Taste of Home Food Stylist, Kathryn Conrad, shares a few easy tips for dressing up a simple bowl of soup.
When people discover that I am a food stylist the top three questions I am asked are these, and in this order:
- Is the food you style real?
- Do you still cook at home?
- Do you ever style your food at home?
The answer to all three is YES!
All of the food I style is real, I cook at home almost every day – and yep, I sure do apply some food styling in my home kitchen. I don’t mean whipping up crazy, fancy garnishes or frosting cakes every night (I save that for weekends!) – but day in, day out – who has the time?
What my experience as a chef and a food stylist has taught me is that a simple, little touch – one little garnish–can make a big difference.
Starting with plain old tomato soup I reached into my pantry and in no time came up with 7 garnishes that added visual appeal, a pop of flavor and interesting texture to an otherwise ho-hum dish. Check out these snapshots for inspiration and see what’s in your pantry….
Corn Chips: Add some crunch to your soup with a few corn chips.
Parsley and cracked pepper: Fresh parsley and smoky black pepper add a little extra zing to your sweet tomato soup.
Parmesan cheese: Nutty parmesan cheese is a pretty compliment for plain tomato soup.
Heavy cream: Drizzle heavy cream into your soup then swirl it around with the tip of your spoon for an artistic and delicious effect.
Croutons: Looking for a crunch? Throw in some croutons!
Sour cream and chives: A dollop of sour cream and some freshly chopped chives are all you need to dress up a simple bowl of soup.
But sometimes …. simple is always best.
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