that will burn your nose hairs:-) )
1 1/2 cups shredded Mexican-blend cheese

Preheat large saute pan on medium-high 2-3 minutes. Place onions, ground beef, and taco seasoning in pan; brown5-7 minutes, stirring to crumble meat, or until no pink remains.

Stir in rice blend and water. Reduce heat to medium. Cover and cook for 7-10 minutes

Remove pan from heat. Arrange chips over rice in pan or on plate. Drizzle taco sauce over chips and top with cheese. Cover and/or let stand 5 minutes to melt cheese.

Makes 6 servings

Marinated Corn Salad

1 (16 oz) package frozen whole kernel corn
3-4 green onions, thinly sliced
1 (15 oz) can black beans (drained and rinsed)
8 oz fresh pre-diced tomatoes (1 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup Mojo marinade
1 tablespoon honey

Thaw corn in colander under cool running water, drain thoroughly and place in medium bowl

Slice green onions and add to corn

Stir in remaining ingredients. Let stand for 10 minutes for flavor to blend or place in fridge for 30 minutes to let marinade.

Stir and serve

Tropical Batido

1 1/2 cups cubed fresh pineapple
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup orange juice
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
1 cup ice
2 lime slices
Pineapple leaves for garnish (optional)


Combine pineapple, milk, orange juice, sugar, lime juice and ice in a blender. Process til smooth

Pour into 2 glasses. Garnish with lime slices and pineapple leaves. Serve immediately.

Place: 13 out of 41
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08/06/2011 12:21:57 PM
Wonderful tableau with beautiful objects, although I think the diagonal stick emphasizes the tilt :-(
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08/05/2011 09:54:15 AM
Everything is in focus, a big nono in food photography. You need to concentrate on the item being presented. My eyes are trying to find a spot to settle on but they can't which makes this photo confusing.
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08/05/2011 09:01:59 AM
Don't understand the voters, this is so well presented, photographed and named. Take a 10 from me. (didn't vote in challenge)

Message edited by author 2011-08-05 09:02:39.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/04/2011 11:57:29 AM
Nice light and nice setup
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08/04/2011 12:30:12 AM
Very nicely presented - both meal and photo.
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08/02/2011 11:28:08 PM
Seems slightly tilted to the right. Normally I don't really care about horizons; but, I'm afraid the drink is going to spill.
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08/02/2011 05:51:46 PM
Excellent lighting. Composition is good but, it looks like it needs a tiny rotation to the left so that the cup edge is verticle. Looks yummy.
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08/01/2011 08:10:47 PM
That looks good, nice effort
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07/29/2011 03:50:04 PM
Great use of tropical stick and pottery. The drink looks like a pineapple squeezed into a glass, which is awesome. I love the textures with the lines on the stick and pottery, the waves of the tacos and placemat, and the solids of the corn salad. I think the white platter looks okay, but the table it is on top of should be a different color like black or blue to give a better sense of space/not just floating.
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07/29/2011 12:07:21 PM
The angle 9
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07/29/2011 10:32:33 AM
Great look meal and nice job with the setup. The one thing that is really bothering me is how dizzy I feel looking at this because of the major tilt.
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07/29/2011 09:26:08 AM
I'm not familiar with batido but is sure looks good. :)
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07/29/2011 07:12:40 AM
Good looking plate of food, but the arrangement of the items seems a bit odd, especially with the white background as it is. The negative space doesnt help the image, just makes it feel lopsided. I think if you had taken at a lower angle and allowed the other props be the bokehed background to the plate you would have had a much stronger image.
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07/29/2011 04:13:06 AM
nicely arranged, might have even been better with a background not white
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