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Pendant: Green, Gold, and Teal

Pendant: Green, Gold, and Teal

This was a pendant I created using some new techniques taught by Elena Marunich at an online polymer clay retreat I’m participating in. It’s 3 3/8″ tall by approximately 1.5″ wide. I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out, although, it is far from something I would normally make.I think next time I’ll try not… Continue Reading

Kevin’s Bean and Ham Soup

Kevin’s Bean and Ham Soup

INGREDIENTS 1 lb dry of Great Northern beans—(cooked) 3-4 quarts of stock (I use chicken for ham soup because I am a heathen) 2-3 lbs of smoked ham hocks or shanks 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning (I know, right?) 1/3 cup Sake (Not being pretentious, I was out of white wine and this was great.) 2… Continue Reading

Tiled In-Box

Tiled In-Box

I wanted an inbox for my desk, but couldn’t find anything that inspired me. A few months ago I started making unique clay tiles. All the base colors are the clay, but I did a lot of shading with translucent mica powders. Some tiles have inclusions of glass and swarovski crystals. I created a few… Continue Reading

Kevin’s Hot Smoked Chicken and Avocado Soup

Kevin’s Hot Smoked Chicken and Avocado Soup

Ingredients: 48 ounces chicken/bone broth (I like the bone) Salt to taste (For soups, I often salt with chicken base paste.) 1/2 cup white wine 1/4 cup olive oil 2 medium onions, roughly chopped 4 medium carrots, chopped 4 stalks of celery, chopped 3 avocados, cubed 2 large poblano peppers 3 chicken breasts, pounded flat chopped cilantro… Continue Reading

What’s Opera Doc?

What’s Opera Doc?

I loved Bugs Bunny as a kid and still do today. One of my favorite episodes is “What’s Opera Doc?” It features Bug’s Bunny being chased by Elmer Fudd through a parody of Richard Wagner’s 19th century operas.  It’s listed as one of the 50 greatest cartoons of all time. My absolute favorite part is… Continue Reading