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Cioppino (fish stew)

Ingredients 1/4 cup olive oil 6 cups seafood stock 1 red bell pepper diced 4 cloves garlic minced 1 8oz can tomato paste 1/4 cup lemon juice 2 bay leaves 1 TBSP dried oregano 1 1/2 to 2 Tbsp Red pepper flakes 1 Tbsp dried Basil 2 Tbsp sea salt 1 large can crushed tomatoes 1 1/2 cup dry white wine sprinkle of thyme 1 onion diced 3 shallots minced 1 fennel bulb thinly sliced 1 lb clams 1 lb mussels 1 lb large shrimp 1 dozen sea scallops sliced… Read more Cioppino (fish stew)

Charlie’s Fudge Pie

About 15 years ago, Charlie decided he liked to cook. He is a marvelous cook. This past year, he challenged himself to prepare Paleo cuisine changing the sugars, dairy and flours in his recipes. Our passions go well together. I like to make functional pottery to showcase his fabulous recipes. This is my latest pottery design ,my personal favorite that I am using for our new dinner set. So far, I only have one place setting complete. I found that grey was a difficult glaze to find. I spray on… Read more Charlie’s Fudge Pie

December Time to Paint Christmas Cards

In 1988, I began hand painting each card I sent out. The first card was a grist mill in Boone, N.C and I painted 4 cards. Now I am painting anywhere from 20 to 35 cards each year. Usually there is one design, but some years I have painted several different cards. Tomorrow I plan to finish up my 2019 cards.

Welcome to my new blog for ravinstudio

Every child is an artist. — Pablo Picasso In August I began a 15 week detour from my painting and potting. An opportunity came up to teach art in the elementary school. I taught kindergarten through fifth grade at Station Camp for almost 9 weeks. It was a wonderful experience, as my grandson was one of my students and my daughter helped in the classroom . During that time, I took the Art Content Praxis Exam to renew my teacher’s license Then I went to Westmoreland Elementary school for 6… Read more Welcome to my new blog for ravinstudio

Susan Brandt…Ravin’Studio

I have always loved handmade pottery ,collecting unique mugs at craft fairs and drooling over ceramic pieces that I could not afford. In 2010, I took a graduate ceramic class at Cumberland University and I was hooked in the creation process. I admit that I did not have any natural talent for the process and was probably the worst pupil that Susan DeMay ever taught. For about two years, I took classes at various pottery studios and in 2014 renovated our garage into my own pottery studio. I am at… Read more Susan Brandt…Ravin’Studio