Blueberry Raspberry Upside-Down Cake

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Photo by Joe Williams

 

The spectacular thing about upside-down cakes is that they look fancy without all of the work. There’s no frosting to fuss with, just pour a little melted butter, brown sugar, and fruit in the bottom of a cake pan, top with batter, and bake. We ate a piece that was slightly warm, and it was wonderful! The cinnamon adds a nice spiciness to the cake, and the fruit is the crowning glory! This cake could easily be served for brunch, or after dinner.  Continue reading

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Friday Five – Number Seventy Two

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Seventy-second in a series creating a collage using five elements.

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Man on a Path

man-on-a-pathHere’s another nature shot by John Capewell. Sadly there is no way to tell where it was taken. I’m not sure what was so special about the scene that Capewell felt compelled to shoot it. It may have been a spectacular vista in real life, but the negative is in sad shape, and I had to fiddle with it a bit to get this image.

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House on Prospect Street

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Another shot I took during my time in Connecticut on a cold afternoon. This town has a lot of Victorian Houses, and although this one looks a little worse for wear – it’s always been one of my favorites.  Continue reading

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Aunt Pearl’s Date Squares

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Another of the recipes from my grandmother’s notebook – this one is credited to my Aunt Pearl, Nana’s sister. Aunt Pearl lived in Aroostook County, Maine – that’s about as far North as you can get! I have many happy memories of visiting her and waking up to donuts frying, or the smell of bread baking. It was heavenly, she made it look effortless, Aunt Pearl was definitely one of my early inspirations to learn how to bake.

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Aunt Pearl

 

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The Chestnut House

Chestnut House Restaurant - Sea Food - CocktailsBack in the 1980s, I went to art school, and I along with all of the other illustration majors were required to take a minor course in photography. We had to shoot the photos as well as process the negatives and make the prints. I don’t recall what the particulars of the class assignments were although I can tell from looking at the negatives which were the assignments and which ones were shot just to finish off a roll. The shots to finish a roll are a lot more interesting. While my fellow students mostly resided and shot their photographs in the vibrant metropolis of Philadelphia, I lived and did most of my shooting in and around Westville, NJ.

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Windham Town Hall

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Built in 1896.

 

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Arrowheads

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These framed arrowheads have been in my family for at least fifty years. I don’t know anything about them except that they were my step-grandfather’s. They were kept in a drawer of the spare room in my parent’s house. From time to time, I would pull them out and examine them. I marveled at their placement in the frame and wondered how many times the person who wired them down rearranged them. I did some research, and although they don’t appear to be valuable, it’s a nice little collection to have.

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Rapids

RapidsHere’s one that I’m guessing John Capewell shot up at Niagara Falls where he has taken his camera a number of times.

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Broad & Chestnut • The Photo Elective

Broad and ChestnutHere’s another Photo Elective shot by Tina Garceau. As I’ve said before, all sophomore students majoring in illustration at The Philadelphia College of Art were required to take a minor course in photography where the students would take and process black and white, 35mm images. I lived in South Jersey and commuted to school, while Tina lived in and shot her photographs around the school’s downtown Philadelphia campus. Here she has a shot showing a transit bus stopped at the intersection of Broad and Chestnut. A crowd of women and children are boarding the bus and heading somewhere South. Maybe they were seeing a movie playing in one of Chestnut Street’s many now extinct movie theaters.

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Pineapple Cookies

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While going through some of my dad’s boxes – I was thrilled to find my grandmother’s recipe book that I thought was long gone. There are some treasures in there – Lobster Cantonese, Frankfurter Casserole, and Marie Griffin’s recipe for Head Cheese. I take comfort knowing that if I’m ever feeling peckish for head cheese – I’ve got a recipe! Anyway, I saw this recipe for pineapple cookies, so I thought I’d give them a shot. They’re not much to look at, but these cookies are soft and light in texture and the addition of the crushed pineapple is really good!  Continue reading

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Vulture Culture

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One of the things I did while in Connecticut was take walks with my camera in freezing temperatures. I spotted these very large birds congregating in trees and found out from the locals that they were black vultures. According to the Connecticut Ornithological Association they expanded into the area in 2002. Their wingspan is 4 to 5 feet and it’s amazing to see them flying overhead in circles.

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Dad

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The site has been quiet for a while because I was with my father who had become ill and passed away. I was hoping he would rally as he had done in the past, but it was not to be. He died on January 2nd – two days after turning 80.

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My father was the eleventh of twelve children – he’s the little boy in the front row. He was a quiet man, a carpenter who could drive a four inch nail with two taps and a swing, and a terrific dancer thanks to his sisters. We’ll miss him.

 

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It used to be Smiles…

Broadway and Olive Street…but in 1982 it was VIP Food Service.

Back in the 1980s, I went to art school, and I along with all of the other illustration majors were required to take a course in photography. We had to shoot the photos as well as process the negatives and make the prints. I don’t recall what the particulars of the class assignments were although I can tell from looking at the negatives which were the assignments and which ones were shot just to finish off a roll. The shots to finish the roll are a lot more interesting.

While my fellow students mostly resided and shot their photographs in Philadelphia, I lived and did most of my shooting in and around Westville, NJ. Above is a store that I practically lived in when it was known as Smile’s Convenience Store. We were always sent to pick up a copy of the Courier Post, The Woodbury Times or a gallon of milk or we would blow our own money on bubble gum or the Coke machine. At the time of this picture, it had became one of those catering companies that catered to construction sites, factories or plants.

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