Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Cooking Light's All-Time Best Soup
Yield: 8 servings (serving size: about 1 1/2 cups soup, 1 1/2 teaspoons cheese, 1 1/2 teaspoons onions, and about 1 tablespoon bacon)
- 4 baking potatoes (about 2 1/2 pounds)
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour (about 3 ounces)
- 6 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
- 1 cup (4 ounces) reduced-fat shredded extrasharp cheddar cheese, divided
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup reduced-fat sour cream
- 3/4 cup chopped green onions, divided
- 6 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
- Cracked black pepper (optional)
Preheat oven to 400°.
Pierce potatoes with a fork; bake at 400° for 1 hour or until tender. Cool. Peel potatoes; coarsely mash.
Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Place flour in a large Dutch oven; gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk until blended. Cook over medium heat until thick and bubbly (about 8 minutes). Add mashed potatoes, 3/4 cup cheese, salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper, stirring until cheese melts. Remove from heat.
Stir in sour cream and 1/2 cup onions. Cook over low heat 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated (do not boil). Ladle 1 1/2 cups soup into each of 8 bowls. Sprinkle each serving with 1 1/2 teaspoons cheese, 1 1/2 teaspoons onions, and about 1 tablespoon bacon. Garnish with cracked pepper, if desired.
Monday, February 21, 2011
"I’m trying not to look directly at anyone in the front so the spell of concentration won’t be broken. Instead they appear as a collective mood."
Gordon's series also inspired inky prints for Cacharel's Spring 2011 womens wear. You can purchase her book of water colors here.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Debora Oden was a printmaking professor of mine at SCAD. She taught me to love fibrous Japanese paper, chaotic mark making, and mono chromatic color themes. Her personal work is so very inspiring. She mainly uses a process called etching. Basically, she scratches a glass plate and fills the scratches with ink. Then she rolls the glass plate through a printing press onto paper. She explains the wild marks that are found in her pieces by saying,
"My prints are a record of my movement through place—the back and forth movement of the press, the folding and arranging of paper, of the rhythmic repetition of a tool scratching a plate, the scraping and wiping of ink. It is about the litany of inking and printing, the hand over hand movement as I strain to turn the wheel of the press, the clang and the roll of the press bed as it breaks free from the pressure of the roller. This print process structures my uncivilized marks and allows my work to contain both passion and grace. "
Friday, February 11, 2011
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Rotisserie Chicken (Found in the Deli section of most grocery stores)
BBQ Sauce (It's worth it to spend a little more on good sauce, I like Stubb's Original)
1. Pull the chicken from the bone and add to a glass baking dish
2. Combine chicken with bbq sauce and bake for 20 minutes at 400°
3. Serve chicken with mini buns or biscuits
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011