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Tiled Entryways Part III

Since I began shooting these tiled entryways, I now find myself running into them all over the neighborhood. This green and white beauty, almost serves as a welcome mat to a private residence, while the two under the cut provide … Continue reading

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Another Tiled Entryway

This one is located on 9th and Bainbridge. SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave

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Sponge Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Last night we celebrated my neighbor Jeanette’s 88th year on this planet. I made this cake, we had coffee, and she chuckled at the birthday card we gave her. Happy birthday to one of my favorite people on the block! 

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Looking South – Music in the Park – The Belleville Quartet

On Tuesday night, The Belleville Quartet – a Philadelphia based acoustic jazz ensemble played at Bardascino Park at 10th and Carpenter. It’s the first in a series of summer concerts my neighbors and I look forward to. SaveSave SaveSave

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Polenta Florentine

Polenta Florentine, on a Monday night – we’re so fancy! Actually, it’s a pretty easy dish to throw together when you make the polenta the day before. Then, all you have to do is layer slices of polenta in a … Continue reading

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Tiled Entryways Part II

More South Philly tiled entryways – I find it interesting that some had the business owner’s name, or the address, while others were purely ornamental. More photos behind the cut. 

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Tiled Entryways

They’re all over South Philly, tiled entryways that marked former businesses – bakeries, drug stores, and butchers. I walk by them on a daily basis, and this week I decided to take some photos to showcase the various shapes, styles, … Continue reading

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Collecting: Mushroom Bowl by Esteri Tomula

This bowl is an iconic piece of Finnish Mid-Century Modern design. The pen and ink mushrooms are the work of Esteri Tomula, a designer who worked at the Arabia ceramics factory in Helsinki from 1947-1984. This bowl is enameled steel, from the 1960s, … Continue reading

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Pork Chops with Homemade Coating Mix

Most of the time, you order take-out when you don’t feel like cooking or are famished and need food PRONTO! That was me, until I moved onto a small South Philly street that cars couldn’t drive down. I’d order a … Continue reading

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Chrysanthemum

In Victorian times, the chrysanthemum represented honesty and truth. In Japan, it’s a symbol of the Emperor and the Imperial family. Buddhists use them as offerings because of their powerful Yang energy. I love them for their texture!   SaveSave

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Memorial Day 2018

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Summer Strawberry Pie – In the Kitchen with Lloyd

Summer has arrived, it’s starting to get warm and muggy. I wanted to make a no-bake pie for our holiday cookout, and I enlisted help from Lloyd. This fresh strawberry pie, is chilled, refreshing, and perfection with the addition of … Continue reading

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Home Fries

If making home fries in the morning seems daunting, you can make them ahead of time and reheat while you’re frying the eggs! I made a double batch that I served with steak, then reheated the leftovers for brunch the … Continue reading

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Italian Market Festival 2018 – Day Two

Day two of the annual Italian Market Festival – the weather cooperated, there was a good crowd, great food, music, and the Procession of the Saints! More photos after the cut! 

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