Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Art & Soup



We were so honored to have Eleni and Roman depicted by artist, Ellen Heck. Her work is thoughtful, provocative and just plan pretty. She can correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe this print is an example of a multiple-plate combination of drypoint and aquatint on copper over woodcut. Here are others made in a similar fashion as part of an ongoing series. In addition to her prints, and works on paper, I particularly love her canvas collection called Sleepers. The way she depicts the blankets and quilts over the figures makes the paintings become more than portrait but also very modern and abstract-but no less tender. Love. Anyway- I was particularly thrilled (not as thrilled as Eleni) to receive the first edition of 10 prints as a gift from the artist. Thank you Ellen!

Since we have yet another snowday today I'm in the mood for soup again. So I thought I would share my Creamy Tomato Chicken Chowder recipe with you! Sorry no pictures of the process because its not quite kitchen time for me yet, still in the studio! But the recipe and cooking is pretty simple so I'm sure you'll get it right without visual cues. I believe in you and your soup making abilities. When I start mine later today I'll be making it without chicken because we've already begun Lent. I'll point out the meatless variations for you as the recipe goes. Here we go:

Ingredients:
*olive oil to coat pan bottom
*1 medium yellow onion chopped
*1 yellow bell pepper chopped
*1 whole bulb of garlic chopped
*1.5-2 lbs chopped skinless chicken breast
(omit for vegetarian or substitute with clams, shrimp)
*8-10 small red potatoes cut in quarters
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*1 32-oz box of Imagine Creamy Tomato Soup
*1 32-oz box of chicken broth
(substitute with vegetable broth for vegetarian)
*1/2 cup white wine (I know its Lent but the alcohol cooks out....sooo....ahem)
*2 cups frozen yellow corn
*1 cup sliced fresh white button mushrooms
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All spices are to taste, but at least 1 tsp of each:
*kosher salt
*black pepper
*red pepper flakes
*cumin
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*1/2 cup cream cheese
*1/2 cup shredded Mexican cheese

Directions:
*Combine all ingredients in first section and cook in a dutch oven over medium-low heat until the chicken is just cooked through or if you are making the vegetarian version until the potatoes get a little tender.
*Add all ingredients from the second section and let the soup stew for a while-about an hour or so, adding the spices (third section) and tasting till yer happy.
*Once you're about to serve the soup add in the cheeses, whisking to smooth if necessary. I also made a small amount of flour rue to thicken just a bit as well. It makes the soup very velvety and delicious!

I hope I'm not forgetting something- this is the first time I've ever written it down-- but I did remember the wine and cheese so it has to be good.

Have yummy fun~ xo,Anna

90 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous painting, it is so beautiful.

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  2. Goodness, that print is stunning. I wish I had a piece of art depicting my children - what a treasure!

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  3. "*1/2 white wine (I know its Lent but the alcohol cooks out....sooo....ahem)"

    What a great recipe! 1/2 white wine! I'll presume that means bottle, since measurement not provided. How I love impressionist recipes! Leaves much to one's own filling in the blanks! ;-)

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  4. oops- Susan- I fixed it, its half a CUP!!! or so...
    ;-P

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  5. Love the portrait. Just beautiful. Thanks for the recipe!

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  6. Mmmmmm, I think you just gave me dinner. Thank you!

    That is a sweet painting.

    http://debajounboton.typepad.com/blog/

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  7. o my gosh, what a beautiful print. she is a fantastic artist.

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  8. Gorgeous!!! At first, I thought perhaps your oldest daughter, Julianna, I believe?, had produced that wonderful piece of art. It's truly breathtaking. :)
    Thanks for sharing!
    xo Jenny

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  9. That portrait is beautiful and I think I can smell the soup from here.
    Why did they cancel school today? We've been out and it seems kind of ridiculous! Now we have to tack another day onto the end of the school year... boo.

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  10. What a beautiful piece of art...and what a wonderful keepsake.

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  11. Thanks also for posting this recipe. I kind of wanted to ask for it, but thought that might be a little obnoxious. It sounds delicious!

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  12. Gorgeous. Just gorgeous. This print just takes my breath away.

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  13. That print is so beautiful! And it really looks like Eleni but still has a dream like quality, gorgeous!x

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  14. Love the artwork - it's just fascinating! The recipe is great, too!

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  15. Yummy, yummy, both the print and the recipe. Thank you for sharing!

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  16. the print is gorgeous. what a precious memory, recorded. the style and colours reminds me of the artist Carl larson. x

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  17. Oh man, I am SO EXCITED that you posted this recipe! When you first mentioned all those meals a few posts ago, this was the one that I most wanted to know how to make!!

    Beautiful picture, it really does look like Eleni!

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  18. That is one gorgeous print. I was a printmaking major way back when, and so I know how hard something like that is to edition. Sounds like you are correct in thinking it is a combination of aquatint, drypoint, and I maybe see some woodcut in there! Hard to tell on a computer.
    Reminds me of Mary Cassatt.
    Thanks for the soup recipe, too.

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  19. Oh, that picture is just lovely. Enjoy your snow!

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  20. Tender is the right word. And beautiful. I loe all the layers and the little linear aspects. So beautiful.

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  21. I really think that is one of the most spectacularly paintings I have ever seen. It has echoes of both Mary Cassatt and Carl Larsson both of whose Art I adore. How lucky you are to own such a piece of beauty.

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  22. "So beautiful!"
    The color is gorgeous, the little hands and feet, exquisite.

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  23. goodness. her work is evocative of Cassatt's. More beautiful, actually, since it's of two of your loves.

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  24. The painting is really ...
    Beyond word.
    >.<

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  25. That is truly beautiful AMH ! Enjoy your snow day, its just cold and wet here in Tallahassee.

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  26. Thanks, Anna Maria, for featuring the print. It's fun to be able to share it with so many people. And yes, you and Jennifer are correct, the piece is made from two copper plates (one drypoint, one aquatint) and two woodcuts (one green and one yellow).

    Now, I'm off to add Creamy Tomato Chicken Chowder to my repertoire of warming winter soups. (We're not nearly as icy as you East Coasters right now in the Bay Area, but come summer, we'll definitely need something to break the chill!)

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  27. Anna Maria, Ellen, thank you so much for sharing. It all brought tears to my eyes, and I'm not even PMSing!

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  28. It's beautiful, but even more special for who it depicts. You are lucky!

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  29. I just can't wait to make this soup,,,,,it sounds so dreamy!

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  30. I've been really into making soup these days so thanks for this! it looks delicious.

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  31. Annie C.9:54 AM

    I'm with Arabella -- definitely Carl Larsson and Marie Cassatt. Beautiful Ellen! And beautiful Eleni and Roman! Thank you for sharing the pic and the soup recipe both, Anna Maria. You made my day happy!

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  32. Really great. I like colors and patterns !

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  33. Her work is just so gorgeous!! I'm inspired now. I found it interesting that her SLEEPERS series is actually just like a friend of mine's, Matthew Cherry, who used to teach and show in Chicago. I wonder if his work of his own sleeping children inspired her paintings as it was in New American Paintings magazine. I think I love her watercolor more because there's such a quiet beauty to it. And that print is totally AMAZING!!!

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  34. That soup sounds so yummy! And today's a good day to make soup, we're getting pounded with snow right now :) Thanks!

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  35. Thanks for sharing the recipe! I made it for dinner last night along with homemade bread. It was a hit! And thank you for the introduction to Ellen Heck. Love it.

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  36. PS: For any vegetarians who try this recipe, Quorn imitation chicken breast substitutes beautifully! I sauteed it separately and added it toward the end. Yum!!

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  37. being liturgically inclined, I am SO curious (though it may be none of my business!)- you've already begun Lent? Will you celebrate an early Easter, as well?

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  38. i absolutely LOVE the piece by Ellen! I love her work - thanks for sharing :)

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  39. Love the print, Ellen. Thanks for sharing, Anna Maria. Ellen's work is so beautifully unique!

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  40. Wish I could commission a painting like that, too, but I did copy and make the soup! It was a big hit in our house, which is really saying something these days as our teens are going through a picky/moody phase. Just had some leftover for lunch, even better the next day! THANKS!

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  41. That painting is just one of the most precious (and unique!) I've ever seen! Couldn't love it more!

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  42. Charlene10:51 AM

    What a lovely piece of art! Thanks so much for the soup recipe! We too in NC received a bit of snow last night and are having another wonderful snowed in day! I am ready for the winter thaw but isn't there just something peaceful and renewing about a snowy day? Happy Valentine's day to you all!

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  43. What beautiful colors, and what adorable subject matter. Lucky, lucky you to own the original now! :D

    (Re the soup..we don't do alcohol at all for religious reasons, and my sister was just telling me that the myth of alcohol cooking out is just that, a myth. :( Only a little bit actually makes it out, and she was telling me the percentages...ugh.)

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  44. Do you really mean a whole head of garlic as in about 20 cloves?

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  45. yes- at least 10-12 cloves -yum!

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  46. Anonymous9:18 PM

    I am from Australia, can you tell me what Mexican Cheese is or suggest an equivalent??

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  47. Randi Nervig1:56 PM

    I just made your soup - with a few variations. I'm not much of a tomato soup kind of person so I substituted some creamy curry and ginger-squash instead. And I realized after making it that, um, you are cooking for a family of 6 and I am only 1, so my batch will last for more than a week. Good thing I like it! Thanks for the recipe.

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  48. Thanks for the recipe! Just wanted to say that I made the soup and it was delicious! I added black beans too. My kids loved it! I will definitely make it again!

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  49. Australia, something like a mix of cheddar, monterey jack, etc. xo,Anna

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  50. Anonymous3:23 PM

    Lately, during this very harsh winter, I've been making a batch of soup every sunday, and packing it for my lunch everyday during the week. I made this one today, SO DELICIOUS!! Got a little worried when you mentioned a roux, as that's a little too gourmond for me, but turned out fine without it! Thanks for the fantastic recipe!
    -EK

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