Sunday, May 30, 2010

Such A Busy Time!

So much has happened since my last post 2 weeks ago. I've been out painting with my friend Heidi, went to NYC to hear the Dalai Lama at Radio City Music Hall, came home to an explosion of lupines and iris in my front cottage garden, finished my syllabus and researched textbooks for my summer drawing course at Granite State College and got my garden planted!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Rhubarb - "Spring Tonic"

My mother makes rhubarb sauce and considers it spring tonic. She used to make rhubarb jam, which called for a box of strawberry Jello! I like to make rhubarb chutney, which is a great condiment with curries, as it cools down the heat. It's also good with cream cheese on crackers.
My favorite new rhubarb recipe is a torte, which I made from my frozen rhubarb. It was a hit at a couple of dinner parties we had last summer. It's a nice alternative to my standard rhubarb crisp, which I've made for many potlucks. Here it is:


Combine 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup soft butter and 1/3 cup confectioner's sugar; press into a 9" pan with high sides and bake at 350 for 15 minutes. While the crust is in the oven, beat 3 eggs with 1 1/4 cups of sugar for 5 minutes till fluffy; stir in 1/4 cup of flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 1 teaspooon vanilla and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Fold in 2 cups of rhubarb cut in 1/2" dice. Pour over crust and bake for 40 minutes at 350. Bon appetit!

Friday, May 14, 2010

A Beautiful Spring Day in New Hampshire

Yesterday was the perfect day! Blue skies, sunshine - a day to open all the windows and hang laundry out. The cats had fun in their big kitty prison yard - we fenced in our garden 6 feet high with a mesh overhang to keep other critters out and keep our cats in. They can observe the world, pounce after grasshoppers and be safe.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Meditations on Nature

I will be teaching a workshop - Meditations on Nature - this Saturday, May 15 from 9-12 at Littleton Studio School.

Saturday, May 1, 2010


Congratulations to Natalie, Marilinne and McKenzie Jean! I will be sending out your art prizes soon.