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July 1st, 2015

Potluck lunch at the reception for my father's funeral.
Beef and macaroni, macaroni salad, potato salad, chicken, ham, and bread and butter. At VFW Post 5095 in East Hampton, CT.

My father passed away Monday June 22 at age 87 from complications from a fall.  The funeral was this past Sunday.

June 20th, 2015

Carriage House Half Reuben

Half Reuben with a side salad at Ithaca's Carriage House Cafe.

June 19th, 2015

Five Guys Cajun fries
From Five Guys in Farmington, CT.

June 18th, 2015

Sour Watermelon Peeps"Ingredients: Sugar, corn syrup, gelatin, fumaric acid, citric acid, pectin, contains less than 0.5% of the following: Natural and artificial flavor, Yellow #5 Lake, Red #40, Yellow #5 (tartrazine), potassium sorbate (a preservative), Blue #1 Lake, Blue #1, carnauba wax. Gluten free." I don't see any watermelon.

They taste like they look, very artificial and as unnaturally flavored as they are colored.

Fumaric acid is used to make them sour. It's produced in bacteria, fungi, lichen, Iceland moss, and human skin that's exposed to sunlight. If you don't have these Peeps, you might get the same satisfaction by going out in the sun naked and licking yourself.

Carnauba wax is used as a car wax as well as a food additive. It's a floor wax. It's a dessert topping. It's a pill and candy coating. It's a furniture polish. It makes things shiny. It makes things that aren't good enough to eat look good enough to eat.

"Satisfaction Guarantee: Quality candy is our family tradition."
At Town Line Diner in Rocky Hill, CT.

Philly cheese steak and fries
Philly cheesesteak and fries.

Chocolate cream puff
Cream puff with chocolate cream filling, chocolate sprinkles, chocolate grenache at the bottom, powdered sugar, and a strawberry.

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June 5th, 2015

Sausage, egg, and cheese biscuit breakfast sandwich pieces
Again, biscuits are poor sandwich material. From the Corner Cafe at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.

May 28th, 2015

Chicken and biscuit sandwich
Crispy chicken, buttermilk biscuit, bacon, provolone, grilled onions, and ranch dressing. From the Corner Cafe at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.

I think I actually ate a chicken shortcake. Biscuits don't hold together very well for sandwiches. It tasted great, but needed a bowl for everything that fell from it, which was everything.

May 26th, 2015

Grilled hot dog and cheeseburger
From the Spring Fling student fair at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.
Double pepperoni pizza with pineapple and hot peppers. From Hartford's Pizza in Hartford, CT.

Pepperoni Pepperoni Pineapple Picante Pepper Pizza

Pepperoni Pepperoni Pineapple Picante Pepper Pizza

May 22nd, 2015

3D grilled cheese.

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3D grilled cheese
From the Corner Cafe at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.

May 14th, 2015

Steak cutlet sandwich with cheddar, grilled onions, and peppers
From the Corner Cafe at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.

May 12th, 2015

Clams Casino pizza and clam chowder
From the Corner Cafe at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.

May 10th, 2015

At Friendly's in Bristol, CT.

Sweet Red Chili Chicken Supermelt sandwich with fries and coffee
Sweet Red Chili Chicken Supermelt sandwich with fries and coffee.

Hunka Chunka PB Fudge sundae
Hunka Chunka PB Fudge sundae. Peanut butter fudge ice cream sundae with whipped cream, Swiss chocolate sauce, walnuts, and a cherry.
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May 7th, 2015

Chicken piccata with mushroom and leek risotto
From the Corner Cafe at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.

May 5th, 2015

Indian produce

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At Royal Indian Grocery in West Hartford, CT.

Green turmeric
Green turmeric.

Karela
Karela.

May 4th, 2015

Green chili cheddar scrambled egg souffle
I'm not sure if it can be called an actual souffle, but it puffed up like one.

I scrambled two eggs with half-and-half, green chili flakes, Trader Joe's Every Day Seasoning, and cheddar cheese, and baked it for 15 minutes at 400 degrees in a small Lodge cast iron melting pot. I got a nicely browned puffy omelet with a crispy crust on the bottom. The green chili flakes were the best part. I'll be making more of these.

May 3rd, 2015

From Town Line Diner in Rocky Hill, CT.

Meatloaf sandwich with fries and cole slaw

Blueberry cheesecake

April 30th, 2015

American chop suey
From the Corner Cafe at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.

April 29th, 2015

At the City Cafe gourmet coffee shop in Pittsburgh, PA in July.

French toast and fruit
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April 24th, 2015

Chicken marsala with roasted potatoes and mixed vegetables
From the Corner Cafe at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.

April 23rd, 2015

Wendy's Jalapeño Fresco Spicy Chicken sandwich
"Brave the sandwich that is equal parts nice and spice with our classic spicy chicken breast, fresh-diced jalapeños, ghost pepper sauce, colby pepper jack cheese, and a red jalapeño bun." From Wendy's in Bristol, CT.

The quality of the chicken continues to go down. I remember when their chicken sandwiches were juicy, but this was dry and little better than the cheap breaded chicken patties you get in the supermarket.

Wendy's Ghost Pepper Fries
"With fresh-diced jalapeños, our signature ghost pepper sauce and melty shredded cheddar, you'll want to hold on to these hot potatoes." From Wendy's in Bristol, CT.

I could barely read the signature. The sauce is spicy, but not really hot, and tasted manufactured. The diced jalapeños look manufactured, like they're made of plastic, and could just as well have been bell peppers. The fries were barely fried, and undercooked. The "melty shredded cheddar" is standard cheese sauce.

April 22nd, 2015

Pepperoni and Swiss stuffed bread
From the Corner Cafe at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.

April 21st, 2015

Snickers Bite

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April 20th, 2015

United States of Nachos
Loaded nachos made from taco half-shells, cheddar, jalapenos, refried beans, and ground beef. The arrangement looked a lot like the United States. From the Corner Cafe at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.
Wasabi and steak DoritosWasabi and steak Doritos
Purchased from Jappy11 on eBay.

This is my second favorite Doritos flavor now. My favorite is still Coconut Curry, also from Japan, but long gone.

April 18th, 2015


Loaded Baked Potato Soup



When I was finished cooking the homemade gnocchi several days ago, I realized the sludge left in the pot was basically potato bisque. So I put it in the refrigerator, and tonight we turned it into loaded baked potato soup, with seasonings, scallions, sharp cheddar, and crisp bacon. A dollop of sour cream would've been good, too.

April 16th, 2015

Spinach and mushroom stuffed meatloaf with garlicky broccoli rabe
From Super Natural Market in Bristol, CT.

April 15th, 2015

Baked macaroni and cheese
From the Corner Cafe at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.

April 14th, 2015

Square meal: Roasted Pork Loin with Seasoned Potato Wedges and Steamed Veggies
From the Corner Cafe at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.

April 13th, 2015

From the Corner Cafe at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.

Chicken parmesan on tri-color rolatini

Garlic bread
Garlic bread.
Breakfast

After a day eating vegan, and eight days observing Passover, this was my first
restriction-free breakfast! Fried eggs with corned beef hash and english muffin.

April 11th, 2015

First light: Italian meatballs with steak sauce
The first subject of my new Canon Powershot G16 camera.

April 9th, 2015

Where's the cherry?

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Vanilla and strawberry sundae with whipped cream, hot fudge, and walnuts. There was a cherry, but I ate it before I realized I might want it for the photo. I can't take me anywhere.

From an ice cream social at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.

April 8th, 2015

Sausage and cheese calzone with sauce
From the Corner Cafe at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.

April 7th, 2015

Lemon pepper haddock with vegetable rice pilaf
From the Corner Cafe at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.
At the Town Line Diner in Rocky Hill, CT.

Good Fry Day: Fried chicken and fries
Fried chicken and fries.

Good Fry Day: Fried mushrooms and sauce
Fried mushrooms and sauce.
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April 6th, 2015

Buttery oatmeal toast

March 31st, 2015

International potluck cakes and cookies
An apple cake, glazed cake or doughnut hole thingy, powdered cookie, and a cookie and chocolate cream cake I can't identify. At Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.

March 27th, 2015

International pot luck dinner
Tortellini salad, cream cheese bites, chicken cutlets, taquito, chicken parmesan, chicken enchilada, and spicy Polish sausage. At Tunxis Community College in Farmingon, CT.
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