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Artist Mollie Douthit--On Food, Paint, Memory And Connection

Young woman in winter hat and scarf standing in front of small paintings on a white wall.

Artist Mollie Douthit, pictured with small paintings on display for Open Studios at Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT, November, 2018. (Kayte Young/WFIU)

“This my opportunity to only talk about those colors, and then somehow, the lusciousness of the frosting, the cakiness of the cake the smoothness of the plastic in that refrigerator--all somehow mingle themselves into that, and that’s exciting to me.”

On our show this week, we revist a conversation with artist Mollie Douthit, about her painting practice involving food, kitchen spaces and food’s power to connect us--with the past, and with the people we love. I spoke with her after her artist's talk at Vermont Studios Center in Johnson, Vermont.

During the holiday season, some of us may be spending time with family, returning to the family home perhaps-- and among the many things that families can disagree about, it seems food can stir up some deep divisions.

After all, food is tied to culture and identity. Some of us leave home and strike out on new culinary paths, and develop new food preferences, restrictions or even principles about what we will and will not eat.

A place where we may have once come together--the family table--can become fragmented and tense.

Our guest Mollie Douthitt, a painter, returned to her family home after living abroad for years. Many things had changed, including Mollie’s diet. But she’s found ways to continue to connect with her family over food, even if they aren’t always eating the same thing.

And nutrition educator Kendra Brewer walks us through the steps of making and preserving apple pie filling. 

Music on this week's show:

Vanishing Haze by Emmanuel David Lipszyc, Frank Lapscombes and Sebastien Lipszyc (Killer Tracks)

The Earth Eats’ theme music is composed by Erin Tobey and performed by Erin and Matt Tobey.

And nutrition educator Kendra Brewer walks us through the steps of making and preserving apple pie filling. 

Stories On This Episode

Apple Pie Filling for Canning


Boiling water bath canning is perfect for fruit, and not too much trouble. Here's a recipe for canning your own pie filling.

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