They Made Me Do It......I didn't want to Do it ......

Close In On The Cure

Close In On The Cure
fountain at Love Park, Philadelphia, PA turned pink in October for breast cancer awareness

Monday, December 21, 2009

Where there is Smoke ... ~ !

I took this photo on a recent trip to New York City. At the time I took the photo I did not see smoke. I was very surprised to see the smoke when I processed the digital photos. I don't know if there was a fire or not, but I enhanced the photo to give the illusion of fire.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Full of Soup recipe for Pieirogies with Jumbo Lump Crabmeat and Citrus Cream Sauce

This is a great recipe any time of year, but especially during the winter season; it is rich, filling and leaves you feeling all warm and cozy!

The list of ingredients is extensive, but the recipe is easy to make.

What you need:

- Two pound box of Mrs. T's or any frozen Pierogies ( you can make your own Pierogies if so inclined, but for the purpose of this recipe we will use frozen)
- 1/4 cup fine chopped shallotts
- 3 large cloves garlic peeled and fine chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger zested
- zest of one lemon
- 1/3 cup blended oil
- 1/2 teaspoon thyme minced
- skin of one fresh tomato finely diced for garnish (optional)
- one bunch scallions white part only minced for garnish (optional)
- 1 one pound bag baby spinach rinsed and rough chopped
- 2 cans jumbo lump crab, or you can substitute crab claw meat if you are watching your budget
- one pint heavy cream
- 1 cup vegetable stock
- salt and pepper to taste

What you will do:

Cook pieirogies in a large pot until aldente.

Transfer pieirogies from boiling water after cooked with slotted spoon to towel covered cookie sheet pan and let cool at room temperature.

In a seperate large saute or frying pan add 1/3 cup blended oil. Heat oil on medium high heat. When oil is hot, add chopped spinach, garlic, shallotts and ginger; cook til shallotts, garlic and ginger are tender. Add salt, pepper, lemon zest and thyme.

Cook for one minute stirring constantly; add vegetable stock. When stock begins to bubble, add heavy cream; stir occassionally until cream reaches a boil. Reduce mixture to simmer and let sauce thicken while stirring occassionally (about seven to ten minutes).

When sauce coates the back of your spoon add pieirogies and crabmeat.

Garnish with chopped tomatoes and scallions.

Bonn Appetite!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Exposures of Central Park, New York City

This photo was taken at 12 noon; one photo at different shutter speeds and exposures, thereby changing the colors by changing the light. There are no digital enhancements, except to change the middle one to black and white.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

The Pond at Bryant Park, New York City

While on a recent visit to New York City I stumbled upon a park in the middle of Midtown Manhattan called Bryant Park. Never having been to Bryant Park, I came home and did a little research and found that the park once known as a sight for muggings and drug deals, is now a much sought location for concerts, performances, eating, drinking and shopping. It is a park that has apparently been transformed from run down and somewhat dangerous, to a place lined with food delights, hand crafted jewelry and clothing kiosks.

The park sits on several acres and from what I read is known for its French classical style showcasing beautifully manicured lawns and magnificently sculptured gardens in the warmer months. On my most recent visit, in December I noticed the park surrounds a large ice skating rink open 8 AM til 10 PM for public skating pleasure. If you are not a skater, but enjoy watching the skaters and the sheer ambiance of the winter holiday, you can sit overlooking the skaters at the restaurant connected to the rink, and enjoy a delicious bowl of cream of Pumpkin soup and a glass of fine red wine

The park was donated a finely crafted French carousel crafted to compliment its French classical style. Children clutch the wooden horses and rabbits with tiny fingers while their parents snap photos and look on with delight. The carousel sits in the center of the park. All through the park there are chess tables for playing and books for reading.

If you have a chance, while visiting New York City, I highly recommend a visit to Bryant Park.

The Pond at Bryant Park, New York City

Ice Skating, The Pond at Bryant Park, NYC

Friday, December 4, 2009

Lady Liberty's Gentleman

A little humor from New York City; everyone's a star in NYC!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Happy Holidays from New York City, 2009

Santa Baby ~ I was such a good girl ~ now please hurry down the chimney and give me a ride to Henri Bendels.

Henri's Girls

Henri's Girls, originally uploaded by prudencebrown121.

Henri Bendel's department store, 5th Avenue NYC gets my vote for not only best, but favorite department store.

I was first introduced to Bendels five years ago while on a birthday girls weekend celebration to NYC. My friend Judy was celebrating her birthday and was kind enough to invite two of us along. The department store showcases magnificent designer clothes, shoes and handbags among a vast and varied variety of accessories.

At that time I purchased a Bendel body cream without the matching candle called Tuberose, which was a combination scent of Jasmine and Rose. After about eight months, like any good obsessive girl I wiped the sides of the bottle clean with a Q-tip and was forced to admit my bottle of tuberose had come to an end and not living in New York City I travelled to the local mall in search of a secondary fragrance all the time never forgetting the intoxicating scent of my Bendel Tuberose.

Bendel's which was started in 1895 by Henri Bendel a milliner was the first to bring Coco Chanel to the US and has long housed many of the finest clothing designers. I recently read that Bendel's has made a decision to stop carrying apparel and instead to focus on accessories, cosmetics and home items such as candles, and much to my surprise I read that Bendels would be opening a store in the King of Prussia mall in Pennsylvania.

I recently returned to Bendel's and much to my delight found the same Bendel body cream, but was disappointed to discover they were sold out of my favorite fragrance the Tuberose; but while on 5th Avenue no visit for the holiday season could be complete without a stop to see Santa. So Santa Baby I said ~ could you please stuff my stocking with Bendel's Tuberose this Christmas? Why my child he said I will bring delights to all of the good girls, but just in case you can't wait - ring up that sleigh and head on over to the new Bendels in the King of Prussia Mall.