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A Decorative, Delightful Food Gal Giveaway

I can’t stop staring at the newest addition to my dining room.

See that artsy canvas hanging on the wall with the two cherries?

That’s actually one of my photos — enlarged and printed on a 30-inch-by-40-inch canvas frame. You might even recognize that particular image from the post I did awhile back about baking “Cherry Focaccia with Rosemary.” Here’s what it looked like:

How cool is that?

The free canvas came courtesy of EasyCanvasPrints, which offered me the chance to try out the photo-to-canvas process. All I had to do was pay the shipping cost.

The company offers a range of images to choose from. But of course, it’s way more fun to use one of your own photos.The larger the canvas, the higher the resolution your photo will need to be. The EasyCanvasPrints folks are great at getting back to you, too, if a sharper image is needed. You also can choose from various borders for your canvas, as well as color effects and retouching services.

I chose my photo of cherries because I liked the simplicity of the image. It’s not so fussy that I’d get tired of looking at it quickly. And when enlarged to that scale, it has a real presence in the room. Plus, it matched my deep red dining room walls so well.

I couldn’t be happier with the results. In fact, I’m already toying with turning another one of my photos into a large canvas for another wall — even if I’ll have to foot the bill for this one.

But hey, it’s a small price to pay to be so thoroughly mesmerized by my once plain wall, isn’t it?

Contest: One lucky Food Gal reader will win the opportunity to design a free 8-inch-by-10-inch canvas, courtesy of EasyCanvasPrints. Entries, limited to those in the continental United States, will be accepted through midnight PST Sept. 25. Winner will be announced Sept. 27.

How to win?

You’ve already seen what photo I chose for my canvas. Just tell me what kind of image you would choose for a canvas — and why. Best answer wins.

Winners of the Previous Contest: In last week’s Food Gal contest, I asked you to tell me a memorable factoid or two about yourself.

Two winners will each receive a free copy of the new book, “What Caesar Did for My Salad: The Curious Stories Behind Our Favorite Foods” (Perigee) by Albert Jack.

Congrats to:

Kelly, who wrote, “Interesting factoid about myself. How fun! I’m the kind of girl who should never be let near a hotel that leaves chocolates on the pillow. Despite being a self-proclaimed chocoholic I ALWAYS forget to take them off the pillow. I have TWICE woken up to find that the chocolate had melted all over me and the sheets looking as if something unspeakable had happened.”

Mitch M., who wrote, “I am the third generation involved in my familys orchard business. One of our staple crops for many years had been apricots(we only have a few acres today, mainly replaced by cherries), so you would think that it would be one of my favorite fruits, especialy since i consider myself very fortunate to be able to walk through an orchard, choose a random tree, and have my pick of any apricot I desire. Hardly! I can not stand the taste or texture of fresh apricots, but somehow, I can tolerate dried apricots.”

More Cherry Goodness: Cherry Focaccia with Rosemary

And: Raspberry-Cherry Crumble Bars

And: A Great Cherry Pie to Buy

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