As Bob Burridge says, “She’s the best!” That’s Margaret Dyer, who was here teaching a 3-day workshop in pastel figures. Always a popular class, this year was no different. A great bunch of students and a fine couple of models.
If you missed this year, Margaret will be back with us again next year in March.
Outside the studio there was also a bit of color on nature’s palette – the tulips are just starting to bloom and with the recent rains and warm weather everything is getting really green!
This is one of the new hit dishes at the workshop this year. The first time we served it we actually had several people request a second bowl instead of the rack of lamb being served as the main course! (The rack of lamb with the pesto and breadcrumb crust is another of the favorite recipes.) We’ve already had so many requests for the recipe, we decided to post it right away.
- 3 Tbs unsalted butter
- 2 medium leeks, white and light green parts only, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced (about 1 cup)
- 1 large rib celery, thinly sliced (about 1/3 cup)
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups whole milk
- 2 8-oz bottles of clam juice
- 3 small red potatoes, cut into a 1/2″ dice (about 2 1/2 cups)
- 2 bay leaves
- 6 oz hot-smoked salmon, skin and bones removed, flaked into bite-size pieces (about 1 1/4 cups)
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 2 Tbs chopped fresh dill
- 1 Tbs fresh lemon juice
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Melt the butter in a 4-qt saucepan over medium heat. Add the leeks and celery, and cook, stirring, until tender, about 6 minutes. Add the flour and cook, stirring for 1 minute.
Slowly whisk in the milk and clam juice, then bring to a simmer. Next, add the potatoes and bay leaves. Simmer gently until the potatoes are tender, about 12 minutes.
Add the salmon, cream, dill, and lemon juice, and cook until heated through, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper and serve!
Mixed media artist, Kathyanne White, brought her knowledge of digital printing on alternative surfaces and dazzled us with the endless possibilities. Her enthusiasm and humor made this class a weeklong party.
These photos show just some of what they were working with, including printing on beverage cans, metal mesh, plastic milk cartons, and more. They also creating some really neat constructions by crocheting wire and bits of printed aluminum cans.
If you missed this wonderful class, you’ll have to watch for your next opportunity. In the meantime, Kathyanne’s new book, “Digital Printing Alternative Surfaces“, is a great resource. It really is as the title says, “The Definitive Source.”
Around the inn, Spring is taking shape in the form of loads of blooming daffodils and the greening of lawns and trees.