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Pumpkins, Witches, and the Spirits of Halloween

The week of Halloween is here. The trees tell us first. Changing colors and hues. Carpets of fallen leaves cover the ground in gold, scarlet, acra violet, alizarine crimson. Silhouettes of black licorice branches pierce clusters of golden orange, copper, raw sienna, against translucent patinas of blue, slate gray, platinum skies. And pumpkins. Carving faces … Continue reading

Art Institute’s de Kooning and Executive Chef Jason Gordon Inspire What’s Next?
Artists and Architecture / Main Dishes / Sea Food / Writing

Art Institute’s de Kooning and Executive Chef Jason Gordon Inspire What’s Next?

                      What now?  My quandary resembled de Kooning’s Untitled XI — one of his “20 new canvases”completed at 71 years old. What’s next? What is my passion? My answers and inspiration come from going outside myself… the Art Institute of Chicago my muse. I put … Continue reading

When the Stars make you drool like … John’s Hearty Pasta Fazool that’s… Amore
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When the Stars make you drool like … John’s Hearty Pasta Fazool that’s… Amore

Heart Throb… How many hearts did you break? How many songs did it take? VALENTINE IT’S YOU!  How many times, no clue— How many promises to be true? “Don’t be a fool, eat pasta fazool.”  In the mood to brood? Change your attitude… With  John’s  Hearty comfort food.  JOHN’S “HEARTY” PASTA FAZOOL INGREDIENTS: 2 tablespoons butter, divided … Continue reading

2012 in review Sweet Fortune Cookie!
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2012 in review Sweet Fortune Cookie!

Thank you dear readers. May 2013 be filled with love, prosperity, good health and joy! The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 51,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this … Continue reading

Struffoli Balls Not From the Bakery For Anthony
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Struffoli Balls Not From the Bakery For Anthony

This Strufolli recipe is for Anthony. Anthony commented on my Struffoi recipe…and gave me a great laugh. I ordered the Struffoli balls and didn’t make them… for Easter. Now it’s Christmas and time to make them again. Anthony’s Comment: “They look wonderful, but there’s no recipe! Go to an Italian bakery and BUY them? That’s … Continue reading