Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Small Spaces: "Mindscapes"

I asked Baron and Kaleb to write a statement about their latest collaboration Mindscapes, and this is what they shared ...

baron mattern kaleb lucas

"Mindscapes marks a pivotal point in our lives as we are now traveling to the Kansas City Art Institute. The words "Bark Through Passage" are meant to instill courage in the face of something new and different. It is the culmination of our own individual pursuits."

Baron and Kaleb also added to the main Small Spaces wall on Monday. Stop by and check out their pieces.

baron mattern kaleb lucas

baron mattern kaleb lucas

photo credit: Jaren Skirvin 

Monday, August 18, 2014

from the studio: 8.18.14

Zach trying something new in the studio ... something he's calling "action graphic motion" ...

Sunday, August 17, 2014

{harvest} Bonny Best Tomatoes

So, I thought we saved a black vernissage and a Jersey Giant tomato plant after the hailstorm. But these tomatoes that I harvested today are definitely not Jersey Giants. Turns out, they're "Bonny Best" tomatoes, one of the varieties we were growing for saucing and canning. These tomatoes are so pretty. They are perfectly round, and of that gorgeous orangey-red color. I hope they taste yummy.

Recipe of the Week: Thai Cucumber Salad

One of the best summertime treats has to be the cooling cucumber. We got a couple of cucumbers from our friend Kathleen, so we decided to make some refreshing Thai-inspired cucumber salad to go with dinner. 

You will need:
2 cucumbers, seeded and diced
2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped finely
1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

For the dressing, mix together:
2 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp fish sauce
1/8 tsp sesame oil (you only need a little bit!)
1 tsp sugar
1 clove garlic, chopped finely
1 Thai chili, seeded and chopped finely

Toss dressing over fresh cucumbers and serve cold!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

small spaces: new additions

we've had a few artists around town this week putting up some new pieces for small spaces.  Mitch Schuring has been scattering some of his cartoon characters around town,

mitch schuring

mitchell austin schuring
garage door in the alley at Lafayette Printing
mitch schuring

mitch schuring

mitchell schuring

mitchell austin schuring
the back of the Lafayette Brewing Company

while Baron Mattern and Kaleb Lucas completed their piece on the front wall of Lafayette Printing yesterday.

baron mattern kaleb lucas

baron mattern kaleb lucas

kaleb lucas baron mattern

lafayette printing
corner of 5th and Ferry, the Lafayette Printing building

We've got much more to come yet, but these guys are giving us a good start going into the next few weeks.

it has  been a long week meeting with other artists and picking up paint in preparation for the next several weeks of work, but things are coming together.  we have many spaces secured, and i have probably got too many artists for the spaces i have available, but we'll make it work by doing a lot of collaborating.  and besides, shouldn't collaboration be the key to this project anyway?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Refrigerator Pickles

We used the carrots and jalapeno peppers from our garden and some cauliflower and beans from our local farmers' market to make refrigerator pickles!

For the beans and cauliflower florets, I used a really simple recipe that is equal parts of white vinegar and water, a smashed clove of garlic, and a dash of salt, sugar, and black pepper (I also used a couple of pink peppercorns with the cauliflower). Boil the brine, pour over veggies, let cool, and refrigerate!

For 2 qts of mixed veggies pickles, I made the brine with 8 cloves of smashed garlic, 2 cups white vinegar, 4 cups water, 5 tsp salt, 2 tsp sugar, and 2 tsp of pickling spices.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

{harvest} Black Vernissage Tomatoes

I am so glad we decided to keep this black vernissage tomato plant after the freaky hailstorm that destroyed parts of our garden. This plant seems to have recovered well enough to not only ripen these few tomatoes, but also grow a couple more new ones.

Zach thinks this little tomato has won itself a place in our garden again for next year. It is a hardy plant that resisted blossom end rot and other forms of abuse. And best of all, these tomatoes taste as good as they look! We'll have to make ourselves some caprese salad for lunch tomorrow!

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