21 February 2011

15 February 2011

"A person’s life purpose is nothing more than to rediscover, through the detours of art, or love, or passionate work, those one or two images in the presence of which his heart first opened." Albert Camus

14 February 2011

Michael's [Cheryl's] Spicy Mac & Cheese

This is Cheryl's amazingly delicious mac & cheese recipe

3 cups cooked elbow macaroni
6 Tbsp butter
1/4 C finely chopped onion
4 Tbsp flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
4 C milk
4 C cubed American Cheese

Cook macaroni and meanwhile in saucepan melt butter and cook onion until tender add flour and whisk in milk cook and stir until thick and bubbly. Add cubed cheese and stir until melted. Combine sauce and macaroni and turn into casserole. Cook at 350 for about 30 minutes.

NOW, this makes an enormous amount of mac and cheese, so for two people eating, I cut this in half. Once the cheese is perfectly creamy, throw in a tablespoon or so of red pepper flakes, a dash of Old Bay and a shake or three of hot sauce. One small jalapeno, finely chopped, or a half cup homemade pico de gallo (cooked in during the butter and onion phase) might also be good! I don't eat spicy things all that much (and I like this mac and cheese just fine without it being spicy) SO, I don't know exactly where this falls on the spicy scale. If you're a spicy food eater, you'll know how much to put in or not put in. As for the crumb topping (also something I prefer not to have) I mixed bread crumbs with more red pepper flakes and Old Bay. Bake for 25 minutes, covered. Uncover, crisp topping for the last 5 minutes!! :)

According to Michael, "This is how mac & cheese should taste."

Try this recipe, I promise, you wont be sorry.

small drawings from December and January

sculpture and large drawings

ice storm, January 2011

Needless to say, I didn't go to Philly the day after this horrific storm....

My lovely road

I didn't tilt the camera. These icicles formed like that!

The back yard sounded like rice crispies, with all the cracking ice.

Spring is SO close, guys...