Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Pimping the Pretty

I couldn't do it. I just couldn't blog the Big Top Chef All Stars Pimp. The company that bought the Elimination Challenge of the last episode certainly doesn't need my microscopic blathering on the results. So here's what happened, the chefs had to shop for everything they needed to make a dish for one hundred people. Pots, pans, heat source, and serving implements. Dale won the challenge, Angelo lost. I threw up a lot in my mouth.

I decided that if we were going to pimp something it was going to be something I enjoyed and wasn't a massive corporation whose advertising budget wasn't larger than some third world country's GDP. I had just the person in mind. Remember this?


This is the artwork painted by Haley Harmon of the blog Don't Eat the Paintings. She painted it after I sent in a recipe from Virginia Willis' cookbook Bon Appetit Y'all. Ever since I've been following Haley's blog and her take on all things culinary. You know I had a huge smile when she recently posted this:

(get out of my head man!!!!!!!!!)

Haley has been very busy. Not only is she still making beautiful art, she's also making grocery bags out of her art...

...she's selling her current artworks...

...and this is the best, she'll take your favorite recipe and make your own personal painting.

How do you get in on all this watercolor goodness? The first place to take your tippy tappy fingertips is Haley's Etsy shop, Don't Eat the Paintings. All the details can be found there. I can't think of a better gift for a loved one than a personal painting of their favorite recipe to hang in their kitchen or dining room. I know I'm going to break out my favorite monkfish recipe.


(Just kidding Haley...snort!)


MakingSpace said...

Oh the pretty!! Oh the pretty!

I kept saying ooooohhhhhhhh over and over until I got to the monkfish. Hahaha

Oh the pretties!!!!

Big Shamu said...

C'mon now I bet the monkfish's mom thought he was the prettiest little monkfish in the sea.

MakingSpace said...

I'm sure. I'm sure.

Actually, I would guess this wonderful artist could turn the creature into something whimsical and enchanting.

But that photo was funny.

froggy said...

It was a stunning example of product pimpage.

Ooooo, also like the website and paintings! This has gift potential...

Have you seen these folks?

Dani said...

It's all so wondeful!!

Big Shamu said...

Yes Froggy, that's the perfect word, stunned. I was stunned by the massiveness of the pimpage.

And thank you for the link, it's wonderful. I'll be exploring that quite a bit.

Dani's just happy I didn't choose frog legs as a recipe.

Haley said...

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! You're too good to me :)

Buzz Kill said...

I was so looking forward on your perspective on how they cleaned and sanitized everything they were pulling off the shelves. I'm guessing the same way that Fabio did for his storage shelf cheese grater.

I checked Haley's site and that would be a great birthday gift. I have a couple of my mother's recipes that would look good in water color (cheesecake comes to mind) And she lives in my neck of the woods too.

You should test Haley with a monkfish recipe. Bwahahaha

Big Shamu said...

Buzz I'm sure they slathered everything with some generic hand sanitizing anti-baterial lotion. Hmmmm, yummy.