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Stephen: Day 195

23 Feb

Moroccan fried calamari with grapefruit and marscapone wine sauce over watercress.

I like to get my cooking inspiration from the grocery store. I walk the aisles and wait for something to pop out and say “eat me.” I was walking by the fish stand today and they had lots of fresh calamari, which I haven’t had in forever. I secretly love the tentacles the best. I think it’s because most people are grossed out by them.

So, my thought process was “what goes well with seafood? : Creamy… Acid… Heat… those are my favorites and I wanted to keep it simple and clean.

So I sliced some onions and sauteed in olive oil with a handful of quartered hearts of palm. I added salt and pepper, a giant scoop of marscopone cheese, and about a cup of white wine. I let simmer and added a quarter of a diced jalapeno.

I then cut my calamari, rinsed, tossed in a little buttermilk and battered with flour, salt and pepper, and a few Moroccan spices (coriander, cayenne, cumin, ginger, turmeric, caraway seed). Then a fried them.

I peeled and qaurtered about half of a grapefruit and tossed in with the sauce. I squeezed the other half of the grapefruit over watercress and tossed.

I put it all together and topped with a little cilantro and parmesan cheese.

It was awesome. Yummy!!! That is all…

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Stephen: Photo 194

23 Feb

Even with two feet of gross ugly brown snow, there are still a few places in Boston that are beautiful!!!!

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Stephen: Photo 193

27 Jan

Back in the day of shooting with my manual camera, I did a whole photo series of fire hydrants. I’m not really sure what I’m drawn to with fire hydrants. I think it’s that they are all different, but they all have the same function. It’s like a timeline of how the city changes. Some hydrants are updated, or repainted. Some are left as they were 50 years ago. I think they are so cool.

When I was in NYC, I came across some really unique and even beautiful ones.

This one was so colorful, and it was an oasis of color in the white snow…

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Stephen: photo 192

27 Jan

Just when I think we can’t get anymore snow here in the Northeast, we do. It snowed and snowed again last night. I think the 4th big snow storm in 2 weeks. It’s too cold here to melt, so it just builds and builds. I have over two feet at my house.

Crazy, crazy winter…

I have, on more than one occasion, plopped myself in those two feet of snow and made snow angels… I hate winter, but I secretly love it sometimes…

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Stephen: Day 184-191

12 Dec

Here are some pictures from my trip to Ghana this week:

Kakum National Forest canopy walk: This canopy walk is nestled within 350 square kilometers of designated national forest near the coast of Ghana. I had one day to travel around in Ghana and see some of the sights. I rented a driver for the day and he took me around to some beautiful spots. Hiking through the forest was definitely one of the highlights.

Cape Coast Slave Castle: Construction on the castle started in 1653 (not the oldest slave castle in Ghana, but the largest) by the Swedes. It was later seized by other nations and ended up with the British for over two hundred years. This castle housed over 1000 slaves at a time that were crammed into dark, humid rooms for months at a time before being sent off to the Americas. The most interesting fact was that one of the first churches in Africa was built directly above the male slave chambers. European traders would come to worship above as hundreds of men were dying below- a dark picture of heaven and hell.

The building with the red clay roof is the church. The big door below on the first floor leads down the the male slave chambers:

The castle is beautiful and located right on the coast.

One of the local fishing boats after a day out on the ocean. They have sails like old colonial ships made of fabric, some a patchwork of different colors.

A view of the coast:

A local fisherman repairing one of his nets:

One last shot of the rainforest. I love the trees out in the distance.

Stephen: Day 180-183

1 Oct

I was in LA this last weekend. I can’t believe I didn’t take very many pictures. I had breakfast with the lovely Kara Lee Burk and drinks with Norman Buckley — an old family friend. Both visits were a great time. Got time to hang out with some new friends, go on hikes, and eat my weight in cupcakes and cookies; not to mention a good ol’ hamburger from In & Out. And I got to spend time with the coolest guy ever! Thanks, John!!!

Day 180

Welcome to HOLLYWOOD

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This next one reminds me of Congo (minus the humidity and smell of casava):

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Our decimated cupcakes from Crumbs bakery

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Bless you In & Out. Bless you.

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Day 183

And one more of the palm trees for good measure

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Stephen: Day 179

1 Oct

Bluegrass in Boston, singin’ about Colorado. AWESOME.

Is it sad, though, that their best song was a Beattles cover? I guess you can’t expect great bluegrass from New England.

Stephen: Day 178

20 Sep

I was walking down the street this weekend on my way to Whole Foods, and I noticed this street sign, which made me miss my sister. Love you Kelly!

Stephen: Day 177

20 Sep

This weekend was my first weekend to spend in my new apartment. I decided to make a nice breakfast to mark the occasion. Here are a couple of pictures from the pancake feast. Some of you may recognize these green dishes from my college days. I resurrected them from storage. Unfortunately, only two place setting survived the trip out to Boston.

Stephen: Day 176

20 Sep

Last weekend I was in Kansas City with Alison for a wedding. We had such a great time. The wedding was in the Power and Light district in KC, which overlooks downtown. This is a picture of one of KC’s famous bridges (I think it’s the Paseo???). The wedding was on the rooftop of some building downtown, and this was the view from the back…