Monthly Archives: October 2009

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

lets go yankees

Today marks the beginning of MLB Post Season and I just wanted to share some pictures from a trip to the New Yankee Stadium back in September. Deep down I will always be an Astros fan and I root for the Cubs (unless they are playing the Astros) but I am now an adopted Yankees fan. When Dave was little he figured out which ballpark was closer to his house in CT, Fenway or Yankee Stadium and Yankee Stadium was closer so he adopted the Yankees as his hometown team. After we started dating, I started to like the Yankees, especially since they had one of my favorite Astros pitchers, Andy Pettitte. Continue reading

Gourmet

As I am sure you have heard by now Conde Nast is shutting down Gourmet magazine.  I have subscribed to Gourmet for just over a year (as well as a handful of other magazines including Bon Appetit and Vanity Fair) and I have to say that the news made me very sad today.  I know that there are plenty of magazines to fill the void (Saveur, Cooks Illustrated, Fine Cooking), I looked forward to starting my collection of Gourmets to have tucked onto a shelf in my dream kitchen, to eventually pass onto my daughter some day.  Sadly that collection will just be 15 issues.

Gourmet 1941-2009

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