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This memory goes back to 1979 when my aunt and uncle were married in northern Michigan during that magical week between Christmas and New Year's. She was beautiful and wore a simple white dress; instead of flowers, her hands were concealed in a white fake fur muff. He was so handsome in a dark green velour tux. I don't remember if there was a cake, but there was a desert table, on which the bride had made a wreath constructed of leaf-shaped cutout cookies. I took the liberty of adding wedding bell cookies.
Fave Memory: Every fall, my parents would take our family to Patterson's Fruit Farm. It became a family tradition for us (like for so many families in Northeast Ohio). And now I happily continue this tradition with my children. Fall = Patterson's, apple picking, waiting in line for apple fritters & pie and buying cider to enjoy at home! Everything about it makes me smile :) Highly recommend for fall fun and lasting memories.
Fave Memory (actually two)!
1. When I was little, our Italian grandparents came to visit for a week every August. Each time, Nonnie brought a HUGE tin filled with biscotti and pizzelles. Because this annual treat was just so special, we all individually snuck into the tin to steal "just one". And yet we were collectively surprised when the HUGE tin was empty after only a couple of days!
2. As a youngster, dad was served soup with every meal. We regularly make the cappalletti at holidays, but the pasta fagioli somehow fell by the wayside. My sister painstakingly recreated all of the nuances of Nonnie's recipe. I rarely saw strong emotion from my dad, but he was simply overcome when he tasted my sister's soup, exclaiming that he never thought he'd taste that flavor again. Good work, Sister!
Our pets have always been our muses, but it was my sister who suggested that we make Zinger (older Golden Retriever) and Officer Mike (Mini Schnauzer) cutout cookies, though our dog pack has grown since that day. For the outlines, we used both the "trace around an image" strategy as well as the "fashion a permanent cookie cutter from hardware" method. Each method worked equally well. But our biggest discovery was that black frosting is quite inedible - yuck!
NEW ILLUSTRATION SERIES ALERT! Get ready for some bread. Actually, all the bread. Why bread? Why now? I’ve been waiting to fully dive into this idea, partially because of procrastination, and partially because I wanted to wait until Adobe Fresco came out so I could get my hands on that sweeeet live digital watercolor. Now that the new program is out and my procrastination can’t last any longer, I am here committing myself to illustrating probably way too many carbs. The parameters around the term “bread” is kind of loose. (I went to wikipedia and picked out 20+ different variations, along with some others that may not be thought of as bread.) So, why bread? Why now? Well, I’m pretty sure everybody’s favorite part of a meal is bread. If it’s not, you might be some sort of monster. Anyways, food has become something that I am really passionate about and I also want to continue growing as an illustrator. So, I am going to mash the two together. FOOD ILLUSTRATION BABY! While I know that this isn’t a new concept, I am hoping that by combining two passions, it will allow me to play around and maybe find a style that is completely my own, or maybe even let me break into the food illustration biz. This series is a chance for me to explore color, shape, texture, and patterns. Is there a better place to start a meal with some bread? Nah, man. Bread is where you always start. So, here I am, starting my illustration journey with a ton of bread, like a good meal. Today I am presenting you with a classic: the baguette. Crusty, chewy outside and a soft fluffy inside. Made famous by the French and then Panera. Goes well with dang near everything, but mostly great at sopping up soup or that little bit of leftover sauce.
I really like this new Challenge Theme. In fact, I'm doing the similar project this year. From JAN. to now I have finished 11 art works about "SPECIAL FOOD FOR ME". i combine the style of food receipt but not real receipt to express my food stories.
The " Braised pork " is very important for me, it's a very traditional Chinese home cooking. Every family has their own recipe, but the same thing is the taste means home . When we back home from far away, our parents always cook the braised pork for us, my father is also. My father is a chef, since he passed away, I never have a same one like his. It's a memory for me. This is my story of " Braised pork ".
I shared the Chinese zongzi for Dragon Boat Festival and Lotus pastry. All of these are my hometown taste.
" Fave Memory"