Tag Archives: Art

can I get a witness?

July 6, 2012

Artwork and Words by katherine sandoz Nothing captures the imagination like the sight and sounds of tent pitching.  I’d fall over to see a veritable city announcing the arrival of […]

Simmer Down Podcast: Going South of the Border for Cinco de Mayo!

May 4, 2012

This week on Simmer Down, Libbie and Brenda are South of the Border (in their minds) for Cinco de Mayo! Have a listen and get fun facts about Cinco de Mayo and Napoleon. Two great Mexican recipes and plenty of laughs!


April 25, 2012

Legs. That’s what they called her. She packed the grinder, her six kids and a bag of barley and headed for a hollow in the hills of Kentucky. Three thousand miles and no food save for some milk souring in her oft-trampled bosom. On arrival, she clamped the metal contraption to a beam that held up the dirt floor cabin, fattened the fire. Her upright children whipped the handle one by one to see who could fill a bread pan full of flour fastest. Pancakes griddled on the wood stove. Legs boiled down sorghum from the cane she had harvested in the fields. After feasting, her heavily biceped offspring hoisted themselves through the glassless windows and leapt into the woods.

Woodcut Artichoke

April 20, 2012

This week we are peeling back the layers of the dear artichoke to reveal just what it is that makes its thorny heart beat. And what better way to introduce you to the artichoke than through the artwork of SCAD professor Marcia Neblett. She is responsible for the intricate woodcut print before you. For those of you who are a bit sketchy on just what a “woodcut” is, let me clarify this medium a little further. A woodcut is a technique in which an artist carves away pieces from a block of wood. Rather than creating artwork from the pieces taken away or using the wood as a canvas, this form of art, instead, makes the wood itself and what remains of it the artwork. The image that is left may then be covered in ink, as Neblett does so skillfully above, and voila! you are ready to print!

the artichoke as anti-dolt

April 17, 2012

A woman named Steele taught me that artichokes should be used as divining tools. She postulated that you could discern someone’s mettle by observing their eating the densely armored delicacy. So she served them and often.

A Blush Pink and Strawberry Red Love Affair

April 13, 2012

Growing up, I was surrounded by strawberries, lots of em! They were everywhere, literally, due to my mother quite innocently mentioning how much she liked them. Her simple preference turned out to be the birthplace of an accidental “collection.” EVERYone for seemingly EVERY occasion began to shower strawberry motif gifts on my mother for EVERY single gift giving occasion. It created something of an unexpected, ecclectic strawberry vineyard in our very own home. I, too, was guilty of seeking out and securing every strawberry knick nack imaginable to honor her with, just waiting with anticipation for the next opportune moment to surprise her with another strawberry delight!

strawberry sauce

April 10, 2012

We all know the pleasures of eating strawberries and some extol their aphrodisiacal properties, but none so well as Madame Tallien. Born to the aristocracy, given six names, and raised by nuns, this strawberry lover survived a march to the guillotine, bearing the fruit (ten) of multiple lovers and husbands (including the notoriously seedy and filthy Napoleon Bonaparte), several stints in prison and all of the great political and social shifts of the late 1700s. A style maven and risk-taker throughout her life, she insisted on bathing solely in the cure-all juice of strawberries.

In Defense of Carrots

April 6, 2012

“What’s up, doc?” What’s up is that, much to my surprise, I can scarcely find any fine art that focuses on the splendor that is the carrot. So slender, so sweet and so versatile. Why oh why have the artists forsaken you, my friend?!

carrot tops

April 4, 2012

The elegant and complex flower of common wild carrots (Daucus carota) could inspire a lifetime of art and design projects. If you’re a writer, you might employ words such as umbel, bract and tumbleweed in describing the exquisite bloom that turns on itself exacting a nest shape as it goes to seed.

The Edible Illustrator

March 28, 2012

I have always loved radishes and their earthy, peppery flavor. So cool, so crisp and so refreshing in a ginormous spring salad (the only kind I like). Really, I have a weakness for any root vegetable but this week I am putting the focus on the so often overlooked radish. I am sure the future will allow for more talk of my other favorite and rooterrific veggies.

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