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Episode #1: Art and Artichokes

Welcome to our first episode!

Art for Life Podcast by Gallery’s Choice
Episode #1: Art and Artichokes

Welcome to our first episode of the Art for Life Podcast! Check out our show notes below for helpful links to the recipes mentioned in the show.

Show Notes:

In this episode we will inspire you, as we share our story of how one passion for art turned into another for farming! We talk about why we decided to launch a Gallery’s Choice podcast show. And finally we’ll provide some fun foodie antidotes about artichokes, and why you should love them!

Episode #1: Art and Artichokes.

This is the Art for Life Podcast by Gallery’s Choice, and I am your host, Rose Jarecki. Gallery’s Choice’s Art for Life Podcast series. Meant to explore the creative side of life by sharing tips techniques, inspirations and recipes with the goal of living well.  Whether you are an artist, an artist wanna be, a regular Jane or Joe Doe, with some time to kill, I promise there is something in here for all of you. We will talk about our business and how to be a great career creative. We will get you started if you never, or you never knew you could. And we will share anything we discover on the topics of being healthy, happy and wise…

Click here for a .pdf of the full transcript.
https://galleryschoice.blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Episode-1-show-notes-Art-and-Artichokes.pdf

Resources:

Never prepped a fresh artichoke before? Check out this video (and get ready to laugh!)

Veggie of the Week: Artichokes!

Recipes:

Bonus: Spinach Artichoke Flower-Heart Dip
https://galleryschoice.blog/2020/01/07/spinach-artichoke-flower-heart-dip/

Roasted Artichokes de Provence
https://galleryschoice.blog/2020/01/07/roasted-artichoke-de-provence/

Sponsors:

This episode was self-sponsored by Gallery’s Choice. Gallery’s Choice is a family-friendly art and gift gallery with a hands on art focus. Featuring the stained glass art of Rose and Bill Jarecki, the art gallery is home to more than 75 local area artists in a variety of media. In it’s 16th year of operation in the Downers Grove, IL area, the gallery teaches classes for young and old at all skill levels in glass art, including stained glass, fused glass, mosaics; fine art, drawing, painting (watercolor, oils and acrylics), and jewelry including metalsmithing, silver clay, and enameling. For a full line up of current classes, check out https://galleryschoice.blog/gallerys-choice-classes-and-events/

Special Recognition:

Royalty free music and sounds in this podcast were sourced from the
YouTube Audio Library
with special shout out to the artists of this episode’s featured tracks:
“Your’re There”
“Stacy and George”
By
The Mini Vandals

Afraid to Ask?

Stained Glass by the Numbers

Piece by piece, these stained glass side lights come together. I almost never stop to count the number of pieces in my designs. Sometimes I think it would scare me to know!

A labor of love, time spent in creation of beauty!

Some studio’s charge by the piece. This is a good indicator of the work’s complexity, given each individual piece will be touched six or more times in the fabrication process. Truly a labor of love in it’s creation. There’s something special about that kind of work – in the doing of it, and in the viewing of it. Both creator and end customer will get joy from the stained glass work. And this joy can last a lifetime. For me, that’s what makes these works meaningful and worthwhile.

Closeup of pattern and petals in various stages of completion.
Detailed closeup of pattern and petals in various stages of completion.
Custom stained glass sidelights soldered and ready for patina.

Episode #10: Inspiration and Iceberg

Welcome to this week’s Art for Life Podcast!

Art for life podcast by Gallery’s Choice
Episode #10: Inspiration and Iceberg

Show Notes:

Welcome to episode #10 of the Art for Life Podcast! Check out our show notes below for helpful links to the recipes mentioned in the show.

Don’t forget to subscribe!
Take us with you and find us on iTunes, GooglePlay and Spotify!

Explore the importance of highlights in your art – no matter what your media. Your host, artist Rose Jarecki, outlines different approaches to highlighting techniques across drawing and painting forms.

Find our healthy recipes and

Check out our blog at

https://www.galleryschoice.blog/

Join us for classes and events at

https://galleryschoice.blog/gallerys-choice-classes-and-events/

Episode #10: Inspiration and Iceberg

This is the Art for Life Podcast by Gallery’s Choice, and I am your host, Rose Jarecki. Gallery’s Choice’s Art for Life Podcast series. Meant to explore the creative side of life by sharing tips techniques, inspirations and recipes with the goal of living well.  Whether you are an artist, an artist wanna be, a regular Jane or Joe Doe, with some time to kill, I promise there is something in here for all of you. We will talk about our business and how to be a great career creative. We will get you started if you never, or you never knew you could. And we will share anything we discover on the topics of being healthy, happy and wise…


Being inspired and excited to try something new makes learning easier!
crystal bracelet
My very first off-loom bead weaving experience!

Resources:

Enjoy some inspiration from these moments in time:



Culinary Arts:

If you joined us for our first episode you already know that Bill and I are committed to the goal of increasing our “food literacy” by researching and sharing our new found understanding of eating fresh foods. So each week this season, we will be sharing what we discover about one fruit or vegetable that we never tried before and share our discoveries with you. Hope you enjoy this culinary artist side of us and get inspired to eat healthy and enjoy fresh flavors!

Recipes:

Veggie of the Week: Iceberg Lettuce


Lavender Ranch Iceberg Lettuce Wedge

Make simple things special!

An easy elegant way to update the everyday!


GC Lavender Herbs de Provence

GC Lavender Herbs de Provence

Sponsors:

This episode was sponsored by Gallery’s Choice. Gallery’s Choice is a family-friendly art and gift gallery with a hands on art focus. Featuring the stained glass art of Rose and Bill Jarecki, the art gallery is home to more than 75 local area artists in a variety of media. In it’s 16th year of operation in the Downers Grove, IL area, the gallery teaches classes for young and old at all skill levels in glass art, including stained glass, fused glass, mosaics; fine art, drawing, painting (watercolor, oils and acrylics), and jewelry including metalsmithing, silver clay, and enameling. For a full line up of current classes, check out https://galleryschoice.blog/gallerys-choice-classes-and-events/

Special Recognition:

Royalty free music and sounds in this podcast were sourced from the
YouTube Audio Library
with special shout out to the artists of this episode’s featured tracks:
“Your’re There”
“Stacy and George”
By
The Mini Vandals

Lavender Ranch Iceberg Lettuce

While iceberg lettuce isn’t as nutrient rich as Romain lettuce or other dark leafy greens, it is still a go to for crunch and freshness! Take the fresh cool taste of summer and enjoy!

Lavender Ranch Iceberg Lettuce

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Rating: ★★★★★
  • Print

Take the ordinary and make it special!


Credit: galleryschoice.com

Ingredients

  • 1 head iceberg lettuce
  • 1/3 c. mayonnaise
  • 1/3 c. buttermilk (or regular)
  • 1/2 c. sour cream
  • 1 T. sugar
  • 1 t. lemon zest
  • 1 t. lemon juice
  • 3/4 t. culinary lavender, ground
  • 3/4 t. fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 t. onion powder
  • 1/2 t. garlic powder
  • 1/4 t. fine sea salt
  • dash black pepper

Directions

  1. Begin by prepping the iceberg lettuce. Wash the head lettuce and disgard any damaged top leaves.
  2. Cut the head into 6 even wedges.
  3. Let drain on paper towel while preparing dressing.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk mayo, sour cream and buttermilk together until smooth.
  5. Add lemon zest, juice, lavender and spices and mix until well blended.
  6. Transfer into a glass container and keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
  7. Place lettuce wedges cut side up and drizzle with lavender ranch.
  8. Enjoy!

This recipe pairs perfectly with steak or as a dipping side to hot wings!

If you don’t have a spice grinder, place the lavender between your palms and rub to break down the buds. As you do this releasing the oils of the buds and getting the wonderful fragrance of lavender!

GC Lavender Culinary

Order online and get the best culinary lavender from GC Lavender!

Episode #9: Highlights and Habaneros

Welcome to this week’s Art for Life Podcast!

Art for life podcast by Gallery’s Choice
Episode #9: Highlights and Habaneros

Show Notes:

Welcome to episode #9 of the Art for Life Podcast! Check out our show notes below for helpful links to the recipes mentioned in the show.

Don’t forget to subscribe!
Take us with you and find us on iTunes, GooglePlay and Spotify!

Explore the importance of highlights in your art – no matter what your media. Your host, artist Rose Jarecki, outlines different approaches to highlighting techniques across drawing and painting forms.

Find our healthy recipies

Check out our blog at

https://www.galleryschoice.blog/

Episode #9: Highlights and Habaneros

This is the Art for Life Podcast by Gallery’s Choice, and I am your host, Rose Jarecki. Gallery’s Choice’s Art for Life Podcast series. Meant to explore the creative side of life by sharing tips techniques, inspirations and recipes with the goal of living well.  Whether you are an artist, an artist wanna be, a regular Jane or Joe Doe, with some time to kill, I promise there is something in here for all of you. We will talk about our business and how to be a great career creative. We will get you started if you never, or you never knew you could. And we will share anything we discover on the topics of being healthy, happy and wise…


Commission and collaboration with Artist Carlos Rolan to produce a gorgeous interior.
Custom Stained Glass tryptic beautifies the entryway of a home.
Nancy’s windows done to exacting standards – just gorgeous!

Resources:



Culinary Arts:

If you joined us for our first episode you already know that Bill and I are committed to the goal of increasing our “food literacy” by researching and sharing our new found understanding of eating fresh foods. So each week this season, we will be sharing what we discover about one fruit or vegetable that we never tried before and share our discoveries with you. Hope you enjoy this culinary artist side of us and get inspired to eat healthy and enjoy fresh flavors!

Recipes:

Veggie of the Week: Habanero Chili Peppers


habanero plate with glove

Zazzy Habanero Maple Glaze

learning to control the heat!

Enjoy the benefits of chilies without burning down the house!


GC Lavender Herbs de Provence

GC Lavender Herbs de Provence

Sponsors:

This episode was sponsored by Gallery’s Choice. Gallery’s Choice is a family-friendly art and gift gallery with a hands on art focus. Featuring the stained glass art of Rose and Bill Jarecki, the art gallery is home to more than 75 local area artists in a variety of media. In it’s 16th year of operation in the Downers Grove, IL area, the gallery teaches classes for young and old at all skill levels in glass art, including stained glass, fused glass, mosaics; fine art, drawing, painting (watercolor, oils and acrylics), and jewelry including metalsmithing, silver clay, and enameling. For a full line up of current classes, check out https://galleryschoice.blog/gallerys-choice-classes-and-events/

Special Recognition:

Royalty free music and sounds in this podcast were sourced from the
YouTube Audio Library
with special shout out to the artists of this episode’s featured tracks:
“Your’re There”
“Stacy and George”
By
The Mini Vandals

Episode #8: Thoughts for Life

Welcome to this week’s Podcast!

This one is personal

Art for life podcast by Gallery’s Choice
Episode #8: Thoughts for Life

Welcome to episode #8 of the Art for Life Podcast! Check out our show notes below for helpful links to the recipes mentioned in the show.

Show Notes:

Calm App for help managing Anxiety – check out our blog post or go direct to their page.

Check out the latest on online learning and future class events by visiting our Classes and Events Calendar.

Shop with us. Check out our GC Lavender Boutique and more.

Episode #8: Thoughts for Life

This is the Art for Life Podcast by Gallery’s Choice, and I am your host, Rose Jarecki. Gallery’s Choice’s Art for Life Podcast series. Meant to explore the creative side of life by sharing tips techniques, inspirations and recipes with the goal of living well.  Whether you are an artist, an artist wanna be, a regular Jane or Joe Doe, with some time to kill, I promise there is something in here for all of you. We will talk about our business and how to be a great career creative. We will get you started if you never, or you never knew you could. And we will share anything we discover on the topics of being healthy, happy and wise…


Check out more Art for Life Podcasts.
https://galleryschoice.blog/art-for-life-podcast/

See the full transcript.
https://galleryschoice.blog/art-for-life-podcast/art-for-life-podcast-archive/

Resources:

Some will see the fog, some will see the hope.
The Choice is Yours.




Beeswax for Hardworking Hands!

Sponsors:

This episode was sponsored by Gallery’s Choice. Gallery’s Choice is a family-friendly art and gift gallery with a hands on art focus. Featuring the stained glass art of Rose and Bill Jarecki, the art gallery is home to more than 75 local area artists in a variety of media. In it’s 16th year of operation in the Downers Grove, IL area, the gallery teaches classes for young and old at all skill levels in glass art, including stained glass, fused glass, mosaics; fine art, drawing, painting (watercolor, oils and acrylics), and jewelry including metalsmithing, silver clay, and enameling. For a full line up of current classes, check out https://galleryschoice.blog/gallerys-choice-classes-and-events/

Special Recognition:

Royalty free music and sounds in this podcast were sourced from the
YouTube Audio Library
with special shout out to the artists of this episode’s featured tracks:
“Your’re There”
“Stacy and George”
By
The Mini Vandals

habanero plate with glove

Zazzy Habanero Maple Glaze

If you like it hot, but not too hot, this sweet and spicy glaze could be the meeting of the minds!

Habanero maple glaze.  But you don’t like hot stuff, right?  Well, let’s start by saying IT’S NOT HOT.  Its ZAZZY.

We can use a little old-world science to help create a wonderful glaze that’s both sweet and a little spicy.  This is a great glaze for your pork steaks, chicken, or even tofu.  So here we go – and you’ll need to watch closely or the magic will slip right by!

What we have here is a little science for your kitchen.  No, we’re not going to freeze slivers of food with liquid nitrogen or laser chop your veggies into perfect circles.  Don’t be obscene.  It’s food, kids!

The trick is in the prep of the habaneros.  You’re going to quarter them, and then scrape away the insides.  Please, please, please, use a pair of gloves and some safety glasses for this.  You will kick up a little spray when you scrape the insides, but what you’re trying to do is pop the little blisters on the inside of the pepper and remove all the pith.  You do not want to inhale the spray, either – as it can be a respiratory irritant. And the capsaicin, the hot part, is in the pith.  And its why getting some in your eyes is nasty – it won’t immediately dissolve.  So be careful.  Make all that pith go away and then chop the peppers a bit more.

Just to make sure it’s all gone, pop these peppers into a tall glass and cover with either tequila or vodka – basically any clear alcohol will do, but vodka is probably easiest.  This is the magic that really brings down the heat while leaving behind the great flavors a habanero brings to the table.  The capsaicin will be drawn out by the alcohol.

Now a little patience.  This needs time to pull the remaining capsaicin out of the peppers, and it takes some time.  At 30 minutes is still hot.  Around 60 minutes is better.  But by 90 minutes – you’re down to the heat of a bell pepper, so don’t go too far.  Drain in a strainer and press out the liquid with the back of a spoon. 

You can save this booze for a friend, but no joking, it will be hot and you really shouldn’t play a joke on someone with this.  It’s just a bit dangerous as even a small amount can really mess them up.  If you’d like to try some, add ¼ shot of hot vodka to 1 shot not-hot vodka, and sip.  No downing shots, and it’s not a viral challenge – it’s just stupid hot. 

Before you create the glaze, you can sauté your choice of meat in a skillet with an onion.  Season with a little salt and pepper.  Cook it until it’s basically done, then remove to a bowl.  We want to use that pan of good scrapings to start our glaze.

Now that you have tasty not-hot peppers, follow the recipe to create your habanero maple glaze.  It’s a great finish to some boring chicken or pork steaks.  It’s zazzy!

Good luck!

One precautionary statement: 
The active ingredient in spicy peppers, Capsaicin, can be extremely irritating on the skin, in the eyes, to the stomach and gastrointestinal tract. Capsaicin can also cause respiratory distress if inhaled. As with any new thing you try, do so in moderation, and take reasonable precautions to stay safe and healthy.

Safety equipment for handling habaneros
Gloves and eye protection should be used when handling habanero chilis.
Diced Habanero in Vodka
Diced habanero chilies soak in 80 proof alcohol to reduce the bite of capsaisin and allow the flavor of the pepper shine through.

Zazzy Habanero Maple Glaze

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: advanced
  • Rating: ★★★★★
  • Print

If you like it hot, but not too hot, this sweet and spicy glaze could be the meeting of the minds!


Credit: galleryschoice.com Adapted and inspired by Bon Appetit

Ingredients

  • 6 – 8 habanero peppers
  • 3/4 c. 80 proof alcohol (Vodka or Tequila)
  • 1 orange, zested and juiced
  • 2 T. extra virgin olive oil (plus 2 T. for cooking your choice of meat)
  • 3/4 t. ground cinnamon
  • 2 T. thyme
  • 1 large red onion (chopped and divided)
  • 4 cloves finely chopped garlic
  • 1 c. pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 c. white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 1 lb. pork, chicken, or tofu (trimmed to 1″ cubes)

Directions

  1. Before preparing this dish, you need to prep the habanero chilis.
  2. Using gloves and safety glasses to protect skin and eyes from the unforgiving effects of capsaicin oil, begin first by chopping the habaneros in quarters. Carefully remove the seeds and pith by scraping with a spoon. Dice. Soak diced chilis in 3/4 c. of 80 proof alcohol (Vodka or tequila) for between 30 to 60 minutes to dull their heat.
  3. When the habaneros have been soaked to their desired heat intensity, start by sauteing the meat of your choice in 2 T. olive oil and 1/2 of the chopped onion.
  4. Cook the meat fully and set to the side in a bowl.
  5. Use the same pan to start the glaze.
  6. Saute remainder of onions in 2 T. olive oil until translucent.
  7. Strain chilies. Press out remaining alcohol with the back of a spoon.
  8. Add habaneros, garlic, orange zest, cinnamon and thyme and continue to cook until chilis are tender.
  9. Add syrup, orange juice, vinegar and salt and continue cooking on high an additional 6 – 8 minutes until mixture thickens.
  10. Add meat back to pan and simmer 2 – 3 minutes, basting constantly.
  11. Enjoy!

Prepping the Habanero chilies helps control the heat, while maintaining the unique flavor!

Capsaicin is the chemical in peppers that makes them hot. This naturally occurring chemical is polarizing:  It has numerous reported health benefits and is used as a dietary supplement for helping digestive issues, encouraging weight loss. It is used in creams for pain relief, arthritis and helps with skin issues such as psoriasis.  It is being studied for its potential in fighting certain types of cancers.  With these health benefits in mind, I felt it was worth exploring.

Conversely, however, it is used in “natural” insecticides, bear and dog repellents and pepper spray. It can cause blistering on skin, has been thought to cause gastric cancers and can cause severe gastro-intestinal and respiratory distress. 

It is difficult to say who may have sensitivities, and to what degree.  So:

As with any new thing you try, do so in moderation, and take reasonable precautions to stay safe and healthy.

Am I afraid?
No, just prepared – for FLAVOR!

A Quiet Mind

Just wanted to share a resource for you.

I don’t know if you all are finding it surprisingly distracting and noisy where you are as we try to shelter in place. The phone hasn’t stopped ringing, the emails keep coming, text messages keep beeping. One thing is for sure, we don’t know how to slow down! This burst of noise adding to the anxiety of not knowing – it’s amazingly difficult to think clearly. While I am finding this particularly surprising – and given my own personal situation maybe not so surprising – I thought I would take a moment to share a free resource I found from a favorite app – Calm. (No they are not an affiliate and I do not get anything if you sign up!) I just think – given today’s circumstances – many of you may benefit from what they have to offer, if only to bring your awareness back to your breath and quiet the noise of the day so you can think more clearly about the what to do next with your family, your job and your community.

Below I have placed a link to a Calm website page which has some free resources for you to try. (I am listening to some Rain on Leaves as I write this.)

https://www.calm.com/blog/take-a-deep-breath

This page has links to many features of their app, but you can access these free without signing up for anything. There are guided meditations, sleep stories, things for kids, even some help on curbing anxiety.

Check out the Calm Mater Class entitled: “Creative Living Beyond Fear,” by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the New York Times best seller Eat Pray Love, powerfully reminds us that we are all creative beings. Whether you dream of expressing yourself more fully, sharing your story, building something beautiful, or sprinkling more magic in your day-to-day life, this Calm Masterclass is the perfect place to begin your creative process.

I absolutely love Elizabeth’s explanation of creativity and how co-creation and creative living is any life that chooses the path of curiosity instead of fear. The loving artist. The persistence within you. Give this a listen!

Hope you can find some peace in this time of uncertainty – but realize that this peace comes from within.

Be well.

Episode #7: Grisaille and Garbanzos

Welcome to this week’s “Lucky 7” Art for Life Podcast!

Art for life podcast by Gallery’s Choice
Episode #7: Grisaille and Garbanzos

Welcome to episode #7 of the Art for Life Podcast! Check out our show notes below for helpful links to the recipes mentioned in the show.

Don’t forget to subscribe!
Take us with you and find us on iTunes, GooglePlay and Spotify!

Take your painting skills to the next level by exploring the techniques of Renaissance Masters. Your host, artist Rose Jarecki, outlines one of the most remarkable painting techniques, known as Grisaille, and takes you step by step through the process of an oil painting.

Show Notes:

Episode #7: Grisaille and Garbanzos

This is the Art for Life Podcast by Gallery’s Choice, and I am your host, Rose Jarecki. Gallery’s Choice’s Art for Life Podcast series. Meant to explore the creative side of life by sharing tips techniques, inspirations and recipes with the goal of living well.  Whether you are an artist, an artist wanna be, a regular Jane or Joe Doe, with some time to kill, I promise there is something in here for all of you. We will talk about our business and how to be a great career creative. We will get you started if you never, or you never knew you could. And we will share anything we discover on the topics of being healthy, happy and wise…


I love teaching the old masters technique relating to grisaille.  I find it empowering for students working in oil, or in glass, to really refine their thinking regarding light, shading and color.  It also refines drawing skills which, in my book, always need practice!

That said, it is a process, so don’t be intimidated!  Once we break it down, you will get the idea and then through practice, you will make it your own!  You got this!

To start a Grisaille underpainting, you will need:

A subject – and some great composition. (Stay tuned to future episodes for help on creating the optimal composition for your paintings.)

 A wooden panel or canvas support,

Acrylic gesso

An acrylic gesso brush

Oil paint colors:

  • Titanium White
  • Burnt Umber
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Raw Sienna

(I do not paint with Black – as it is the absence of color and light, and prefer to mix my black from Burnt Umber and Ultramarine Blue)

In addition, future sessions you will need colors as needed to glaze your subject – transparent preferred: like Alzirium Crimson, Cadmium Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Veridian Green, etc.

The Old Master’s Trinity:

  1. Linseed Oil (artist grade, thin)
  2. Damar Varnish
  3. Turpentine

Webers Turpenoid Natural (an AP non-toxic go to cleaner for oil paint brushes)

A selection of oil painting brushes, including:

Soft mop, or round blender brush

Flat hogs-hair brushes, small and medium

Round soft, squirrel or mongoose-hair brush

Thin round for highlights and fine lines

Click here for a .pdf of the full transcript.
<<Coming soon!>>>


Resources:

Grisaille Painting Still Life
Grisaille Painting Still Life
The Verdaccio grey scale visual reference
Verdaccio green-grey scale

Closeup of Apples Grisaille in Process

Grisaille technique was used in 15th century stained glass and enameling, and the use of glass stainers’ paints and vitreous enamels are used to this day by contemporary glass artists.

15th Century Stained Glass Grisaille Enamel: Magi Herod from Wikipedia Commons
15th Century Stained Glass Grisaille Enamel: Magi Herod from Wikipedia Commons
Student Artist Jeff Hein working on Grisaille commission “Old Town”

Jeff’s subject lending itself to Grisaille work, bringing definition and lighting to dramatic focus.

Culinary Arts:

If you joined us for our first episode you already know that Bill and I are committed to the goal of increasing our “food literacy” by researching and sharing our new found understanding of eating fresh foods. So each week this season, we will be sharing what we discover about one fruit or vegetable that we never tried before and share our discoveries with you. Hope you enjoy this culinary artist side of us and get inspired to eat healthy and enjoy fresh flavors!

Recipes:

Veggie of the Week: Garbanzos (AKA Chick Peas)


Humble Hummus

with freshly-made Tahini

Enjoy the quick and tasty way to add plant-based protein in to your diet!


GC Lavender Herbs de Provence

GC Lavender Herbs de Provence

Sponsors:

This episode was sponsored by Gallery’s Choice. Gallery’s Choice is a family-friendly art and gift gallery with a hands on art focus. Featuring the stained glass art of Rose and Bill Jarecki, the art gallery is home to more than 75 local area artists in a variety of media. In it’s 16th year of operation in the Downers Grove, IL area, the gallery teaches classes for young and old at all skill levels in glass art, including stained glass, fused glass, mosaics; fine art, drawing, painting (watercolor, oils and acrylics), and jewelry including metalsmithing, silver clay, and enameling. For a full line up of current classes, check out https://galleryschoice.blog/gallerys-choice-classes-and-events/

Special Recognition:

Royalty free music and sounds in this podcast were sourced from the
YouTube Audio Library
with special shout out to the artists of this episode’s featured tracks:
“Your’re There”
“Stacy and George”
By
The Mini Vandals

Humble Hummus

My healthy pick for this week is a humble food, known as hummus. Made of ground chick peas, AKA garbanzo beans, lemon, olive oil and tahini. Add to this your favorite flavor of choice: garlic, cumin, roasted red pepper, etc. and you are set. Hummus can be served with chips, with pita bread, with veggies, as a dip, or it can be a vegetarian substitute for cheese or mayo on sandwiches or salads. Personally, I love it with our very own GC Lavender Lavash (check it out seasonally at a farmers’ market near you!)

I use to buy the nationally known brand of pre-prepared hummus at the grocery store, but I always cringed a little at the price. One 8 z. container could go for $4 -$5. And with how I went through it at our house – phew! – it was a major investment!

I can’t tell you how liberating it felt once I found out how easy it was to make fresh hummus from scratch. Add to that, how much more economical it was….once I learned the secret to this week’s bonus recipe: home-made tahini!

Garbanzos are a good source of iron and dietary fiber. They also contain calcium and are a source of plant-based protein. Hummus with tahini made fresh at home is a flavorful healthy way to add plant-based protein into your diet. And, as you substitute this mouth pleasing side for other more cholesterol heavy foods (mayo and cheese) you can trim down your meals! This is why Humble Hummus makes it into this weeks Art for Life recipes!

Humble Hummus

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Rating: ★★★★★
  • Print

So easy and FRESH! Beat the store bought brands with flavor you can't beat.


Credit: galleryschoice.com

Ingredients

  • 1 large can (29 oz.) Garbanzos (Chick Peas) drained
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 t. lemon zest
  • 3/4 c. water
  • 3 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 t. powdered garlic
  • 1/8 t. cumin
  • 3 T. tahini (made fresh is preferred – see below)
  • 1/4 c. roasted red pepper for garnish (optional)
  • 1/8 c. pine nuts (optional)

Directions

  1. If you are making your own fresh tahini – do that first, then,
  2. Add tahini, garbanzos, lemon juice and zest, olive oil, water, and spices in a blender (I use a NutraBullet) and blend away!
  3. Please note you may need to do this in two batches – depending on the capacity of your blender.
  4. Spoon into bowl.
  5. Top with roasted red pepper, pine nuts (optional)
  6. Serve with chips, toasted pita bread, veggies or GC Lavender Mediterranean Lavash

Fresh Tahini

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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Tahini made at home beats the flavor of jarred every time!


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Ingredients

  • 3-4 T. hulled sesame seeds
  • 1 T. extra virgin olive oil

Directions

  1. Note: This makes just enough for the recipe for Humble Hummus, above. You can make more by doubling the recipe and keep it in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  2. Toast sesame seeds until lightly browned. To do this: place seeds in a dry frying pan and heat on low, shaking pan occasionally until the seeds are brown and fragrant, about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool.
  4. Place cooled toasted seeds in small capacity blender or food processor.
  5. Add olive oil and blend into a thick paste.
  6. Add to hummus recipe!

Garbanzos (Chick Peas)
Art and Home Decor Fused Bowl

Episode #6: Fusing and Fennel

Welcome to this week’s Podcast!

Art for life podcast by Gallery’s Choice
Episode #6: Fusing and Fennel

Welcome to episode #6 of the Art for Life Podcast! Check out our show notes below for helpful links to the recipes mentioned in the show.

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Learn about working with warm glass by listening as Gallery’s Choice artists discuss glass fusing basics and how to get started! You’ll hear about glass, kilns and projects that will help you plan your exploration of kiln-formed glass.

Show Notes:

Art and Home Decor Fused Bowl Episode #6: Fusing and Fennel

This is the Art for Life Podcast by Gallery’s Choice, and I am your host, Rose Jarecki. Gallery’s Choice’s Art for Life Podcast series. Meant to explore the creative side of life by sharing tips techniques, inspirations and recipes with the goal of living well.  Whether you are an artist, an artist wanna be, a regular Jane or Joe Doe, with some time to kill, I promise there is something in here for all of you. We will talk about our business and how to be a great career creative. We will get you started if you never, or you never knew you could. And we will share anything we discover on the topics of being healthy, happy and wise…


Working in glass as an artist for over 20 years, the intoxicating effects of glass medium is not missed by me.  Color light, texture – it’s all there.  And even if you have worked with mosaic or stained glass art before, you know there’s more to it.  Visit a local museum and it is hard to miss the sculptural glass pieces.  Or walk through an art fair during the summer – it’s hard not to be drawn to a table of sparkling glass jewelry. If you ever wondered “How do they do it?” or are wondering how you might start to incorporate fusing into your own art repertoire, keep listening.  Today, we are going to take the next step by exploring the warm and wonderful world of glass fusing, as seen through the eyes of our very own kiln master!

In today’s podcast we will give you an understanding of the difference between cold, warm and hot glass. 

We’ll talk about what kinds of projects you can make by fusing glass.

And we will share what you will need to get started.

Click here for a .pdf of the full transcript.
<<Coming soon!>>>


Resources:

Rose Jarecki’s first fused glass plate.

Everyone starts somewhere, and artists Bill and Rose Jarecki have Hands On Art in Door County WI to thank for their first fusing experience! Carrying on what they learned, Gallery’s Choice offers a complete line of get you started classes in fusing, kiln-forming, frit casting and other warm glass techniques.


Culinary Arts:

If you joined us for our first episode you already know that Bill and I are committed to the goal of increasing our “food literacy” by researching and sharing our new found understanding of eating fresh foods. So each week this season, we will be sharing what we discover about one fruit or vegetable that we never tried before and share our discoveries with you. Hope you enjoy this culinary artist side of us and get inspired to eat healthy and enjoy fresh flavors!

Recipes:

Veggie of the Week: Fennel

Fennel Bulb
Core the fennel before slicing
GC Lavender Fennel Sweet Onion Saute
Add GC Culinary Lavender to complement the fennel saute!


Beeswax for Hardworking Hands!

Sponsors:

This episode was sponsored by Gallery’s Choice. Gallery’s Choice is a family-friendly art and gift gallery with a hands on art focus. Featuring the stained glass art of Rose and Bill Jarecki, the art gallery is home to more than 75 local area artists in a variety of media. In it’s 16th year of operation in the Downers Grove, IL area, the gallery teaches classes for young and old at all skill levels in glass art, including stained glass, fused glass, mosaics; fine art, drawing, painting (watercolor, oils and acrylics), and jewelry including metalsmithing, silver clay, and enameling. For a full line up of current classes, check out https://galleryschoice.blog/gallerys-choice-classes-and-events/

Special Recognition:

Royalty free music and sounds in this podcast were sourced from the
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with special shout out to the artists of this episode’s featured tracks:
“Your’re There”
“Stacy and George”
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The Mini Vandals

Love of leafy soup pot

Love of Leafy Soup

Escarole is this weeks’ love of my life! I discovered how to use this (along with other greens) in soup – a very new concept for me. I thought these lettuce like things were only for salad! How wrong I was! This oh so simple soup works up super quick, can be a week night meal and provides a way to add green leafy to your diet in a new way!

So the plant, escarole, is a member of the chicory family and is also “confused” with it’s cousin, endive. (Actually, escarole is thought to be a curly leaf varietal of endive – which has spike leaves.) No matter, what is important is that this green is one of the bitter greens.

Even so, understanding how to cook this leafy can make it a go to green. And if you want to add the powerhouse of Vitamin K, (Good for your heart, blood and bones), Vitamin A, (supports eye health), and Folate, this nutrient dense food is for you!

Love of Leafy Soup

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An easy weeknight meal and a great way to add greens to your diet.


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Ingredients

  • 4 oz. escarole
  • 6 oz. Swiss Chard (Or Spinach)
  • 8 c. vegetable broth
  • 2 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • 3-5 cloves fresh garlic finely chopped
  • 1/8 t. red pepper flakes (cayenne)
  • dash cumin
  • 4 oz. pasta (Mini Farfalle or Ditaleni)
  • 1/2 fresh lemon – juiced
  • fresh Parmesan cheese, grated.

Directions

  1. Heat garlic, cumin and red pepper gently in olive oil just until fragrant
  2. Add 8 c. vegetable broth and bring to a rapid boil.
  3. When boiling, add pasta, and cook until tender, about 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, wash escarole and Swiss chard well under running water. Dry. Chop into 1 in. pieces.
  5. Add greens and cook just until tender, about 3 minutes.
  6. Add lemon juice, serve and top with Parmesan cheese.

escarole
endive
Endive

Endive Vs Escarole

Pointy thin leaves (Endive) vs. Curvy rounded leaves (Escarole)

escarole
Escarole