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I just reread yesterday's post, which totally sounds like food porn. So sorry!

I went on a foodie blog kick late last year and had to quit because the pictures and recipes were beginning to make me want more. I began adding writers from their blogrolls to mine and eventually got to the point where reading about food became the gateway drug to cooking and eating more of it.

I haven't gone completely cold turkey, but I've unsubscribed from the major dealers' RSS feeds. Gotta clean up my blogroll before I'm charged with conspiracy. [ETA: Done!]

So anyway … it's Super Bowl Sunday and we're going to have some snacks. Heh.

One thing the food bloggers did was inspire me to be more creative with photography. I, in fact, dedicated my Project 365 blog to food this year, but that only lasted a month. I've started following a photo-a-day challenge for February, which has been interesting and actually makes the photos somewhat more interesting than a shot of the nightstand at 11:45 p.m., just so I don't miss a day.

If you'd like to see how I'm interpreting the challenge, click here. If you'd like to join in, here's the list of prompts.

Go, Giants!


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If you’re going to throw a party, be sure to have good food and plenty of it. That’s my daughter’s philosophy, and I think it’s pretty good advice.

The members of the group who will be here Thursday night are middle-aged and older, so I think mostly traditional appetizers are in order. We’ll have Swedish meatballs and those little sausages cooked in a sweet-and-sour sauce, along with artichoke dip, hummus with vegetables and crackers, a bowl of cinnamon-spiced nuts and a fruit pizza.

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Mine are plain old chocolate, and will be decorated with the words “Yes We Can” on top. I think some will be iced in blue and some in white, with red lettering.

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