Anonymous asked: I would like to knoow if exceptions are made to your policy. I want to know if one of your photos can be used for a not-for-prophet organization. It would be considered "commercial use." Thank you. Phil

Hi Phil, I do apologize about this, life’s been hectic lately. I’ll get in contact with you tomorrow morning if that’s fine.

Anonymous asked: Is it possible to get permission to use the photo of the walking bridge into the forrest? my number is 815-547-0765 My name is Phil. Thank you.

Hey, if it’s for non-commercial use, go for it, I would just like to be attributed to it.

Steamed Mussels with Roasted Tomatoes and Leeks

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Here it is. If I had to pick a last meal, I think a huge bowl of steamed mussels would be right up there at the top of my list of potentials. There’s something amazing going on when you steam mussels with a bit of delicious vegetable and some wine. When the shells open up, the resulting broth in the bottom of the pan is absolutely to die for. When I order mussels the actual meat is secondary to that delicious ambrosia in the bottom of the bowl, just waiting to be sopped up with a hunk of fresh baguette or even drunk straight out of the dish.

Also, it’s shockingly easy to make.

Ingredients

1 pint grape tomatoes
1 leek, washed and sliced thin
3-4 cloves of garlic, smashed
1 medium shallot, minced finely
2 cups mild white wine
4 tablespoons of butter
Fresh herbs of your choice (I used thyme and parsley)
Cleaned and de-bearded mussels (a pound a person seems to be sufficient) 
Olive oil
Salt and pepper

Lay the sliced leek, tomato, and garlic out on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast in a 400F oven for at least 30 minutes, or until soft and tender. Set aside and let cool.

When ready to steam the mussels, saute the shallow in a tablespoon of butter and a drizzle of oil until translucent. Add in the roasted veggies and let cook over a medium heat for a minute or two. Place the cleaned mussels in the pan, add some fresh herbs, and pour the 2 cups of white wine over. Cover and let steam until the majority of the mussels have steamed, approximately 8-9 minutes. If after this amount of time some of the mussels have not opened, discard them, for they probably died before cooking.

Weeks Twenty-one through Twenty-three: The Return of the Photos

Alright, post two of this marathon posting

Yum Yum Tree

Yum Yum Tree. Cute little ice cream shop in Bailey’s Harbor

Tango

We had a puppy in the office for the day. I miss Tango.

Drifter

Drifter on the front lawn after a good brushing

Back Pasture

Back pasture

Shy and Reno

Shy and Reno, two peas in a pod

Drifter

Aaaand Drifter rolls in the dirt after we clean him

Grey Beach

Yet another really foggy day at work

Princess

Princess <3

A Girl and Her Horse

A Girl and Her Horse

Drifter tries to be aloof, but he’s really an affectionate horse inside

Dike

Hunting brachiopods at Sturgeon Bay

Weeks Twenty-one through Twenty-three: Oh god, this was a stupid project to do this summer. I am horrible at updating this thing ahhhhhh!

Lots of catching up to do. I owe y’all 21 photos. So here we go…

Cave Point

Cave Point

Cave Point County Park on a foggy, stormy day

Whitefish Dunes

Whitefish Dunes

More fog, more beautiful shots, this time at Whitefish

Blackberry Smoothie

Day off means heading back to Green Bay and a quick pit stop at Kavarna for a blackberry smoothie

Whitefish

First really beautiful day at Whitefish :)

Dwarf Lake Iris

Dwarf Lake Iris. Really rare flower. So tiny, so beautiful.

Stables

Lucky J’s stables. Fancy.

Horse Farm

Reno and Little Lou

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Drifter and Krista getting to know each other

Week Twenty: Free at last, free at last, I thank God I’m free at last.

Well, sort of. This is my first whole week after graduation. I’m a real adult now. Scary! I also started my summer job this week as well. 

Fox River Leo Frigo Bridge Downtown Lambeau Field Atrium Cave Point Cave Point Cave Point

Week Nineteen: Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!

Little of this, little of that. Didn’t feel particularly inspired this last week, unfortunately. It was hard to get out and shoot much. Most were from another trip out to Fonferek Glen.

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Week Eighteen: Be right back, going behind the veil of ignorance.

Green Bay West Shore Wildlife Area

Green Bay West Shore Wildlife Area

sun triptych

Sunrise over Green Bay

Quiet Pond

Takeoff

Quick trip to bird sanctuary

Stacks-Oversize

Too much time spent in the stacks

food triptych

Food

Week Seventeen: One-fifth of the people are against everything all the time

Rung

Suicide Gulch

Fonferek Falls

Cliff Face

Culver's Malt

Georgia-Pacific

Memorial

Nice days means no homework gets done. On the other hand, I did discover Fonferek Falls, get a Culver’s malt, and find some new and interesting things downtown. I think that is a great tradeoff.

Week Sixteen: All generalizations are false, including this one

Pork Larb, XO Broccoli, Sticky Rice

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Pork Larb, XO Broccoli, and Sticky Rice. I love homemade food so much. 

Sandwich Diptych

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Okay, so I’m cheating this week. I have lots of photos, and can only pick seven? To hell with that! Anyway, Parisi’s Deli owns. First is a smoked turkey and (Neuske’s) bacon on wheat, the second is a BLT on a baguette. Yum! 

Mason Street Bridge

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Ugh. I cannot believe we got ten inches of snow last week. It did make for a good photo op though. 

Scilla Diptych

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So, I was driving around yesterday, and lo and behold, a sea of Scillas were before me. I love spring flowers! 

Spaceman

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Graffiti intrigues me. It’s such an interesting form of art. 

Graffiti Diptych

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Ditto. Lots of tagging going on behind Broadway lately. 

Spring Greens

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Did I mention I love spring? It’s so nice to see green once again!