you know you have a problem when…

[15 May 2007 | By | 15 Comments]

So we are touching up the paint in our home—fixing the dings, cracks and smears from fast and full living—and I needed to take inventory on what paint I had on hand, and what paint I needed to buy. And guess what I found? I found I have a problem. My paint colors are not normal. Either they hired a foodie to name paint, or I am like a bug to a light when it comes to food.

In this case, it appears that I think of paint as another venue for all things food. Here are the paint cans I found labeled, affixed to my pantry shelves: Bay Leaf, Pale Avocado, Caramel Latte, Split Pea, Dark Celery (seriously, I am thinking: coincidence?), Peanut Shell and Jack o’ Lantern. Sounds more like something I would put on my plate rather than my walls, but hey: what can I say? Food warms my soul, whether it is in the sauté pan, on the grill or apparently, surrounding my every move, day and night, head to toe like a food fight gone out of control and now forever a part of every wall of my home.

I know, that is what I was thinking: no tomatoes? Next wall I paint better be Tomato Blossom, Heirloom Orange, or Roma Tomato. Or how about the color of the flesh of an enormous beefsteak tomato? And to be sure, I already have lots of ‘dirt’ on my walls: cremini mushroom brown, whole wheat brown, chocolate mole brown—hues bragging of their ability to cultivate, nurture and sustain. A pun to make my father proud: I find brown to be very grounding, indeed.

But back to the Pale Avocado: this color proudly adorns my kitchen walls. When not part of a wall, I love using real avocados for this very green guacamole. My lovely friend Kristen, from Portland, spliced this recipe together and I frantically wrote the recipe down. Now I make it all the time:

1/2 juice lemon
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
big pinch kosher salt
small green pepper (jalapeno, Anaheim, etc.)
3 avocados
1/2 cup chopped cilantro

Mash/blend together. I used my muddler and it worked beautifully. Kids—big and small—can also just mush it together with their fingers. Try not to flick any on the walls, or if you do and your walls are green, like mine, perhaps it will just blend…

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  • Alisa said (15 May 2007 at 10:08 pm):

    Seriously, that is some food fettish! We have always gone for the rich colors, but I do not believe we have colored our walls with vegetables as of yet : )

  • Jeff said (16 May 2007 at 9:00 am):

    Should go with squash blossom yellow!

  • aria said (16 May 2007 at 4:56 pm):

    i think the painting would be on hold once all those colors got my belly grumbling! oooh dark celery sounds extra neat!

  • Ovens to Betsy said (17 May 2007 at 7:06 am):

    I can’t find the paint chips, but I believe my kitchen is a combination of Lemongrass (although it looks more like Granny Smith green) and Guava!!!

  • holler said (17 May 2007 at 8:24 am):

    I too have been influenced by food paint, without realising it. My hallway is apple white! I’ll have to try to remember what the other colours are!

  • Culinary Cowgirl said (17 May 2007 at 3:01 pm):

    Too funny! My mom was looking at red paints recently…and most were wine names. Wouldn’t a nice coat of Zinfandel appeal for a room with a fireplace?

  • janelle said (18 May 2007 at 9:30 am):

    Alisa: :)

    Jeff: Yes! I love those warm, bright yet deep colors. Squash Blossom? Maybe you should hire yourself out to name paints:).

    Aria: good point, probably makes me eat more:).

    Ovens to Betsy: Sounds really inspired, I would love to see it!

    Holler: Apple White—what a great name for paint!

    Culinary Cowgirl: yes. cozy, warm, happy feeling:)… nice big leather chair, good company….

  • Jennifer said (18 May 2007 at 1:40 pm):

    I think a Pale Avocado would be gorgeous in a kitchen. I always dream up the colors I would paint my rooms when we are able to own our own place.

  • Karen said (20 May 2007 at 6:14 am):

    I love paint colors. I’m all ready to repaint my basement in Green Tea Latte! Just kidding.

    I am looking for a perfect olive green, though.

  • Sharona said (4 June 2007 at 3:17 pm):

    Love guacamole. I always try several different recipes. Yours looks great! I think Avacado would make a great color for a kitchen or a dinning room.


  • janelle said (5 June 2007 at 2:27 pm):

    Jennifer: I was just at a paint store and noted one named ‘chilled chardonnay.’ Fun!

    Karen: Green Tea Latte truly is a brilliant name:).

    Sharona: Thanks! The outside of my house is called Forest Moss but I always tell people to look for the avocado colored house.

  • Helen said (5 June 2007 at 5:19 pm):

    It might make you feel like you are not alone: the main paint color in our house is “glazed pears”…!
    Great recipe!

  • janelle said (5 June 2007 at 5:49 pm):

    Helen: Almost makes you want to lick the walls:).

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