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Mother's Chicken and Dumplings

Art Projects this month I have been working on an acrylic painting 30″ x40″ of a bear to go over our fireplace for about a month. I will share a beginning photo. I have been working on this on Tuesdays when I go to the Old Hickory Art Center and it has changed since this photo. Unfortunately, the bear is in isolation at the art center and it may be months before I get back to it.

Chocolate Fudge

Easy Fudge Recipe Ingredients 3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 (14 ounce) can of sweetened condensed milk 2 tablespoons butter 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional) Line an 8-inch baking dish with parchment paper, leaving and overhang for easy removal. Set aside. Add the chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and butter to a large saucepan and place over medium heat. Stir continuously until the chocolate chips are fully melted and the mixture is smooth. Remove from the heat and scoop the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Spread around… Read more Chocolate Fudge

Banana Bread

2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup butter 3/4 cup brown sugar 2 eggs, beaten 2 1/3 cups mashed overripe bananas Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9 X 5 inch loaf pan In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended.Stir banana mixture into the flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Bake in preheated… Read more Banana Bread

Fried Avocado/Paleo Ranch Dressing

One of our favorite restaurants is Mas Tacos on Mcferrin Street in East Nashville. I usually order the tortilla soup, but last week I was intrigued with the menu item ” fried avocado taco” and was not disappointed. This is the way that Charlie cooks; he tasted my taco and analyzed it as to the ingredients and later researched how to fry avocados. Finally, he puts together what he read about online with his experience with cooking and experiments. His first attempt at fried avocados was definatly a winner. He… Read more Fried Avocado/Paleo Ranch Dressing

Broccoli Salad

After eating all the sweets during the Christmas holidays, it is nice to get back to healthier food. This is Kathy Boitnott’s recipe that Charlie made today. Basically it is a vegetable salad that you can add your favorite vegetables. Also, you could vary the amounts of any vegetable. Here are the ingredients: Dressing is: 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/4 cup honey, salt and pepper to taste. These are approximate measurements, so you will want to taste as you prepare the dressing to… Read more Broccoli Salad

Fried Cauliflower

The dish is a hand built tray I completed in one of my pottery classes at Mid-South Ceramics. I used a large rubber leaf to indent the design, as well as other texture tools on the rim. I call it a sushi tray, but it worked well for Charlie’s califlower. INGREDIENTS: INGREDIENTS 1 head of cauliflower 2 eggs stirred with fork Plain Panko Bread Crumbs Vegetable oil Olive oil Salt and Pepper Sweet Chili Sauce (Panda Express Brand) Wash cauliflower and separate into bite size florets. Toss in olive oil… Read more Fried Cauliflower

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

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