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March 26th, 2015

Conical Cookies

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Conical Cookies
Almond cookie, lemon cookie, and ginger cookie. From the Barnes-Franklin Gallery at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.

Using a computer monitor for lighting again, I found the green tinge backlighting the shot complements and contrasts the colors and makes them stand out.

March 25th, 2015

From the Barnes-Franklin Gallery at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.

Crackers, cheeses, fruits, and olives

March 23rd, 2015

At Sharp Edge Bistro Penn in Pittsburgh, PA in July.

Wild boar meatloaf
"Wild boar and sirloin blended meatloaf, with creamy wild mushroom reduction, served with Belgian Frites". I had onion petals instead of the fries.
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March 22nd, 2015

Pastrami, jalapeños, and sun-dried tomatoes. From Pizza Time in Wethersfield, CT.

Hot pastrami pizza

Hot pastrami pizza makes me happy.

March 17th, 2015

Boiled carrots, boiled cabbage, boiled potato, and boiled corned beef. From the Corner Cafe at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.

Boiled Irish dinner

March 12th, 2015

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

Breakfast quiche

March 11th, 2015

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

Marinated chicken kababs on rice pilaf

March 8th, 2015

Blintzes Special

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Brunch today at Crystal Lake Cafe at Americana Winery.
At Wood -n- Tap in Rocky Hill, CT.

Shepherd's pie with Irish brown bread
"A casserole of ground beef, onions, carrots, peas and corn topped with whipped potatoes. Served with brown bread."

When I asked for butter, they brought me what I'd call "chunky" garlic butter: melted butter with crushed garlic chunks. The brown bread dunked in it was too good to describe. The whipped potatoes had pieces of corned beef and chives.

Crème brûlée
Deep dish crème brûlée with rich chocolate at the bottom and a sliced strawberry on top. "This creamy custard explosion tantalizes the taste buds with our own take on a French classic dessert. With a bottom line of chocolate ganache, this after dinner experience is truly delicious."

March 5th, 2015

With crispy jalapeños and fries. From Ruby Tuesday in Bristol, CT.

Ruby Tuesday Black and Blue Bacon Pretzel Burger

March 4th, 2015

With mixed vegetables and seasoned potatoes. From the Corner Cafe at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.

Roast pork loin
At Ten Penny in Pittsburgh, PA in July, with challenging lighting.

Ribeye
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February 26th, 2015

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

Square meal: Swedish meatballs

February 23rd, 2015

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

Ham, salami, and pepperoni pizza

February 22nd, 2015

Purchased from Trader Joe's in West Hartford, CT.

The radishes were a surprise. They came out creamy soft and sweet. I cooked them alongside the pie at 350 F. for 45 minutes, with a dab of butter on each cut end. I think they make a great substitute for roasted potatoes.

Trader Joe's Steak & Ale Meat Pie and butter-roasted radishes

February 21st, 2015

Baked in peppered maple bacon drippings. Happy Chinese New Year! From Trader Joe's in West Hartford, CT.

Trader Joe's Crispy Green Curry Shrimp Gyoza

February 16th, 2015

Mike lovvvvvves chocolate, but I could take it or leave it. Lately, without even realizing it, I've all but ditched chocolate from my repertoire. Instead, I've been making lemon like it's goin' out of style. Mike hates lemon.

Basically I've been kind of mean.

So for Valentine's Day, I made him ALLLLLLL THE CHOCOLATE in one dessert. And even I have to admit, this thing is amazing. I just polished off my third slice, oh man. It's super easy, too -- particularly if you split it up over a couple of days. And definitely make it in advance and let it chill overnight before eating it. It significantly enhances the flavor. Enjoy!

(P.S. Coffee lovers, please come read my coffee conundrum on the full post, linked below, and give me advice. I'm a newb.)



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To read my coffee opinions, give my coffee advice, and see more photos of this monster cake, come see the full post on Willow Bird Baking!

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February 12th, 2015

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

Shepherd's pie

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Homemade okonomiyaki.

February 11th, 2015

With vegetable lo mein and spring rolls.  From the Corner Cafe at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.

Square meal: General Tso's chicken
In the Westin Hotel at Anthrocon 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA in July.

Banquet luncheon
Chicken, beef tips, baked pasta, rice pilaf, green beans and carrots, roll and butter.

Caramel cheesecake with chocolate and nuts
Caramel cheesecake with chocolate and nuts.

February 8th, 2015

From Papa John's in Hartford, CT.

Papa John's Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza

Apparently I need stronger aversion therapy to stop me from trying chain food than the results of trying it. I'd hoped Papa John's would be different, but hope was crushed in the corner of this Pandora's pizza box. It looked like a pepperoncini.

The pizza looked nothing like the one in the commercial. The ad pizza was well-populated with toppings, and had a nice raised crust. My pizza was flat and doughy and the sparse toppings were unevenly distributed, as seen in the photo. It was like a round Ellio's topped with a chopped-up McDonald's cheeseburger. No, seriously, it had what appeared to be strips of bun on it. I wouldn't be surprised to see it come from a frozen pizza box.

The delivery was worse. I'd ordered it using a coupon for "Any large pizza for $12". I was told the total was $13.01. When it was delivered, I was charged $17.01. There was no delivery charge mentioned on the phone or in the ads. The deliverer said nevertheless there was a $3 delivery charge on my $13.01 pizza to total $17.01. Do the math. I grudgingly paid because he wouldn't budge, then called the manager to complain. He asked the name of the person who took my order, who didn't give a name, and the color of the car that delivered the pizza, which shouldn't matter, and then tried to tell me the unaccountable dollar was TAX ON THE $3 DELIVERY CHARGE. He should consider it a Lost Customer tax.

Maybe my crushed hope is strong enough to avert the next chain food temptation.

February 5th, 2015

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

Tailgate keilbasa and potato wedges

Tailgate keilbasa and potato wedges

February 4th, 2015

Pineapple, bacon, and jalapeño. From Pizza Time in Wethersfield, CT.

Hot Hawaiian pizza

February 1st, 2015

Giant Gummy Snake

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In the dealer's room at Anthrocon 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA.

Giant Gummi snake
With hash browns, spinach, roasted tomato, orange juice, and coffee. At Penn City Grille in Pittsburgh, PA in July.

Salmon eggs benedict

January 31st, 2015

Roast beef, ham, turkey, pastrami, provolone, lettuce, tomato, onions, and house sandwich sauce. From Harvest Country Store in West Hartford, CT.

Meatlovers sub

January 29th, 2015

Nutella.

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January 28th, 2015

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

BBQ Hawaiian pizza

January 27th, 2015

Blizzard Provisions

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Blizzard Provisions

January 26th, 2015

From Pizza Parma in Pittsburgh, PA in July.

Pepperoni pizza slices

January 17th, 2015

From Sgt. Pepperoni in Hartford, CT.

Double pepperoni with mushroom pizza

January 14th, 2015

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

Hot dog!

January 11th, 2015

I'm a little braid-crazy right now. I can't help it; this dough is the BEST EVER to work with. No chilling needed and it rolls out beautifully with minimal flour and minimal effort. If you're afraid of working with dough, THIS is the perfect beginner recipe for you! And look how pretty it is!

I stuffed this braid with a butter-almond-coconut concoction that is absolutely delicious. Enjoy!



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To see photos showing how to fold the braid, read about how critically embarrassed middle schoolers can be, and see more photos of the finished product, come see the full post on Willow Bird Baking!

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With home fries, bacon, and wheat toast. At Hanlon's Cafe in Pittsburgh, PA on July 4.

Scrambled egg breakfast

January 10th, 2015

January 9th, 2015

I LOVE pimento cheese and sometimes I get the biggest craving for a pimento-cheese-on-white-bread sandwich and a Coke. I have realized that homemade pimento cheese is VASTLY superior to the weird-orange store-bought kind (don't get me wrong, I love that crazy neon stuff too), and I've spent quite awhile perfecting the recipe!

This is simply the best pimento cheese ever: extra sharp cheddar, pimentos, perfect seasoning, and a jalapeño kick! Making this in the food processor will result in a more puréed condiment, while mixing by hand will leave things textured. I prefer the latter for presentation's sake, but the former when I'm in a hurry. Either way, this pimento cheese is ALWAYS better after being allowed to sit and meld in the fridge for a day before serving.

If you want to click over to the blog, I also include a recipe for Olive Cream Cheese in honor of a friend, Edward, who just passed away. It was his nostalgic childhood favorite.

What's your favorite simple sandwich?



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To grab the Olive Cream Cheese recipe, read about Edward, and see more photos, come see the full post on Willow Bird Baking!

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January 8th, 2015

At Wood -n- Tap in Rocky Hill, CT.

Yuengling draft
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