Assuming you have exposure to anything food-related on social media or you’ve ever searched for a recipe on the internet (meaning you don’t live under a rock) – you know now it’s all video, video, video.
The technological age we’re in seems to be all about visual learning. It’s a wonderful way to get an idea of how to do things, especially to see how other people do things. It also provides you with a great guide to save time and learn new tricks. All that being said, it does make me miss the cookbook a bit – on my counter getting splattered and messy from being too close to the action. Now it’s my laptop that’s getting the brunt of all that mess.
I started filming videos for the site about six months ago to keep up with this trend. At first the process was a bit intimidating, since this was a new medium for me. After I filmed a few, and had several panic attacks, I realized that my purpose was to share how truly comfortable I am in my own kitchen, and I want you to be, too. I want you to see my videos and know that everything I am cooking, you can cook, too. I have no “special effects” to impress. It’s just me. Cooking. On film. For you. 🙂
Here are some of my favorite videos to date, check them out!
xoxo – Ben
This meatloaf was really fun to shoot. A meatloaf is so easy to throw together, I can pretty much do it in my sleep, so I knew that this wasn’t going to be too technically difficult…until the final shot. When filming, you have one chance to get it right, or you need to start over. Catching the cheesy goodness from just the right angle was stressful. But fun. Haha. All that being said – this meatloaf is SO good!
This recipe has always been the most viewed and popular on my site, mostly because it’s AMAZING. So that was one of the first I did. My friend and partner, Anna Lisa, and I hired professional help to give us some tips and tricks. We spent the better part of a day on this video, and I couldn’t be happier with the result. It was fun and exciting as, at the end of the day, we got to sit down and enjoy just how delicious this casserole is!
Everyone loves a slow cooker. It’s the perfect way to come home to a delicious smelling home, and dinner’s ready. Filming a slow-cooked meal can be a tricky as so much time passes between sequences. It also means that my kitchen is full of equipment for hours on end. But it’s ok – I do it all for you. These meatballs are awesome by the way – check them out.
Just to add anxiety to my life, sometimes I turn my videos and new recipe posts into dinner parties. For some reason, I decided that would be a good idea when I filmed this Carbonara recipe. There’s nothing like the pressure of the camera rolling and 4 – 6 of your closest friends all peering over your shoulder, watching you pour in the egg mixture to see if you’re going to “scramble” it or not. Good times.
This was the first video Anna Lisa and I shot. It’s pretty obvious from watching it. The camera bounces. Some pieces of food mysteriously appear and disappear. I’ve thought about re-shooting it with all that I’ve learned through this process. But I have decided to leave it as is to honor the process and to see how I’ve progressed. If you haven’t made this yet, you really need to. It’s the easiest, best breakfast/brunch food ever.
There are a lot more videos on the site, I just don’t want to take up your entire day telling you stories about them. You have better things to do, I’m sure.