Saturday, December 17, 2016

plugging leeks

Of all the onions I love shallot and leek the most. 
Leek and potato soup has disputed origins.

Make 2 or 3 liters of stock with the chopped and well washed green tops and two chicken bouillon cubes.

Some say Vichyssoise is French. Others say it’s an American invention, named “French” for marketing purposes.

Either way, it is warm, creamy and more delicious than the simple steps would appear.

Many versions use heavy cream. I do not.

Soften the chopped, clean white part of the leeks in the butter over very low heat while your stock bubbles to peak flavor, about 30 minutes.

Cover with strained stock and allow it to bubble gently covered for about 35 or 45 minutes.

Add stock as necessary, just make sure it is cooked so well that the vegetables are falling apart.

Add fresh ground pepper. Blend to a warm, autumnal pureƩ.

Mmmm. The bouillon adds just enough salt.

Friday, December 16, 2016

how great is this?


blue Christmas

The cold has driven protestors inside, 
but midtown foot traffic is still a mess.


Donald Trump wants his family in New York while Barron finishes school, but that has turned his famous tower into White House north.

Police barricades and bag checks are killing retail along that 5th Avenue block.


GUCCI is said to be paying $25 million a year for a space in the Donald’s building that is now all but impossible to access.


(That bleeds about $70,000 every calendar day)

Tiffany is doing their best.

They’ve run up little blue barricade slipcovers to create paths to the front door.


The President elect is not involved. 
He has his own Tiffany in blue to keep an eye on.


Thursday, December 15, 2016

be true to yourself

Hillary is gone 
and Trump is stocking up on money men and military.

Oh joy. She should have won bigtime. 

I thought we'd see 73 or 74% of the popular vote just to make him a chump.

But she, too, is up to her neck in Wall Street money and she lost her view of the street.

Inside Trump lives an arrogant performer from street level Queens. 

That's why he won.

Democrats try to lead us to our better selves. 

But after 8 years, 
that’s just too inconsistent for too long with our true nature.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

branch office

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

through the lens

Sunday, December 11, 2016

double take


a little bit of heaven

on the UpperEastSide.

L. Becker Flowers