Fresh Mint Brownies

I wanted to share one of my favorite simple to make holiday treats.  Just take your favorite brownie recipe (or even…blasphemy…a store-bought mix) and add a handful of diced fresh mint leaves before baking. Yum.

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Merry Everything

Although Thanksgiving and Hanukkah have long past and Christmas is still around the corner (not to mention all the other holidays of the season) , I wanted to wish you, whatever and wherever you celebrate, a Merry Everything…and a happy new year!

Merry EverythingCinder would also like to pass on the holiday cheer, except she’s too mesmerized by all the pretty lights. Cinder Merry Everything

Our Momentary Winter Wonderland

It snowed in Seattle this morning! Nearly an inch! The news channels have been talking about it for a week, so it wasn’t exactly a surprise, but still it was rather nice to wake up to a wintry world…almost like being back home in Vermont. Almost.

8 hours later and all that’s left is a slushy mess. It was nice while it lasted and given how Seattle handles snow covered roads, I can’t say I’m sorry to see it go.

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A stroll with old friends

A few months ago I headed back east for an all too short weekend. While I was there, I got a chance to photograph some pretty awesome people. Anna has been one of my best friends since I was assigned as her guide in the seventh grade. We were inseparable for much of middle school, but even though we’ve gone down different paths since then, she has been a rock in my life. A true BFF one could say…if one used such acronyms, which as a general rule I don’t, but we’ll go with it for the sake of the story. Where was I? Oh yeah, Anna…she’s a pretty cool chica and I’m incredibly lucky to have her in my life.

Technically I have known her boyfriend, Greg, even longer. We went to the same elementary school, but as we were in different classes I have no recollections of any specific interactions with him, so really, we just met this year. Seeing how well he treats my Anna, he is quickly becoming one of my favorite people.

Together these two make a pretty stellar couple. It’s such a treat for me to photograph people I love.

PS. Check out Anna’s Blog. She’s a talented comic and artist. And it’s all thanks to her encouragement that I have a blog of my own.

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And finally, one of Anna and me, in front of the church where we spent two summers attending a theater camp together.  I have a strong urge to write something about a Lycosa now…

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Cider Spherification

Cider Spherification

It’s been a while since my last post, and a really long time since my last food post. What better time to back into it than the holidays? For a Thanksgiving appetizer, my husband decided to try out his brand new Spherification Kit. For those of you who have never heard for Spherification (I was one of you just last week) it is the process of taking any liquid and shaping it into a sphere. The end result looks very much like caviar. He spent all day playing mad chef scientist (thank goodness we weren’t cooking the turkey) and finally came up with this little bite of heaven; made of a dollop of goat cheese, honey, almond and spheres of apple cider. Not exactly your traditional Thanksgiving fare, but quite delicious.