and Jean Anthelme Brillab-Savarin
Each measure 7.5 by 7.5 inches with lots of white space for framing. We'll be making prints of them available in a few weeks.
Part of me really wants to make a Rachel Ray manta ray, but I dunno. Gordon Ramsay is a natural choice... J-ewe-lia Child, Wolfgang Puck, Anthony Boardain, Madhur Giraffrey, Molly Catzen, Emeril LagAss, Graham Cur, Marten Yan -- these names aren't on the paintings or anything, just having fun. Maybe this pun explosion is turning you all off...
Other good things:
Something scrumptious West Seattleites get access to and maybe other neighborhoods -- The Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie coffee.
First, I love the packaging. Very elegant. How can you not want to sip Front Porch French? And although they don't have any illustrations on their label, they do have an E.B. White quote which is great:
"I arise in the morning torn between a desire to save the world and a desire to savor it... Which makes it hard to plan the day."
And we know from Kirby that E.B. was around town at some point. Vashon Island is a few minutes by ferry from my house. Betty MacDonald lived there and now the amazing Karen Cushman calls it home. Must be something in the coffee.
Below the coffee is a flat of strawberries that will be made into strawberry jam. I can't decide if I want to use Nigella's recipe or my Nana's. Nana does raspberry jam, not strawberry usually, so I'm not sure who the expert is on this occasion. Nigella puts balsamic in her jam which sounds exotic. I wonder what recipe Laini uses...
In other Nana News: My Nana's boyfriend is 84 today. She is baking him 84 cookies (neither of them is on the interweb, so I don't think I'm ruining any surprises.) I asked, "Really! You are making 84 cookies?" And she said, "Well, that's only 7 dozen." Oh Nana, you baking fiend you.
If I wasn't happily married, maybe I would be putting my profile on the Borders Happily Ever After dating site. But I mostly only read picture books and cookbooks so I guess I'd be set up with a five year old who knows his way around the kitchen?
Finally, for all of you that adore Holly Cupala as much as I do, Ben the Dubber has given her her official title which is lovely and silly.