April 21, 2012
Lauren Ingraham Alexander
Last night at my family’s favorite Thai restaurant (That’s Thai Orchid in Mission for you local folks) we were waiting for food and discussing the best foods we ever had. I told the story of my Levain Bakery chocolate chip cookie (and how it was so beyond heavenly I couldn’t eat it all so I tossed it in a trash can in Central Park, I know crazy).
Today is Saturday – my day off for food, shopping, painting, and other general home making tasks including baking something. I decided on oatmeal dark chocolate chip cookies with walnuts. And I spent every moment considering temperatures and textures to create the most “like” Levain I could do. I think the ratio of 1:1:1 (butter, sugar, brown sugar) plus a chilled dough made the magic happen.
I know this will seem like a train of thought from Crazyville but as I mentioned I have been painting and above you can see the nearly finished 8×10 watercolor painting (yet untitled). Before I got on my butter sugar ratio kick I began this artwork thinking about balance, color, and contrast. I think those three elements are the main elements that make my paintings work. I think I’ve been working a lot towards finding a balance in my artwork – not to mention within an often hectic life.
Speaking of ratios and life. I just have to share this clip from one of the greatest shows of all time. I hope it makes you laugh as much as I do. Poor Horatio…