Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Future Isn't What It Used to Be! Advertising Artwork from the 1950's + FOOD: Avocado with Spicy Sauce

The mom, daughter and dog (in their flying saucer),
 head home to be greeted by the father and son at the mid-century modern house.
ART
1950's Advertising Art
visualizes what the future
would be in the 1960's!


The ads predict modern highways would not require actual driving.

The life of leisure.
Press a button and the laundry is washed, 
dried and folded for you, while you go out and enjoy yourself!

A great Idea - a food truck!

Since cars and buses were not air conditioned, 
you could "lug around" your own portable air conditioning unit!

A "Curtain of Air" instead of a door for retail stores.
The only worry: Would the air blow sparks from all of the lit cigarettes coming inside?

Just think, you could us LP vinyl records to take messages from callers
when you were away from your dial phone, land-line! 

Mom could dial up a meal for her family, served already plated, via a conveyor belt.

Mono-Rails and magnetic hover Aero-Trains! Hummm, still sounds like a good idea!

An in-home automated Valet Laundry Service where suits come out on hangers!
(source: 1950's advertisements found on the web)

FOOD
Avocado appetizer
with a delicious
butter sauce



AVOCADO
Half two ripe avocados, remove pits, scoop out the green meat, intact.

Presentation:
On the serving plates, slice each half avocado in 1/4" slices and fan out. Finish with the Delicious Butter Sauce.

DELICIOUS BUTTER SAUCE
- 1/4th cup ketchup
- 1/4th cup Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4th cup sugar
- 1/4th cup butter

In a small saucepan combine all ingredients and stir over med-high heat (do not boil) until butter is melted and sugar has dissolved.

Spoon the warm sauce over the fan of avocados and serve immediately.

Very tasty, serves 4.

(Source: Marilyn Smith)

Until later,
Jack
ARTSnFOOD, is an online publication dedicated to "The Pursuit of Happiness through the Arts and Food." ™ All rights reserved for all content. Concept, Original Art, Original Text & "Original or Assigned Photography" are © Copyright 2014 Jack A. Atkinson under all International intellectual property and copyright laws. All photographs were taken and/or used with permission. Artworks © individual artists, fabricators, respective owners or assignees

Sunday, July 13, 2014

A Dale Chihuly Exhibition at The Clinton Presidential Library & Museum + FOOD: Cajun Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo

Dale Chihuly's "Red Reeds"
flank the entrance to the Clinton Presidential Center.

ART
Dale Chihuly's 
Exhibition 
at The Clinton 
Presidential 
Center

To help celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Clinton Presidential Center, in Little Rock, Arkansas, a wonderful exhibition by America's premier glass artist, Dale Chihuly, is currently being presented. It is being shown in rooms dedicated to changing exhibitions at President Clinton's Library and Museum. The exhibition will run until January 5, 2015. 

The Library and Museum house the archives and records of the Clinton Administration, the highlights of these archives are available to view on a self-guided tour. Also in this building is a Museum Store and an on-site restaurant, "Forty Two". The Clinton Presidential Center has other buildings nearby dedicated to President Clinton's ongoing work to improve our nation and to help underprivileged people around the world!

All glass works in this exhibition were designed by and their creation supervised by the artist, Dale Chihuly. They are currently installed in front of the Clinton Library and Museum and are displayed in several rooms and foyers inside the building. 

"I never met a color I didn't like." - Dale Chihuly



Dale Chihuly's "Mille Fiori" (detail) off of the main lobby, c.2008


The entire Clinton family enjoys
these beautiful works of art.
Above: Hillary, Chelsea and President Clinton
are shown in front of a 
large Chihuly assemblage at the White House.

















Above is an example of Dale Chihuly's expressive drawings.
His glass craftsmen work from these sketches to create the unique glass artworks!


















(SOURCE: All photos of the Chihuly Exhibit were taken by ARTSnFOOD staff at the Clinton Presidential Library, with permission. http://www.clintonlibrary.gov)

FOOD
Cajun Shrimp
Fettuccine Alfredo
Ingredients
8 ounces fettuccine or your favorite pasta
1 tablespoon butter
1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 tablespoon cajun seasoning
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 cup dry white wine or chicken broth
1 cup heavy/whipping cream
1 cup parmigiano reggiano (parmesan), grated
1/2 tablespoon cajun seasoning or to taste
1/4 cup green onion, sliced (optional)
Directions
1. Start cooking the pasta.
2. Melt the butter in a pan over medium-high heat, toss the shrimp in the cajun seasoning, add to pan and cook, about 2-3 minutes per side, and set aside.
3. Add the garlic to the pan and saute until fragrant, about a 30 seconds.
4. Deglaze the pan with the wine, add the heavy cream, parmesan and cajun seasoning and cook until it thickens a bit, about 3-5 minutes.
5. Toss the pasta in with the alfredo sauce along with the shrimp and serve garnished with green onions. 
(Recipe courtesy: http://bit.ly/1dMUbdH)

Until later,
Jack
ARTSnFOOD, is an online publication dedicated to "The Pursuit of Happiness through the Arts and Food." ™ All rights reserved for all content. Concept, Original Art, Original Text & "Original or Assigned Photography" are © Copyright 2014 Jack A. Atkinson under all International intellectual property and copyright laws. All photographs were taken and/or used with permission. Artworks © individual artists, fabricators, respective owners or assignees

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The Big Easy - New Orleans - a Photo Essay

Jackson Square is the spiritual center of the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The square was designed after the famous 17th-century Place des Vosges in ParisFrance
by the landscape architect Louis H. Pilié and is roughly the size of a city block
ART
New Orleans 
A Photo Essay
By Jack A. Atkinson

It's time for summer vacation! In the US, New Orleans, Louisiana is the perfect destination. If you enjoy the exotic and also love food and music, "The Big Easy" is your kind of place.


The "most excellent" Cabildo was the seat of the first (Spanish) colonial government in the area. This structure was built between 1795 and 1799 to replace the Cabildo that burned in the  great fire of 1794. In one of the rooms of this building, the Louisiana Purchase was signed in 1803, nearly doubling the size of the United States.

The Cabildo's breezeway entrance.

Across from Jackson Square, Café du Monde has been serving French chicory café au lait and Beignets (French doughnuts) topped with confectioner's sugar since 1862.

Café du Monde serves thousands daily.

Café du Monde servers filling mugs with strong coffee and warm milk.

Across from Café du Monde, an example of New Orleans style architecture
in the French Quarter.

Central Grocery is the home of the original New Orleans' Muffuletta Sandwich.
This deli is located just down the street from Café du Monde.

A wedding party dances down Chartre Street.


The French Quarter, also known as the Vieux Carré,
is the highest ground and the oldest 
neighborhood in the city of New Orleans.

The Natchez is a steampowerd paddle boat offering daily cruises up and down
the Mississippi River, departing from the French Quarter.
(photo: wikipedea) 
A print of the Natchez
steamboat
available on board.
The flag leading the way on the bow of the Natchez.

The steam-powered paddle wheel on the stern
propels the riverboat forward.

On The Natchez's a jazz trio performs during dinner service.

The Creole Queen, another paddle boat offering bayou and swamp tours down the Mississippi.

Place d'Arms Hotel on St. Ann Street, 
is one of many wonderful hotels in the Vieux Carré.

A quintessential New Orleans courtyard
is the centerpiece of the Place d'Arms Hotel.

The charm of St. Ann Street at night. Humidity is high in New Orleans
and rain is always a possibility.

St. Ann Street ends at Jackson Square.

Dixieland Jazz can be heard on many streets in the quarter.
Above: Street musicians play Jazz in Jackson Square with eyes closed and 
souls firmly embedded in their music. 
Music is the heartbeat of New Orleans.
Preservation Hall was established in 1961 to preserve, perpetuate, and protect 
one of America’s truest art forms, traditional New Orleans Jazz

A street musician entertaining the crowd on Royal Street!

Tap dancing near Jackson Sq. for tips
using smashed drink cans nailed to their tennis shoes,
plus all of these dancers
have perfected a very unique loud hand clap!

A younger set of New Orleans street musicians.

A Zydeco band performs in a club on Bourbon Street. Zydeco blends Creole two stepblues and rhythm and blues music together, a washboard and accordion are the basic instruments.
Neon invites tourists to indulge.

Bourbon Street gets rowdy
every night, until dawn!

The name Bourbon Street implies drinking!

A New Orleans pigeon forages for treats dropped by tourists.
Shopping is one of the biggest and 
most pleasant experiences offered by the French Quarter.

Window shopping at the toy store.

Window shopping at the toy store.

Window shopping at an antiques store.
Antique stores, art galleries and 
Creole Cooking specialty shops
are prolific in "The Quarter".

Window shopping at book store.
Mardi Gras decorations are available year round.

Much of "The Quarter" is dedicated to
"Ghosts", "Haunted Tours" and "Voodoo Dolls".

Mardi Gras Bead shops abound.

A display of a Wild Tchoupitoulas
Mardi Gras Indian outfit.
These wild feathered and beaded outfits
are worn during Mardi Gras.

The famous St. Charles Streetcar.

1885 map of New Orleans, a lithographic print by Currier and Ives.

FOOD

The Camellia Grill, a longtime favorite diner. 
Working the "Z" at the Camellia Grill.


Camellia Grill's catfish poboy.

Tableau Restaurant on St. Peter Street at Jackson Square in "The Quarter".

Turtle Soup at Tableau.

Shrimp Remoulade with crab at Tableau.

Fried Oysters in Creole Sauce with crispy parsley at Tableau.
Potatoes Tableau (at Tableau).



Redfish at Tableau.

Commander's Palace is located in the Garden District.


BBQ Shrimp at Commander's Palace.
The interior at Commander's Palace.


A Signature Dish, Bread Pudding Souffle
at Commander's Palace.

Pecan pie a-la-mode at Commander's Palace.



Next to Place d'Arms Hotel is Muriel's Restaurant.

On the upper floor of Muriel's Restaurant there is a seance room.
Tomato and strawberry crepe at Muriel's.


(All photos taken or used with permission, original photos © Copyright Jack A. Atkinson 2014)

Until later,
Jack
ARTSnFOOD, is an online publication dedicated to "The Pursuit of Happiness through the Arts and Food." ™ All rights reserved for all content. Concept, Original Art, Original Text & "Original or Assigned Photography" are © Copyright 2014 Jack A. Atkinson under all International intellectual property and copyright laws. All photographs were taken and/or used with permission. Artworks © individual artists, fabricators, respective owners or assignees.