cacio e pepe {and my honeymoon in Italy}

Cacio e Pepe

A month ago I became a Schmidt.  I’ve only legally changed my name with the social security office because there just hasn’t been time for all the other places (DMV, banks, credit cards, ARDC, etc).  I still haven’t totally mastered my new signature.  And just this Wednesday, I signed my old WM initials while signing a lease for a new! bigger! apartment {we move at the end of July and I can’t wait to share our new home with you!}.  But in the past month, I’ve mastered Cacio e Pepe. Continue reading

growing home csa week 1

CSA Week 1

This summer I joined a CSA (community supported agriculture) through Growing Home. My best friend Betsy recommended their CSA not just for their delicious organic produce all summer long but also for their social mission of providing job training to those who might have difficulty finding traditional employment. I thought it would be fun to try to let you see what I get every week and one dish I created from the produce box. Dave and I are splitting our box with Betsy This week we got asparagus, kale, green garlic, lettuce, bok choy, japanese turnip, radish, spinach, mustard greens, dill and oregano. I decided to cook up the kale and bokchoy with the green garlic and eat it over rice with a fried egg on top. It was a good decision. I’ve also enjoyed a few salads with the lettuce and spinach with sliced radishes and the japanese turnip (mildest and sweetest of turnips, best eaten raw) and some carrots I picked up from another vendor at the market. Looking forward to the summer season of produce and experimenting in my kitchen!

CSA Week 1

CSA Greens & Garlic over Rice with Egg

3 stalks of green garlic; sliced then roughly minced
1-2 heads of garlic, diced
1/2 head of bokchoy stalks sliced into 1/2 inch pieces, greens roughly chopped
1/2 bunch of kale, stems removed*, roughly chopped
olive oil
soy sauce, I used low-sodium
kosher salt
fresh cracked pepper
cooked white or brown rice
1 egg, preferably also from the market or at least an organic, cage-free source
Sriracha, or your favorite hot sauce

Saute the green garlic in a good glug of olive oil for a few minutes until fragrant. Add the garlic and cook for another couple of minutes, just don’t burn it. Add the bokchoy and kale with a splash of water. Cover and allow to cook down, approx 5 minutes. Once the greens feel tender, throw on a good glug of soy sauce and season with salt and pepper.

Heat a separate pan with cooking spray and fry an egg sunny-side up.

Put rice in a bowl and top with the greens, then slide on the fried egg. Squirt on some srircha for good measure.

spouseless eating

pan-roasted asparagus w/ fried eggs & anchovy bread crumbs

Today I caught up on a handful of Spilled Milk podcasts at work and listened to a perfectly timed topic: spouseless eating. Tonight my husband (and it feels weird to finally call Dave that) had his book club meeting (yes, our group of guy friends was jealous of our girls’ book club and started their own) so I was on on my own for dinner. Spouseless eating usually means to me epic amounts of braised kale and spaghetti (or a trip to McDs if you are Dave) but since it is springtime at the market it is time for epic amounts of asparagus. I picked up two bunches yesterday at the market with plans to make this salad but I’ve been flipping through this book the last few nights and remember a recipe that featured asparagus. And it was especially perfect for a dave-less night because it called for anchovies. Continue reading

rhubarb streusel muffins

Rhubarb Streusel Muffins

I’m still trying to sort through the 700 pictures that we took in Italy and figure out where to store all the lovely new things we received in our now quite full 1 bedroom apartment but the easiest way for me to feel grounded and back at home is to bake. Continue reading

mrs. schmidt

Wedding sneak peak

I will be back to tell you all about it (and our honeymoon in Italy; Rome! Cinque Terra!) soon.

Pimm’s Cup

Pimm's Cup

Today has been a good day. After weeks of unemployment, endless wedding crafting, days and days of rain in Chicago, days and days of hot and dry and wildfires in my home state of Texas, massive tornados and many other terrible things in the world, I woke up to sunny skies and just in time to see the Royal Kiss.

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I wasn’t one to be obsessed about William and Kate’s wedding. Sure I was excited to see her dress but I didn’t expect to enjoy the coverage so much. It was wonderful to see something happy and positive on the world stage than the constant doom and gloom of late. Continue reading

doughnut plant

Doughnut Plant

I couple weeks again I spent close to a week in NYC with no real itinerary in mind. Dave was in town for work and I tagged along to utilize the free (and incredibly) nice hotel room (LiLo ended up next to Dave’s boss in the Penthouse the last night which lead to some incredibly hilarious stories). Continue reading