Above: Francisco Goya's Two Old Men Eating Soup, one of the "Black Paintings" (1819-1823)—created during the days when the Spanish artist was going mad, painting on the interior walls of his home, existing in what must have been a suffocating space, and indirectly influencing Jeni Britton Bauer's Sublime Holiday Collection.
If you caught this morning's VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live, you heard comedian Dane Cook talk up his new movie Answers to Nothing, followed by Jeni Britton Bauer dishing about her new holiday ice creams and inspirations that range from Goya and Dickens to the Magi and a modern-day Danish chanteuse.
It's not often that a national morning-TV audience gets to see someone follow Cook with an explanation of how a 19th century painter and writer, the three wise men, and contemporary pop music can serve as perfect muses for a 2011 holiday season ice cream collection.
But that's what went down as Jeni shared samples of Smoked Tea with Plum Pudding, Cumin & Honey Butterscotch Cake, Vanilla Cedar Wood, and other holiday flavors with chipper hosts Carrie Keagan and Jason Dundas.
Check out the clip here and see one of the milestones in the history of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams.