Monthly Archives: February 2010

perfect pizza

Pizza w/ Banana Peppers

This post might be a little controversial here in Chicago. You see, I like my pizza thin, cut into normal triangle slices. None of this deep dish business. Or deep dish places making thin crust pizza (which just is never that good) and slicing them up into little squares. Deep dish has its place and it can be very delicious but it truthfully is more like pizza casserole. Continue reading

pretty and pink

Chocolate Cupcakes w/ Raspberry Buttercream

I think Valentine’s Day falls into the “holidays that are way better as a child” category. In elementary school, I used to love to go the store to buy the box of Valentines for the class gift exchange. I will admit that I was a little boy crazy from the womb. I had 3 “boyfriends” alone in 1st grade. I would dig through the box of assorted Valentines and choose the “best” one for whatever boy I had a crush on at the time. Continue reading

Flickr Friday: Snowflakes.

Winter Mosaic

1. Day 11, 2. snow in her hair, 3. Lots of Snow!, 4. The View from my Office, 5. P021010PS-0204, 6. February 11, 7. The West Village, 8. cupcake close-up!, 9. Early Evening

Since I grew up in the Houston area, snow was always a big deal.  I can remember in 2nd grade, all of our teachers let us go outside and have a 2nd recess because little flakes started to fall from the sky.  I never made a snowman until one of my high school spring break ski trips to Colorado.  In college, we got a few “snow days” often because of ice rather than truly good snowball fight type snow.  Even though I am currently experiencing my 4th winter in Chicago, snow never gets old.

winter citrus

Cherry Orange Honey Scones

In case you haven’t heard, its been a pretty crazy winter for the Northeast (and a little bit for Texas too).  I will admit that I am a little jealous hearing about feet of snow and multiple snow days when Chicago has only got a little 4-6 inch bursts in the city (the suburbs could be an entirely different story).  But the one thing we all have in common is winter citrus. Continue reading

cheesy comfort

Broccoli, Red Pepper, Cheddar Chowder

For a few semesters of college, I got a job working at Panera a few days a week. It was a perfect college job. Never had to show up too early since I wasn’t actually baking anything and it also wasn’t too late since the cafe closed at 9PM. The best thing about working the closing shift in the bakery was the free food. We were free to make up a bag of bread and bakery goodies to take home with us (all the leftover bakery stuff was donated every night and there was always plenty). This was also the semester that I lived in my sorority house so I would come home and stick the bag of goodies outside my door. I think my popularity got kicked up a few notches those semesters. But the greatest thing about Panera, at least I thought so at the time, are the soups. Specifically, the broccoli cheese soup. Cheesy, comforting, almost always on the menu, perfect. Now that I make more and more of my own soups, I really dislike store bought because they are always flavorless except for the obscene amounts of salt. Continue reading


Can you believe it is already February? Good thing I’m participating in a little project that lets me remember the little things when some days seem to blend together.

January 2010 Mosaic

I will be back tomorrow to tell you about another really awesome soup. Preview….it involves extra sharp cheddar and cream….