Thursday, October 30, 2008

More Canele

This is my 5th batch of caneles. I've got it down. These are as simple as they are luscious.


Monday, October 27, 2008


The 50c/each Chesapeake oysters and the $3.99 lb bison ribs look like excellent buys. Both are on the menu for this Wednesday.

A Degree of Euphoria

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Spooky Up North -- SimsBURY CT

Simsbury Cemetery packs American Creepy in a big way .

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Oxydendrum arboreum

On the road....... I spotted a pair of these on Harvard's campus. They were pretty much the most colorful living things I saw in Cambridge. Not bad.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Do the Roots know, does Weezer??? RADIO 1210 -The Flaccid Wanker

For the first time I've been listening to 1210 radio to hear the Phillies games. I turned the radio on yesterday afternoon and it was set at 1210. I caught a moment of Sean Hannity. Hey I had no idea that grown-ups spoke to other grown-ups that way. Ridiculous fear mongering, generalizing and creepy fundamentalism. The tone blared ignorance as gratingly as the rant. I felt dumber just listening to a few words.

Right now I'm listening to the game and in between innings there are ads for Hannity and Smerconish. The ads use music from the Roots and Weezez. Just wondered if these artists were aware that their creative work is used where fundamentalism rules the day. Imagine
?uestlove challenging Hannity on a few points.

Check out the pics here where Hannity's pose IS the ridiculous caricature that Colbert parodies!



Canele Made Today

I used the recipe from Zucc and Chocolate and then read through the exhaustive thread at egullet where Paula Wolfert herself makes several comments. I ended up with these. They are beautiful looking but not quite right. Still I was pleased. it was my first try and I am no baker. I did use the beeswax*/butter technique in a convection oven.

*organic, food grade beeswax


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Segway Steadicam

Like a dope I forgot to bring my camera on my walk to Fante's to grab the silicone Cannele mold.
Forgot it on the way to the PLCB to grab some rum for my cannele test too. (below)

Outside the lil DiBruno a film crew was staging gear. One of the guys was pirouetting around Montrose St on this techy marvel. In the vid the photographer, Peter Vicami, gives a virtuoso example of his Steadicam Segway skills.

Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis ‘Skyline’

South St has got it's green back. The planters installed a bunch of these Honey Locusts along South St.

PHILLIES/Chilies --- it's hot in Philly

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Attainment --- West Cape May Style

attaining the far shore


I'm a huge fan of Metropolitan Bakery. These canneles were at the RTM shop. I ate 3 as I walked around and went back for 3 more so my lil lady would get motivated to make some herself. $1.60 each.

Update: Canneles have become the compulsive dish of Autumn.

Gushing Gobs of Green Goo

This critter was munching on a pinus palustris. When I picked it off a jet of green goo gushed from his butt. I moved it over to a poplar tree so it could feed on the invasive, non-native that many builders in Cape May preserve in landscapes.

Thanks to Garden Forums for the ID. Pictured is the caterpillar of the Imperial Moth,
Eacles imperialis.

Faeries at Reading Terminal Market

Today I was relaxing at Old City Coffee in RTM when a Faerie flitted past. Cryptic creatures were gathered for the Faerie Convention

Thursday, October 9, 2008

DJIA at lowest in years --2 Good Buys

Case of 24, .5 ltr plastic bottle Pellegrino $9.99 at South St. Superfresh is an outstanding deal.

$10.99 Porterhouse at Whole Foods Market is also a decent buy.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Economic Downturn not on the East Side

At Freemans today these items, Russian enamels, went for about 20X auction estimate. The Kvosh (ladle) went for 60K and the Chalice 220k.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Meanwhile on the West Side

I try and stick with food or marketing topics but today between the Eagles and this pic from the Metro I lost my appetite.

With their fundamentalist poster this toothy duet, from Carson Cali, rep the Paliban. I feel terrorized just viewing them.

Sometimes things just shouldn't be juxtaposed. A food example is Snapple "Made from the best stuff on earth" WTF could they be referring to, corn syrup? Snapple = best at BS.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Springsteen / Obama ........ House of Dreams

Bruce sounded great on the Parkway. He was all poetry and politics, his acoustic set included Thunder Road and closed with This Land is my Land. First, Fast Eddie worked the crowd for a spell then a No Libs Lady who registered voters in the rain introduced Sprinsteen. When Bruce came on stage it was intense like a 60's Be In. The crowd was a mixed age, quite white, (duh, the Boss) completely civilized, tranquil group.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Pho 75 Washington Ave.

Staggeringly delicious, authentic and an extreme culinary value.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Guanciale II

Sarcone roll, tomatoes from south st community garden (!!), crispy guanciale and mozz with grilled chicken.