Category Archives: Dessert

chocolate guys


Why hello there. Yet another recipe that I need to get up on the blog for easy access. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. It was a much needed break from a particularly nuts December at work.

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a happy 4th

Even though it is only July 3rd, it is already a pretty awesome 4th of July weekend. A long weekend out of the office. It actually has warmed up and feels like summer here in Chicago. The Crosstown Classic. A game of bocce in the park. BBQs at friend’s apartment while watching with suburban firework shows in the distance to the west from balconies. Summer is really a great time in Chicago. If I can suggest one thing, make a batch of these paletas tonight, so they are ready for the 4th tomorrow. You could probably even tweak the recipe a tad and make some boozy sugared blueberries and strawberries for a festive look. The sour cream base just screams to be tinkered with. Continue reading

irish coffee cupcakes

Irish Coffee Cupcakes

I know what you are thinking, its April not March. The extended celebration of all the “irish” in America ended weeks ago. However, the Chicago running community didn’t get the memo and is hosting the Shamrock Shuffle 8K tomorrow, presumably so that it isn’t crappy cold/snowy/slushy. The Shuffle was my first running race ever 3 years ago and I haven’t managed to run it since. I ran the 8K (just shy of 5 miles) in 54:24 back in the day and I am hoping to run it sub 50 and maybe sub 49:30 tomorrow. [edited to add:  I managed to run a 48:11 in the mid 70s “heat” of April and was pretty pumped] Continue reading

apple cupcakes + caramel

Apple Cupcakes with Caramel Sauce

November, already?! 2010 has just flown by. This week marks the anniversary of my admission to the IL Bar, 10 months of my engagement to Dave and the first week that I wished I had tucked gloves into the pocket of my fleece.

Leaves, Engagement
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blueberry cream tarts

Blueberry Tarts

Even though it is in the mid 90s this week and I am dreading my 14 mile (PDR!) long run tomorrow, it feels like summer is slipping away. The annual Air and Water Show is this weekend and I can remember needing a long sleeve t-shirt to enjoy it on the lakefront in years past. This is also the weekend of the Healthy Living Summit which I am going to try to attend as much as possible after getting up at 6AM to run tomorrow. Even though I don’t write my blog as a “healthy living” style blog, I still enjoy keeping up with many of the bloggers in this community, especially to keep me motivated as I get into the hard last 8 weeks of my Chicago Marathon Training. Continue reading

black raspberry swirl

Black Raspberry Swirl Ice Cream

I can’t get over how much I am enjoying this summer. Without the stress and constant worry about law school or studying for the Bar, I’m actually feel like I am enjoying myself. Continue reading

rhubarb {two ways}

If you would have told me a few years ago that I would eagerly awaiting the arrival of rhubarb season, listening to one of my favorite bloggers discuss rhubarb, {aside-if you aren’t listening to Molly and Matthew you are really missing out, I love reading her Bon Appetit column even more now if that is even possible-end aside} and dreaming up ways to use the pounds and pounds I just have to buy at the market; I would have thought you were crazy. You see, a few years ago, I didn’t even know that rhubarb existed. I don’t know if it is my Texas hertiage or the lack of farmers’ markets in my past but I never had rhubarb until last year. However, for every season I will try to make up for the 24 rhubarb-less years of my past. Continue reading