Chocolate Banana Bread



I love that you can take the ugliest brown spotted, mushy bananas that no one wants to eat, and recycle them into a delicious bread. Adding cocoa powder, and mini chocolate chips to the mix results in a magnificent loaf that you won’t be able to stop at just one piece, or two. Yeah, it’s that good!  Continue reading

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Friday Five – Number One Hundred



One hundredth in a series creating a collage using five elements.

Four years ago I started this series, making collages using five elements. I thought I’d create 20 or 25, but in the process, I seemed to gain momentum – and 25 turned into 50, then 75. Today marks the end of the series – I’ll still be making collages, but without the limitations. To mark the occasion, I’ve picked out my five favorites.  Continue reading

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Marlboro Country

Marlboro CountryThe Market-Frankford El had made an unscheduled stop along the rails due to one of those mysterious and omnipresent signal problems. Fortunately this delay afforded me the opportunity to shoot the three-dimensional cigarette sign I had always admired as the train sped by. 61st and Market, ladies and gentlemen, in beautiful West Philadelphia!

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Cherry Bars



When the temperature dips below freezing, all a gal can do is hunker down and bake. Since it was Valentine’s Day – I wanted to make something red, like strawberry shortcake. However, none of the vendors on 9th Street had strawberries, so on to Plan B – something cherry, since I had a can of cherry pie filling in my pantry – cherry bars!  Continue reading

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Stupid Cupid

headless_Cupid…and here’s my Valentine to Tina. I saw this poor guy on a stoop in South Philadelphia during one of my South Philly Safaris, and I knew I couldn’t pass it up with February 14th right around the corner.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!


Keeping with our tradition of making cards for each other, my 22nd Valentine to my dear husband, Joe. Wishing you all a day filled with love and really good chocolates!

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Storm Pipe

Storm PipeHere’s a photo I took as part of an art school course during the Fall of 1982. It’s a storm pipe somewhere in the vicinity of the pond in Westville, New Jersey if I remember correctly. It was in-between a few frames I shot at the pond so I figured I shot this one there as well. People from that neck of the woods may recognize it and know it’s exact location. For me, it’s been quite a while since I’ve been in that area.

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Scooby Doo, Where Are You?

CenobiteEerie architectural detail above the entrance at the Southwark School located at 1835 S. 9th Street in South Philly. It looks either like on of the ghosts from Scooby Doo or one of the demonic cenobites from Clive Barker’s Hellraiser.

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Pear Upside Down Cake



I’m a big fan of simple, one pan cakes. This cake is dense, with caramelized pears – perfect for after dinner, but would do in a pinch if you just so happened to run out of oatmeal!   Continue reading

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On Synder Avenue


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Saint Charles Borremeo

More Details • Saint Charles Borremeo20th & Christian in South Philadelphia

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Window on 12th Street


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Beef Ragu over Polenta



Trying to keep up my culinary momentum since last weekend’s blizzard cook-a-thon, I realized it’s been a while since I’ve made polenta. Polenta is something most people shy away from, but this microwaved version – the brainchild of Barbara Kafka, is easy to make. Creamy polenta topped off with braised beef and tomatoes is perfect cold weather fare.  Continue reading

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Metal and Glass

Super StructureBroad and Spruce — Philadelphia, PA

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