San Francisco, lots of food photography and city life shots. Oregon Dunes, Giants win the World Series (Again!). New Orleans, Baltimore, Philly trips. Hunky Jesus, Harbor seal pups at Point Lobos.
1472 - Dungeness Crab Season
Crab season is on! Tanks starting to fill up with tasty, tasty crustaceans.
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1466 - Farmers' Market Bounty
The haul from the best farmers' market in the City - Saturdays on Alemany Boulevard.
Fresh tomatoes, beets, 12 lbs of New Mexico Green Chiles, basil, flowers, red jalapeños, raspberries, and blackberies.
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1471 - Strawberry Droplet
Water beading on our strawberry plant after a morning rain, held on by the leaf's little hairs (which, of course, is their purpose).
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1478 - Seals Stadium plaque
Plaque at the site of old Seals Stadium (16th St. and Bryant St. in the Mission District). Put there in 2008 on the 50th Anniversary of the Giants' first game in San Francisco (they played at Seals Stadium for 2 years before Candlestick opened).
1477 - Big Skies in California
Big Sky Brewing, one of my brother's favorites from when he lived in Missoula, and an excellent brew to dunk in a cold river while fly fishing.
1475 - National League Pennant
The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!
And there were fireworks over the ballpark.
1480 - Audrey II
Kate à la Mode's winning entry for Hall-o-wine. "Best in Show 2012" - Audrey II (from Little Shop of Horrors).
1479 - Bottle Bond
Dyptich of the construction and final result of my Hall-o-wine entry this year - "Bottle Bond."
Made the tuxedo paper doll using a Wacom tablet, cut it out, then slipped the bottle in.
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1491 - Chuck-a-Puck
Hockey to get over my NHL lockout rage.
The San Francisco Bulls minor-league hockey (AA) team has a hilarious promotion, where people can throw orange pucks onto the ice. Person who gets closest to the bulls-eye gets a signed jersey (the pucks are numbered).
1493 - Taquería Noir
Ominous smoke pouring out onto the street, shady backroom deals clearly underway. Femme fatale nowhere to be seen.
1487 - Separation of Church and State
I always found it curious that a country that advocates the separation of church and state to have election sites such as Presbyterian churches.
1502 - Waiting
Man waiting for jury duty, and the court is over an hour late.
He is less than amused.
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1501 - Enchiladas Rojas
A New Mexican variation on a Mexican staple (the difference being the kind of chiles used).
For the salsa:
10 Dried New Mexico red chiles, seeded.
3 medium tomatoes, quartered.
8 garlic cloves
A small amount of chicken broth or bouillon (1 tsp-ish)
Salt to taste
Put the chiles and tomatoes in a large dutch oven or pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a slow boil and simmer until the chiles are softened (about 10 minutes). Drain (do not rinse). Put ingredients in a blender and blend until you get a purée. Pass the sauce through a potato ricer, vegetable strainer, or other filter to rid it of seeds, tomato skins, and chile skins. Cook on low heat for 10 minutes.
For the enchiladas:
1 onion, diced.
fresh cilantro, diced
Chicken (or other meat), cooked and shredded.
Preheat oven to 365F. In a frying pan, heat up a small amount of oil and lightly fry the tortillas (10seconds or so per side). Place on a paper towel to cool. Lightly grease a casserole dish.
Dip each tortilla in the sauce, covering it on both sides. Place in the casserole dish and place one Tbsp of chicken in the tortilla along with chopped cilantro, cheese, and onions, forming a rough line down the middle of the tortilla. Roll into a cylinder, with the edges of the tortilla tucked under the bottom. Repeat until the casserole dish is filled, and pour the rest of the sauce over the top of the enchiladas. Sprinkle with more grated cheese.
Cook for 15-20 minutes.
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1506 - Arachnophobia
I have a healthy dose of this paranoia. Thus, spiders simultaneously freak me out and fascinate me. Mostly the former.
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1509 - Teddy Bear Toss Night
Minor league hockey promotions are hilarious. Donate your teddy bears by throwing them on the ice after the Bulls scored their only goal of the night.
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