Philadelphia rousted the Occupy folks in the middle of the night.  The helicopters(!) woke the spousage, but I slept on through.  There was a ridiculous police presence in Rittenhouse Square on the way to work this morning, and at Love Plaza (they don’t want those pesky Occupyers setting up camp anywhere else).  Ridiculous.  I wonder how it feels for those cops, who are also part of the 99%?

I do not like the direction my country has gone, not one bit.

Things I do like:

  • #2 has taken to eating celery with peanut butter.  Protein AND a vegetable?  Woohoo!  Maybe he’ll graduate to cheese by age 10?  A mother can wish.  He doesn’t like the stringy veins of the celery, which he calls bundles, and either ignores them or demands to have them removed for him.
  • I saw not one but two movies last weekend, The Muppets (cute) and The Descendants (George Clooney is a much better actor than he is often given credit for).  I still want to see Hugo, and I’ll take #1 if he’s interested (and believes he can stay put for 2+ hours).

I have a problem.

With food.

And with recipes.

When I started using e-mail – lo, these many years ago – I began to build an archive of recipes. At first, I’d type in new ones, learned from friends or torn from magazines. And then, as the internet evolved, I’d just copy and paste them into an e-mail, so that I could view them from anywhere.

I now have 1874.

One thousand, eight hundred and seventy-four.

Of which I’ve probably cooked maybe 100. And yet, I’m as apt to Google if I need one. What is up with that?

On a separate but related note, I entered a contest to design a new hoagie. The official “With Love” hoagie. It’s a gimmick cooked up by, the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, and Primo Hoagies.

I figured if love is involved, it needs to be less of a fat/calorie bomb than the typical Philly-style meal. Hence, the Heart-Healthy Hoagie!*


  • Low-salt ham
  • Grilled chicken
  • Eggplant
  • Sharp provolone
  • Pesto sauce


Spread pesto sauce on hoagie roll. Layer on grilled chicken, eggplant, sharp provolone and ham.

Serve with a side of marinated mushrooms.



*Okay, it’s not truly health food.  But – marketing!