September 29, 2017

From summer

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IMG_2531From the Walkway Over the Hudson in Poughkeepsie, NY, end of the summer.

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June 13, 2016

I am here

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(Issaquah, WA)

September 1, 2015

Endless summer

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Almost time to bid farewell to a long, weird, wonderful summer.


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August 12, 2014

The moon is low tonight…

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Full moon over Harlem from St. Nicholas Park a couple nights ago.

Fun fact:  The full moon of August is traditionally named the Sturgeon Moon.

July 6, 2014

First tomato (in a long time)

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Late frost killed my strawberry plants this spring, so I replaced them with cherry tomatoes, which I’d always wondered whether they’d do well in the space I have available.  (I grew tomatoes when I was a kid, but never in a window box before.)  They’ve been taking their sweet time ripening, but they may yet not become tiny fried green tomato bites, which I’d been starting to consider.

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May 26, 2014

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In Athens, GA this weekend for my best friend’s wedding yesterday.  Had some lovely sunset clouds last night after an unexpected thunderstorm forced us to move dinner and dancing inside on extremely short notice, but it all worked out.

August 14, 2013

West Side Sunset

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Sunset over Manhattan Valley.

(Substantive writing coming soon.)

July 7, 2013

Tonight’s sauciness

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A lot of times in the summer, the heat makes me too lethargic to eat, or at least to do the work required to eat, much more than cereal with blueberries.  (And I go through blueberries like I’ll never see them again in the summertime.)  But tonight I was feeling a little creative and decided to make up a real meal.

This is actually only a slight variation on a sauce I’ve made before, and the thing I like about it is that it’s hard to overcook.  You probably could…but I haven’t managed yet.

About 1/3 stick of butter
About 1/4 cup heavy cream
About 1/3 cup white wine (I used Chardonnay, because that’s what Whole Foods had for $2.99 a bottle.)
3-4 baby bella mushrooms, sliced
Half of 1 large shallot, sliced
Black pepper
Pinch of cardamom
Dash of salt
A few leaves of fresh basil

Melt the butter slowly over low heat and add the shallots.  Cook till softening and fragrant, and add the mushrooms, and cook they’re soft and fragrant, too.  Add wine, stir it well into the butter, and one or two of the basil leaves, and cook till they’re wilted.

Add the cream, stir well into the winey butteriness, and cook and stir gently until it’s thick and bubbly.  Add a pinch of cardamom, just a dash of salt, and as much black pepper as you want.  (I like black pepper…a lot.)

(This is also where I stirred in about a tablespoon of flour to get it to thicken up a bit.)

I poured it over a pork chop and halved zucchini that I had grilled on our grill pan, and garnished with the remainder of the basil leaves.

And then I sat down to start watching Community…only to find that it is not available on Netflix instant.  Bad planning on my part.  But the saucey pork chop was just as good with Supernatural.  I have leftover wine and cream, and am contemplating something similar but involving walnuts and berries later this week….

May 30, 2013

The woods are lovely….

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I got to do a little hiking this past weekend.  This is Bear Creek Mountain, in Walton, NY.

August 13, 2011

Your recommended daily allowance of adorableness

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Baby turtles.  That is all.

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