Category Archives: Vegan

chunky lentil soup

Chunky Lentil Soup

I love Thanksgiving. I really do. Mashed Potatoes made with copious amounts of butter. Homemade green bean casserole. My Mom’s Cornbread Stuffing. 3 different kinds of pie. Blue Bell Homestyle Vanilla Ice Cream. This year, Dave and I traveled to Florida to spend Thanksgiving with my parents and a large amount of my Dad’s side of the family. Continue reading

fall everything quick bread

Fall Quick Bread

How often when you are reading a blog during a break at work or thumbing through a Food and Wine during your morning commute, do you see a recipe and wish that you could go home to your kitchen and make whatever it is right now?

Fall Quick Bread

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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

late summer corn

Corn Relish

August 27th.  How is that even possible?  I’ve spent this past week on a little vacation to the future in-laws’ house outside of Philly and have enjoyed sleeping with the windows open and a few much-needed cooler training runs.  But I’m not ready to say bye to Summer 2010 yet.  It’s been a great one.   Continue reading

pineapple ginger agua frescas

Pineapple Ginger Aqua Fresca

Chicago is hot this summer. I don’t know if it is because I have now lived in the midwest for 4 years (4! Years!) and haven’t experienced a months worth of 100+ temps, or just that I am out enjoying summer more this time around with marathon training, weekly beach volleyball games, and traveling by bike wherever possible but…Chicago is hot this summer. 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

peanut + lime cabbage salad

Peanut/Lime Cabbage Salad

June. June sorta snuck up on me this year. Since this May was the first that I have spent working and not studying and taking finals, or even graduating, the transition to this summer month just appeared. But I’m glad that it has. June means free outdoor concerts in Millennium Park and beach volleyball leagues. Bocce in Lincoln Park.  Bikes instead of buses.  And the sun staying up until well past 7PM. And my 26th birthday on the 8th. And strawberries and rhubarb and sugar snap peas. Continue reading

getting my groove back

Chipotle Hummus

April is a strange month.  One day it is 80 degrees and you curse the fact that your high-rise apartment building still has the heat on full blast and it is almost impossible to sleep because it is hot and stuffy.  The next day, you are getting caught in a downpour while waiting for the bus, with only a rain coat and no umbrella so that by the time the bus finally makes it to your stop, you are wet down to the lining of your dress pants and maybe even your underwear (TMI perhaps, but it totally happened). Continue reading