|Angel Uriel: oil painting by Cherie Bender|
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Monday, October 31, 2016
I adore the sienna tinting in this hand done print, expertly and lovingly created by Danny in his darkroom...where the Magic happens.To me this shot has a remembrance, an iridescence, if you will, of time standing still.
All that is remembered is the good times.
Danny was one of my favorite people in the whole world. I thought he was tremendously talented and we had a lot of good times shooting together.
Another side of Me.
Lots of Love
Monday, September 5, 2016
|Men Shaking Hands, a pastel drawing|
For a fairly long while, I modeled, and I loved acting in plays and in movies, but throughout, I always did my visuals. I can say with definite certainty, my true love and truest passion has always been creating art. Whether on an excruciating deadline or taking my time making something that pleases me, this has been an incredible journey. I share with you now, one of my favorite pieces "Men Shaking Hands" a pastel drawing I did for one of my first self promos on the internet. It has the flavor of an Aynn Rand book, as I probably was influenced by my reading of "Atlas Shrugged" when I was sixteen and again around the time I created this pastel. In the depths of my psyche is the work ethic I inherited from my Dad. I love to layer and perfect my work both as an illustrator and as a fine artist. The original Pastel, Men Shaking Hands, is available, as are some other commissioned pieces I did for a living as an illustrator. Please visit my web to view this and more commissioned art. You may inquire about availability via my contact page.
Have a Blessed Day, and God Bless America!
Happy Labor Day
Friday, July 1, 2016
|Esm'e: pencil & glitter by Cherie Bender|
My magical folk I draw and paint to illustrate my Magical Cookbook are very real to me. They are inspired by my favorite fantasy artists and authors.
All I have done is open my eyes and ears and believe in what happens next! I hear tinkling, silvery laughter often in my herbal garden and I sometimes catch the soft flutter of fairy wings within the corner of my eye. I have a firm belief in Gnome helpers and Elves coaxing my flowers and herbs to grow.
In order to keep everything healthy, I do not allow harsh pesticides in my home or garden. I want to keep the eco system flowing so I try to only work with natural oils such as peppermint to keep unwanted visitors away!
My new cookbook that I am writing now, this Summer of 2016, incorporates these principles, and is so much fun to create!
My Magical Cookbook is percolating and simmering, blending all of the wonderful ingredients! My recipes include using natural ingredients such as herbs and flowers of the garden, combined for us to stay beautiful, young and healthy!
I am also creating organic, essential oil blends; Love, Cash Flow, Power, and Drive Calm (Protection) are some of my latest. I will be sharing some of these and my magical art for all who desire these qualities in their own lives.
Just like in all good cooking, savoring the delicious aromas and training the palette for delicate flavors rather than quick easy fixes takes time. I will be sharing another recipe tidbit from my Magical Cookbook very soon! Keep posted. I'm percolating!
In Good Health,
Thursday, June 23, 2016
In my new Cappuccino Kitchen, I have installed the greatest thing! A steam oven which is a quick and healthy way to cook with steam and convection. Mine is a Jen-Aire which I am in love with. Why am I in love with a steam oven you may ask?
Its simple: no more harmful micro waves in my kitchen ever again! Everything cooks up quickly, crisp on the outside and moist on the inside. After a long days work in the studio and/or writing new recipes for Cherie Bender's Glitter Book of Magical Cooking, all I have to do is place a frozen, wild caught piece of fish, or organic chicken, or even frozen pasta, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, surrounded with organic veggies, place in an oven proof ceramic dish, and seasoned with fresh dill from my garden, ground pepper, sea salt, organic lemon zest and juice from one lemon and then I place the container with filtered water back in the lil' ole' steam oven, Voila! Within 20 minutes (time enough to walk my Japanese Chin puppies Dalai and Angel) I arrive back home to a delicious, healthy dinner cooked with no harm to me, my family, or my environment, and its virtually hands free!
I have been experimenting with my steam oven for the last few months and have found it to be a delightful, easy peasy nice n' breezy way to cook fresh and healthy, quickly.
There is very little danger of overcooking as the steam oven walks you through the whole process, giving you options to stop cooking or continue on for a few more minutes. Opening the oven door poses no danger whatsoever, just a little steam escaping, unlike the outdated microwave. Plus, you can adjust the seasonings to taste or add more time on as you please.
I will be writing some new recipes in the near future geared to this awesome way for busy people to prepare healthy meals, saving them time and money!
The Summer is for enjoying the good weather, outdoor pleasures and taking it easy, no? Using the steam oven is a fabulous new faster and health conscious cooking idea who's time has come. I can't wait to have my book published and ready with these newer recipes included. I envision a very near future of steam ovens in every kitchen, affordably. Just imagine coming home from working all day, to such an easy way of preparing healthy and nutritious dinners! You could languish in the tub or take a shower for 20 minutes knowing that all your cooking is being done safely. That is the most important part. My new steam oven recipes will be geared with all of this in mind, and of course I will also include my recipes for the gas convection oven as well.
|Azulene: Pastel & Swarovsky crystal drawing:|
Thursday, May 12, 2016
|Delicious Food Served Deliciously|
I've had Many trials and tribulations with over 36 workers coming in and out of my doors for the past 6 months! Not all of them knew what they were doing, I am sorry to say! The truth was in the pudding as my Mummy used to tell me.... but now....
I was on a mission as I have started and almost completed my cookbook illustrated with my art and photos and I am almost finished with the detailing and final touches of both the kitchen and my book a la Cherie!
My kitchen is very delightful and will be a perfect backdrop for fun! cooking parties and I cannot wait to start cooking up a storm so..
Please keep posted to my blog because now I have the time to post!
I promise: videos of cooking parties are forthcoming as well as snippets of my latest recipes for gourmet food focusing on Health, Beauty and Longevity.
Friday, March 18, 2016
|Nysa Poland: a family photo|
So you can see, my childhood memories of a kitchen are about the comfort and warmth to be found with just a cuppa and maybe a scone drenched in jam. For, as a child, I loved the snow and ice as long as I was inside in front of a nice, cozy fire where I felt safe, snug and warm, eating a special treat and not worried about a single thing. This is part of my Magical Cookbook's essence.
I now Fast forward to the present moment: adding to this magic would be a lovely meal served with grace, on beautiful china with linen napkins and exquisite silverware: In my Cappuccino Kitchen! But, I must add, a simple free-range Shepherds pie loaded with organic vegetables in a ram-kin would more than suffice: Freshly Baked from the oven and Piping Hot. Satisfyingly delicious.
So look for news about my ideas for cooking parties, as they will be included here.
I had thought of writing my Magical Cookbook a few years ago, very inspired by Julia Child and her amazing cooking journey.
So now, my dream is finally happening! I am awesomely grateful for the opportunity to share my love of art and my love of cooking.
I hope that Cherie's Magical Cookbook will inspire, nurture, enthrall and capture you as I have been while creating this for you.
What is life without good food? Friendship? Ambiance? and Color?
Love of cooking and love of art: for me they go together: Cherie Bender's Glitter Book Of Magical Cooking: an unusual cookbook.