Category Archives: Chicago


When my Mom and Aunt were in town last week, I mentioned that it might be fun to brave the crowds and check out Rick Bayless‘ new spot XOCO.  Aunt Sandy, immediately said “the guy that won Top Chef Masters?  Do you think he will be there?”  We made plans to go the next day.  And after seeing him post a picture on Twitter from the line, a mere hour before we planned to go, I knew that Sandy would be excited because we would have a little “celebrity chef sighting.”

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wordless wednesday: an august afternoon

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Chicago Summers

Even though the calendar claims that it is mid-August and some kids are already back to school, I feel like my summer is just beginning.  Chicago had a record breaking “cold” July so it never felt like hot summer (not that I would have known since I was inside studying all day) but my day yesterday made me feel that summer had finally arrived.

I woke up and took a leisurely trip to the market. Went for the first run in a while that unfortunately was a bit asthma plagued but it still felt great to have the 74 degree breeze on my face. I bought a new bike saddle at Kozy who pumped up my tires (which were apparently always flat-whoops) and now my bike is fast and comfortable to ride. I spent an hour sitting outside the Starbucks in my neighborhood, people watching and reading a book and then came home to whip up a pasta salad to take with me to the free concert in Grant Park for a picnic with friends. Continue reading

Day One

If you have  been reading over the past few weeks you have probably been hearing a lot about the IL Bar and not so much about inspiring recipes in my kitchen.  Studying for the bar exam makes you go on autopilot.  Every day is a new subject that just gets put on an endless list and the last 2 weeks are filled with a 10-12 hour-a-day impossible review schedule and then suddenly it is the night before the Bar.  Dave and I made a pact to wake up early this morning to get our body clocks in line, review until 10AM and then clean our apartment for the rest of the day, finishing with a early night of fantastic pizza and craft beer.


 I just wanted to thank y’all for your kind words of encouragement this summer.  I promise to be back with plenty of new things to share with you. I have been taking pictures of all the colorful bounty at the market  and eaten simple meals but I just haven’t shared them with you.  We are taking a post-Bar trip to TX to attend the wedding of one of my favorite sorority sisters and to take some law school friends to float the river and eat great tex-mex, bbq and fuzzy’s queso, and I will be sharing our fun with you.

are you done yet?

I am 4 days away from the Bar Exam and it can’t come any faster.  I feel like I just need to take the damn thing already before the massive volume of arcane legal knowledge just drips out of my ears.  I feel like I am running a marathon and I am on mile 22 and just don’t want to go anymore but know that I have to because I have come this far.  This post isn’t about food because I have truthfully not been very creative or had time to be inspired in the past few days but I just wanted to put up some cute pictures of Lucy, because cute pictures of cats just make anyone’s day a little better.

PS.  I took a study break this afternoon and met up with Kath who is in town for the BlogHer Conference.  She is just as sweet as she seems from her blog and we had a great time walking around Millennium Park and such for a couple of hours.  Just the break I needed.

5.27.09 Market

I am still trying to wrap my head around the somewhat frightening incredibly organized “Paced Program” provided by Bar/Bri (my Bar Review course for all your lucky non-law school students/lawyers out there) so I only have a few minutes tonight, but I still managed to find the time to hit up the market on Wednesday morning.  I was most excited to find STRAWBERRIES (I splurged on TWO pints) and carrots from one of my favorites Genesis Growers. I almost got a CSA from them this season but likely will next summer when I hopefully have less Bar stress and (hopefully) a salary.  I hope that you are having a great week and I should be back this weekend with a super yummy and easy Chicken Enchilada recipe.

What is your favorite item current at your market?

1st and 10: Soldier Field 10 Mile Recap

As you might know if you ever clicked over to my “Training Page,” I spent the spring training for the Soldier Field 10 Mile (and raising money for the American Cancer Society) with Chicago Endurance Sports. Before this race, my longest race distance was an 8K (4.98 miles) so this was a pretty lofty goal but I DID IT! Continue reading

the generosity of friends

This past weekend, I threw a party at my apartment and asked my friends to donate money as “cover” to my ACS Solider Field 10 mile page.  Really, it was just a great excuse to have some great friends over to unwind before finals (and Bar Review-gag) start.  After running 6 miles (my longest yet!) in the morning, I came home to get ready for the party.  Throughout the day the donations trickled in and I was quickly over my $400 goal.  A BIG THANK YOU to all my wonderful friends that donated.  I can’t thank you enough for your generosity, especially as a time when we are all graduating and most of us without a clear income in sight.   Continue reading

Cinnamon Rolls

Even though I am not religious, I wanted to make something new and special on Easter Sunday.  I have been reading about wonderful brunch menus in magazines and on blogs, and I figured that I should be allowed in on the fun.  I decided to pull out my new bread book and see if anything inspired me.  I was originally drawn to bagels but quickly decided that I wanted something sweet, and then I was quickly sucked in by the recipe for cinnamon rolls. Continue reading

[First] Green at Green City

[mushrooms, eggs, seven grain bread, spinach, pea shoots, yukon golds, pastries]

I have always enjoyed seeing beautiful pictures of weekly groceries (go here for a GREAT example), so I think I will start to show you what I buy at Green City. The market is still indoors for April but as you can see, green is starting to arrive in the form of Spinach and Pea Shoots. I really can’t wait for Spring!

PS-I am donating a batch of my granola to Meghann’s Bake Sale on Monday April 6th so if you want a batch, make a bid while helping raise money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society…and if any of my locals win, I will throw in an extra prize since I get to save on shipping!