Monday, September 15, 2014

9/11 remembrance on art hill

with all the success and brilliance of our US history, there are dates throughout each year that we remember the dark clouds that have passed over us as well. September 11, 2001 is one of them.

when i was a kid, i remember my mom saying, everyone remembers where they were the day that JFK was shot. i remember being oblivious to the magnitude of that statement. i suppose, for my generation, that unforgettable moment was the day the world trade buildings fell in new york, the pentagon was hit and a plane went down in shanksville pennsylvania as the passengers attempted to take back their hijacked plane.

it was a long and heartbreaking day that millions of us will never forget.

one this 13th anniversary, i had the honor of being on art hill and photographing a touching memorial. we lost a lot of brave and valiant people on that date--people like you, people like me. it was the date the flag of our United States of America took on a whole new meaning for me.

this is what i saw on 9/11/14.

full set of photos.... 

Sunday, March 24, 2013

snow day comfort food...

the weather in st. louis is erratic, to say the least. i didn't actually believe that we would get the monumental 6-11 inch snowfall that was promised--too many let downs in recent years. but, just in case, i got the fixins for comfort food.

to my delight, i woke to a winter wonderland and, as the snow quickly accumulated, i started pulling together this chicken pot pie. it's the easiest pie EVER. 

a bag of mixed veggies
one pound of chicken breast
one can of cream of potato soup
two pillsbury pie crusts
and the seasonings of your choice

line a pie pan with one of the pie crusts and bake at 350 for 10 minutes
cook chicken with seasoning in a covered pan till just to browning and pull from heat to cool
in a bowl, mix together veggies and potato soup--add about a fourth cup water
take chicken and chop, then mix into the veggie mixture. add a touch of salt and pepper
pour mixture into pie shell and cover with second pie crust--i brush the crust with a little olive oil and sprinkle sea salt on top. 
pop into the oven at 400 for 30 minutes
pull from oven and let set for about 5-10 minutes.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

trying out the tomatillo...

the stonecutter mentioned tomatillos last week. hmmm. i've never cooked with tomatillos. 

i felt inclined to explore this ingredient, but with something somewhat simple at first. i dug up a pretty straight forward scrambled egg recipe, invited the stonecutter over, and gave it a whirl. (and i put him to work, of course!) 

the eggs were super yummy, and i served them with sausage and fresh apricots. i'm no longer afraid of the little tomatillo, but am interested in more ways to use this tasty veggie... ideas?