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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Huevos Caliente

Avocado y huevos caliente
By Angela @ the well-worn apron via Food52
We couldn't wait until we found several other entires - as we usually do, when presenting our mulit-entry recommendations. 
We love Huevos Rancheros and we thought this special take on the recipe was worth posting now. We anticipate making it this weekend... and we hope you will, as well.
Find the recipe, here.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Friday's Favorites

At the end of this week, we present copper, as used in functional industrial design, and luscious paintings by Dion Johnson - along with a deteriorating vessel embellished with greenery - and finally, Osmosi, designed by Emmanual Babled.  
Copper's Embrace as seen on Cool Hunting

Paintings by Dion Johnson, Western Project
Lush vegetation makes a home on a
shipwrecked coal ship, Treehugger

Osmosi by Emmanuel Babled, Contemporist

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Christine N. McHorse

The Ceramic Art of Christine Nofchissey McHorse
"My parents and siblings, as my foremost teachers and influences, taught that there was an art to living and that life was art." Christine McHorse, Art New Mexico, 2000
I am reminded of the ceramic work of Georgia O'Keeffe as I view the vessels of Christine Nofchissey McHorse. They are dark, smooth, sensual and, seemingly, illuminated from a source within. Although it reminds me of O'keeffe's ceramic work, it has its own original and unique qualities - providing clues to the identity of its maker.
Ms. McHorse lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Born in Morenci, Arizona (1948), of Navajo parents, she migrated to Santa Fe at the age of 15. While at the Institute of American Indian Arts she was introduced to the micaceous pot making techniques of the local pueblo potters in the vicinity of New Mexico's Sangre de Christo mountains, learning techniques dating back hundreds of years.

"Untitled", by Christine McHorse, micaceous clay,
27.5" x 14" x 13",
Clark+Delvecchio, 2010.
She continues to use this shiny earth in her recent abstract, sculptural pottery, and although it is slightly reminiscent of the pottery of her ancestors, Ms. McHorse has broken from the past, eliminating function - moving intent, meaning and form into another realm.
Christine Nofchissey McHorse has received numerous awards and her work appears in many private and public collections, including the Museum of New Mexico, the Denver Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of American Art of the Smithsonian Institution, among others.
She is represented by Clark+Delvecchio Gallery, Santa Fe.
Currently, an exhibition of her work (Dark Light: The Ceramics of Christine Nofchessey McHorse) is on display at the Nerman Museum of Contermporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas. The exhibition runs through May 26, 2013.  
Dark Light: The Ceramics of Christine Nofchissey McHorse
Christine McHorse, Nautilus, 2006 micaceous ceramic,
18.5 x 10.5, Collection Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Fashion Design

Recently, tuning into various Create TV channels, we came across the FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles) Debut Runway Show 2013. First, the music caught our ears, then the incredible expertise of young fashion designers caught our eyes. It's a "must see" if you are interested in any type of design. It's all here: color, composition, texture, and so many other creative decisions. 
Here's a sample of one video - Inaugural Gowns. More videos and photographs may be found on the FIDM Facebook page or FIDM Blog
Enjoy the work of these talented young designers!

Designer: Ahmad Murtaza

Tuesday, May 7, 2013


Here's a delicious vegetarian dish with savory Mediterranean flavors. It's easy to prepare and takes very little time. Best of all, it's healthy - and can be a meal all its own. Thank you Martha Stewart.com!
Prep Time:  20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes
Serves 6
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 cups thinly sliced leeks, white and pale-green parts only, rinsed well (1 large leek)
1 Yukon Gold potato (8 ounces), sliced 1/4 inch thick
    Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1 small eggplant (12 ounces), trimmed and sliced 1/4 inch thick
1 large zucchini (8 ounces), sliced 1/4 inch thick
3 large beefsteak tomatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick
1/4 cup pitted Kalamata olives, pitted and roughly chopped
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves, divided, plus more for garnish
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Drizzle 1 tablespoon oil in a shallow 2-quart baking dish. Layer half the leeks in dish, then cover with half the potato; season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and a pinch of pepper. Top with a layer each of half the eggplant, half the zucchini, and half the tomatoes; season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and a pinch of pepper. Scatter with half the olives and half the thyme. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons oil. Repeat layering and seasoning with remaining vegetables. Drizzle with remaining oil, and cover loosely with foil.
Bake 20 minutes, then remove foil. Press vegetables down with a spatula, and bake until potato is tender and edges are well caramelized, about 45 minutes more. Let cool 10 minutes before slicing.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Friday Already?

Time flies when you're busy! One week ago, today, we presented recommendations - and here we are - Friday - and we present several more recommendations for you to enjoy as you enter your weekend.
Michael Pollan invites us into his own kitchen, where we "discover the enduring power of the four classical elements - fire, water, air, and earth" - with his new cookbook, Cooked
Then we move into sensuality of shape and color with Maia Ming's beautiful Bulb Kitchenware Collection as seen on Designboom.
And what could be better than a micro-loft in the Big Apple, designed by Specht Harpman?
Last, but not least, nothing is better than chocolate from a company with an appropriate name, Sweeteeth.
Laugh, this weekend. It'll do you good!

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