Recipe: Cheddar-Creme Fraiche Something-Or-Other.

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Good Evening:

I need your help on this one. But not with the recipe itself, inspired by something similar in the New York Times.

Cheddar-Creme Fraiche Something-Or-Other

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces Creme Fraiche
  • 3-4 ounces finely grated Cheddar cheese, to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon stoneground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
  • Pepper to taste (salt is unnecessary)
  • 1 Tablespoon dried or finely chopped fresh herbs of your choice.

Process

  1. Mix the creme fraiche, mustard, horseradish, garlic and pepper in the top of a double boiler and gently heat until it turns piping hot.
  2. A bit at a time, stir in the Cheddar, until all is incorporated and throughly melted.
  3. Remove from heat at once and stir in the herbs.

Can’t get much simpler, can it? So what’s my problem?

Oddly enough, I have no idea what I created.

When it’s hot, the Something-Or-Other pours beautifully over a baked potato or egg noodles. Or you can stir it into a bowl of mashed potatoes and be amazed at the results. When lukewarm or at room temperature, it becomes a great dip for grilled vegetables, chicken wings, beef satays, skewered mushroom (cooked or not), and who knows what else. When cold, the Something-Or-Other becomes a sandwich spread for sandwiches made with leftover turkey and/or cooked mushrooms, hamburgers, or cold chicken breasts. Or you can scoop it with carrots, celery, pita chips or the like.

Sauce? Dip? Condiment? Sandwich spread? I have no idea.

Tastes pretty good, though.

Boarded-Up Store, Geary Near Polk, San Francisco, 14 December 2014. (Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge, Wk 41)

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Good Evening:

Didn’t think anything worthwhile for Cee’s Challenge would pop up so soon, but I walked pas an odd boarded-up former X-rated video store and movie theater on Geary today as I travelled to a film production meeting this afternoon.

Now you might wonder (and with justification) how a boarded-up store front could possibly look oddball? It might look sad to the former owners (unless they retired) but it’s boards over windows. How odd can that get?

This odd.

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The artist (might as well use that term) took any spare scraps of wood available and nailed them over the boards in an order (order? Can’t believe I’m using that term) that suggests both a plan and aesthetic values.. San Francisco’s murals are ephemeral; San Francisco’s sidewalk stencils are ephemeral; this, however, remains the only ephemeral sculpture I have seen so far this year.

Vonn Scott Bair

Scooter, San Francisco, California, 29 November 2014 (One Four Challenge, Week 3)

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One of the two ideas I had for Week 3 did not work at all, so I’ll spare you the viewing. Went with a 100% B&W conversion instead that became anything but a simple selection from a menu.

After the conversion, the picture didn’t look right, so ended up resorting to these iPhone settings: Exposure, 1.47; Contrast, +20; Saturation, 0; Definition, 60; Highlights, 100; Shadows, 100; Sharpness, 100; De-noise (whatever that is), 0. And the result:

Scooter, San Francisco, California, 29 November 2014

Scooter, San Francisco, California, 29 November 2014

The increased Definition brings out the lines in the buildings, all which point to our friend, so I like that. Also, his hair stands out a bit more from the black roof. For the first time, I notice the One Way sign pointing directly at him, as well as a triangle in the background. The notion that he’s riding against the One Way sign, and from the older building to the newer interests me a bit.

Still have one idea left to try.

Vonn Scott Bair

Two Twosomes, One Threesome, One Haight, 13 December 2014.

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Good Morning:

Yesterday morning proved a good time for candid photography at the intersection of Haight & Masonic. Especially groupings, for some reason. All photographs taken with my old point-and-shoot. The first required the least editing, just a crop in iPhoto:

Waiting for the 43-Masonic Bus, 13 December 2014

Waiting for the 43-Masonic Bus, 13 December 2014

The second needed a bit of work. The sunlight was brighter, and the shadows darker, than normal, so after cropping, I had to tone down the bright yellow and sky blue while decreasing the shadows. Worth the effort; they sure look like they enjoyed themselves.

Morning Stroll, Haight & Masonic, 13 December 2014

Morning Stroll, Haight & Masonic, 13 December 2014

The third required the most work, thanks to that extreme brightness on the right and the deep shadows on the left. After cropping and straightening, I finally had to make a copy of the original and convert to black and white. But that was hardly routine. If you own iPhoto, my final settings consisted of these: Exposure, 0.96; Contrast, +10; Saturation, 0; Definition, 100; Highlights, 100; Shadows, 35; and Sharpness, 100.

Hand in Hand in Hand, Haight Street, San Francisco, California, 13 December 2014

Hand in Hand in Hand, Haight Street, San Francisco, California, 13 December 2014

I would imagine that threesomes require more than the work, so perhaps it’s appropriate that the shot did, too..

Vonn Scott Bair

Tattoo Two. (Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle)

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The folks who run this tattoo parlor on Masonic near Haight leave the lights twinkling 24/7/365. By day:

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By night:

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Makes more sense at night, it seems.

Vonn Scott Bair

Happy Hour, Friday Afternoon. (Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle)

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Twinkling lights at a cafe at 5:30 p.m. on a Friday afternoon.

Happy Hour, Friday Afternoon, San Francisco, California

Happy Hour, Friday Afternoon, San Francisco, California

Vonn Scott Bair

Wordless Wednesday: The Storm Clouds of San Francisco

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Good Evening:

Sometime tonight, one of the heaviest rain storms on record will slam into San Francisco, dumping a predicted 3 inches of rain in 24 hours. School has already been cancelled, but not because of the rain; we also expect high winds with gusts up to 70-80 miles per hour, more than enough to pick up small children and slam them every which way.

Here are some of the cloud systems I’ve seen in the past few days.

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Better post these now, whilst I still have electricity.

Vonn Scott Bair