Category Archives: Dinner

Rich’s Lemon Chicken

Rich's Lemon Chicken

Let me tell you a little secret. I am quite lucky. On Wednesday Night (and Dave’s 26th Birthday-Happy Birthday!) we flew to PA to visit his parents and my mom joined from Texas. Then I spent the next two days wedding dress shopping with the moms (nothing picked yet but I have some thoughts narrowed down). At every shop, the girl helping me into countless dresses would remark that I am so lucky that my moms get along, and they do. I am lucky that I will be marrying into such a fun, loving and caring family and that they mesh so well with my own parents. Continue reading

fickle spring

"Dave's" Chili

A few days ago, I was having a difficult time coming up with some way to talk about this chili recipe. Chili doesn’t really seem like an appropriate top to discuss while experiencing the first 80+ degree weekend, when my apartment is stuffy and hot because the heat hasn’t been switched to A/C. But I finally dug out this recipe from my mom and have made it a few times over the winter, and just not talked about it. Still, I was wary to bring it up. Continue reading

casual comfort

Sloppy Joes
Since really falling in love with cooking, I will admit that it is easy to get caught up in the next new and fancy thing.  Homemade pasta!  Layer Cakes! Braising!  Pretty Cupcakes!  This isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  I have expanded my recipe file and become far more comfortable with my skills.  But sometimes you want something easy.  Sometime simple.  Something like a Sloppy Joe. Continue reading

a long braise

Pot Roast and Glazed Carrots

Even though the sun is staying up longer and longer everyday, it is still winter. My one pair of full length running tights get worn just a little too long between washing than is socially acceptable. My days start with a big mug of intelligentsia french press which is followed by many more cups of hot tea. And weekends should be spent braising. Continue reading

perfect pizza

Pizza w/ Banana Peppers

This post might be a little controversial here in Chicago. You see, I like my pizza thin, cut into normal triangle slices. None of this deep dish business. Or deep dish places making thin crust pizza (which just is never that good) and slicing them up into little squares. Deep dish has its place and it can be very delicious but it truthfully is more like pizza casserole. Continue reading

spicy lentil soup

Spicy Sausage and Lentil Soup

Now that most of my friends are lawyers, rather than law students (and no longer needing to plow through case law), we seem to fill our evenings with girls’ nights at BYOB sushi joints and potlucks with copious amounts of wine. This is all well and good but suddenly almost two weeks have passed and I haven’t stopped by here to tell you about what I have been eating and cooking in my own kitchen. Granted, last weekend, I didn’t have time to make my weekly grocery run so Dave and I were digging out dinner from the freezer which doesn’t make very interesting blog fodder. And the recipes (including this one) that I have managed to make, and take pictures of, have been after the sun has set which doesn’t make for great pictures. Continue reading

bacon & pea risotto

Pea and Bacon Risotto

I meant to get this post up earlier in the week since most people are doing their 2009 in review posts.  I think I will get that one up tomorrow with a few resolutions/goals/thoughts for the next year and decade (crazy!).  One thing that did happen in 2009 was the end of Gourmet magazine. Continue reading

cheese + crunch

When I first moved to Chicago, I created my gmail account under “Whitney in Chicago” because it was just felt like such a change for a Texan like me moving up to the cold Midwest.  It was only logical that I would name my blog the same thing.  Although I will forever remain a Texan at heart (Texas Pride is indoctrinated early on in elementary education-Yellow Rose anyone?), I have enjoyed making Chicago my new home.  However, this means that I must make my own Tex-Mex favorites at home (and fill suitcases to the weight maximum with good salsa).  Tortilla Soup might not be strictly “Tex-Mex” per se, but it was always one of my favorite things to order at Pappasitos when I wanted a light lunch and I can’t remember the last time that I had a satisfying bowl. Continue reading

cross that one off the list

I have a ritual. Whenever I start to read one of my magazines, I pull out all the annoying flyers and thick advertisements and get one piece that is the perfect bookmark. Then I read it cover to cover, not skipping anything that I think I will enjoy later because I will inevitably forget about it. However, with Bon Appetit I make an exception. After pulling out all the stupid flyers, I immediately flip to Cooking Life, Molly Wizenberg’s monthly column. Now that our favorite Orangette is busy running Delancey with her husband Brandon I have to get Molly’s musings in any way that I can, preferably quickly. This past month’s article was especially intriguing because it was about how Molly learned to love kale. Continue reading

rolled thin part deux: one thousand layers

While I will admit that I did enjoy the ravioli in the brown butter sauce, the best part of the batch of homemade pasta dough came the next night  when I made the famous Thousand Layer Lasagna“.  One of my go to meals is to simply doctor-up a few jars of pasta sauce (preferably Newman’s Own since it the only reasonably priced brand without HFCS and other crap in the ingredient list) with some chopped onion and garlic and maybe a little italian sausage that has been sautéed in a little olive oil.  I make a big batch, let it simmer low for a couple of hours and freeze it into 2 person portions for an easy weeknight meal.  Since I made a batch of sauce while making this lasagna, all I had to do was roll out the pasta sheets as thin as possible, and layer it with the sauce and the leftover ravioli filling from the night before. Continue reading