Christmas in New York and Women Printmakers

P1000442Leaving New York on Wednesday, Dec. 9 and I wanted to see The Tree in Rockefeller Center.

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Skating at Rockefeller.

Lunch at Byrant Park and more skaters.  It was a beautiful warm day and I could eat outside!

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The Tree at Byrant Park

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Skaters at Byrant Park

I visited the New York Public Library in Bryant Park to see an exhibit of Women Artists and Printmakers in the 16th Century.

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Three Centuries of Female Printmakers, 1570-1900

This exhibit was  interesting to me as a woman printmaker.  Woman were not allowed to be artists or attend art school in the 16th C.  They could in some cases do printmaking or sketching if they were rich or well connected.  This is a 1587 Woodcut done by Marie de Medici.  She was the daughter of Francesco de Medici, the Grand Duke of Tuscany.  The work of a Princess and the first example of a print created by a patrician woman.

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Self Portait  of Anna Maria van Schurman, Aged 33 (detail) engraving and etching

Below is”A Young Girl Playing with Chicks, etching 1767, was created by Maria Carolina, Archduchess of Austria and Queen of Naples (Austrian 1752-1814),

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Etching by Maria Carolina, Archduchess of Austria and Queen of Naples

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Napoleon’s Mother

Charlotte Bonaparte was the daughter of Emperor Napoleon I’s elder brother Joseph, King of Naples and Sicily.  She portrays her grandmother at the age of 84.

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Jeanne Antoinette Poisson,  Marquise de Pompadour (French, 1720-1764)

Print by Madame de Pompadour, A child Seated Blowing Bubbles, Engraving 1751

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An etching by Princess Elizabeth, ( British, 1770-1840) A Woman Led by Cupid.

Connecticut Friends, lobster roll, spaghetti and Cats!

 

 

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Dennis and Dudley welcome me to my friends house!

I took the train from Grand Central Station in New York and arrived in New Haven in the rain.

I rented a car and headed straight up route 95 to Lenny and Joe’s Fish Tales to eat a Lobster Roll.

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This was definitely the BEST Lobster Roll I have had all year!  I later learned it’s a Connecticut Lobster Roll.  The Connecticut Lobster Roll is hot with hot butter over it in the roll.  The cold Lobster Roll with mayo is called a Maine Lobster Roll.

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Look for the wild turkeys running into the woods.

 

My friend Gloria decides to cook Spaghetti Sauce.  This is one of her specialities.  She makes sauce for Spaghetti dinners at her church and at school fund raising dinners when we were teaching.  It’s delicious good and I was interested in the recipe.

Spaghetti Sauce

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Pork sausage is cooked on the stove.

Of course their is no recipe.  It’s all in her head.  I also asked about the secret ingredient.  She said there isn’t one, it’s just one of the things she can cook.

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One onion chopped

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lots of garlic

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chopped garlic

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chopped onion

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Saute onion and garlic in some of the pork sausage drippings.

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I large can of tomatoes that are chopped

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add about 1 cup of chicken broth

 

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Sauce is simmering on the stove

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1 package of mushrooms

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chopped mushrooms

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Sprinkle with Italian Seasoning

 

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Add about 1/3 of jar of prepared spaghetti sauce

As I type this I can taste the delicious spaghetti sauce.  I think the secret ingredient is the pork sausage or the addition of prepared sauce?  It’s great tasting.

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I think this is Dudley. Dennis has more white fur around his ears

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The cosy quest room for me.

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