homemade ketchup? yes, please.

I hate to admit this, but my seven-year-old has recently entered the stage of all foods must be dipped in ketchup in order for me to eat this.

DIY ketchup | sagebrousseau.com

I pick my battles, so I go with it, the only problem was when we ran out of ketchup… this was an emergency situation! I did a quick Google search and learned that making my own ketchup was relatively fast and easy and I had all the ingredients on hand. Ketchup-crisis averted.

At first, I was skeptical. Would it taste as good as the brand I’ve always bought? Would it pass muster with the picky eater? To my surprise, homemade tastes far better than store-bought ketchup, and my child-tester LOVED it! Score! I haven’t bought any ketchup since.

DIY ketchup | sagebrousseau.com

Here’s my recipe for the best ketchup you’ll ever try (bonus: no high-fructose corn syrup):

DIY Ketchup

  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon molasses
  • ½ teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • ½ cups water

Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan over low heat. Simmer, stirring frequently to avoid spattering, for 20 to 30 minutes or until desired consistency. Adjust the flavors as necessary, you can add up to another tablespoon of sugar or a little more worcestershire sauce to get the taste you desire. Serve and enjoy!

P.S.: Happy New Year, I hope your 2015 is happy and healthy so far! I’ve been down and out with a massive cold, but now I’m back.

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apple cider donuts

Despite what the thermometer reads today, it is Fall in New England and that means it’s apple cider season!

Apple Cider Donuts

The onset of Autumn weather instantly fills me with a sense of nostalgia, I suddenly crave sweaters, bonfires, and apple cider. Of course apple cider is especially delightful served hot, but in my opinion the best way to consume cider is in donut form! Temptation got the best of me recently and I bought a donut pan… I know, now I have no excuse but to make and eat donuts all the time. Well, maybe not. But it is a lot of fun making your favorite treats at home.

ingredients

I can’t say these donuts are quite as satisfying as the true, fried variety, but they are tasty and you can bake these up at home and feel slightly less guilty when you polish off one (or more) with your morning coffee, or a glass of milk.

Ingredients:

yield: one dozen (this recipe can easily be cut in half)

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp soft unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • for topping (optional):
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon (or to taste)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325. Spray two donut pans with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. In another smaller bowl, blend the eggs, buttermilk, apple cider and butter. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until just blended. Batter will be thick.

Spread batter into prepared donut pan. You want to fill each donut mold about 3/4th of the way full. Place donuts in the oven and bake for about 25 minutes until fluffy and slightly golden. Invert donuts onto a cooling rack, and let cool while you prepare the cinnamon sugar topping.

Place melted butter in a small dish and cinnamon sugar on a larger dish. Brush each donut with the melted butter then sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar. Delish!

bite of donut

what I did on my summer vacation

Oh, hi. You may have wondered where the heck I’ve been…The Salted Slate

Overall, this summer was relaxing, but things got busy. I saw old friends, spent some time in the White Mountains and on Cape Cod with my family. But the best thing that happened this summer was that my dear, dear friends opened a restaurant in Providence, RI called The Salted Slate, I’m so proud of them! I’m also very proud to have played a role in this exciting endeavor, of course with photography, and it was really fun being a part of the process. Look at these yummies.

Appetizer

If you are in or anywhere near Rhode Island, you simply must check out the Salted Slate for dinner, lunch, or Brunch (there are donuts) the menu is fantastic and focused on local fresh ingredients including house-cured meats. The atmosphere is quite nice too, modern yet rustic with plenty of tables and a cozy bar.

The Salted Slate, 186 Wayland Ave., Providence, saltedslate.com

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Fresh ingredients

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next year will be better

2014 will be better

As I’m struggling with what to write here and reflecting on the last twelve months, I realize that “struggle” wouldn’t be a wholly inaccurate description for the year that’s about to end. In truth, 2013 was actually pretty good, a typical year with typical highs and typical lows. This year I actually kind of accomplished what I set out to do: I had work in a total of six shows, not including open studios [unbelievable], worked on a few interesting projects, met some great new folks, and reconnected with others. I’ve certainly struggled with bigger, more serious challenges in previous years, but I feel like 2013 was a year of searching–struggling–to find my voice, direction, and looking for inspiration. I think maybe this year I finally decided to start collecting all the pieces left crumbled around me from those other, more challenging years. The struggle I felt in 2013 wasn’t from any new set of challenges, but from the task of putting those pieces back together and trying to make meaning.

Just know that if you’ve struggled at all in 2013, next year will be better. Below are a few snapshots from the past year, in the new year I’m going to try to look harder for the everyday beauty around me, and be present in each and every moment. I think I may even try do something I’ve not ever done before… be positive.

What are your hopes, wishes or resolutions for 2014?

avocado

legos!

there, but not there

long shadows

tomato pizza photorama/underwater

ideas and images

My first love is obviously photography, but I when I grow up want I really want to be is an abstract expressionist or a color-field painter. Someday I’ll have a super-awesome loft studio with a lot of light and a lot of space and I can paint on big huge canvases. But until then, I’m a photographer with limited space and time… so I’ve started working on these photo “collages” to fulfill my need for color blocks and abstraction.

In the meantime, Vanity Fair has named the top living artists today, and there’s apparently only six (sorry everyone else)!

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open studios in fort point

open studios

A few months ago I joined the Fort Point Arts Community in Boston, and over the weekend I had the opportunity to show some recent work during Open Studios there. Showing in the group space meant I was able to meet fellow artists I hadn’t met before as well as many other friendly faces (hello!). It was a beautiful weekend for open studios, and we got a lot of traffic at 319 A Street.

319 A Street

The delightful thing about open studios is that it invites other people to see your work in a much more informal setting than say, a gallery show and it really encourages interaction with the viewer and the work. It also forced me to clearly articulate my thoughts about my own work in a way I hadn’t yet. It was just plain nice having other eyes than my own see my work, especially the pieces which are mid-process or otherwise on-going. I got a lot of great feedback and was really surprised at the pieces people gravitated toward, it was reassuring actually. When you work alone and don’t really have peers to give you criticism, knowing if you’re on-track with your ideas gets pretty muddy.

So, to show my gratitude to all the wonderful people who came out to open studios this weekend, I’m offering a last-chance sale of the artwork seen at open studios (above) at low, open studios prices for a limited time (not just framed art, matted prints and note cards, too)! To view the work, or make a purchase click here.