Strawberry Lattice Pie

I labored over a pie for Labor Day! Because it’s a holiday, and because we’re about to bid adieu to the gorgeous, locally grown strawberries in the market. Hard to imagine another summer is drawing to a close, but I have my strawberry pie to console me. Happy Labor Day, everyone!  Continue reading

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The Lit Brothers Building

I was running errands in town yesterday, when I passed The Lit Brothers building on 8th and Market. Built in 1859 by architects Edward Collins & Charles M. Autenrieth, the façade is a Renaissance Revival style. It reminds me of a wedding cake – well, if a wedding cake were made of iron, brick, and terra cotta – it’s a gorgeous building. The store closed it’s doors in 1977, miraculously, it was saved from the wrecking ball and it’s been redeveloped with shops and office spaces.

 

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The Portrait Sitter

 

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Figs!

I’m happy to report that my bird proofing experiment worked like a charm, the figs were perfectly ripe and delicious!

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Bird-Proofing the Figs

Two years ago, they were wreaking havoc with my basil plants, now the birds are hogging the figs on the lower branches of the tree in our backyard. There are plenty of figs for the neighbors and our feathered friends – most of which are located on the top branches, out of reach unless you can fly. This is WAR!

I washed out several empty water bottles, cut them in half, used a hole punch to make holes near the open end of the bottle. I slipped the bottle over a few of the almost ripe figs, and threaded twine through the punched holes to hold it in place. My beloved figs are now bird-proof!

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Southwest Coleslaw

As summer draws to a close, be the person who brings the interesting side dish to the Labor Day BBQ. This store bought coleslaw mix is jazzed up with the addition of cherry tomatoes, fresh corn, bell peppers, chick peas, and cheddar cheese. Instead of mayonnaise, it’s tossed with ranch dressing and chili powder. This veggie loaded slaw is easy to throw together and delicious!  Continue reading

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Summer Visitor

This beautiful boy made a trip into the city and was waiting to be unloaded from a trailer at 16th & Catherine on Tuesday. He and his buddy were about to give rides to a bunch of city kids who probably never saw a horse up close, much less ridden one. Here’s hoping your driver stopped and treated you to some water ice on your way out of town!

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The Pope and the Pussy Cat

One of the great things about living in South Philly are our neighbor’s window displays!

 

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Peach Blueberry Cake

Summer is winding down, and I feel a need to make all of my favorite peach and blueberries recipes while the produce is still available. This cake is what I refer to as a “one pan wonder” – a single layer cake that needs no frosting. Mix up the batter, top with sliced peaches, blueberries, and a sprinkle of brown sugar, and you’re good to go! This cake is wonderful served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, but also works in the morning with a cup of coffee.  Continue reading

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Blueberries

One of my favorite things about summer besides swimming, are blueberries! I love baking with them, stirring them into yogurt for breakfast, or eating them as is. The market is now loaded with locally grown berries, and there is nothing better. I’m toying with the idea of freezing a few pints for a pie when the sun and heat of the summer becomes a distant memory. I think a lemon blueberry tart would be a wonderful addition to an apple or a pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, or a batch of blueberry buttermilk muffins to fuel a long day of stuffing making and bird basting. It never hurts to plan ahead!

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Looking South – Freezer Orders Filled

Neon sign in the window of Cappuccio’s Meats – a fixture on 9th Street since 1920. Their sausage selection is nothing short of amazing!

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Dick Blick Licked

October 4, 2012 — August 15, 2018

I’ve put another sketchbook to rest. I’ve had this one for a while. I bought it from Dick Blick back in 2012. I think I bought it because I thought an 8 inch by 10 inch pad would be a nice compact size to carry on a commute but not too small. I think I used it, put it somewhere and forgot about it. I recently uncovered it and decided to polish it off. Waste not, want not. Continue reading

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Peach Crumb Tart

I bought big, fat Jersey peaches on Sunday morning with no particular game plan for them. On Tuesday morning they were ripe, and while I toyed with the idea of using them in a fruit salad for lunch – I remembered the pie dough I’d stashed in the freezer. I decided on a fruit tart with a crumb topping, because PIE!  Continue reading

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JUMP!!!

Neighborhood kids cooling off in the dog days of August.

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