Southwest Cornbread-Topped Potpie

this is not a photo of the recipe below. It is a similar-looking pot pie from a good appetite blogphoto from a good appetite blog

This is not a photo of the recipe below. It is a similar-looking pot pie from a good appetite blog.

The work to quality ratio of this recipe is extremely low. In other words, it’s good and it’s easy. Perfect for crazy nights of Christmas shopping til late. This is all you do:

Saute a chopped up onion, carrot and 1/2 of a red bell pepper with a bit of garlic. Stir in about 1 cup of corn,  one can of drained/rinsed pinto beans, a small can of diced green chiles  and 3/4 cup vegetable broth.

Cook on low in your slow cooker for 5 hours.

Then stir 1/2 cup milk or unsweetened soy milk into to 1 cup cornmeal, 1 t baking powder and 1/2 t baking soda and 1/2 t salt. Spoon it over the top of the the carrot mixture.

Cook for one additional hour on low.

Serve with shredded cheddar cheese and a dash of hot sauce.

Clyfford Still

1951-T, No. 2

1948 - C

One thing is for certain, I need to get out to Denver as soon possible. I’ve spent a whole lot of time there and have always enjoyed myself, but the main reason for my future trip is to visit the recently opened Clyfford Still Museum.

I’ve spent a good amount of time standing in front of Still’s very large paintings, and seeing these copies of his work makes me feel all sentimental about their beauty. Of course, looking at Clyfford Still’s work isn’t the same here online as it is in person, but I still like to see these digital reproductions.

Untitled - 1956

Still’s paintings are often huge, almost overwhelming. The fields of color are full of texture and subtle variations in tone and shade. The way he painted made it feel like the colors went even further than what is seen, beyond the canvas’ border. It almost seems as though his paintings and their colors stretch out to infinity, as if the canvas can’t contain it all. So beautiful, I think Clyfford Still’s body of work is an example of Abstract Expressionism at it’s best.

Untitled - 1959

Clyfford Still started his painting career in the Northwest and San Francisco, and later moved to New York. He eventually removed himself from New York’s art community and would sell his work to a very select few buyers. Clyfford Still ended up keeping most of his work himself and, after his death, his widow announced that she would donate her whole collection of over 800 paintings and 1,500 drawings to any city that would provide a good home for the artwork. Denver built the Clyfford Still Museum, and the door’s opened this fall.

I’m not interested in illustrating my time. A man’s ‘time’ limits him, it does not truly liberate him. Our age – it is of science – of mechanism – of power and death. I see no virtue in adding to its mammoth arrogance the compliment of graphic homage.

I never wanted color to be color. I never wanted texture to be texture, or images to become shapes. I wanted them all to fuse into a living spirit.

– Clyfford Still

1957 D, No. 1

H & M

The Swedes are at it again, invading Utah with inexpensive, stylish and modular clothing you assemble at home. After bringing IKEA to Draper a few years ago, I should have realized the Swedish made magic in the retail sector.

H & M opened in Utah on November 10. The store is known for high fashion at a low price, the price point is similar to Old Navy while the styles are much more fashion forward. I’m quite late posting about the new H & M store, to be honest, I just couldn’t stomach the crowds the first few weeks. But I finally went and I didn’t buy a single thing. Instead I took pictures of my gift picks for you.

My favorite things about the store was the menswear and the shoes. If Santa doesn’t bring me a pair of floral print combat boots, then I’m gonna leak his dirty secrets to the media! I also loved all the classic career wear. Here’s my favorite fashions:

Stocking stuffers

Stocking stuffers

Cocktail

Cocktail

Career wear

Career wear

     

Véronique Meignaud

Papageno

Emerude

Not too long ago I came across the artwork of Véronique Meignaud and loved it immediately. All of it is beautiful, but I am especially drawn to her lines and ink work.

I don’t really know a whole lot about her, but according to her bio, she is a French illustrator living in Montreal. She has worked as a concept artist in the video game industry, and illustrated for more traditional role-playing games. She is now breaking in with publishers in the fashion industry.

Athabasca

Like I say, I really love her drawings. She has a series called Kerogen that is amazing. I am fascinated with how Meignaud has blended the animals, plants and rock together. Wow! The images included in this post are all from her Kerogen series, but it is definately worth your time to visit her site and look over more of her portfolio.

www.v-meignaud.com

Desseins

Iron

Pieto

Pluie

Artwork at Whole Foods

This fall I’ve worked on a number of different projects, including a new series of artwork that I will be hanging at the Whole Foods in Trolley Square. My artwork will be up through December, with a reception on December 7th from 6-7 pm. Please stop in and say hello or, if you can’t make it that evening, I hope you’ll drop by their delicatessen and check out my recent work while you’re shopping.

Much love and thanks to SLUG Magazine for the opportunity and continued support. And also Whole Foods for sharing the walls. I appreciate being able to get my artwork in front of people who may never go to a gallery or art related event.

I’ll have the two new pieces below on display, along with others not shown here. The two images below are part of a series of digital paintings that I made using Adobe Ideas, and are printed out as very high quality giclee prints. To order your copy, please visit our store at: artduh.bigcartel.com

Whole Foods
544 South 700 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84102
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Burn

Grow

Food Coop

My produce load - from both co-ops

My produce load - from both co-ops

There are two ways to shop the Crossroads Urban Center Food Co-op. The first is their Monday sales, from 3:30 to 6:30 at 1726 S 700 W. Todd and I wandered in the day after totally stocking up and it was AMAZING. A foody’s dream come true, and so inexpensive. So check that out, every Monday.

The second way is to order for the once a month co-op pick ups. We did this last month and it was SO FUN! First of all, the co-op people took over the First Presbyterian Church on C street and laid out food in a huge semi-circle. Second, there was a funeral going on and it felt a little like being a  movie – a cross between Harold and Maude and The Graduate. Todd and I couldn’t stop giggling  (rest in peace and our condolences to the family). I had Scout with me, and she got tons of attention.

The way it works is you order a share in advance, and then choose a pick up location. We ordered 2 shares at 17 dollars each. We got carrots, pears, apples, oranges, four avocados, asparagus, mushrooms, garlic and at least two heads of lettuce. A HUGE box stuffed with food.

Its fun to go pick up produce with other cool cats who live in your neighborhood. It’s also really fun to NOT go to the grocery store – that place is the bane of my existence. The price is greatly reduced, too.

To compare the two co-ops, they are similar in price. A single share from Muir is about twice as big and costs about twice as much. The Muir group’s food seems to be a little more fancy. The Food Co-op is a little more basic, but not greatly so. Both are committed to providing healthy, unprocessed food options.

The biggest upside to the Muir option is that it is offered twice a month. I can’t get by with produce only one time per month. Our plan is to do every other time – so we will get the Food Co-op food in the middle of the month, and the Muir bundle at the end of the month. Should be just about perfect. Place your order and get more info here: foodco-op.net

Bon appetite!