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2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here's an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 34,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 13 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Deck The Halls Holiday Home Tour Part III and Christmas Cheer

Merry Christmas

and a

Happy Holiday Home tour


I didn’t have time today to make another treat, because I did an elf photo shoot.  They are absolutely the worst kind of subject.  Most of my conversation and instruction went like this:  “Hey!  Stop that and leave him alone.”  “Please look at the camera.”  “Just because your head is pointed at the camera does not mean your eyes can look some place else.”  “Don’t put your arms around his neck.”  “Move your hat out of his face.”  “Stop teasing him”  “Hey!  No fighting.”…

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Words From Julia Child

Karen Schmautz:

This is Yes!Chef!’s guiding policy when it comes to his food. thanks to Foodie Fox for this reminder.

Originally posted on Foodie Fox:

Real talk right there.

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Shrimp Scampi, Cigars and Sous Chefs

Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp Scampi

I know there are people in the world who do not like shrimp.  I am hoping that they are few and far between because, what’s not to like about shrimp?  They are pretty.  They are a nice color.  They taste like the sea.  They are a little sweet.  They are a little crunchy.  They go with lots of things…pasta, rice, risotto, steak, sour dough bread, spicy sauce, butter, garlic, and, of course, wine.  And they are good all by themselves.  You can also eat them hot or cold.  They are truly versatile while being delicious .  You can even eat them “cooked” in lime juice (ceviche), without any heat.  Amazing little creatures.

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