An Artichoke Souffle

Perfect for summer, an artichoke souffle.

artichoke spinach-souffle on Slipcovers for Your Walls, casartblog

You may ask why is this scrumptious souffle on our site? Well we love artichokes and occasionally like to mix it up in posting subjects beyond just interior design.

If you like artichokes like we do, here’s a great recipe adapted from the cookbook A Kitchen in France:

4 canned artichoke hearts.  Original recipe uses fresh artichokes

4 Tbs. unsalted butter, plus more for the ramekins

¼ C flour, plus more for the ramekins

1 C whole milk

Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

¼ C grated Gruyere or Comte cheese

4 large eggs, separated

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Puree the artichoke hearts in a food processor 1 or 2 minutes until smooth

Melt butter in medium saucepan over medium heat.  Add flour and whisk until smooth.  Gradually add milk, whisking.  Season with salt and pepper and simmer, still whisking, until the sauce thickens.  Remove from heat, add the cheese and whisk until melted.  Transfer the béchamel sauce to a bowl and cool for 10 minutes.

Grease four 7-oz ramekins with butter and dust lightly with flour.  Tap out the excess flour.

Whisk egg yolks one by one into the béchamel sauce, then add the artichoke puree, mixing until smooth.

Whisk or beat the egg whites in a large bowl until foamy.  Add a pinch of salt and continue beating until stiff.  Fold gently into the artichoke mixture.  Fill the ramekins to ½ inch from the top and bake until risen and golden, 25-30 minutes.

Serve immediately

Here’s another one with spinach and artichoke from Spicy.Tasty.com, where the feature picture comes from — too beautiful not to post.

Both seem light and airy and perfect for a summer day.

If you want to extend your enjoyment of artichokes, try our Artichaut wallcovering in various colors and a souffle of different arrangements, easy to unpeel and stick, remove and reuse with no whipping or mess involved & lasts beyond a single meal or serving.

Casart Artichoke comes with or without wording and in a pattern

Casart Artichoke comes with or without wording and in a pattern

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Framed Casart Artichoke on Casart yellow faux padded Harlequin

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Teenager’s bedroom with Artichaut Element / Designs & Murals

Casart Artichaut on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Casart Artichaut Mural Element

Casart Artichaut Pillows with Peacock Damask wallcovering

Casart Artichaut Pillow Slipcovers with Peacock Damask wallcovering in background

Casart Decor Artichaut pillow cover

The Artist is in All of Us

You may say you’re not artistic, but you are!

Whenever you make a conscious choice about what color to wear or decorate your room or any way to personalize your items or surroundings, you’re making a creative, artistic, design choice.

Yes, some people may be more creative than others and have artistic talent to draw and paint, but these are also skills that can be learned; even though, they may be more naturally inherent for some.

Some people feel the need to create, others do not.

For those who do, you’ll love knowing about Kristin Nicholas, just one of our 3 artist collaborators.

Kristin Nicholas Bio pic for Casart coverings on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Her home and artwork was originally featured in a Houzz ideabook in 2012. We wrote about it in this previous post.

Kristin home on Houzz on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

In fact, this is how we learned of Kristin’s work. We were immediately struck by its exuberance.

Casart coverings, Kristin Nicholas Garden Mural on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Kristin Nicholas-Garden of Family Farm Life

We reached out and started working with her and now offer her designs on our reusable, temporary wallpaper.

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Her home has been featured on Houzz again, this time as a movie, where you can witness Kristin’s creative outlook and hear for yourself how she expresses her passion for color in her artwork, knitting, painting, writing and even home-good accessories.

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(Click here if you cannot see the movie.)

If you are looking for a way to express your own style, you can do so with Casart coverings!

Let us help you as we’ve enjoyed helping others.

Recently, one of our customers, Ginger Sluder, who is a talented artist, contacted us to print her lovely artwork as a custom mural that she could cut and use on her stair risers, as a stair mural.

Here’s the custom sample we provided so she could check the color prior to printing on Casart Regular, which is more durable and wipeable than our Casart Light material. Also, our materials print slightly differently so we wanted her to be sure prior to printing a larger version. This is part of our approval process for custom work.

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Once the stair mural had been printed, she cut and installed and emailed us a photo, saying, “I did it! It looks great! Thank you!”

After Casart customer Custom Artwork_ Casart coverings Stair Riser Installation

Wonderful, we too are so happy that it came out so beautifully!! Thank you, Ginger, for sharing. We hope your vision will also inspire others. It certainly inspires us to see it installed!

We can only take minor credit however, because it came from our customer’s artistic vision, just as we all have but it’s up to each of us in how we want to express our own personal style. Click here to see other Casart customers’ stair murals and Casart creations.

There have been several recent business articles, one in the Washington Post, suggesting the next big thing is personalized style — not purchasing the mainstream but customizing items to make them unique and your own.

Business experts say a growing number of shoppers prefer to spend on “unique, hard-to-find pieces instead of highly recognizable” name brands.

We think standing out as being different, bucking the trend, trying something new has actually always been in style. It’s what makes America innovative. The newest thing, however, is the social media aspect, in sharing how you can have different because others want to see for themselves.

It’s the age of discovery where the artist is in all of us!

We encourage you to discover your inner artist.

Blue and White – Porcelain and Pattern

Picking up on our toile theme, have you noticed that many toile patterns come in blue and white?

We can’t help notice and wonder if there is a correlation between blue and white porcelain and toile patterns?

When researching toile, which is simply “French” for “cloth or fabric”, Toile de Jouy is commonly used because it was the distinguishing type of patterned cloth from the House de Jouy, a fabric maker located in Jouy-en-Josas, a town in the south-west suburb of Paris.

Musée de Jouy -- official house of toile on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Official museum of the House of Jouy in Jouy-en-Josas, France

This type of fabric was quite sought after in the mid-18th century, after being originally produced in Ireland. Toile became popular in America during the Colonial period and have remained popular ever since, firmly rooted in traditional style interior decorating.

Antique Toile de jouy fabric via polyvore

Antique Toile de jouy fabric via polyvore

Meanwhile, blue and white porcelain was first produced in the Henan provence of China in the 9th century. Its popularity started to flourish in the 14th century as it began to replace traditional solid white chinaware. After briefly regarded as a displacement of Chinese tradition during the Ming Dynasty, it rebounded in the 17th century and expanded into the European market. Around the same time at the height of the blue and white porcelain craze, toile patterns started to pick up on the blue and white patterning seen in this Chinese porcelain. Both used a similar pastoral theme in their patterns.

blue-white-tea-kettle_Dargate auction on casartblog

Chinese tea kettle via Dargate Auction

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19th c ginger jar via Nadeau’s Aution

And this 18th century popular French blue and white print that is reproduced today.

18th c toile print scene via Blue Monday on casartblog

18th c toile print scene via Blue Monday

 

17th c Rouen porcelain vase in style of Chinese porcelain via Wikipedia on casartblog

17th c Rouen porcelain vase in style of Chinese porcelain via Wikipedia

At the same time blue and white China was flooding the European market, Delftware in Holland, which had its own rich history with its classic blue and white patterning of unadorned pastoral themes, was becoming more sought after, particularly after the Dutch started imitating the Chinese style in the 1630s.

Delft Chinese-style tiles via delfttiles.com on casartblog

Delft Chinese-style tiles via DelftTiles.com

Coincidentally, the English started their own version known as Willow Ware.

Burleigh Ware Vintage Old Willow Tea Plate via Collectible China Co. UK on casartblog

Burleigh Ware Vintage Old Willow Tea Plate via Collectible China Co. UK

The English started mimicking the Delftware Chinese-style and the Chinese saw their own craze influencing other cultures, so they reproduced Dutch and English style blue and white china themselves.

Pseudo Delft Chinese-style Tile made by English Minton China Works via antiques.com on casartblog

Pseudo Delft Chinese-style Tile made by English Minton China Works via antiques.com

What an economic circle but it brings us back to present day.

The latest issue of House Beautiful celebrates blue and white ginger jars on their cover and provides a truly informational visual history of how they’ve been used in interior design and are still popular and timeless today.

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Ginger Jar Images via House Beautiful June 2015

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Bridging the correlation between blue and white and porcelain and pattern, you can view contemporary styles in:

• our previous post, Not Your Mama’s Toile

• Houzz describes 8 Easy ways to Bring Toile de Jouy into your Home

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You can enjoy blue and white or any color toile in large and small doses. A little goes a long way.

Blue and white toile via Kristie Barnett, The Decorologist on Houzz on casartblog

via Kristie Barnett, The Decorologist on Houzz

Blue and white porcelain sink via French Country Pine & Design on Houzz on casartblog

via French Country Pine & Design on Houzz

Blue and white toile via Anthony Baratta LLC on Houzz on casartblog

via Anthony Baratta LLC on Houzz

The history is just as fascinating as the derivatives of toile designs, as seen in our Alice in Wonderland version.

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Casart’s Alice in Wonderland, blue and white toile wallcovering

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