I'm very excited to introduce my new online print shop - Claudia True's Art Prints. Now you're able to purchase museum quality prints of your favorite art at affordable prices. You also may choose the size and the medium that the art is printed on - canvas, paper or metal (a very contemporary look). Pretty exciting, huh!
The art is divided into categories. This popular little dachshund is the cover for the collection of Holiday Art. Chinese New Year is February 16 - 2018 is the Year of the Dog!
With prints you can afford to change your art for the holidays! Of course this little fella could hang in your home all year long and make you happy.
"Year of the Dog" - Holiday Art
Why did I love this print store - and think you will, too?
Categories of art in Claudia True's art print store.
As I write this, I have 7 categories of art available:
"Potter's Goat" - Critter Club
Tomorrow I'm adding a new category - Faces. One of my art goals in 2018 is to learn to paint whimsical portraits.
If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you've seen some of these characters that I'm creating almost daily. I'm adding a few for prints. If you see one you like that's not included, please contact me and I'll add it.
It's SO fun and exciting to learn something new and to see how these faces will evolve!
"Abigail the Librarian" - Faces
I mentioned the fun Wall Preview feature of this online print shop. Here's the deal - in the ordering process, you select a print and can see how it looks at different sizes in different rooms. This really helps decide on a size - here's an example
Check out Claudia's online print store
It's a major accomplishment for me to set up this print store. I think you'll enjoy browsing the art and maybe you'll see something perfect for your home or office.
Tomorrow I'm sending an email with a Valentine's Day promotion - a 20% discount good for 3 days starting tomorrow. Wouldn't your loved one be surprised with a gift of art!
So head over to the the store and check it out - start your wish list.
Sharing with love and gratitude to my art collectors! Happy shopping -
p.s. my originals are on my website - www.claudiatrue.com Happy shopping there, too.
This blog is Day 6 of sharing art and recipes from my Cooking with Friends calendars. The recipes I've selected are those you might make during the holidays - one from each of the 10 years of calendars.
Cooking with Friends, 2014
What's a holiday party without chips and salsa? Our family doesn't think that's possible. Michelle Hooper has this fabulous salsa recipe that she brings to most gatherings at our home and she usually brings extra so we'll have some to enjoy later. I LOVE her salsa! The extra touch of roasting veggies gives it a special depth of flavors.
It's fun that MIchelle and our son-in-law Marc Hess have this little salsa competition going on. Marc's never shared his recipe with me which is okay because I prefer that he just make it! Both versions are truly extra special.
The painting is inspired by Mexican celebrations in S California where Michelle grew up and in S Texas where I spent my first 14 years. Always time for a Fiesta!
Cinco de Mayo by Claudia True
available in print
My Sister's Salsa by Michelle Hooper
Roast whole tomatoes, tomatillos, jalapeños, serrano and garlic on stop top until black and tomatoes are soft and ready to fall apart (about 20 minutes on high turning.) Cut the tops off all peppers. Add tablespoon of salt and pepper. Let cool in fridge overnight. Put in Ninja blender, add onion, cilantro, lime juice and another tablespoon of salt and pepper to taste. Blend and enjoy!
2014 is the only year we had a theme - "Appetizers and Desserts." Most of these recipes were new to me and many are now in my "favorite" file!
Happy Cooking and Happy Holidays!
Last December I shared my most requested recipe in a newsletter so people could make it over the holidays as I do. Oops! I need to make some changes!
Recently I made this dish and decided to really check on the directions. Every time I make it someone asks for the recipe and I've shared it many times over the years. It's one of those dishes that I call a "concoction" - my favorite way to cook because you just kind of throw in a little of this and some of that until it tastes just way you want it - delicious. I've definitely zeroed in on the way I make it - decided to see if it's anywhere near what I have in my recipe that was written probably 15+ years ago.
Yikes!! Either my taste buds have changed or I wrote Tbl instead of tsp for the chili powder or ??? I heard from many friends who said they were making my Pork Green Chili over the holidays - hope it tasted okay! And I hope they like spicy food. Luckily when I was trying out the recipe I decided to measure spices as I added them a little at a time, taste the chili and then add more if needed. I'm so glad! The basic recipe is the same but I've refined the amounts of the ingredients and I'm sharing with you here.
Pork Green Chili
Makes 10 - 12 servings
3 tablespoons peanut oil
3 (1-pound) pork center cut loin, cut into ¾-inch cubes
2 large onions, minced
6 garlic cloves, minced
6 (4-ounce) cans diced green chilies, mild
1 (15-ounce) can golden hominy, drained
2 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chilies, original (See note below)
6 cups chicken stock
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons dried ground thyme
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
Warm oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat on stovetop. Working in batches, brown pork on all sides and remove to a platter lined with paper toweling.
When finished with pork, add onion to pan and sauté until soft and translucent. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, but do not burn.
Drain and discard oil from pan and return pork to pan. Stir in chilies, hominy, tomatoes and chicken stock. Season with bay leaf, chili powder, cumin, thyme, cinnamon, salt and pepper and stir until well combined.
Bring to boil and reduce heat to low and simmer for at least 1hour or more. Before serving, skim excess oil off top and remove bay leaf.
Ladle chili into bowls and garnish with optional chopped onion, cilantro, lime wedges, grated cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese, and flour tortillas, hard rolls or tortilla chips.
Note: I use Rotel brand tomatoes with chilies and Gebhardt's chili powder. Use 2 cans Rotel for "hot," 1 can Rotel and 1 can diced tomatoes for "medium," and all regular diced tomatoes for "mild - i.e. boring."
This recipe was included in my very first art and food calendar, called The Art of Cooking calendar in 2009. The above painting was inspired by the recipe. I can just envision this being cooked in a rustic and wonky kitchen in Mexico! I'd love to be there!!
So if you cooked this recipe and thought it was a little heavy on the spices, you might try it again. Who knew I'd think that a chili should be a bit subtle! If I'm still cooking this in 5 years, I'll test the recipe to see if my tastes have changed again . . . .
NOTE: This chili was made in preparation for an article in the Kansas City Star on Wednesday, January 25. Here's a link to that article about this chili and my art! http://www.kansascity.com/living/food-drink/come-into-my-kitchen/article128181954.html
I'm an artist living in Kansas City with my hubby and cats. My passions: colorful paintings, yummy food, and sharing my love of art and cooking with others.