Friday, July 22, 2011

Art with Food

I love pretty, and it's no different with food. I'm on a Jenny Craig regime, which frankly has me very bored even though one is allowed to supplement with all the veggies one desires. Another reason I deviate from the diet is that I socialize with neighbors who gather at least once a week to drink cocktails or wine, and we also bring a nosh. And so I brought roasted red bell peppers garnished with Spanish green olives, green beans, a little bit of sundried tomato pesto, and drizzled with a bit of olive oil. Because I wanted to use up tomatoes in my pantry, I made a Caprese Salad (fresh mozzarella is probably not diet-friendly) sprinkled with fresh basil from the garden and again drizzled with a bit of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I had returned from Louisville, Kentucky the week before and wanted the ladies to try the bourbons--Four Roses Small Batch and Elmer T. Lee--that enthralled me during the Urban Bourbon Trail and to go with my dessert of Rainier Cherries. But back to my love of modern. I toted all on a lime green melamine tray from Crate and Barrel. Yes, I mix up artisanal with a little bit of corporate when I can.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


cre-ate [kree-eyt] -verb (used with object) 2. to evolve from one's own thought or imagination, as a work of art or an invention.

func-tion-al [fuhngk-shuh-nl] -adjective 3. having or serving a utilitarian purpose; capable of serving the purpose for which it was designed: functional architecture; a chair that is functional as well as decoratiive.

art [ahrt] -noun 1. the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance. 2. the class of objects subject to aesthetic criteria; works of art collectively, as paintings, sculptures, or drawings.