Saturday, February 28, 2009

CD Cover 5 and Chicken Pot Pie

Here, finally, we have a cover that doesn't feature people. The red I painted over the previous three versions of this square looked like the rooster's comb and wattles. I'm surprised at how fierce looking he is. Some of the remaining squares have now got four coats of paint, as I continue to quest for images in them. Four to go. This one is all acrylics.

Today for dinner I made a chicken pot pie. I don't make it with gravy and so on... I start with frozen chopped chicken (I get rotisserie chickens at Costco and cut them up and freeze them for ease of use). Then I made a sauce of white wine, lemon juice and butter. ("Cook with wine - put some in the food, too.") I added a can of cream of celery soup (Campbell's, of course), a cup of cooked, chopped broccoli florets, some garlic, some ricotta cheese, a generous pinch of sage, a dash of onion powder, and baked it in a crust.

Dearest saw the design I cut in it and said it was two canoes pulled up to a dock, and a Mickey Mouse balloon about to float away. Then she gave me her wicked tease smile. Daughter baked Tollhouse cookies from scratch - a staple in this house. We are hardly ever without them. For last night she baked dinner rolls that were beautiful to look at, as buttery as brioche, and as light as croissants. It's good to live here.

13 comments:

Linda S. Socha said...

Wonderful idea! Sounds delicious!
Aren'e kids great?
Linda

Phoenix Berries said...

OMG! It's Alanis Morissette singing "You Oughta Know"!

Cookies sound like such a good idea right now. Sigh. But we're off overt sugar for Lent.

Genie Sea said...

Thank you for inviting us to dinner at your magical household. I feel warm and full. :)

The rooster is delightful :)

Alex said...

Obviously, it's a sad face. and it's sad because someone just slapped it. (you can see the hand print on the right side.)

Lisa said...

I can smell chocolate chip cookies now.

I LOVE the rooster painting. But how does he feel about chicken pot pie,hmmmm?

redchair said...

You're too funny: Paint a picture of a chicken then make chicken pot pie for dinner.

He's a mighty rooster for sure and seems about to make a comment about the chicken pot pie himself.

Nice work Steve.
Vikki

redchair said...

You're too funny: Paint a picture of a chicken then make chicken pot pie for dinner.

He's a mighty rooster for sure and seems about to make a comment about the chicken pot pie himself.

Nice work Steve.
Vikki

Odd Chick said...

This is fantastic- he transfers his confidence and power- I think he would make an awesome large painting!!

Steve Emery said...

Lisa S - Yep - ours sure are.

Summer - I laughed hard at the Alanis Morissette reference!

Genie - I have a feeling we'd enjoy your company at dinner.

Alex - ROFLMAO - I could not stop laughing. I hadn't seen the pie that way at all.

Lisa - So are you watching these making up your mind? And I hadn't thought even a little about the rooster and the pie!

Vikki - I can't believe I put these together and made no mental connection! I recall a rooster (a bantam) a friend of mine owned, which would routinely fly at my head, spurs out. I did picture him plucked and fried - he was mean mean mean.

Odd Chick - I thought how odd that he was so small - though he's actually about life size, now that I think of it...

Lisa said...

I am watching and I can tell you it won't be easy to choose!

linda said...

this is a fabulous rooster but then to put him in a pie?! ;) only 4 to go? you must be getting a bit fried doing these but they are all turning out wonderfully! I wondered if they are all acrylics?

and cookies too? you do eat well at your house.

Steve Emery said...

Lisa - I am looking forward to seeing which one you choose.

Linda - So far three watercolor and two acrylics. The remaining are one watercolor (but I can't promise it will stay that way) and three that are already several coats of acrylic deep, as I keep rolling the dice on them.

Pagan Sphinx said...

How did I miss this??? I'm so excited I can hardly contain myself!
I love him - your rooster. I love roosters. I have memories of roosters and hens and chicks from my childhood; I think that's why. And chicken pot pie is about my favorite American dish. What a delightful design you made on top of it, too. It's a work of art itself.

Hug,
Gina