Thursday, June 30, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Summer has been a bit tricky this year with many distractions involving summer school, a two day power outage and chilly temps (just to name a few). These happenings have left me a little late in getting my summer groove on. But a brief get away (on my own) this past weekend with very special friends and a beach town set things right an I'm moving into full time summer mode. Tara inspired me to fire up some homemade pizzas but I have a problem. I have so many great crust recipes I can't decide which I like best and which one consistently results in a beautiful blistery crust. So this week we are doing our own little pizza cookoff to determine which recipe will be our tried and true favorite. I'm also experimenting with toppings and am going to start with black olives, rosemary and roasted garlic, spinich, feta, slow roasted tomatoes and pine nuts and pesto, roasted red pepper and goat cheese. In other kitchen news I am addicted to sweet and spicy goodness of the caramelized cashews with cayenne pictured above. I've made peppered pecans and candies walnuts in the past, and while they are lovely, they've got nothing on the buttery cashew encrusted with crunchy maple syrup with the kick of cayenne and warmth of cumin (although i have been using 1 tsp ground cumin instead of the 1 1/2 whole cumin called for). In the studio I've been working on a block print which still needs a bit of tweaking. I've gotten the image where I want it to be but still have to fool around with the text for the dinner plate. This week I will surely find my way back to encaustics and hope to share some new works by the end of the week. I hope your summer is in full swing!
Friday, June 24, 2011
Over the past seven days I have celebrated a 16th wedding anniversary, Father's Day and a 44th birthday with this guy. There is so much I could say about Chuck here but once again I'm going to let Billy Collins do the talking for me:
You are the bread and the knife,
The crystal goblet and the wine...
You are the bread and the knife,
the crystal goblet and the wine.
You are the dew on the morning grass
and the burning wheel of the sun.
You are the white apron of the baker,
and the marsh birds suddenly in flight.
However, you are not the wind in the orchard,
the plums on the counter,
or the house of cards.
And you are certainly not the pine-scented air.
There is just no way that you are the pine-scented air.
It is possible that you are the fish under the bridge,
maybe even the pigeon on the general's head,
but you are not even close
to being the field of cornflowers at dusk.
And a quick look in the mirror will show
that you are neither the boots in the corner
nor the boat asleep in its boathouse.
It might interest you to know,
speaking of the plentiful imagery of the world,
that I am the sound of rain on the roof.
I also happen to be the shooting star,
the evening paper blowing down an alley
and the basket of chestnuts on the kitchen table.
I am also the moon in the trees
and the blind woman's tea cup.
But don't worry, I'm not the bread and the knife.
You are still the bread and the knife.
You will always be the bread and the knife,
not to mention the crystal goblet and--somehow--the wine.
Monday, June 20, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Thursday, June 9, 2011
I wasn't planning on being here until the week of endings had ended but I came across something very special. Very share worthy. Evanston's first food truck. I had spotted it once last summer right after it started rolling around town but it was at the beach catering an event and so I kept my distance. But today, just as I discovered my parents were arriving two hours later that I expected (due to a miscommunication..ahem) I was out running a last minute graduation errand when I passed the Hummingbird Food Truck. I did what any super-hungry-can't-wait-another-two-hours-type-hungry girl would do and pulled into the next spot I found and got myself a little something to hold me over (fries are not really a hold me over type snack but the only other two items on the menu were sandwiches and i really wanted to support the truck while saving room for what will have to be a very small lunch with my p's). The fries were cooked to crispy on the outside-light and fluffy on the inside perfection and the were tossed with shaved garlic cloves and chili flakes (they were addictively spicy and possibly the best fries i have ever eaten). I'm so excited about this trend which brings amazing and diverse food to the street for a reasonable price thanks to the low overhead. I mean walking down the street and coming across a tuna nicoise sandwich on a fresh cibatta roll with roasted veggies and black garlic aioli....pure yum . Do you have food trucks near you? What's your fave?