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Autumn Toast

My most cherished season is upon us. Cheers.

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The perfect compliment to hard cider, wool socks, and a wood fire:

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Pumpkin-Cider Stew

  • 3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. fennel seeds, crushed
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt or 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 lb. beef chuck roast, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 medium onions, halved, sliced, and broken into thin slivers
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 14-oz. can beef broth
  • 1-1/2 cups apple cider
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 6 or 7 miniature white and/or orange pumpkins, or half a 5-lb. pie pumpkin, or 2 lb. potatoes
  • 2 medium parsnips or carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces, or 8 oz. baby carrots with tops, scrubbed and trimmed
  • 2 Jonathan or Gala apples, cored and cut into wedges
  • Fennel Seeds (optional)

Directions

In a self-sealing plastic bag combine flour, the 2 teaspoons crushed fennel seeds, salt, and pepper. Add beef chunks. Close bag; shake to coat. In a Dutch oven brown half the beef and half the onion at a time in 1 tablespoon of hot oil. Return all meat and onion to Dutch oven. Add broth, cider, and vinegar. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 1-1/4 hours.

Meanwhile, if using miniature pumpkins, cut a 1/2-inch slice from the bottom of each; discard slice. Scoop out seeds and fibrous strings. If using pie pumpkin, peel, seed, remove strings, and cut into large chunks. If using potatoes, peel and cut into wedges.

Add pumpkin pieces or potatoes,and parsnips or carrots to beef mixture. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 25 minutes more. Add apples; cover and simmer 5 to 10 minutes more or until vegetables and fruit are tender. Ladle into bowls or pumpkin bowls* to serve. Sprinkle with additional fennel seeds. Makes 8 servings

To Make Pumpkin Bowl: For each pumpkin bowl, cut a 1-inch slice from the stem end of a 1-1/2 to 2-lb. pumpkin; set aside stem. Scoop out seeds and fibrous strings. Ladle soup in bowl; replace stem. Or, if desired, place hollowed pumpkin with top in a shallow baking pan. Bake in a 350 degrees F. oven for 1 to 1-1/4 hours or until tender. Season inside of pumpkin with salt. Serve as above.

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Documenting the Untamed West: The Genius of Edward Curtis

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It’s rare when one can regard a photograph and instantly know its creator. It’s even rarer to regard a photograph that sends chills up your spine as it transports you to the scene and time in which it was taken.

The work of Edward Curtis falls into both categories.

The son of a Civil War vet, Curtis was born February 16, 1868 near Whitewater, Wisconsin. He began shooting with a homemade camera, before his family moved to Seattle in 1887 where Curtis started his career. While in Seattle, he photographed the daughter of Chief Sealth, Princess Angeline, and various scenes of the developing Western landscape. In 1906, J.P Morgan commissioned Curtis to shoot what would become the highwater mark of his career, a series on the North American Indian.

I won’t belabor the points of his life much more, as you can just check out his wikipedia entry here, (and I highly recommend doing so, as he led a fascinating life), but the photos below are a few of my favorites from his archive at the Library of Congress, which consists of of more than 2,400 silver-gelatin, first generation photographic prints made from Curtis’s original glass negatives.

Teddy Roosevelt said of Curtis, “In Mr. Curtis we have both an artist and a trained observer, whose work has far more than mere accuracy, because it is truthful. …because of his extraordinary success in making and using his opportunities, has been able to do what no other man ever has done; what, as far as we can see, no other man could do.”

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"Rose looked far to the south-east - a gigantic
smoke-cloud soared above the low horizon
line, in shape like an eagle, whose hovering
wings extended from south to east, trailing
mysterious shadows upon the earth. The sun
lighted its mighty crest with crimson light, and
its gloom and glow became at each moment more
sharply contrasted. Towards this portentous
presence the train rushed, uttering an occasional
shrill neigh, like a stallion's defiance."

Hamlin Garland, Rose of Dutcher's Coolly, 1895



Buildings seen from Michigan Avenue, Chicago Daily News, Inc., 1908 Oct. 19.

Buildings on Michigan Avenue, Chicago Daily News, Inc., 1908 Oct. 19.

Chicago skyline looking across Grant Park, Chicago Daily News, Inc., 1925

Chicago skyline looking across Grant Park, Chicago Daily News, Inc., 1925

Illinois Central Railroad Depot, Chicago Daily News, Inc., 1925

Illinois Central Railroad Depot, Chicago Daily News, Inc., 1925

Skyline of Chicago at Night, Chicago Daily News, Inc., 1906

Skyline of Chicago at Night, Chicago Daily News, Inc., 1906

State Street, Chicago Daily News, Inc., 1906

State Street, Chicago Daily News, Inc., 1906

Beam of the Chicago Daily News Searchlight, Chicago Daily News, Inc., 1916

Beam of the Chicago Daily News Searchlight, Chicago Daily News, Inc., 1916

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SAPE: Congolese Cult of Sartorialism

The “SAPE” (La Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes élégantes) is easily one of the oddest stylistic movements in existence today. Predicated on the elegant Parisian lifestyle that saturated the Congo in the early twentieth century, the sapeurs aim (and succeed) to dress as impeccably as humanly possible. To me, the panoply of haute couture clashing with the indigent physical background is what makes these guys so interesting.

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Photos via ZoneZero.

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Traversing the Heartland: A Robert Frank-ian Adventure.

Seattle to Chicago in 72 hours: Two friends. An El Camino. A carton of Marlboro Reds. Fourteen 8-track cassettes. A camera. Gallons of black coffee. And tons and tons of open range.

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The Mugshot: Cruel and Unusual Style

The mugshot (and especially the celebrity mugshot) has become such a canonized aspect of the American consciousness that, at least to me, it transcends both originality and cliche. What I mean by that is: Mugshots are instantly recognizable and in a sense, unoriginal – however, they remain stylized in such a way that the viewer’s instant recognition classicizes the mugshot aesthetic. (Really, the same goes for anything “classic,” and I use that term tightly, as it seems to have been applied pretty loosely to things in the past). Anyway, I feel like featuring my favorite mugshots is an easy road to take, but a necessary one nonetheless.

So, once one acknowledges these preconceptions, I think mugshots can be a fascinating window into an individual’s naked personality. They reveal people at their most vulnerable – and it’s interesting to interpret how composed/distraught/stylish/smug/embarrassed/empowered/coy a person truly is at a given moment, (that is, if you subscribe to the theory of mugshots as a vehicle of personality deconstruction). To that end, here is a sampling of my favorite mugshots (celebrity, stylish and unknown, hat-adorned, and full body – none of which are mutually exclusive) that I’ve culled from the internet over the past few weeks.

Celebrity:

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Also, check out some of the new campaign photos for Levi’s, which feature some penetentary-themed shots (though not shot very well, in my opinion). Via DR&DR.

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The Lincoln Funeral Procession – Union Square, 1865

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A truly serendipitous moment is captured in the photo above, which portrays Lincoln’s funeral procession as it passed the (Cornelius) Roosevelt Mansion at the SW corner 14th Street and Broadway. Cornelius Roosevelt (January 30, 1794July 17, 1871) was a New York businessman, and the grandfather of Teddy Roosevelt, who owned and lived in the building pictured to the left of the center in the photo.

As it turns out, this photo displays a 6-year-old Teddy and his brother Elliott (the father of Eleanor Roosevelt), peering out the second story window of the Roosevelt Mansion onto the procession. See ’em? If not, click here for a more illustrative photo. It’s just incredible that this moment in American history was actually caught on film, and I love when distinct eras of history collide unknowingly – this is a perfect example, kind of like a real life Jetsons Meet The Flintstones.

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