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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Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner


On the corner of 4th & Fitzwater Streets.

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Braided Apple Cinnamon Bread



A blizzard gives you the opportunity to bake and catch up on your Netflix list, which is what I did over the weekend. And laundry, because there’s always laundry.  Continue reading

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The Blizzard of 2016


It was everything the weather forecasters predicted, and more! A big dump of snow on the City of Philadelphia, has pretty much shut down public transit except for subway travel. More photos after the cut.  Continue reading

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Walking West on Locust

Walking West on LocustHere’s another shot of the corner of Broad & Locust shot by the fabulous Tina Garceau back at the dawn of the 1980s. It seems she liked shooting at this particular corner which is about a block from where the Philadelphia College of Art was once situated.

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One of the great things about South Philadelphia are the corner stores. They’re everywhere, and places like Melino’s on 15th & Ellsworth have been around for generations. Corner stores are there for you when you run out of milk or eggs. It’s where kids buy candy on their way to school, or hoagies! It’s marvelous to see these old stores still around with their weathered signs and ATM machines.


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Apple Carrot Muffins



Yesterday was our first substantial snowfall, meaning it didn’t flurry for five minutes and stop. To celebrate, I made muffins with what I had on hand – which were apples leftover from a cake I made, and carrots which were passed over in favor of steamed broccoli for last night’s dinner. These muffins are sweet, moist, and perfectly spiced with crunchy tops – it’s what’s for breakfast!  Continue reading

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