Category Archives: Farmer’s Market

pickling

I have a bit of a confession to make. Even though my recipe index implies otherwise, I really prefer salty over sweet. For a while my “dessert” after dinner,would be a bowl full of salt and vinegar Lays (SOOO addicting and SOOO bad for you) rather than a couple of scoops out of a Ben and Jerry’s Pint. However, recently I have found a new way to get my salty-fix: jar pickles. Specifically, pickled sugar snap peas and spicy pickled carrots.

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Green Garlic Pesto

Last summer when I was just reading blogs and hadn’t yet taken the plunge to writing my own, interesting produce (Ramps! Green Garlic! Fiddleheads!) was creeping into my favorites which of course inspired me to seek out the unusual at the market. I have definitely embraced that philosophy this season.

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rosy rhubarb

One of my favorite things about reading a shit-ton whole bunch of food blogs and having my own is that it makes me experiment with ingredients and try recipes that I would have never thought to make on my own.  Last year when rhubarb popped up in the market and amongst the blogs I had no idea what this fruit/vegetable thing was all about. But this year I am more experimental in my ways and I knew that I wanted to give rhubarb a try.

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[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!

A Snowy Saturday

I took some pictures in Lincoln Park by North Pond this morning after going to the indoor Green City Market and this one was so pretty that I had to share.

Homemade Pasta

Ever since I tried a bag of Pasta Puttana’s fresh pasta this summer, I have wanted to learn how to make it myself. However, I knew that it would take an investment in at least some sort of pasta roller, so it wasn’t until recently that I was able to finally give it a try myself. I treated myself to an attachment set for Ethel (my beautiful KitchenAid) for Christmas when the Amazon price went down to the lowest I had ever seen plus a 25% rebate. And I made a resolution of sorts to try it out in the near future.

Gourmet also has up a very helpful instructional video that takes you through the steps of making the dough, rolling it into sheets, and then cutting into noodles. I also decided to use this recipe with my “perfect pasta” flour blend that I ordered from the King Arthur website. The dough came together surprisingly easily.

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After letting the dough rest for an hour, I tested out the new attachments to create the noodles.

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After cutting the noodles, we hung them on this really cool pasta drying rack that I also bought with the attachments. In just over 2 hours, I had successfully turned eggs and flour into pasta. How sweet is that?

We cut half with the fettuccine cutters and the other half with the spaghetti sized cutters.

We decided to use the spaghetti for dinner (with mushrooms, garlic, parm, and red pepper flakes) and threw the fettuccine into a ziploc and stuck it in the freezer. I will let you know how it tastes after freezing. Let me just say, that the homemade pasta was FANTASTIC. It is not even comparable to store-bought dried. Not that I will stop eating dried pasta for a quick meal, but it really is worth taking the time to make some fresh pasta from scratch. I can’t wait to try this technique in ravioli or lasagna, especially this one.

Last hours of 2008

As I get older, time really does seem to speed up. 2008 went by very fast. I can’t believe it has been over 2 years since I graduated from TCU and moved to Chicago. Or that I am a semester away from having a law degree.

I think it is nice to reflect and remember everything that went on this year. This year included many firsts.

I ran my first race: Shamrock Shuffle 8K with Brian and Julia.

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I visted NYC with Dave which included a Yankees game in the old Yankee Stadium…

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…and Carrie’s apartment steps of course.
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I enjoyed the farmer’s market throughout the summer and fall and tried to educate myself about living a more sustainable/ethical eating lifestyle.

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I started this blog and greatly expanding my cooking and baking knowledge.

I voted for our next President and for the first woman to run for President.
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We saw the fall of many historical financial institutions and a frozen crumbly economy. I lost a job for the first time.

Even though there is a lot of uncertainity coming in 2009, I am excited for the new year to come. I will likely be done with school, begin my legal career and turn 25 (how is that even possible?!).

Here are my hopes for 2009:
1) Continue to try to love running by training to finish the Shamrock Shuffle with a 10 min. mile time and the Soldier Field 10 Mile.
2) Lose 10 pounds by graduation and 20 by this time next year (#1 should help)
3) Pass the bar!
4) Learn to make fresh pasta and good pie dough
5) Try not to dwell on the bad things in life (finding a job, BarBri, student loans) and focus on the good things (Dave, my Mom, FaceLucy, my friends, my kitchen)
6) Take better food pictures to hopefully appease the tastespotting/foodgawker gods

I hope you are enjoying your NYE. I am probably not even going to make it to midnight because I have a 9AM flight to Orlando for a vacation with Dave and his family.

See you in 2009!