Illustrated Recipe: Lemon-Basil Pasta!


It was a little while in coming, but I have another illustrated recipe that I am so excited to share with you today: a slightly modified version of Ree Drummond’s Lemon Basil Pasta recipe!

I love pasta. If I could only cook one thing for the rest of my life, it would be pasta. It makes me weak with giddiness just thinking about it. But in the heat of the summer, a pasta habit can be a little difficult to maintain. That’s where this recipe comes in handy. I’ve made it a few times now, making a couple tiny tweaks each time, and it always tastes so fresh and light. The sauce is delightfully creamy, but the zing of the lemon and basil keeps it from being too heavy for a summer evening. Absolutely beautiful.

This recipe is also useful because it uses so much fresh basil, which we happen to have in abundance right now. Back in May, I mentioned that we had gotten some herb plants for my mom on Mother’s Day. We were a little worried that they wouldn’t survive long, but we shouldn’t have fretted… they have TAKEN OVER. So if you have a go-to recipe that requires a large amount of fresh herbs, please let me know. 🙂

Join me in celebrating the medium of watercolor and promoting arts education by checking out and tagging your watercolor art with #WorldWatercolorMonth during the month of July!

Blue Plate Special


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!

Illustrated Recipe: Coq Au Vin


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!

Stripey Strawberry Strainer


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!