The Christmas Season is Upon Us!

Monday, November 26, 2007 at 2:48 PM

Or so he thought...

Red Pepper Soup with sausage

Wednesday, November 21, 2007 at 11:08 AM

Deliciousness defined is this soup from WFLH with red peppers, onion, tomato juice and a hint of cayenne pepper and- strange as it sounds- maple syrup. I didn't really taste it in this recipe, so you might want to up it depending on how strange you like. It's really quite delectable. I halved the recipe- that provided ebnough for dinner and for lunch today. Also. of course, I changed a couple of things from the original recipe to my liking... I always must :)

2 red bell peppers - de-seeded and coarsely chopped
1 red onion - finely chopped
2 tablespoons black truffle oil
1 tablespoon paprika powder
250 ml tomato juice
1 cup of sauteed sausage (I used chicken sausage for this, but use whatever you'd like)
1 teaspoon maple syrup (or 2, if you're feeling adventurous)
Dash of cayenne pepper
Freshly cracked black pepper
sour cream
parsley, as garnish

Heat the truffle oil in a saucepan. Sauté the pepper and onions for 2-3 minutes, then sprinkle with paprika powder. Allow to cook for another 2-3 minutes.

Pour in the tomato juice and maple syrup. Add the dash of cayenne pepper, salt and pepper and simmer covered for 20 minutes.

With a puree machine puree the soup finely. If you find it too thick add some more tomato juice. Add cup of chopped sausage, sauteed in another tablespoon of oil.

Serve on pre-warmed soup plates with a splodge of sour cream and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese or parsley.

(thanks WFLH!)

Blogging really feeds into my desire to cook, and cooking pretty food feeds my desire to take pictures, and I'm just really happy that I have this blog. I hope you're happy about it too :)

Baby's First Gradient Mesh

Wednesday, November 14, 2007 at 4:20 PM

It's Christmas Party time at my job... where we get our clients into a pub, get them drunk, then try and get them to sign wild contracts that get us all their money. Not really, but it sure would be a lot more fun than the awkward cocktail conversations I have with clients I usually only speak with about copy and pantone colors.

Anyway, here's one of the options I provided. I think its very Starbucks-y. I included the artboard cause I thought the way it interacts with the red square is pretty nifty.

Coming tommorrow! Roomate Thanksgiving pictures!

My Reaction to this commercial...

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was this.
(from Agency Tart)

Dutch Apple Cake

Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at 10:38 AM

I think I may be getting pretty good at this food photgraph thing. This is my roomate Dawn's Delicious dutch apple cake with a scoop of my rosewater mint ice cream. The flavors together were... well... interesting. But at least they look pretty together!

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Sunday, November 11, 2007 at 6:58 PM

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Test Shot for Christmas Card

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Keepin' up with the posts.

Here's a preview of what my company's Christmas "Holiday" Party invite is going to look like... lots of cinnamon, lots of irishness, lots of coffee. Well, there will be coffee at least. In other news, I want a 8 MP SLR like this one my job is letting me borrow. It's some amazingness is what it is.

Rosewater Ice Cream

Wednesday, November 7, 2007 at 4:43 PM

Lately I've been getting into cooking a lot more. I find that it's a great stress reliever for whatever is going on at home or at work (of which, right now, there's an abundance.) I made a bunch of different delicious things that I'll post later for blog blitz #4.

So I made my first batch of homemade ice-cream a couple of days ago. Yes, I know, I'm amazing. (Why am I single?) I decided to go gourmet and make rosewater mint ice-cream. Before you ask, yes it was good. Rosewater Ice cream is an Iranian treat. For this, my third post in the blog blitz, I'm going to post a recipe (along with my food photos- PS, Adobe Lightroom is STILL awesome.)

Rose Water Ice Cream


4 tablespoons rosewater
1/2 tablespoon peppermint extract
1 cup whole milk
1 1/4 cups heavy cream
4 large egg yolks
  1. Heat the milk slowly in a pan to boiling point.
  2. Meanwhile in a bowl, beat the egg yolks and sugar together until smooth and foamy; pour the heated milk over the egg mixture, beating all the time.
  3. Return the mixture to the pan and cook over a low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until it thickens slightly to form a coating over the back of the spoon (do not let it boil).
  4. Pour into a bowl, cool then refrigerate until chilled, stir in the cream, rosewater and peppermint extract, then either churn in an ice-cream maker or pour into a shallow plastic box and place in the freezer until completely frozen (after 2 hours of freezing, you may wish to remove the ice cream from the freezer and whisk it to remove any ice crystals that form at the edges – repeat this twice more during the freezing process).
  5. 30 minutes before serving, place the ice cream in the fridge to soften.
Recipe from Recipezaar.

Free Rice (Blog Blitz #2!)

at 4:24 PM is giving out... well... free rice. Take a test, donate some dinner. :)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 (Clearly this is only for my benefit, the guy who still needs a map to find his doctor's office.)

Wow I'm bad with Abbreviations

Tuesday, November 6, 2007 at 2:18 PM

So I totally didn't know it was National Blog Posting month. Blogs I read kept saying NaBloPoMo and I just thought it was some crazy new abbreviation the kids are using. So to allieviate the fact that I'm 4 posts behind, I will make sure I blog 4 times today. Every day! Quite daunting. I'm imagining blogging when I'm hung over. Or still drunk. My favorite IM from people who are drunk by the way is "im drunl". It's like aww you almost got it... slipped on the k there. Go to bed and stop IMing people when you should be making out with a stranger.

(Blog Blitz #1!)

PS: It's Wednesday- so as for this first week of posts I have these done:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 (Clearly this is only for my benefit, the guy who still needs a map to remember where his doctor's office is.)

Slow and Steady, Bad for Race (TOL:1)

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*Every now and then I have more to say than a couple words and a cute picture, so I have deemed these momentary lapses in the paradigm to be Thoughts on Life.

Well, this orginally was going to be a picture of Dog Bounty Hunter looking really stupid (which is fabulously easy to find as he is a steaming hot mess) and a link to an open letter to him, stating that he doesn't deserve words because he is not relevant.

But I think I have something to say. The truth is that he is relevant. He doesn't deserve words, and that's right: He's someone that will never change- I mean look at his hair. But- he is relevant, because he signals the latest milestone in a trend of media racism that should be examined more closely. I know someone that used to edit the show in NY, and apparently acts this way all the time. Those clips just end up on the cutting room floor. Someone who has some control of the show has to have known that he throws out slurs like a tennis ball machine. Still, his show airs. I have two levels of bigotry to experience (being black and gay), and when someones mean to me I always wonder if its one or the other or both. People say it's not surprising that he's racist, but just because he has a mullet, it never was patently obvious to me. Good editing, I guess.

It would be really naive of me to think that because this man is racist he would have his show taken away. It's naive of us to have him fired because now we know he's a racist. Shouldn't someone have blown the whistle sooner? I mean, his own son, who's on the show as well, did it.
And it was probably more because it was his girlfriend who was insulted, which is understandable, but where were the cameramen? The lighting people? The sound department (I know they must of heard it.) Are there no black people at A&E? Do you need to be black or black-adjacent to care about racism?

From the actions of Tucker, apparently so. I'll leave this interminable post with a conversation between my sister Loree, and I:

Loree: Linda said when she went bar hopping on halloween she saw someone dressed like Hitler swastika and all
Me: Holy shit.
Loree: Yeah.
Me: Halloween costumes usually are a reflection of ones inner desires.
Me: So someone should of pushed him into the street. Maybe someone dressed as Roosevelt...
Loree: Yeah he obviously had issues. Who knows if he made it home in one piece
Loree: Linda said he left the bar after one drink
Me: He saw too many Jews there, probably
Loree: Honestly... I mean its like someone wearing a KKK uniform
Joe: Wow
Loree: That was a good analogy
Loree: Well its the equivalent to the jewish people
Loree: You just never know who smiles in your face, but is racist deep down
Joe: Like when i say hi to certain people or smile they totally ignore me
Loree: Makes one wonder

Your Future You

Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 11:45 AM
Svedka Vodka Presents: Your Future You... not included is the possibility of your impending cirrhosis.

I would much rather live in the present.

PS: Where's the backstory on the nuclear holocaust we apparently went through? I just thought I was going to look old.

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