Thursday, September 29, 2011

End of Summer Peach and Cardamom Pie

Stunning Cardamom Peach Pie shot by the talented Crystal Cartier.  For this bad boy I used a simple pastry crust and farmer's market peaches.  So easy and so freaking good.  Add whatever other stone fruit looks good, go crazy.  If the fruit is in season, you can't go wrong with this little baddy.

End of Summer Peach and Cardamom Pie

Simple Pastry Dough (I like this recipe)
1 vanilla bean
1/2 cup sugar plus a little extra for the crust
2 teaspoons cardamom
1 tablespoon butter
1 egg lightly beaten
5-8 ripe peaches, cut into 1 inch thick slices

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.  Combine sugar and vanilla bean in food processor and process until finely ground and incorporated.  Add cardamom and pulse to combine.  In a large bowl toss peach slices with sugar mixture.  Roll out pastry dough to a 12 inch round and transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet.  Place peaches in center of pastry round.  Fold up the edges of the pastry to contain the juices of the peaches.  Brush crust with egg and sprinkle with extra sugar. Dot exposed peaches with butter.  Bake 40 minutes or until dough is nicely browned and crisp.  Unbelievable served warm with vanilla ice cream.  

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Head in an Art Hole

So I've been off the grid for a loooong time.  Here's the deal:  I'm working on a big gallery installation with my Dad (which is awesome on many levels) that opens in December at Gallery KM in Santa Monica.  Because I still have to pay my rent and buy food to eat, my time has been split pretty evenly between working on killer food styling gigs and hunching over my living room table with this ultra nerdy magnifying head lamp on painting teeny tiny sculptures of food.  Husband, cats and blog all terribly neglected due to the demands of the muse.  I can't help it if my muse calls for chili dogs on the heads of pins and streaming Grey's Anatomy marathons.  She wants what she wants.  This is her by the way:

I know!  It's really weird that Madonna the kitchen goat is the all powerful force behind my art making mania, but you love who you love.  At any rate, I figured the least I could do is start sharing some of the results of all this hunkering down:

 Celibritard Halo 1

Trust me folks, these will make a lot more sense in the context of the installation, so clear your schedule December 10th for the opening.  In the mean time amuse yourselves trying to find your favorite itty bitty junk food item and pondering whether or not Derek will EVER be able to forgive Meredith for compromising the results of the Alzheimer's trial and make a go of starting a family with the African baby they kinda adopted.  
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