Oh, Spicy Shrimp Quesadillas, how I love you so. Part of my repertoire of recipes from back in my college days, these little puppies have been a staple since the days before Poor Girl was ever… well, Poor Girl. Combining two of my favorite foods in the world (three, if you count the tomatoes in the Chunky Pico de Gallo that goes with them… another recipe in dire need of a worthy picture), these quesadillas feel like a big old splurge without the crazy restaurant mark ups for shrimp dishes. They’re easy to prepare, beyond delicious, and oozing with cheese – what’s not to love?
PHOTOGRAPHING THEM, that’s what!
Quesadillas are officially on my list of foods I’m not too fond of photographing. I make them often, but they’re a real bitch to shoot well. Between their flatness (unless you stuff them full of cheese & fixings, in which case most of the quesadilla oozes out onto the plate) and their rather unremarkable appearance from an overhead angle (which I’ve gotten around before with other quesadillas, but these guys are particularly ornery), they’re just so blessedly uncooperative that this time around, I finally got frustrated enough to just start eating. After all, a picture of hardened, formerly melted cheese isn’t that attractive, and since I don’t have unlimited amounts of cheese, tortillas and shrimp available to me, I couldn’t make millions of these until I found a shot that satisfied me.
But this battle is long from over! While these are not the perfect shots I’ve dreamed of having for this recipe, they’re far better than the originals and finally make this worthy of sharing again. I will continue to make these as often as my nano-budget will allow, and if I can get past their deliciousness (I get too impatient when I make these and go straight to the enjoyment stage rather than shoot them first), I will make pretty pictures of them.
Yes… these quesadillas are that good.
Check out the full recipe post here, and stay tuned for a brand new recipe tomorrow! Hint: it’s a sweet treat the whole family will enjoy! :)