Sue Clancyvancouver, washington, US
Sue Clancy is a professional fine artist represented by multiple commercial art galleries. She has a regular habit of drawing the food, drink, dogs, cats and places she sees as she lives life in the Pacific Northwest. Sue illustrated an unconventional cookbook for Chef Kim Mahan titled "Kim Cooks Sue Draws". She writes and illustrates for Oregon Coast Magazine. She is also the author/illustrator of "Dogs by Sue Clancy" and other titles. You can see more about her life and work at www.sueclancy.com
Recipes By Sue Clancy
The Pacific Northwest (USA) is a very sociable place; gatherings with friends and family outdoors are common. Lawn games, hikes and other outdoor activities feature. Here's a dessert treat I often make for such events - a cool refreshing, though messy, treat to be enjoyed outside. One of our very young family friends calls "cantaloupes" - the melons - "antelopes" - which brings all kinds of wordplay to my mind. So I've playfully adjusted the melon spelling accordingly because "Antelopes and Ice Cream" is too.... well, never mind.
When fresh strawberries and blueberries are in season here in the Pacific Northwest "Sloppy Milkshakes" is our preferred quick and easy treat. What makes these milkshakes "sloppy" is that no blending (or use of a blending machine) is required. Sometimes I only cut up the biggest strawberries and leave most of the berries whole.
My wife and I went for a long hike in the woods on a below 40 degree day in the Pacific Northwest. We were cold when we got home. Before I shed my coat and scarf I began a pot of hot cocoa. Just after pouring the hot cocoa into mugs on the spur of the moment I added 1.5 oz Veil Double Espresso Vodka and whipped cream. I handed a mug to my wife confessing that I had been playing with ingredients again. She took a dubious sip. Oh nice! she exclaimed, adding; You can play with ingredients anytime especially when there's alcohol involved. Since she liked the drink so much and I enjoyed the bold contrast of the hot liquid with my cold-from-the-hike self I kept the recipe - and drew it here using vigorous lines and contrasting colors in an attempt to capture my feelings.
This easy bean soup pairs well with cornbread and barbecue as a side dish. Our family has several barbecue specialists so get-togethers often need side dishes that pair well with brisket, chicken or pulled pork. This soup is a hit - both the tequila version and the version with lime juice replacing the tequila. The soup is so simple to make it can be assembled at the gathering while people are arriving, hugging, talking and the dogs are barking and ...
This soup, a variation on "Dublin Coddle", I learned while working with an art gallery owner in Ireland - this is a standard stew/soup there for gatherings. Since my last name is Clancy, (Irish) I had to try this recipe at home. Well, after trying it once it's become my family's "go to" recipe for when we have lots of friends and family over for dinner. The longer this cooks the better it tastes so we can easily wait until everyone arrives whenever that may be. If more people are coming than previously expected I just add another potato and carrot to the soup and let it cook until ready to serve. It's a very adjustable soup. The dog character I drew here is a Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier a breed originating in Ireland.
Pasta in a garlicy-spicy-creamy sauce - just the thing to warm us up on a cold rainy Pacific Northwest evening. When we pick out a movie, put on our pajamas and cuddle along with the dog (and cat) on our couch, well, life doesn't get much better! Here's another favorite easy-quick-fix family recipe. And while we're confessing about indulgences: sometimes instead of a 4 oz can we'll put in a whole 8 oz can of roasted chilies! We serve this in large mugs with handles for easy eating during the movie.
Whenever my family has something to celebrate this recipe is part of the joy! For our family members who like extra lemon flavor we'll have slices of fresh lemon on the table to be squeezed over the steaming hot pasta with lemon sauce. Why the dog illustration? Well, I've met a Border Terrier named "Happy" and he's a nice visual metaphor for my feeling of delight at putting this pasta with lemon sauce on our table with a nice bottle of red wine!
Biscuit, our dog, loves to play ball. Consequently everything that is round is considered to be a ball. Including bread rolls. This tomato soup with ravioli is a quick-fix family favorite - and we always have it with round crusty rolls. We have them with butter. We dunk them in soup. We use them as aids to chase and capture the last ravioli bites. Biscuit licks his lips at the smell of the ravioli but his tail wags most as he watches all of the "balls" being passed around the table. So this soup has become known around our house as "Biscuit's Tomato Bisque"