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Ed
San Francisco, California
Crispy, crusty PR guy on the outside, moist and chewy house-husband on the inside.
Interests: food, theatre, art, design, photography, culture, politics.
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Now that the last recipients have received their Christmas gifts, I can now present you with My Balls: 28 handcrafted Christmas ornaments made by yours truly and gifted to friends and family. The pride I feel is overwhelming--with barely six months of glassblowing experience under my belt, I just can't believe I've achieved what I have. Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2011 at The Happy Homo Homemaker
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Hot from the annealer. I'm overflowing with pride. :-D Now, onto Glassblowing 1B! Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2010 at The Happy Homo Homemaker
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The fruits of my studies: results from weeks 3 and 4... however will week 5's turn out?? Tune in to see... Last night, I completed Public Glass' 5-week introductory course on the basics of the ancient art of glassblowing. Yes, it's as intimidating as it looks. Mastery of the basics is hard enough--gathering the proper amount of glass, popping the bubble, marvering it to the right shape, getting your punty on center, figuring out how long and how deep to heat your piece in the glory hole so that it gets neither too hot nor too cold...and that's before you... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2010 at The Happy Homo Homemaker
Ever since I gushed about my Salted Caramel Ice Cream on Facebook, I’ve gotten numerous requests for the recipe. So I thought I should finally get around to posting it. Let me preface this by saying that I do NOT have a good track record with ice cream. I literally only have a 50% success rate. At least half of all my attempts at making the frozen treat wound up dumped down the drain. I have lamented this problem for several years, and sought advice from experts. I’ve blamed it, at various times, on the recipes, my freezer, my ice... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2010 at The Happy Homo Homemaker
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I’m baa-aack! I know, it’s been way too long since I posted anything on this here blog thing. Those of you who’ve bellyached about the lack of HHH in their lives have heard this before: I’ve been busy! Busy with work, busy making glass things, busy traveling to NYC, busy raising a boatload of money for Public Glass. I was been so busy that I had become estranged from my kitchen. My appliances weren’t speaking to me. They felt left out because I was spending all my time with the microwave. It was scandalous. Well last weekend, I decided we... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2010 at The Happy Homo Homemaker
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Mar 15, 2010
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"Blo-ow, Gabriel, Blo-ow!": my instructor Manigeh looks on as I try desperately to 'pop the bubble." So.... I was going to try writing this deep, witty, expressive post about how finding a passion in my mid-late-30s was a profound moment in my life... about how, after a decade and a half of being focused solely on my work and my career in PR, the realization that I have a passion outside of theatre, outside of food, outside of retail, shook me to my core and brought me to tears of joy as I sat explaining what I was feeling to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2010 at The Happy Homo Homemaker
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Can you tell how many Hot Glass Cold Beers Ed has been to? Well, sort of. A few days ago, my good friend and fellow glass artist Dave asked me if I would be willing to put together a small selection of my work to be displayed during tonight's fundraising event for the studio, Hot Glass Cold Beer. It's a pretty cool event -- for $25 you get to choose a hand-blown drinking vessel of your choice (all created by Public Glass artists, natch), have all the cold beer and nibbles you want, and watch some of the incredibly talented... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2010 at The Happy Homo Homemaker
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I know, I know... more clouds! But the winter weather here in the Bay Area makes for such spectacular natural sights that I just can't help myself. Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2010 at The Happy Homo Homemaker
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Can you tell I have a thing for clouds? The relentless rain we've been getting pounded with lately has had at least one fabulous result: some utterly spectacular cloud formations floating over the city. I took this yesterday from what is arguably the best view in all of San Francisco: from the top of Dolores Park, favorite sunning spot for the Castro gay boys, Mission hipsters and just about everyone in between. Gasps were heard 'round the city earlier this week when it was announced that the entire park would shut down for a year and a half for a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2010 at The Happy Homo Homemaker
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Walkin the dog 2/1/10 A gentleman and his dog on Ocean Beach, taken during a hike to our favoritest of places in San Francisco, the Sutro Baths and Sutro Heights Park. Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2010 at The Happy Homo Homemaker
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Before and after. Looks equally unappetizing, dudn't it? The fact that I'm married to a non-meat eater doesn't pose a problem most days. At home I'm pretty content to stick to cooking fish and pasta and vegetables and, don't tell anyone, but even the occasional meat substitute. (Okay, full disclosure: veggie burgers is as far as I go.) But there are some things I miss. Like bacon. Not that I have the DT's if don't eat slabs of cured pig every day, but, you know, it's nice to be able to have just a touch of bacony goodness here and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2010 at The Happy Homo Homemaker
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At long last, I can finally post a shot of my first "finished" piece of glass (since I literally have a PILE of pieces waiting to be finished), a 12-inch square plate that was my Christmas gift to my mother. After taking the slow boat to China via the Pony Express, it finally arrived in Brooklyn today, only 17 days after Christmas. Merry Christmas, Mom! (okay, to be fair, I sent it late. Don't judge.) I originally called this "Windows," for the three little windows of translucent blue glass in the middle of a sea of opaque white. But after... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2010 at The Happy Homo Homemaker
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Buttons 12/30/09 Detail on a new glass piece I'm working on. Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2009 at The Happy Homo Homemaker
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I had a dribbly tip. I seemed to have had one baking mishap after another this holiday season, and I'm not sure why. I'm The Happy Homo Homemaker for god's sake! I can do ANYthing Martha can do... only better and with more S'sssssss. But as with any experience, good or bad, I learned quite a bit. I learned that no matter how many times I make a recipe--for example, my very own Cranberry Orange Oatmeal cookies, a recipe I developed myself--somehow, some way, I will still screw it up occasionally. Last year, I accidentally added twice the amount of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2009 at The Happy Homo Homemaker
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Granted, I'm biased, but... Since I couldn't be with my family in New Jersey today, I wanted to send them a little something they could open on Xmas Day. Something special, something they would get a kick out of, something that would be fun to do.... So I made this: ... a 1,000 piece puzzle of our old family photos. Shots of mothers and grandparents, and our seemingly endless list of great aunts and uncles, some of which we never even knew. First Communion shots, wedding shots, shots taken annually during the once-a-year trip to Coney Island. It's a fantastic... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2009 at The Happy Homo Homemaker
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Our City Hall is merrier than your City Hall. 12/24/09 Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2009 at The Happy Homo Homemaker
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Dam 12/13/09 A few weeks ago, in my infinite quest to become a multi-talented hyphenate, I joined Public Glass, a studio and school devoted to glass arts. I took a class there on kiln-formed glass--i.e. "warm glass," as opposed to blown glass which is known as "hot glass"--and really enjoyed it, so I became a member... a FULL YEAR after I actually took the class. I spent my Sunday learning a technique called stacking-and-damming from fellow member and glass artist extraordinaire Herb Dang. Hours were spent cutting strips of glass of the exact same length and width. This is how... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2009 at The Happy Homo Homemaker
You should hear the recording of the organ! I started singing along to San Francisco under my breath.
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The Happy Homo Homemaker, demonstrating his early love of balls. Christmas 1974 I LOVE this outfit. I look like one of the Partridge Family, with the embroidered velvet pantsuit and the collar that's wider than I am. I also enjoy the Shop Rite box in the background. Either Shop Rite (a NJ chain of grocery stores) once made toy trucks or someone sent me canned goods for Christmas. Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2009 at The Happy Homo Homemaker
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A mini Castro Theatre (complete with an actual recording of the mighty Wurlitzer playing "San Francisco") with the Transamerica Pyramid in the background -- two of the many miniature San Francisco landmarks seen in the Golden Gate Express Garden Railway at the Conservatory of Flowers through April 18, 2010. Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2009 at The Happy Homo Homemaker
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Our dinner guests for this eve: from left to right, Harry and Joaquin (formerly Leaf). ...for Dungeness Crab! In honor of open season on our crustaceous friends from the Pacific, Tom and I whipped up one of our very favorite meals this evening. Here's the recipe: A couple of Dungeness Crabs (pre-cleaned if you're a wuss) 5-6 sections of newspaper Crab crackers Crab forks A couple of glasses of white wine Lemon wedges (optional) Spread newspaper out on kitchen or dining room table. Pour wine. Have utensils and lemon at the ready. Place crab on table. Using crackers and forks,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2009 at The Happy Homo Homemaker
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So… it’s Thanksgiving morning. Mom and Tom and I are all in the kitchen busily cooking while John Stamos croons an ironically sad rendition of “Put on a Happy Face” on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I’m wearing my turkey hat. The bell rings. Our guests arrive. I’m quickly told to avert my eyes and not to peek while Dave plates the “amuse bouche” he’s been talking about. I turn around and continue sautéing my Brussels Sprouts Hash (which is simply OOTW, btw. OMG, I blog like a 16 year old girl with all these abbreviations! LOLROFLMAO!) “Okay, you can... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2009 at The Happy Homo Homemaker