Friday, October 20, 2017

Eggplant, Mixed mushrooms and fresh tomato sauce

Sitting on the kitchen counter was a basket of Japanese eggplants and 4 ripe tomatoes, all from the porch garden, waiting to become tonight’s dinner. I had all day to think about how I would make that happen.


1.     Wild mushroom fettuccini (by al Dente)
2.     Japanese eggplants quartered lengthwise
3.     Mixed mushrooms
4.     Fresh tomatoes cut in half and grated on the coarse side of a hand grater, skins discarded
5.     Sundried tomatoes in oil, coarsely chopped
6.     Shallots
7.     Olive oil
8.     Garlic
9.     Fresh basil and tarragon
10. Mozzarella coarsely grated


Cook the shallots and garlic in olive oil until soft. Add the mushrooms and cook over high heat, stirring frequently, until they begin to brown. Add the tomatoes and herbs, reduce the heat, and simmer for about 20-30 minutes. In the meantime, heat olive oil in a separate skillet until hot, and cook the eggplant until golden brown and soft. Remove each piece as they are done and drain on a paper towel. Add the eggplants to the tomato sauce, along with the sundried tomatoes and continue cooking over low heat while the pasta is cooking. Add the pasta to the sauce and top with the mozzarella. You can do this in the serving dish or in the individual dishes.


The fresh tomatoes produce a sweet sauce (that you can’t get from canned tomatoes) that is enhanced by the sweetness of the eggplants. Both are tempered slightly by the sundried tomatoes. The mixed mushrooms add a satisfying texture to the dish.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

I can't keep up with the greens in our porch garden. They grow as quickly as I harvest them. Tonight I found myself looking at a basket of Swiss Chard and beet greens, and a small packet of BBQ pork from our freezer.  It was a no brainer. 

Gemelli with BBQ pork, peas, and mixed greens.  Everything is a shade of pink because of the beet greens.

This was so simple and oh so good.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017


Mezzi Rigatone with carrots and beets cooked with olive oil, butter, and fresh Tarragon and Thyme, then married to roasted grape tomatoes from our yard (they are everywhere), and kissed with some heavy whipping cream.

I'm too tired to post a recipe, so the pics will have to do.
the sauce - waiting for the past

The End

Monday, October 2, 2017

Heavenly Ravioli

I escaped the awful news of the day by taking refuge in pasta. Once again I turned to the porch garden for 5 medium sized tomatoes supposedly bred for use in Italian tomato sauces. I don't know all that really means, but I can tell you the results of tonight's enterprise was fantastic.

Cheese ravioli with creamy fresh tomato sauce with mixed mushrooms and seasoned with fresh oregano and tarragon.  All treated with a splash of sweet Vermouth and red pepper flakes.

Sunday, October 1, 2017


The second in this series of armchair travels - a street scene in Scotland's Edinburgh.

Maggie Dickson's  watercolor  12x18"

Sunday, September 24, 2017

An Armchair Travel Artist

Thanks to Google street maps I can now travel the world from my studio, visiting the streets of towns, villages, and cities in search of the architectural subjects I love to draw and paint. Last year I created a small series of painting depicting food shops and taverns. I'm now working on a series of street scenes focusing on unique regional architecture.

First in this series is Ye Olde Cock Tavern at 22 Fleet St. in London.

Pencil & watercolor  11x8"

Monday, September 4, 2017

EYE CANDY studio newsletter #141

I’m putting my pride in my back pocket and going all “commercial” with this latest newsletter. I have to. It is a matter of self-preservation. My problem is I tend to get too full of myself, thinking I write such clever and entertaining newsletters, and from time to time I need to take steps to deflate my puffed up ego. It is not easy admitting this, which I know comes as a big surprise to many of you. I don’t want you to think badly of me, so I’m taking this precautionary step. The idea is for you to think: “wow, that Renzulli is really a humble guy, and is willing to do whatever it takes to remain that way”. That is my goal, and if I have to lower myself by trying and sell my art I will do it. 

So with that introduction out of the way, what do I have to sell that will catch your eye, tickle your fancy, and say to you, “I belong on your wall”? I’m offering a series of small watercolors that will provide a bit of spiritual and visual respite in these hectic days of ours. They are all matted with backing and are ready for framing.

Sunny Fields
Green Fields
The Wash
    Each of the above – image 8x4” plus a 2” mat     $75 each or 3 for $180 plus $7 Shipping      

No Name Barn  4x8 w 2.5" mat   $75 plus $7 Shipping 

Weary Landscape 6x9 w 2.5" mat   $100 plus $7shipping



Salmon Sky  5x8 w 2.5" mat  $75 plus $7 Shipping

It looks like the exhibition for my river portfolio will be opening sometime in late October. I will be posting more details when plans are finalized.  There are currently 24 paintings in the portfolio, mostly watercolors with a few acrylics on canvas. I’ve been working on this for almost 2 years, and look forward to seeing all of the work on display. Also in the works is a hardcover book of the complete portfolio, as well as a few “extras”. Once that is finished it will be time to move on to my next project, whatever that may be.

Looking forward to Fall,


"Don't follow the critics too much. Art appreciation, like love, cannot be don by proxy: it is a very personal affair and is necessary to each individual."  Robert Henri, The Art Spirit