Carleen

Name | Hometown | Currently Reside In?

Kelsy Parkhouse | Long Beach CA | Brooklyn NY

Is your work influenced by season or changing weather?

I grew up in southern California, where the weather stays pretty mild and consistent throughout the year. Because it was so rarely cold, I romanticized sweaters and coats, and they’re still some of my favorite clothing items even after living in New York for the past 12 years.

What’s the best thing you’ve ever gotten in the mail?

College acceptance letters? But actually, growing up I had a friend who was an amazing pen pal, and she used to send me letters and stories and drawings. To this day, though our lives are busier (and still long-distance, unfortunately) she sends the best cards. Any mail from Annalily is a real treat.

What is your favorite holiday tradition (new or old)?

Does Halloween count? My family has always gotten into Halloween, and my mom is always game to collaborate/make/help execute costumes. I used to be very demanding before I could start making them on my own. For the more traditional family holidays I love cooking and being in the kitchen with everyone running in and out.

How do you find comfort?

All I really ever need to manage a situation is a good book. I always treat myself to a few before a flight, and look forward to the uninterrupted reading time.

Do you have a favorite fall/winter/holiday memory?

When we were younger my family spent a few Thanksgivings motorhome camping on the beach in Mexico. We would ride dirt bikes, play in tide pools, gather around a campfire, and my parents and their friends would somehow still manage to concoct a fairly traditional thanksgiving feast. It was the best.

What is your go-to holiday dish?

My aunt introduced this dish to the family a while ago and now if I ever try to omit it from a Thanksgiving or Christmas menu (just for the sake of variety or trying something new!) someone puts up a fuss and it stays.

We call it Corn Pudding, and I don’t know the original source:

  • 5 cups corn
  • 1 cup light cream (1/2 heavy 1/2 milk)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 T brown sugar
  • 4 T snipped chives
  • Nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups crumbled ritz crackers
  • 1 stick butter, melted

In separate bowl mix melted butter and crumbled crackers. Beat eggs and mix in dairy, then stir in chives, nutmeg & corn. Salt and pepper to taste and add 1 cup of the cracker/butter mixture. Pour into casserole dish and top with remaining crackers and butter. Bake 350 for 45-50 min

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