Monthly Archives: August 2009

sesame ginger noodles

I headed to Green City yesterday morning, knowing that I wanted to create some sort of stir-fry for my final entry in the Saucy Mama Contest. This contest was fun because I didn’t enter it wanting or expecting to win anything, but rather it gave me a chance to play around in the kitchen. Since starting this blog almost a year ago, I have become way more confident in leaving recipes behind and just working with what I have on hand in the kitchen. I have to say that it is pretty fun. Continue reading

weekday mornings

One of the best things about currently being unemployed job searching is weekday mornings.  I wake up reasonably early since Dave gets up and heads to work and I spend the first couple hours of the day, slowly sipping my coffee out of a big ceramic mug while sitting on my couch, digging through my Google Reader or reading a book.  For the time being, its very enjoyable routine.  My morning routine also consists of this granola.  You might have read about this “dangerously addictive olive oil granola” that was featured in the NYT. I decided to make up a batch because I was eating my way through also very delicious but expensive bags of granola from Milk and Honey. Continue reading

little creativity [and a giveaway!]

Early in the summer, I read on Twitter that this company called Barhyte was sponsoring a contest for bloggers to use their bottle sauces to create recipes and possibly win some prizes.  It sounded like an fun idea that would force me to experiment a little in the kitchen with some flavors that I probably wasn’t used to.  The deal was sealed when I found out that they would send a few extra bottles for me to give away to you! Continue reading

millions of peaches

Do you remember that song “Peaches” by The Presidents of the United States? Every time I see a big bowl of peaches the “millions of peaches” lyric pops into my head and I am suddenly transformed back to 5th grade. Peaches have now become my quintessential summertime fruit. Easy to wrap up in a napkin and toss in my purse or my new bike basket. Last night I was flipping through a Gourmet and came on a recipe for a Stone Fruit Tea Cake that just sounded too perfect. I had a bowl of peaches in my table, an hour to kill, and a lunch with one of my favorite people who is finally back in Chicago after a summer in Seattle filled with wedding craziness.

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wordless wednesday: an august afternoon

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slow roasted

Supposedly summer is on its way out.  TCU’s sorority recruitment  has begun, new 1Ls at Kent have started the long 3 year journey and for the first time, I am not buying a new planner and stacks of over priced textbooks.  Instead, I am job hunting and spending lots of time in my kitchen and out enjoying Chicago.  One of the best thinks about the height of summer is tomatoes.  Tomatoes slowly creep into the market throughout June and July but by August they fill the farmers tables.  Unfortunately this is not the case in the Northeast, but as far as I can tell, the blight has not impacted the Midwest, thankfully.

This past Saturday, I picked up a big bag full of roma tomatoes and I knew that I would turn them into slow roasted treats to enjoying slowly throughout the fall. Continue reading

Chicago Summers

Even though the calendar claims that it is mid-August and some kids are already back to school, I feel like my summer is just beginning.  Chicago had a record breaking “cold” July so it never felt like hot summer (not that I would have known since I was inside studying all day) but my day yesterday made me feel that summer had finally arrived.

I woke up and took a leisurely trip to the market. Went for the first run in a while that unfortunately was a bit asthma plagued but it still felt great to have the 74 degree breeze on my face. I bought a new bike saddle at Kozy who pumped up my tires (which were apparently always flat-whoops) and now my bike is fast and comfortable to ride. I spent an hour sitting outside the Starbucks in my neighborhood, people watching and reading a book and then came home to whip up a pasta salad to take with me to the free concert in Grant Park for a picnic with friends. Continue reading

refreshed

Well I am finally back. Both physically and mentally. As you probably know, I took a 10 day (very) much-needed post-Bar trip to Texas. I attended one of my favorite sorority sister’s wedding; drove over 1000 miles between DFW, Austin, Houston and various places in between; ate my body weight in salsa, queso, tortilla chips, tacos, BBQ and Blue Bell Ice Cream; continued the 100 year celebration by trying every imaginable incarnation of Shiner; in sum, I basically decompressed from the Stress of the past 3 years and specifically the past 2 months. It was just what I needed. But even as I was enjoying sleeping in to 8:30 AM [yes, 8:30 is now sleeping in for me; I am officially OLD] I was somewhat anxious to get back home to Chicago. I have missed 10 days of the farmer’s markets and I don’t know which fruit slowly slipped out of season or if Nichol’s has started to fill their yellow tubs which every type of little tomato imaginable. Needless to say, I am ready to get back into my summer routine. Thankfully this half will be without the added bonus of 28 pounds of blue BarBri books but rather a large stack of library books (including New Moon, Garlic and Sapphire, The Girl She Used to Be and much more). Continue reading

wordless wednesday

Texas Travel Edition

[We are having a great time. Texas is good for the soul.}

Sour Cherry Coffee Cake

Have you heard about this coffee cake yet?  I bet that you have.  I have made this coffee cake more than twice over the past few months but I just haven’t had a chance to tell you about it yet. And it really is a shame because I am pretty sure that sour cherry season has come and gone. Continue reading