ITEM NINE: The Black Rimmed Dinner Plate. The black rimmed dinner plate acts like a proper black frame and white mat for a food photograph. Given to me by Peri (thank you, Peri!) last night in a flourish of activity that emptied damn near every dish (with accompanying provenance) from the cabinets of her Albuquerque home. I tried a variety of items on the plate and every one looked great, in part, because the plate provides a border between the food and the background. The best, though, was definitely Mary’s version of the Martha Stewart Strawberry Layer Cake, adapted with apricot jam and served at her son’s fifth birthday today. Happy Birthday, Trudell!