What a year it has been!
Officially, I have run this blog as you know it today for one year and three months. In that time, I have shared over 40 recipes with you all. What started out as an interest in making more than what comes in a box (the result of thinking I didn’t have time or anyone to cook for) turned into an exploration of food and the endless possibilities of each meal.
Here’s a look at some of my favorite recipes I’ve made, things I’ve seen, and events I have been to throughout 2012 (click on a photo to enlarge and view as a slideshow).
I hope you have enjoyed coming on this journey with me so far, here’s to another year of great food, and more books, and booze!
Lemon chicken salad (Jan. 2012)
Introducing smoothies as a part of breakfast. (Jan. 2012)
Turkey chili with blue corn chips. (Jan. 2012)
Balsamic baked fish. (Feb. 2012)
My first tuna pasta salad. (Feb. 2012)
Seeing mounted police in Rittenhouse Square. (Feb. 2012)
Discovering the deliciousness of skirt steak. (Feb. 2012)
Slow roasted pork over green papaya salad as demonstrated at the Flower Show. (March 2012)
Visiting Hawai’i at the Philadelphia Flower Show. (March 2012)
Trying St. Germain for the first time. (March 2012)
Making one of many turkey burgers. (April 2012)
Learning how to make things we buy from scratch and learning they taste better. (April 2012)
Recreating the dish that introduced me to lamb – Albóndigas in sherry-cream sauce with a salad. (April 2012)
Making hummus for the first time. (April 2012)
Making margaritas. (May 2012)
Lamb enchiladas with salsa verde. (May 2012)
Shrimp quesadillas. (May 2012)
Meatballs in a zucchini and corn cream sauce. (July 2012)
Discovering how easy it is to make ice cream. (June 2012)
What the inside of the feta and spinach chicken roll looks like. (July 2012)
Celebrating July 4 in AC with a 3D light and sound show. (July 2012)
Making almond cookies as a way of discovering the flavors of Morocco. (July 2012)
Taking part in the Foodie Penpals program. (June – July 2012)
Baileys white chocolate truffles. (Aug. 2012)
Seeing Nik Wallenda walk the high wire in AC. (Aug. 2012)
Experiencing the magic of Le Dîner en Blanc in Philly. (Aug. 2012)
Experimenting with my own recipe: Linguine and corn with almond pesto.
Finding out that fried chicken can also be baked – Spicy oven-fried chicken.
Swordfish with mustard and rosemary roasted potatoes. (Aug. 2012)
A peak inside lamb, potato, and cheese pierogi. (Oct. 2012)
Making pasta for the first time – Frascatelli with onions, red peppers, and spinach with a side of chicken. (Nov. 2012)
Meeting Chef Jose Garces, a chef I highly admire. (Nov. 2012)
Meeting Joan Verratti, owner of Pollyodd Liqueurs in Philly. (Dec. 2012)
Making cranberry shortbread. (Dec. 2012)
My photo’s this week are inspired by the Philadelphia International Flower, which just opened its doors yesterday, on March 4. This year’s theme is Hawai’i: Islands of Aloha (feel free to browse my site for more info and photos) and the exhibits I have seen so far are absolutely amazing.
The two photos here are a part of one of the exhibits and I find it interesting how the distortion of flowers and other objects from their “natural” states had resulted in the creation of something new.
Distorting to create something new.
Walking through Rittenhouse Square, I noticed two police officers on horseback. It turns out that Philadelphia reinstated the Mounted Police Unit in 2011, after it was disbanded in 2004. I was a little surprised to see them at first, but if I were a police officer, I would definitely want to be in the Mounted Unit.
Ready for duty
I recently brought home my first orchid. They’re such beautiful plants and I am looking forward to watching it grow. A few of the flowers had already bloomed, but there were two buds that were still closed. Over the past few days, I watched as one of them finally opened.
These photos represent the hope of beginning new life.
Still waiting for the right moment
This may seem like an odd combination of photos, but I simply could not choose which one to highlight.
Simply waiting for someone to give me a new home.
When I’m traveling, I love to take photos from the airplane, both during take off (if I’m not already sleeping) and landing. It’s always interesting to capture the view of cities and the countryside from above, since it’s not an angle that most of us get to see on a daily basis. The clouds and sky are also great subjects and no two photos will be the same.
These were taken as I flew from Philly to Detroit.
From the plane
Winter is finally waking up in the city of Philadelphia and the temperature reflects that. While it did snow last night, it was only a flurry and didn’t stick. The last time we had a real sign of winter was on Halloween, when it uncharacteristically snowed.
For now, the only visible signs of winter are the trees.
Bare branches in the setting sun.
After two weeks of missing the photo challenge, I share with you my photos that represent between.
Between Stop and Go.
For some reason I thought today was Friday already and I wasn’t going to post this, but since it’s only Thursday I still can.
One of my favorite subjects to photograph are animals and there are many things that they wait for: food, birds or to get back to playing.
Family can come in all shapes and sizes.
Family feeding time