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modern art, paintings, videos -

Largely unseen by the public, Alan Mushroom Kapuler has been painting modern art canvases for most of his adult life. Says Kapuler of his work: "this is using modern art talking about the issues of our times and the issues are relevant and the paintings are unique."

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holiday season, notecards -

  It's gotten suddenly cold outside in my neck of the woods (Portland, Oregon). And, somehow the spirit of the holiday season always seems to permeate through the frostiness of the world at-large. This holiday season is no different. I found myself drawing letters and what resulted was this seasonal holiday card sharing joy for the world. I hope there will be joy that everyone can find and that this card may bring a smile to someone's heart.

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Inspiration, lebanese cuisine, stories -

A mother passes down to her daughter the traditional foods of her native culture and a love for cooking. This is one of our popular stories, cookbook author Linda Sawaya shares her love of food and the generations of culinary knowledge passed down through oral tradition.

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Inspiration -

Berry picking is something I’ve been doing since I moved to Oregon.  I’m lucky to live less than 10 miles from several berry farms, and I like visiting them all, for each grows different varieties on the vine. Berry picking is a special time to get away from the day to day rush.  Being out amongst the rows becomes a meditative state; it’s just walk, lift, pluck, and place into the bucket. It’s a great way to be in touch with your food, learn about the seasonality (and wonder) of berries, and support your local farmer. Friends and family (and other...

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Behind the scenes -

I love cooking with cast iron. In fact, so much so that my 2 skillets seldom are stored away. They  have their place on my stove top waiting for my next food creation. So it’s only natural that it became a subject for a painting. I pulled out a quart jar of roasted Astiana tomatoes that I had canned over the summer - it makes the best sauce! - and poured it in.  I might add some garlic and herbs, but that’s it. It simmers. I stir. Then it’s done!  

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