Italian Plum Torte

Strawberries, blueberries, and peaches are typically the fruits of the summer – however, let us not forget the humble Italian plum. They’re wonderful when baked, this is the delicious torte that The Boy and I made this week. It was so good, that we’re making it again today! Continue reading

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Feline Friday


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Look Out, Here Comes Spiderman!

Truck mascot on the front of a Philadelphia Sanitation truck, spotted on 11th & Washington Avenue.


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Tuesday Doodle


cartoon bird

Sylvia the Bird from Monkey & Bird

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American Chop Suey

As a kid growing up in New England, one of my favorite comfort foods was my mom’s American Chop Suey. It’s a casserole made with ground beef, elbow macaroni, and a seasoned tomato sauce. Folks outside of New England call it goulash. I’ve seen other versions that add cheddar cheese, cinnamon, or soy sauce – but this recipe is the original, the classic! Continue reading

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Feline Friday

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Get Your Motor Runnin’

I did a double take on Washington Avenue this afternoon, and barely managed to take this one shot of this Harley-Davidson motorcycle hearse before it sped off.  RoadMaster Motorcycle Hearse is based in Philadelphia – it is their belief that “your last ride and the last tribute and celebration of your life should be as individual as you are.”

I’ll say!

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Earthly Delights from the Garden

Over the weekend, I passed a house in my neighborhood with a large planter full of basil and a sign that encouraged folks to help themselves. Yesterday, another neighbor was sharing their bounty of peppers. I envy my urban gardening neighbors, as this year’s tomato plant has only yielded two tomatoes – TWO! Sigh. Oh well, there’s always next summer – here’s hoping I won’t have to buy any tomatoes, and maybe have extra to put in a basket on my front steps.

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Doodle Tuesday

Doc Bruce BannerDoc Bruce Banner –belted by gamma rays! This is a doodle I did in work on a scratch pad made of cheap, thin paper that for some reason is a pleasure on which to scribble.

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John’s Water Ice

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