French-esque, One Pot, Hearty – Lentil & Chicken Stew

French-esque, One Pot, Hearty – Lentil & Chicken Stew Ok, so….I’m blown away. It looks like vomit, from many angles, but don’t let appearance fool you!  This creation is based on a recipe… Continue reading

Chunky Butternut Squash & Sage Soup

Chunky Butternut Squash & Sage Soup Over the weekend, I took a hike in the fall weather. In the end, I was in the mood for some seasonal soup. Some minutes later at… Continue reading

Leaves at Valley Forge Park

Pictures of the intense leaves changing at Valley Forge National Historical Park.

Enhanced CCoMS

Enhanced CCoMS  Tonight was a bit of a hassle when I left my wallet at home and realized I couldn’t buy the ingredients for butternut squash soup while I was out. I thought… Continue reading

8/30/2015 experimentation dinner

On the menu: Mix cheese plate. Homemade white hearth bread, with cultured butter. Whole duck, brined in OJ and herbs, steamed and roasted. Creamy polenta with fresh corn, herbed tomatoes, pecorino romano cheese.… Continue reading


explore-blog: The great German idealist philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (b. August 27, 1770) on knowledge, impatience, the peril of fixed opinions, and the true task of the human mind. 

Weekend Brunch

A weekend can’t be a weekend without some kind of cooking; in my case a lazy Sunday brunch. My twist on typical breakfast food includes a little bit of greens instead of starch… Continue reading

First pizza from scratch

My first from scratch pizza. It’s topped with slices of a mozzarella ball, pizza sauce from Trader Joe’s, thin-sliced high-lycopene tomatoes from Holland also from Trader Joe’s, Vidalia onions, organic cremini mushrooms, and… Continue reading

Ugly strawberry pie

Ugly strawberry pie. Used bon appetit’s recipe from the June 2015 issue. I am proud I got the pie past making the dough and rolling it out. Everyone shows their beautiful food on… Continue reading

Snoozy kitten

Sleeping, snoozy kittens are guaranteed to make one relax.