Monday, August 13, 2012

Back to my first love....WATERCOLORS!

Check out the link to an American Artist Watercolor article written a few years back.  It describes my approach and technique as well as motivation for the work!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Texas Slow Cooked Brisket

So it's been a REALLY long time since I posted a recipe, but I'm cooking again.  My favorite thing to do after a show is over (I still am painting for another show, but I MUST cook).  I have not tried this recipe and if it's a disaster I'll let you know.  It's supposed to be the closest to Rudy's brisket so we'll see!

Texas Slow-Cooked BBQ Brisket 

After you've given this brisket a quick sear on the grill, the oven does all the work. Sighs of pleasure usually accompany the first bites of this meltingly tender, juicy, slightly smoky beef. Serve it with or without a barbecue sauce. Leftovers, if there are any, make fine Texas-style hash studded with red and green peppers and potatoes or barbecue sandwiches.

2 supermarket briskets at 4 or 5 pounds each or a custom-cut "double brisket," 8 or 9 pounds, trimmed of excessive fat

Marinade (Quantities are generous. Halve the recipe if total brisket weight is less than 6 pounds):
1 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 cup red wine
1 can (14 ounces) beef broth
Few drops liquid smoke seasoning (if you wish to enhance the natural smoke and are not using a smoky barbecue sauce)
Juice from 2 limes
4 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped parsley
6 green onions, white and green parts, chopped
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 serrano chiles, stemmed and halved
1/4 cup barbecue sauce, such as Bulls Eye or a homemade sauce, recipe follows (optional)

For finishing:
Oil for searing
2 tablespoons barbecue sauce such as Bulls Eye or a homemade sauce
2 tablespoons butter at room temperature
Tender greens or watercress and red-leaf lettuce for garnish

Three days ahead of time, put the brisket, fat side up, in a large pan at least 2 inches deep or a heavy-duty plastic bag. Combine the marinade ingredients and pour over the brisket. Cover or seal tightly and marinate for 30 to 36 hours.

Preheat an outdoor grill. Remove the brisket from the marinade (reserve marinade) and rub with oil. Sear on the grill, fat side down, for 8 to 10 minutes. Turn and sear the opposite side for 8 to 10 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Lay out several overlapping sheets of heavy aluminum foil large enough to enclose the brisket completely. If you are using two briskets, lay one on top of the other. Pour about 1/2 cup of the marinade over the meat, then wrap securely in foil. Refrigerate the remaining marinade for another use within a week or freeze for longer storage. Put the brisket(s) in a roasting pan and place in the center of the oven. Roast, undisturbed, for 8 hours.

After 8 hours, remove the brisket. Let it stand 10 minutes, then pour off and reserve the juices. Cover the brisket lightly with foil to keep it warm. You may not wish to use all the juice. If you want a real barbecue sauce taste, stir in 1/4 cup barbecue sauce to taste and cook a few minutes more. If you prefer the natural juices to dominate, add 1/2 cup of reserved marinade to the juices and boil 10 to 20 minutes to reduce and thicken. Then whisk in the 2 tablespoons of barbecue sauce and 2 tablespoons soft butter. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 

Slice brisket diagonally across the grain about 1/3-inch thick. Arrange slices overlapping on a warm platter, with garnish of greens around edge. Moisten with juices. Pass additional juices. A 10-pound brisket, or two smaller ones totaling 10 pounds, serves about 16.

makes about 2 cups
  • 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (2 lemons)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp course black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large pot.  Simmer until slightly reduced.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Home Sweet Home!

What a great week in Sun Valley!  We painted at Trail Creek on Wednesday and Lake Creek on Thursday.  Friday was spent painting in the gallery and then a question/answer and demo with Lori McNee for a luncheon followed by the reception.  What a great time as usual!  This plein air event is so popular and has been for years.  We get to know the regulars that fly in from everywhere for this show, as well as the locals that have come to expect it the first week of August.  We never run out of beautiful places to paint and wonderful people to meet.  Especially nice this year was visiting with four different couples that had found me in Arizona and then came to see me in Sun Valley (Dee and Priscilla - thank you so very much for coming).  I feel honored that my work would touch someone enough for them to look for me in other places :)  And I cannot say enough wonderful things about my dear friends The Ulbrichs - without them, my painting and career would not be the same.  Amazing friends and clients and I am truly, thoroughly grateful!  Here are some highlights and paintings of the trip....