Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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There were three spotted, overripe bananas in the fruit bowl begging to be a banana bread. I wanted to try something different, so I substituted peanut butter for some of the oil, and added chocolate chips. Because chocolate chips make everything taste better.  Continue reading

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Above South Street in 1991

1991-rooftop on South StreetThis is me gazing at Center City from the roof of an apartment on South Street I was living in at the time.

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Italian Market Festival 2016 – The Pole

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After nineteen years, the greased pole is back at the Italian Market Festival! The thirty foot, lard coated pole has prizes at the top for anyone daring enough to try. These guys made several attempts, drawing a massive, cheering crowd. I’m not certain if there were any winners, but it was fun to watch, and great to see an old tradition brought back to the festival! More photos behind the cut.  Continue reading

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Italian Market Festival 2016

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The festival was in full swing yesterday – we weren’t gonna let a little rain get in the way!  Continue reading

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Ronald’s Raygun

Ronald's RaygunI was having some fun playing around with shapes and gradients in Affinity Designer. This program and it’s sister, Affinity Photo, have made justifying a monthly subscription fee for vector and image editing software very difficult. When they come out with their page layout program, I may be forever lost to Adobe.

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Penrose Diner

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Chocolate Chip Cherry Cookies

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The upside to getting up really early in the morning, is having time to bake cookies and eating them for breakfast. Cherries and chocolate and a great combination!  Continue reading

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Up on the Roof

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On top of South Philly Bar & Grill, owner Kenneth Brownell graciously led us up to the roof for a spectacular view of the city! Another photo under the cut.  Continue reading

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Chocolate – Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

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Peanut butter and chocolate – the perfect match in this soft, chewy cookie. They’re so good, my son (who once went out for Halloween as a Reese’s peanut butter cup) was sneaking them off of the rack as they were cooling. He’s my test market!  Continue reading

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Bricks

bricksCenter City — Philadelphia, PA

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel Street Festival

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Good Shoes

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Eggs, Sod, Candy

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Rhubarb Chess Pie

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A chess pie is a single crust custard pie made with the addition of cornmeal. It is said to have originated in England and these pies were popular in New England as well as the South. Additions to the basic pie recipe included lemon juice, coconut, nutmeg, cocoa powder, or in this case, rhubarb. The tart rhubarb makes a marvelous contrast to the sweet filling – this pie is heavenly. Continue reading

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