My Name Is Bruce and I Will Be Your Cook

Can I interest you in some Tamago-Yaki? Or Shrimp Roll?

Self Portrait. Thanksgiving Morning. November 25, 2010.

Here. You choose. And please help yourself to Soy Sauce:

Thanksgiving Breakfast for my children.

Maybe you prefer Shrimp Sushi? Careful,  I added a lot of Wasabi to it!

YUM!!!  

Let’s go for a walk and when we return home we will all share a lovely Thanksgiving Dinner:

Thanksgiving Dinner. November 25, 2010.

I hope you enjoyed your food!

Would you like to come over again to Bruce’s Kitchen? I would love to hear from you!


If you want distinctive nature, documentary or portrait photography–photography with soul that inspires you to live a more artful and beautiful life, please contact me. Thank You!

Happy Thanksgiving

I share with you this; an excerpt of a speech I delivered to 300+ people from the magazine industry a few years ago at a Holiday Luncheon in New York City (It\’s in caps because I found it easier to read when at the podium):

THIS HOLIDAY SEASON IS AN AWESOME TIME OF YEAR…
A TIME FOR LOOKING FOR THE BEST IN OTHERS…
A TIME FOR JOY IN BRIGHTENING OTHER LIVES WITH GENEROUS GIFTS.
TWO YEARS AGO I SHARED WITH YOU SOME COMMENTS FROM CHILDREN
ABOUT WHAT THEY LEARNED IN LIFE. AND THIS YEAR,
WHAT I LIKE MOST ABOUT THE HOLIDAY SEASON,
IS SEEING THE HOLIDAYS THROUGH THE EYES OF CHILDREN,
FOR AS WE GET OLDER
WE SOMETIMES GROW NUMB TO THE JOY.
THIS YEAR, I AM REMINDED EVEN MORE THAN EVER
THAT THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS ABOUT MUSIC, LIFE, AND LOVE.
AND IN KEEPING WITH THE TRADITION STARTED THEN TWO YEARS AGO
I AM TODAY REMINDED WHAT CHILDREN RECENTLY SAID
WHEN ASKED THEIR FEELINGS ABOUT LOVE.
ONE CHILD, AGE 6, SAID
\”I\’M IN FAVOR OF LOVE AS LONG
AS IT DOESN\’T HAPPEN WHEN THE SIMPSONS IS ON TV.\”
ANOTHER, AGE 7, SAID
\’IF FALLING IN LOVE IS ANYTHING LIKE LEARNING HOW TO SPELL,
I DON\’T WANT TO DO IT.\”
AND FINALLY, ONE CHILD SAID
\”I THINK YOU\’RE SUPPOSED TO GET SHOT WITH AN ARROW OR SOMETHING
BUT THE REST OF IT ISN\’T SUPPOSED TO BE SO PAINFUL.\”
LOOKING OUT AT YOU NOW I AM LASTLY REMINDED
HOW THERE ARE TIMES IN OUR LIVES AS FRIENDS
WHEN NOTHING MATTERS BUT CELEBRATION….
I HOPE TODAY IS SUCH A DAY FOR YOU
AND I WANT TO LEAVE YOU WITH ONE FINAL THOUGHT;
IT IS, I BELIEVE,
VERY IMPORTANT TO STOP AND EMBRACE
THE SPECIAL EVENTS THAT MARK OUR LIVES…
NOT THE SECONDS, MINUTES, HOURS..
BUT THE OCCASIONS, BOTH SMALL AND LARGE,
OF GREAT REJOICING…THE SMILE OF A CHILD,
A TEENAGER\’S LAUGHTER,
SNOWMEN MADE FROM MARSHMALLOWS,
THE MORNING SKY, MIGRATING GEESE,
A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS,
THE MOVIE IT\’S A WONDERFUL LIFE,
SNOWBALL FIGHTS, A BABY CRYING,
SNOW PILED HIGH, GINGERBREAD HOUSES,
RED RIBBONS AND RED FACES,
SEEING THE TREE IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER,
AGAIN, WATCHING A LOVED ONE SLEEPING,
CHILDREN GIGGLING,
SO MANY TREASURES TO REMEMBER AND TO DISCOVER,
TO GIVE THANKS FOR, LIKE LIFE, LIKE LOVE,
LIKE YOU, HERE WITH US TODAY.
THE GERMAN POET GOETHE SAID
\”NOTHING IS WORTH MORE THAN THIS DAY.\”
ISN\’T THAT THE TRUTH !

Sunrise Over Mt. Tom. Easthampton, MA. Photo by Bruce Barone.

Isn\’t that the truth? I would love to hear from you!

If you want distinctive nature, documentary or portrait photography–photography with soul that inspires you to live a more artful and beautiful life, please contact me. Thank You!

Happy Thanksgiving

I share with you this; an excerpt of a speech I delivered to 300+ people from the magazine industry a few years ago at a Holiday Luncheon in New York City (It’s in caps because I found it easier to read when at the podium):

THIS HOLIDAY SEASON IS AN AWESOME TIME OF YEAR…
A TIME FOR LOOKING FOR THE BEST IN OTHERS…
A TIME FOR JOY IN BRIGHTENING OTHER LIVES WITH GENEROUS GIFTS.
TWO YEARS AGO I SHARED WITH YOU SOME COMMENTS FROM CHILDREN
ABOUT WHAT THEY LEARNED IN LIFE. AND THIS YEAR,
WHAT I LIKE MOST ABOUT THE HOLIDAY SEASON,
IS SEEING THE HOLIDAYS THROUGH THE EYES OF CHILDREN,
FOR AS WE GET OLDER
WE SOMETIMES GROW NUMB TO THE JOY.
THIS YEAR, I AM REMINDED EVEN MORE THAN EVER
THAT THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS ABOUT MUSIC, LIFE, AND LOVE.
AND IN KEEPING WITH THE TRADITION STARTED THEN TWO YEARS AGO
I AM TODAY REMINDED WHAT CHILDREN RECENTLY SAID
WHEN ASKED THEIR FEELINGS ABOUT LOVE.
ONE CHILD, AGE 6, SAID
“I’M IN FAVOR OF LOVE AS LONG
AS IT DOESN’T HAPPEN WHEN THE SIMPSONS IS ON TV.”
ANOTHER, AGE 7, SAID
‘IF FALLING IN LOVE IS ANYTHING LIKE LEARNING HOW TO SPELL,
I DON’T WANT TO DO IT.”
AND FINALLY, ONE CHILD SAID
“I THINK YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO GET SHOT WITH AN ARROW OR SOMETHING
BUT THE REST OF IT ISN’T SUPPOSED TO BE SO PAINFUL.”
LOOKING OUT AT YOU NOW I AM LASTLY REMINDED
HOW THERE ARE TIMES IN OUR LIVES AS FRIENDS
WHEN NOTHING MATTERS BUT CELEBRATION….
I HOPE TODAY IS SUCH A DAY FOR YOU
AND I WANT TO LEAVE YOU WITH ONE FINAL THOUGHT;
IT IS, I BELIEVE,
VERY IMPORTANT TO STOP AND EMBRACE
THE SPECIAL EVENTS THAT MARK OUR LIVES…
NOT THE SECONDS, MINUTES, HOURS..
BUT THE OCCASIONS, BOTH SMALL AND LARGE,
OF GREAT REJOICING…THE SMILE OF A CHILD,
A TEENAGER’S LAUGHTER,
SNOWMEN MADE FROM MARSHMALLOWS,
THE MORNING SKY, MIGRATING GEESE,
A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS,
THE MOVIE IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE,
SNOWBALL FIGHTS, A BABY CRYING,
SNOW PILED HIGH, GINGERBREAD HOUSES,
RED RIBBONS AND RED FACES,
SEEING THE TREE IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER,
AGAIN, WATCHING A LOVED ONE SLEEPING,
CHILDREN GIGGLING,
SO MANY TREASURES TO REMEMBER AND TO DISCOVER,
TO GIVE THANKS FOR, LIKE LIFE, LIKE LOVE,
LIKE YOU, HERE WITH US TODAY.
THE GERMAN POET GOETHE SAID
“NOTHING IS WORTH MORE THAN THIS DAY.”
ISN’T THAT THE TRUTH !

Sunrise Over Mt. Tom. Easthampton, MA. Photo by Bruce Barone.

Isn’t that the truth? I would love to hear from you!

If you want distinctive nature, documentary or portrait photography–photography with soul that inspires you to live a more artful and beautiful life, please contact me. Thank You!

Our Thanksgiving Menu

Breakfast
Flax Seed Bread
Fruit Salad
Tamago-Yaki
Shrimp Sushi
Champagne
Coffee
 Dinner
Roasted Turkey Roulade
With Fig, Cranberry, Sausage Stuffing
Mashed Potatoes
Butternut Squash
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Sun-dried Tomatoes
Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Mushroom Gravy
Wine
Assorted Pies
Coffee
May Peace and Love Be With You!
Photo by Bruce Barone.
Cheers!

What\’s on your Thanksgiving Menu? I would love to hear from you!

If you want distinctive nature, documentary or portrait photography–photography with soul that inspires you to live a more artful and beautiful life, please contact me. Thank You!  

When It Snows In New England

We have not yet seen snow fall here this Autumn in Western Massachusetts. Black Friday might bring rain mixed with snow and if so you will find me at the park photographing the field and the stone bridge.

Meanwhile, today I am thinking of when it snowed a few years ago a few days before Thanksgiving:

The Lower Mill Pond. Easthampton, MA. Photo by Bruce Barone.

What are your plans for Thanksgiving? I would love to hear from you!

If you want distinctive nature, documentary or portrait photography–photography with soul that inspires you to live a more artful and beautiful life, please contact me. Thank You! 

Tamago-Yaki

My son and daughter love this!

And I make it every Thanksgiving morning for them.

Very popular at breakfast or in Japanese boxed lunches called obento, this omelette has a delicate sweet flavor and a pretty layered look when sliced. You may have tried it already at sushi shops, where a thin slab of rolled omelette is seved atop vinegared rice, wrapped in a strip of nori seaweed. This recipe can be adapted so that it contains more or less sugar, and dashi broth may also be added, depending on your preferences. For a colorful variation, try adding chopped parsley to the beaten eggs before frying. Made without sugar it is delicious in sandwiches and rolled sushi.
6 eggs
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons sake or mirin
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
Beat the eggs well and blend in the sugar, soy sauce, and sake. Heat oil in a large skillet. Over low heat, add 1/6 of the egg mixture and let it spread evenly over the bottom of the skillet. As the egg becomes half-done, roll it from one edge of the skillet tot he other and let it rest on one side of the skillet. Pour a similar amount of the egg mixture into the skillet, making sure it spreads underneath the resting omelette roll. When this new layer becomes half-done, fold the first omelette roll inside, rolling from edge to edge. Repeat with another 1/6 of the egg mixture until you have a fairly think omelette roll. Slice into thick sections and serve.
Note: It is best to use a square skillet. I like a little bit more soy sauce in the mixture.
Have you ever eaten Tamago-Yaki? I would love to hear from you!

When It Snows In New England

We have not yet seen snow fall here this Autumn in Western Massachusetts. Black Friday might bring rain mixed with snow and if so you will find me at the park photographing the field and the stone bridge.

Meanwhile, today I am thinking of when it snowed a few years ago a few days before Thanksgiving:

The Lower Mill Pond. Easthampton, MA. Photo by Bruce Barone.

What are your plans for Thanksgiving? I would love to hear from you!

If you want distinctive nature, documentary or portrait photography–photography with soul that inspires you to live a more artful and beautiful life, please contact me. Thank You! 

Fly Me To The Moon

I am blessed to see:

Photo by Bruce Barone.
Fly me to the moon
Let me play among the stars
Let me see what spring is like
On a-Jupiter and Mars
In other words, hold my hand
In other words, baby, kiss me

Fill my heart with song
And let me sing for ever more
You are all I long for
All I worship and adore
In other words, please be true
In other words, I love you 

I am blessed to have Susan in my life:
Susan. Photo by Bruce Barone.
How do you feel blessed?
I would love to hear from you!

If you want distinctive nature, documentary or portrait photography–photography with soul that inspires you to live a more artful and beautiful life, please contact me. Thank You! 

Fly Me To The Moon

I am blessed to see:

Photo by Bruce Barone.
Fly me to the moon
Let me play among the stars
Let me see what spring is like
On a-Jupiter and Mars
In other words, hold my hand
In other words, baby, kiss me

Fill my heart with song
And let me sing for ever more
You are all I long for
All I worship and adore
In other words, please be true
In other words, I love you 

I am blessed to have Susan in my life:
Susan. Photo by Bruce Barone.
How do you feel blessed?
I would love to hear from you!


If you want distinctive nature, documentary or portrait photography–photography with soul that inspires you to live a more artful and beautiful life,
please contact me. Thank You! 

Sunday Contemplation

Photo by Bruce Barone.
Had I the heavens\’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread upon my dreams.
Photo by Bruce Barone.
 Again: What do you dream of doing?
I would love to hear from you!

If you want distinctive nature, documentary or portrait photography–photography with soul that inspires you to live a more artful and beautiful life, please contact me. Thank You!