Frisée and Fennel Salad

April 9, 2014 § Leave a comment

Fennel - Photograph by Lynn Karlin

Fennel – Photograph by Lynn Karlin

The best of Raw food – or any food, for that matter – is the sourcing of high-quality, seasonal, local (when possible), organic ingredients.

 

Frisée and Fennel Salad

6-8 cups frisée lettuce
1 small fennel bulb, thinly shaved
on mandoline
1 cup roughly chopped walnuts
½ cup roughly chopped
dried cranberries
Vinaigrette (below)

Delicately toss all ingredients with desired amount of dressing until well combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with extra walnuts, cranberries and dressing if desired. Serves 4-6.

Vinaigrette
¼ cup balsamic or cider vinegar
or any good-quality vinegar
½ cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons finely minced fresh basil
1 cup olive oil

Whisk together vinegar, maple syrup, lemon juice and basil. Add olive oil
and continue to whisk until dressing
is emulsified. Add salt and pepper
to taste.

These gorgeous veggies are paired with delicious, accessible recipes by well-known master raw food chef and best-selling “cookbook” author Matthew Kenney. http://www.matthewkenneycuisine.com

Artist Focus ~ Denise Gallagher

March 25, 2014 § Leave a comment

This month we are so pleased to chat with Denise Gallagher. She is a wonderful, creative addition to the Amber Lotus greeting card artists. Here is some insight into her whimsical world of illustration.

Denise Gallagher - Illustrator

Denise Gallagher – Illustrator

 

Amber Lotus has a Q & A with Denise Gallagher

Tell us about your artwork?

I am an artist, an illustrator, and a graphic designer. I worked as an art director in the advertising industry for twenty years before starting my own graphic design and illustration company in 2013. I thoroughly enjoy graphic design, but my true passion is illustration. My illustrations begin as pencil drawings to which I add color, layers, and textures digitally. My subjects are often rare animals, plants, flowers, and bits of ephemera such as pieces of string, teacups, or skeleton keys. My work has been called whimsical, dark, and sophisticated.

What do you do for inspiration?

I find inspiration all around me – in music, nature, literature, and fine art. I am fascinated by vintage etchings of unusual animals and old fairy tales. Sometimes, though, all I need to do to get inspired is to take a long walk or to spend some time in a dusty old bookstore. I find that if I keep my eyes and ears open, inspiration will find me.

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What’s your favorite piece of work that you have created?

One of my favorite pieces is a triptych titled Wrapt, which I created for an all-female artist show called “Grace and Ritual” at the Los Angeles gallery iam8bit. Wrapt is my commentary on the joy and pain of motherhood. I poured a lot of emotion into its creation, and it is filled with imagery that is deeply meaningful to me.

I also illustrated a book of twelve Aesop’s fables, which I used as a gift for clients and friends as well as a promotional piece. It was such an amazing project, from researching the fables to imagining and illustrating each one. I was immensely proud of the end result.

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Wrapt by Denise Gallagher

What are you working on at the moment?

I am currently working on a piece for this year’s “Grace and Ritual” show with the theme “Hidden.” I’m thrilled with how it is coming along. Having the freedom to dig deep emotionally for these gallery pieces is especially fulfilling and almost cathartic. They are experimental and intensely personal. I’m also doing some illustration for children’s television. It is playful and colorful and whimsical and enchanting. I love the special kind of magic that emerges when illustrating for children.

What are you doing when you’re not creating?

When I’m not creating, I am enjoying life with my husband and seven-year-old son, Oliver. From making pancakes and having impromptu living room dance parties to attending symphonies and festivals, our life is a wonderful adventure!

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I make elaborate pancake art ­– a tradition begun by my mom. You can see some of them here: http://www.prettypancake.tumblr.com

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Where else do you sell your work?

I have an Etsy shop, www.etsy.com/shop/DGIllustration, where you can find prints, greeting cards, and framed art. For professional commissioned work, you can contact my reps at Those Three Reps, those3reps.com.

Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others?

I always dreamed of being an illustrator. Realizing that dream took a lot of hard work and patience. If you have a dream – whatever that dream may be – work your hardest to achieve it. Do your research. Carve out time to devote to that dream and work at it often. Use social media to reach out to others and to get feedback and encouragement. Keep at it. Keep your chin up and realize that a smile and a good attitude go a long way.

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Where else can we find you?

You can visit me on my website, DeniseGallagher.com, on Facebook as Denise Gallagher Design and Illustration, on Behance as Denise Gallagher, and on Twitter as @denisegallagrrr.

Here is a sneak peek at Gallagher’s Holiday Cards that will be available in this year’s Boxed Sets.

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Holiday Boxed Cards – ABDG02

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Holiday Boxed Cards – ABDG01

Calling all Portland Area Coop Owners

March 10, 2014 § Leave a comment

This is your opportunity to strut your stuff – and your chickens’ .
Be one of 12 featured coops in this beautifully photographed treasure
of unique coops and their feathered inhabitants.

Email your coop pics to: creative@amberlotus.com

Email your coop pics to: creative@amberlotus.com

Submit 3 to 6 digital snapshots (500MB or smaller) of your backyard bird sanctuary to Amber Lotus at creative@amberlotus.com

Accepted Entries will:
• Enjoy a professional photography shoot of their coop and hens
• Be featured in the calendar
• Receive a print quality portrait of their coop for personal use
• Be awarded with six copies of the 12″ x 12″ calendar featuring their coop

Featured coop owners agree to:
• Be available for a two-hour professional photo shoot in late July or early August
• Provide a clean, fresh coop on the day of the shoot
• Provide a short statement about their coop and hens

Visit our 2014 Calendar to see what we’ve featured in the past.

http://www.amberlotus.com/productdetails.cfm?sku=14CC&isbn=9781602377158&title=city-chickens-&-their-coops-2014-wall-cal

2015 City Chickens and their Coops

Here is a preview of what’s coming next year:

All our featured coops are photographed by Susan Seubert.

2015 City Chickens & their Coops wall calendar

2015 City Chickens & their Coops wall calendar – The Dr. Seuss–inspired Coop provides ample opportunity for its ladies to lay green eggs (without the ham). Designed and built by Ken Gates.

2015 City Chickens & their Coops wall calendar

2015 City Chickens & their Coops wall calendar – February Coop – The Li’l Red Barn Coop is a little bit of country in the city.

2015 City Chickens & their Coops wall calendar

2015 City Chickens & their Coops wall calendar – July Coop – The Williamson – Smith Coop is a townhouse-style palace complete with all the chicken kitsch
you could want.

2015 City Chickens & their Coops wall calendar

2015 City Chickens & their Coops wall calendar – November Coop – Inspired by surplus building materials and salvaged windows, this coop came to life as the best birthday present ever.

2015 City Chickens & their Coops wall calendar

2015 City Chickens & their Coops wall calendar – December Coop – The FurZohn Hen House: Inspired by a pile of remnant shingles, a random stained-glass window,
and a bit of tin roof, this coop embodies the obsession with repurposing so popular in Portland, Oregon.

Spring Gardening Tip from Organic Kitchen Garden calendar

March 6, 2014 § 1 Comment

Plant garlic whips as soon as the ground can be worked for spring harvesting. Begin feeding onions and garlic in mid-spring, offering high-nitrogen fertilizer every 2-3 weeks to encourage bulbing.

2014 Organic Kitchen Garden wall calendar

2014 Organic Kitchen Garden wall calendar

(Scallions and bunching onions don’t need it.) Regular watering in summer ensures plump, welfilled cloves of garlic and shallots and fat, round onions. Reduce watering in midsummer to encourage bulbs to ripen and develop good keeping qualities.

excerpted from the 2014 Organic Kitchen Garden wall calendar – Tip by Ann Lovejoy

http://www.amberlotus.com/productdetails.cfm?sku=14OKG&isbn=9781602377424&title=organic-kitchen-garden-2014-wall-cal

50% Off Calendar Sale

February 28, 2014 § Leave a comment

Look back on the old year and gather its lessons in your memory.
Look ahead to the New Year and honor its gifts. Above all, participate in the eternal Now.

50% Off Wall Calendars – Now $7.50

50% Off Wall Calendars

50% Off Wall Calendars. Now $7.50

Musings on Memory

The philosopher Plato taught that all knowledge is remembering. In Greek mythology, memory is personified by Mnemosyne. Born of the union of Gaia (the Earth) and Uranus (the Sky), she is the mother of the nine Muses, goddesses of art and literature and the personification of all knowledge.

50% Off Amber Lotus Calendars

All 2014 Calendars are on Sale Now.

Mnemosyne is also known as the goddess of time. Before the written word, knowledge and lore were preserved through memory. The collective memory of the people held their history. Before the first written calendars, our ancestors marked the days by the revolution of the sun, and the passing year and changing seasons by the moon, just as we do now with Amber Lotus calendars.

50% Off Engagement Calendars – Now $8.50

50% Off Engagement Calendars

50% Off Engagement Calendars. Now $8.50

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50% Off Mini Calendars – Now $4.00

Mini Celtic Calendar

Mini Celtic Calendar

Mini Thich Nhat Hanh Calendar

Mini Thich Nhat Hanh Calendar

Mini Present Moment Calendar

Mini Present Moment Calendar

Mini Zen Cat Calendar

Mini Zen Cat Calendar

Our calendars are printed on FSC certified Mixed Source paper, which comes from a combination of well-managed forests and recycled materials. We also plant trees to offset our impact on the environment.

ECO3-14ALP_logo-masterAmber Lotus Publishing has helped plant more than 330,000 trees through our partnership with Trees for the Future (TREES). TREES has rehabilitated environments across the globe by planting nearly 93 million trees since 1989. You can start the new year knowing you have helped plant trees for the future

FREE SHIPPING via Media Mail within the US on CALENDAR orders of $35.00 or more.

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February 23, 2014 § Leave a comment

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2015 Cover – Menhirs for Peace by Manolo Paz

The 2015 edition of the best-selling Environmental Art Calendar will be available to purchase July 2014 — this will be our 8th year for this title. Andres AmadorManolo Paz, and Sylvain Meyer are just a few of the artists that will be featured.

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2014 Cover Image
© Bob Verscheuren

NEW – Check out this wonderful access to our Environmental Art Calendar Archive and links to information about each featured cover artists: Bob Verscheuren, Patrick Dougherty, Martin Hill, Nils-Udo, Jason de Caires Taylor and others.

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2013 Cover Image
© Patrick Dougherty

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2010 Cover Image
© Martin Hill

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2008 Cover Image
© Nils-Udo

View all the Calendar Covers with links to the Artist’s latest projects here!

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Slow Food enthusiasts enjoy the Farm to Table 2014 Wall Calendar

February 21, 2014 § Leave a comment

Farm to Table 2014 Calendar

Farm to Table 2014 Calendar

Enjoy this recipe featured in our 2014 Farm to Table wall calendar by author Ann Lovejoy

Black Turtle Bean Soup
2 cups Black Turtle beans (or any dried beans)
2 shallots, peeled
2 carrots, chopped
1 white or yellow onion, peeled and quartered
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
Shoyu or soy sauce, to taste
Sesame-chili oil, to taste

Soak beans overnight, drain and place in a soup pot with 6 cups fresh water, the shallots, carrots, onion and 1 teaspoon thyme. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until beans are tender (60-90 minutes). Purée with an immersion blender and season to taste with shoyu and sesame-chili oil. Serve hot, garnished with remaining thyme. Serves 4-6.

Farm to Table 2014 wall calendar

Farm to Table 2014 wall calendar
Text © 2013 Ann Lovejoy
Cover photograph © 2013 Plus One Pix / Alamy
Inset cover photograph © 2013 Paul Mozell / Alamy

Farm to Table 2015 calendar

NEW – Farm to Table 2015 calendar – Available July 2014
Text © 2014 Ann Lovejoy
Cover photograph © Craig Tuttle / Design Pics / Getty Images
Inset cover photograph © CrackerClips Stock Media / Alamy

For the Locavore and Slow Food enthusiasts
Anyone who has ever plucked a tomato straight off the vine or cracked open a farm-fresh egg knows there is a world of difference between locally grown produce and food from the supermarket shelves. The farm-to-table movement, embraced by the burgeoning ranks of locavore and Slow Food enthusiasts, is flourishing for many reasons. With every delicious bite, you are supporting your local economy, reducing your environmental footprint, providing your body with wholesome nutrients, and forging a deeper connection with the rhythms of the seasons.

Home gardens, farmers markets and CSAs
You don’t have to be a farmer to enjoy the many benefits of local and seasonal foods. Home gardens, farmers markets, CSAs, and foraging all offer opportunities to enjoy the bounty. From local orchards and Concord grapes to artisan breads and goat’s milk products, the Farm to Table wall calendar is packed with luscious photographs and valuable tips on selecting, preserving, and preparing fresh local foods. With beloved garden writer Ann Lovejoy as your guide, it will help you savor the best of every season.

NEW – Farm to Table 2015 calendar – Available July 2014

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