Monthly Archives: November 2009


The Spread

I can’t wait to tell you about my weekend in Philly, especially about my mother’s recipe for Cornbread Stuffing and some wonderful Chocolate-Pecan Tarts but I was busy decorating the apartment for the holidays and restocking the fridge today. Be back this week.


Turkey Day Inspiration
1. sweet potato buttermilk pie, 2. Apple pie, ready for baking, 3. Untitled, 4. creamed spinach, 5. apple ginger upside-down cake, 6. cranberries, 7. Test Turkey!, 8. Bourbon Cranberries, 9. french pear tart

I am packing up for a 7AM flight to Philly tomorrow to spend Thanksgiving with Dave’s family.  This year I will be tackling half of the menu (Rich, Dave’s Dad, is tackling the other half, with Deb, Dave’s Mom picking up desserts).  I am pretty excited to give a few classics a new update and I have been enjoyed reading about everyone else’s preparations in the blog world.  I just wanted to share with you our planned menu, with links to online recipes when they exist.  Hopefully, I will get a chance to blog about the actual dishes later and I will update the links.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I know that I am very thankful to have Dave and his family in my life, that my parents are healthy and are spending their Thanksgiving in FL with my dad’s family.

{Philly Thanksgiving 2009}

Turkey Breast: Two Ways

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Roasted Brussel Sprouts w/ Balsamic & Bacon

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Cranberry Sauce with Dates and Orange

Green Bean Casserole

Mom’s Cornbread Stuffing

Spinach Salad w/ Cranberries

Assorted Desserts: Classic Apple Pie, Key Lime Tarts, Chocolate Pecan Tarts

nibbly thingies

Rosemary Flatbread

Holiday season is upon us.  The Salvation Army bell ringers have set up on Wells by my apartment.  Christmas decorations fill the stores.  Thanksgiving Menus are being finalized and shopping lists created.  For the first time in my life I am getting to enjoy the holidays without finals looming, outlines to write and papers/memos to finalize.  Needless to say, I’m feeling the holiday cheer.  I’m sure that you have read about people’s turkey methods, pumpkin pie masterpieces and creative uses for the cranberry.  However, I am hear to tell you about a simple recipe that you could whip up to have as munchies in the kitchen while cooking your feast. Continue reading

Flickr Friday: Come to the Table

Flickr Friday: Come to the Table

1. lunch with mom and dad, 2. Untitled, 3. Dinner at the Seaside, 4. blissful table, 5. glazed chocolate cake with coconut, 6. early evening drink, 7. sunday still life, 8. banana oat muffins, 9. french breakfast


Have a wonderful weekend everyone!  And GO FROGS!!!!!!

a cure for darkness

Red Lentil Soup
I have to warn you. I’m a little addicted to soups these days. It isn’t necessarily the cold, since we had a bit of a heat wave in Chicago this weekend (yes 70 degrees in November is hot) but I think its the early darkness. I get asked all the time why I would choose to move from Texas to a place with many months of winter and I respond that I don’t really mind the cold, just the dark. Come February when you leave for work when its dark and come home when its dark since its pitch black at 4PM, it can get a tad depressing. You can always put on a thicker sweater or an extra pair of socks to get warm, but there is nothing you can do about the sun. Continue reading

half a peck

Apple Butter

Can you believe that it is already November 7th?  Most of the leaves have been blown down from the trees and they are littering the sidewalks.  My favorite market has moved a little farther north to its indoor/winter location and Thanksgiving seems to be just around the corner.  One of the best things about this time of year is the plethora of apples.  I can’t seem to go to the grocery store or the farmers market or a friend filled trip to the pumpkin patch without coming home with a armful of apples. Continue reading

packed full

Jalapeno Cheddar Scones

Can I let you in on a little secret?  My current kitchen obsession doesn’t revolve around my KitchenAid, or my growing collection from The Spice House, or gearing up for the Holiday cooking season.  My obsession lies with my freezer. Continue reading