Category Archives: Sweet

cowboy cookies

Cowboy Cookies

At the end of March, Dave is going to be in NYC for a week for work and I am tagging along to stay for free in his 5 Star Midtown hotel.  Dave and I visited NYC for a few days before a HS friend’s wedding and again to go to a game with his Dad in New Yankees’ Stadium.  However, I still feel like I have only seen about 1% of the city. Continue reading

banana espresso muffins

Banana Espresso Muffins

Why hello end of January.  How did you get here so freakin’ fast?  I can’t believe I let a whole month go by without talking to you in this space.  Sorry ’bout that.  Life has been busy. After watching my Frogs win the 2011 Rose Bowl, we started the year by spending a week in Orlando capped off by running the Disney Half Marathon. Continue reading

a snow day

Chocolate Espresso Snowcaps

I don’t know where you live, but here in the Northeast, where I am visiting for the holidays, is in the process of getting WHACKED by a Blizzard.  Usually, I would be quite excited by the prospect of feet rather than mere inches of snow, but it forced us to postpone a Boxing Day Party, and cancel a trip to Boston for the Revels Show at Harvard.   Now we are just having a lazy day around the house.  And in my opinion, the best thing to do on a lazy day is bake up a batch of cookies. Continue reading

cranberry. orange. dates.

The Table

Is it really only 13 days until Thanksgiving? Somehow that just doesn’t seem possible. I don’t know if it is because we have had a bit of an Indian Summer week in Chicago which allowed me to commute without any outerwear (no! coat! on November 11th!) and run in shorts and a tee. This year, rather than visiting Dave’s family like in years past, we are heading to Florida to visit my Dad’s side of the family. It will be the first time for Dave to meet most of this part of my family and some cousins I haven’t seen since I was in elementary school. And there may be some beach walking and cute town visiting. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to the holiday. I’m starting to compile a list of recipes that I want to make in Florida and the first one of my list is this Cranberry Sauce with Orange and Dates that I made last year. I got the recipe from one of my past Gourmet (sob!) magazines and it is a keeper. If you are in need of a little change to your cranberry sauce, give this recipe a try. Also really great on some greek yogurt for breakfast as leftover.

Cranberry Orange Date

Cranberry Sauce with Orange and Dates
Recipe adapted from Gourmet: November 2008

Ingredients:
•1 cup water
•1 1/4 cups sugar
•3 strips orange zest
•1 cup fresh orange juice
•3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
•1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
•1 cup coarsely chopped pitted dates* (6 ounces), divided
•2 (12-ounce) bags cranberries (thawed if frozen), divided

*Dates are a little tricky to chop because they get so sticky so this is how I do it: make a slice in the date lengthwise and pull out the pit. Then cut the date into long strips. Then gather a few strips together and slice again to make smaller bits. Wipe the knife down with hot water to get of the gunk if it gets too sticky.

Simmer water, sugar, zest, juice, vinegar, and cinnamon stick in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring, 3 minutes. Add half of dates and half of cranberries and simmer, stirring occasionally, until cranberries begin to burst, about 7 minutes. Stir in remaining dates and cranberries and simmer until remaining cranberries begin to burst, about 7 minutes more. Serve at room temperature

apples everywhere

Apples

October is a rather lovely month. Crunchy leaves. Pumpkins. TCU Football. Engagement Pictures. MLB Postseason. APPLES. Continue reading

chocolate chip cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

September 6th. Labor Day 2010. It is hard to believe that it is already here and that summer is slowly slipping away. Surprisingly, I’m not sad to see this summer go because I feel like I made the absolute most of it. Marathon training has tanned and toned my legs (and given me pretty awesome and random sports bra/racer back tan lines on my back) and got me out on the lakefront path for many, many hours. There have been plenty patio sushi eating with my girlfriends and bike rides instead of the bus. Chicago just blossoms so much in the summer that it is hard to not pack your weeks and weekends so full that come September, you look forward to chilly days with crunchy leaves at your feet. Summer is wonderful, but really, so is Fall. Continue reading

everyday granola

Molly's Everyday Granola

I know what you are thinking. “Whitney, we have heard about granola, countless times. Another recipe, seriously?” Yes, you need this recipe too. Continue reading