Killer Chocolate Cupcakes

These are the perfect cupcakes to take on a summer picnic or to the beach. They’re rich, soft, and full of chocolate chips – so good, you’ll want to eat two. So good, they don’t need frosting, and really, who wants to spend anymore time in the kitchen than they have to?  Continue reading

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Assorted Fruit Tart

So Tuesday was my friend Dan’s birthday, and I know this because one of the Boy’s many talents is keeping track of everyone’s birthdays – friends, family, as well as celebrities.He’s been keeping us keenly aware that August 1st is the date of our friend’s birth, which means a fruit tart is in order! Continue reading

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Saturday in the Park

No, this is not Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. While I was shooting the Red-Tailed Hawk – I spied this little fellow snacking on a pretzel perched on the edge of a wire trash can.

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Looking South – Ridgeway Raptor

An unusually cool day at the end of July, brought an unusual visitor to our urban landscape. At the Ridgeway Pool on 13th & Carpenter, this fellow was pointed out to me sitting on the branch of one of the mighty shade trees surrounding the city pool. We were lucky to see it, he stayed on his perch for quite a while, affording me the opportunity to take these pictures. Generally, we see squirrels and pigeons in the city, we have seen the occasional possum, but this mighty bird is something we don’t see every day.  Continue reading

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Peach Blackberry Galette

Yep, more of the “Fill and Fold Faux Pie”!  What makes it even easier is my newly discovered method of dropping peaches in boiling water for 30 seconds, then an ice bath, which makes the skins slide off. Assembly time – 20 minutes!  Continue reading

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Robbie the Robot Meets Mr. C

As I’ve written before finding something to watch on Netflix has been proving to be more of a challenge than it’s worth. The tedious scrolling through titles of little interest has chased me to some of the stranger and more obscure channels available on the Roku. While surfing, I found the curio that I am writing about today.

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Looking South – Stairway to Heaven

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Blueberry Buckle

This is the perfect Sunday morning breakfast cake – not too sweet, and loaded with New Jersey blueberries. It’s a quick cake to throw together, and feeds a crowd of 8 to 10.  Continue reading

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Guardians of the Park

When we bought our house, we were thrilled that it came with a park at the end of the block with trees, benches, and a bocce ball court. Down the road, we discovered that it also came with a group of retired men who kept watch over the park and our street. One of which was Lenny, the previous owner of our house. It was not unusual to see Lenny’s Cadillac parked on the street, you knew he was occupying a bench with the guys. Sometimes there was a card game, or a coffee klatch catching up on the news of the neighborhood. One of the constant figures of the park, always there to say hello to on my way to the market. Recently, we found out that one of the members passed away. Frankie ran a small print shop around the corner on 11th Street. On Wednesday, his sister was clearing out his shop, offering a fax machine, Christmas ornaments, and assorted canning jars. I passed, but did pick up this metal box to use in my studio to remember one of the guardians of the park.

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That VUDU You Do

Roku remote

I’ve always been a fan of Netflix and I’ve been a customer of theirs since 1999 back when they were DVD-by-mail only and had but one distribution center on the West Coast. Joining Netflix was a no-brainer back then considering the outrageous prices, paltry selections and, worst of all, late fees that were the hallmarks of brick-and-mortar video and rental chains. When Netflix started their streaming library service, it was all over for the big sloppy chains. Netflix’s DVD-by-mail service mortally wounded the rental chains, and the streaming service buried them.

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Peach Blueberry Tart

It’s peach season, and this easy, single crust tart is the perfect way to showcase these beauties! Even easier, is a method of dropping ripe peaches in boiling water for a few seconds, then to an ice bath, and their skins slip off – no knife needed! It really makes quick work of putting this tart together – but be warned, naked peaches are slippery!  Continue reading

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Baby Back Ribs

The Boy is all about eating meat off of bones – he is a true carnivore who loves chicken wings and turkey legs. So when I was planning my menu for the fourth, I decided on baby back ribs with a dry rub and barbecue sauce, needless to say it was a huge hit!  Continue reading

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Happy 4th of July!

Celebrate America!

 

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Looking South – Train Shed Update

More of the restoration process of the Train Shed on Broad and Carpenter Streets. Additional photos under the cut.  Continue reading

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