I had WAY too much fun Saturday night at Patti's house...many new and old artists friends gathered for a group critique and of course lots of food and beverage! What a wonderful evening...Patti made a traditional Polish dish (Go beef and cabbage! should be a Polish battle cry), and everyone brought fabulous dishes to share. (Check out my girlfriend's Jalapeno dip recipe below!)
Everyone brought a work to share - new or old (like 5 years in the making!) it didn't matter - it was great to see what everyone was working on.
I highly recommend hosting your own critique night - all you need are a few friends with some work to share, ask everyone to bring a dish, open some wine (or make Green Tea Mojitos...if I get the recipe I promise to share - they are AWESOME) and set up an easel - you are all set! As artists we need to get out of our studios and share our work - our triumphs, our frustrations, our tips and feedback for our friends...art cannot exist in a vacuum!
My favorite new recipe...a must for any party!
Jalapeno Cheese Dip
2 regular packages of cream cheese
1 cup Parmesan cheese
1 small can of crushed Jalapeno peppers (drained)
1 small can of chopped green chilies (drained)
1 cup mayo
Mix all of these ingredients together (if you want an extra kick...add an extra small can of Jalapenos!) and spread in a 13" x 9" pan.
1 roll of Ritz crackers, crushed
and sprinkle evenly on top.
half a stick of butter, melted
Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
Serve warm or slightly cooled with Tortilla chips.