Showing posts from November, 2010

My Favorite Muffin Recipe

You're getting this post because I wanted to share with the internet a recipe I've been using since I was 13. These muffins were the very first thing I ever learned to cook in 7th grade Home Economics. I don't know that there has been a single Thanksgiving since where I didn't bake them - either with my family growing up, the San Francisco gang that would have Christmas together, or with Travis and our Austin friends. Very simple. Just about perfect.

Pumpkin Muffins


1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup mashed pumpkin (I use pie filling)
4 tbsp melted butter
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Beat egg, mix with milk, pumpkin, and butter. Mix dry ingredients separately, then add the wet ingredients. Drop batter into muffin cups by the 1/4-cup full. Bake in muffin pan for 18-20 minutes.

(I actually double this recipe every year, so I can't really say how many muffins this m…

Selkie: Process

It's been over two weeks since DVT's latest incarnation of the Selkie opera performed in Houston and I'm just now sitting down to write about the experience. This project started last January with an installation/opera piece at the Creative Research Lab in Austin. Between January and November it grew significantly into a wholly original piece of work created by several amazing artists.

I arrived in Houston on Friday, October 29 with my giant iMac, brought to facilitate creating and editing of video material used in the production. In just the week that I was there, the amount of video content in the show almost doubled and then was cut down to less than what we had thought it would be. I was reminded of a professor telling a class that I was in that design was in large part about how often you are willing to redo something - definitely true of our work on this production. Originally I had planned on using two projectors, one on the set/installation pieces created by Da…