diy corn dog party!


Recently I made corndogs for the first time. It was easy and took about 1/2 hour to make them, then 15 minutes to make them all the same crunchiness in the oven at then end. But you can totally skip that last part if you want.

I don’t post many recipes, only really easy & great ones, so I realized that I should write about this – since it is delicious, really easy, and so easy to modify if you want it to be vegan, gluten free, egg free, or whatever you want (except corn free).

I got the idea to make my own dang corndogs from a vegan cooking blog on youtube (the vegan zombie, it’s a good video, you should watch it), and I easily modified it for my diet (no 1/2 block of tofu for me – too much processed soy for my body to handle), and you can do the same kind of thing for yourself. My sweetheart told me it was the best corn dog he’s ever had, and I have to agree!

Earlier today I sent this recipe to a gluten free friend since it would be very easy to do without gluten. I know that modifying recipes to suit food troubles can often be hard, but this one is totally flexible. If you need to be without gluten, just use some gf flour instead of the wheat flour. It will work. And you can use tofu or eggs or egg replacer. I found recipes on youtube using all of these and they all looked really good.

Eating corndogs makes me feel like I’m in Santa Cruz California (my hometown) at the Boardwalk, or the saturn cafe (a cute vegetarian diner), or the county fair, or at the rose festival in Portland Oregon, or on someones lawn or any part of my youth – which I spent eating thousands of corndogs.

Here is the recipe for The Dogs.

1 c flour
2/3 cup cornmeal
2 T sugar
1 1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1 t salt
Pepper and salt (1t each?)
Onion and garlic powder (1/2 t-ish each)

Mix the wet ingredients in a separate bowl… then add to to the dry ones. You know, like baking.

1 1/4 c almond milk (or whatever kind you like, seriously)
1 T agave (you could use honey or maple syrup or sugar instead)
2 eggs (or 2 eggs worth of egg replacer [I like ener-G brand] or 1/2 block smushed up silken tofu)

After you make the batter put it in the fridge for 10 min, then put it in a tall pint type cup/jar so you can dip yr dogs!

While your batter is in the fridge you can prep everything else… like the actual dog part.

You can use whatever you want. How about smart dogs? Field roast sausages? Quorn? Tofurkey? Yves? You name it, it will be AWESOME! You could use turkey dogs (that’s what I did) or beef or pork, or whatever variety you favor. Or how about broccoli? That might work but I dunno so tell me if you try it please.

Blot your dogs with a papertowel or cloth napkin or whatever so they’re dry!

Get some bamboo skewers. Cut off the points so your friends don’t stab themselves in the mouth! I cut mine in 1/2 after I cut off the points, but if you can do whatever you want. (u can totally use regular scissors!)

Cut your dogs in 1/2 if you use a small pan like me (I got some cute little corndogs). Just use whatever pan you have! Jam the skewers in one end of the dogs! Tada! The vegan zombie used cornstarch to get the batter to stick to the dogs. I tried some with and some without. You don’t need it if your batter is thick enough! But you could dust them with the cornstarch if you want. No biggie.

SO, get your cold batter out of the fridge and put it in the tall cup. Then dip your dogs right before you are ready to fry them. Like 5 seconds before and move them one at a time from the batter into the preheated oil.

Preheat whatever kind of oil you like for maybe 2 minutes. Use a less flavory oil than olive. I used canola with a splash of olive oil in it, but there are better-for-you oils if you have them.

I used a saucepan with maybe 2 cups of oil in it, had to tilt the pan a little – so I probably should have used more oil than that (I have a gas stove so tilting was fine, but don’t spill your oil!!! It can catch on fire!! It’s oil!!!! Scary!!), and please dear use an ovenmitt for the handle, it gets hot.

Turn the dog quickly to get the whole thing cooked/set up. Then keep turning them in the oil until they are golden! Put it on a cookie sheet or plate with some paper towel to absorb some of the oil. It might be fried but you don’t need to eat all of the oil if you don’t want!

Also I used 1 zucchini to also make 8 zucdogs! In retrospect I would have cut the zuc in 4ths longways, then all in 1/2 to make thinner pieces for quicker cooking. And u would have had more of them which is fun too.

After I fried each dog, I put it on a baking pan. Then when I was done I put them all in the oven (250 degrees) for like 15 min, all of the dogs were then the same temp/crunchyness, this would be good for more fun group munching (the zuc cooked more then so it was good) and the batter nearest the skewers on the dogs cooked during this more (since it was hard to get the base in enough oil (i didn’t use as much oil as i could have, trying to conserve and all that).

Since I am antisocial I froze my leftover corn dogs, so I can eat them whenever I want! I am so happy. I love corn dogs.

Have fun cooking up summery fun!


go see the last group show at launch pad gallery (7/12)!


holy cats, the launch pad gallery is closing after like 6 years of rewarding and hard work promoting artists. it’s a sad time, but also a good time for the gallery’s amazing crew. they have worked tirelessly (and mostly as volunteers) for so many years to benefit the world of contemporary art, in portland and around the country. cheers to the launch pad!

i have a small piece in the very last group show at the gallery. it’s an ink, acrylic and graphite drawing titled “coming in”. see the picture below… but in a nutshell it’s about the tide.

if you are in or near portland oregon, please go see this amazing show. there are 100 pieces, from 100 broad ranging talented artists. here is a radio interview with ben pink, about it all, airing this tuesday on kboo –!

my little drawing is part of the problem solving process for a new film i’m working on. the film is about the ocean, and is primarily done with stop motion (hey that rhymes)… so far there are fabric and drawing elements, but it will of course be much more complex than that – it’s me, and i love the complicated bits. oh the time consuming fun i’m having so far. (that means i won’t be done for a while, but i will post it as soon as it’s done.)

i’m including a picture from the new film (this is from the practice run, it probably won’t make it into the final film). and i am including a picture of my piece that’s showing at the launch pad this coming month.

thank you for your continued support!

ps don’t forget to check out the google view of the launch pad to see some good pictures of my 2010 show, emergence! so glad the google people went to lpg when they did, i love these pictures.

rough draft for a scene from my new film.

this small drawing is worth an upclose view at the second to last launch pad gallery show, in portland oregon, in july of 2012! it’s got the same name as the new film so far, ‘coming in’, and is about the tide… coming in.

Kokedama sorta update…

Hello friendly people!
Also hello grouchies!

Look I’m making sort of kokedama type stuff and trying to work out how to make sculpture out of it! I had some soil trouble and had to go all over town to find what I wanted, (oh new york and your gorgeous fickle floral district) but it seems to be working. I’ll update again soon when things change/grow!

I’m writing this from my phone… so maybe it looks weird (this is my 1st phone posted blog ever)! That’s where the pictures of this project are, the phone. So I made some regular hanging (and one sitting) kokedama and a couple of “pots” to sprout food plants in. And worked on making other shapes, mostly just the phallic one below (I took it apart after I took a picture, wasn’t solid enough). And thought about armature – which I worked on some too. Hence the pvc and copper pipe (thanks to my old studio mate who left some good supplies).

Here are the little guys so far. I really hope I can keep them healthy. It feels weird to wrap the roots in moss, I feel like I’m squishing the poor things, but that’s how it works in all of the instructions I’ve seen. Fingers crossed.

You will notice that these plants are not edibles. I’m coming to terms with my lack of light, and working on solutions, but for now I chose some indoor growers and think this might work better for this kind of project. I am in love with ferns, so started there (and with something claiming to be an angel plant – since I need some spiritual guidance anyhow). But I will update soon with more progress…

Thanks! Ttys!









Scrap Exchange Collages!


Recently I was part of the Brown Paper Bag Scrap Exchange. This was a really fun and cool project in which artists were paired by a curator and mailed scraps to each other. The results were really interesting, and there were a bunch of people involved.

I was paired with Scott Dickson, a Kansas artist who makes very gorgeous natural and geometric awesome collages (I am having a hard time describing them, so look at his website)! We sent each other envelopes full of scrappy paper stuff, and got to work. His collage from my scraps is so cool!

And here are my collages from his scraps! I did 2, one is painted in a method I used to use quite a lot – and it describes the life cycle of a wood frog (I’m not posting that one, really, look at the website). And one is a sculpture, which was totally fun to make! I added some of my own scraps to the mix for fun too (as you know I am very very scrappy). And I plan on making at least 2 more collages from the scrap batch he sent! There is so much potential in what others discard! And this man had some good leftover bits!

I wanted to let you know about this good stuff! Please check out the website with all of the pictures from this project! There were a bunch of great artists involved, and multiple rounds (I was in round 2).

Have a good day!

Love, Katie


plants i am growing and will grow

well hello there!

since i moved to new york city i have been itchy for gardening, particularly because of my garden based background. and because i love nature and i really truly can’t get enough of it. and i really like the idea of food justice. people need to eat (and have access to food that’s not just fast, like veggies) and be empowered to take growing and making food into their own hands. especially in dumb old usa… we have so much space in this country, we could just grow food. ok, some of us do. i actually do not right now.

i’ve been growing small things, basil, chives, lettuce (though i really should have more light to do that)… inside in the brightest spots i have. i’ll post some pictures when these stop looking so sad and wilty. i had hoped to be able to eat some of them soon – but i am just happy they’re alive at this point. they need sun and i do not have that, as i am at the bottom of my building, in the back.

if you check out my movie ( you’ll see my interest in plants is various. food plants, of course. and i am growing more, against glass, for another film. you’ll see! ooooo speaking of – i’m going to go put some sprouts on (aka put seeds in water for a little while then put them in the little janky sprouter i have)… be right back.

ok, so have you heard about kodekama? string gardens?

oh my gods! they are so awesome! plants suspended from strings, it’s totally the right kind of art/plant/stuff for me! i am not quite sure what i will do with this yet, but there is a lot of sculptural potential, and i am going to at least try it out. so i’m headed down to the most likely garden store (come on now new york, i know you’re old school but this is crazy! if i had the funds i’d totally open up a garden store here – there is so much need for that kind of thing, but i am in school and in the negative amounts of money, so i cannot).

anyhow, here is more information about kokedama: (the care sheet is great!)

i will update you about what i make when i make something worth updating you about.

take good care!!!