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Good-Enough-to-Eat Prints from Pen & Palate

Just a couple of friends with forks

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The history of the blog Pen & Palate reads like a fairy tale — with a dollop of lesson learning, a sprinkling of storytelling, and a pinch of painterly genius.

Best friends since their childhood in Washington, D.C., Tram Nguyen and Lucy Madison bonded over a shared obsession with cooking. These days, Madison lives and writes in New York City; Nguyen designs costumes in Chicago. Together they produce the easy, intimate Internet space that shares food lore, anecdotes, and imagery.

Nguyen likens their process to a duet: Madison writes posts based on kitchen adventures (recipes are mostly originals, with a few adaptations); Nguyen responds with complementary gouache paintings of the dish (she writes, too, but not as frequently).

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Shortly after the blog launched, readers began requesting prints of the brilliantly hued lobsters, eggs in a skillet, and slow-roasted tomatoes — and the Pen & Palate shop was born.

See something you like that’s not yet for sale? Apple galette? Cioppino?

Nguyen cooks up whatever you fancy.

Prints available at penandpalate.bigcartel.com, $24. To read tales and recipes, go to penandpalate.net.

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Photos: Courtesy of Pen & Palate