Blue Plate Special

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Here’s one last #doodlewashdinner for the road. This spring, we have been making our own chicken salad. While painting this I learned that it’s a little difficult to draw chicken salad and make it look appetizing, but let me assure you that this lemon-y, craisin pecan goodness is so fresh and perfect for a warm evening. Pair that with some warm, soft homemade pita bread and a bowl of fresh fruit, and you’ve got a perfect spring or summer dinner.

Congratulations to everyone who participated in #doodlewashdinner, and thank you to Charlie for the challenge! It has been so great seeing everyone’s beautiful meals this month!

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Blue Plate Special

Illustrated Recipe: Coq Au Vin

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Today’s contribution to our #doodlewashdinner brings you something special that I hope to keep doing: an illustrated recipe! This was a complete experiment and I am so pleased with how it turned out. Hopefully it is both decorative and informative (and hopefully you can read my handwriting!).

This is an essential French recipe that I’ve added to my repertoire in recent months, Coq Au Vin. I started out with this recipe from Food Wishes (apologies in advance for the innuendo) and have altered it a few times, experimenting trial-and-error style. It’s finally reached a place where there are consistently good results. It is so rich, decadent, and satisfying. If you try it, please let me know!

Illustrated Recipe: Coq Au Vin

Herbs for Mother’s Day

Not sure if this one counts for a #doodlewashdinner exactly, but I think fresh herbs are so important to cooking, so I’m gonna throw it in here. 🙂

This is a gift that my sister, my dad, and I put together for my mom for Mother’s Day. We love cooking together and using fresh herbs in our meals, so we thought we’d give her the beginnings of her very own herb garden!

Since I have the least green thumb in the family, I left my sister to pick out the actual plants (parsley, thyme, basil, sage, oregano, rosemary, and some beautiful flowers). My part of the plan was creating these little tags, inspired by the Thank You Herb Gifts Tutorial from A Night Owl. Hand lettering is still pretty new for me, so I’m excited to continue trying and improving that skill.

My mom really loved the finished product. I was so glad that we were able to create something special for such a wonderful lady. 🙂

Herbs for Mother’s Day

Stripey Strawberry Strainer

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Some days in life are tough. Really tough. Other days, you find yourself standing in front of your open kitchen window, with a nice breeze coming in, wearing a striped shirt and rinsing off a strainer full of beautiful strawberries. You’ve got to commemorate days like that, and a little watercolor painting is as good a way as any. 🙂

This one is a little simple, but this month Charlie and my pals in the Doodlewash community are organizing a #doodlewashdinner , dedicated to illustrating delicious food and drinks! I’ve been wanting to tackle some food illustrations for a while, so keep an eye open for some more meals during the month of May!

Stripey Strawberry Strainer