Why hello end of January. How did you get here so freakin’ fast? I can’t believe I let a whole month go by without talking to you in this space. Sorry ’bout that. Life has been busy. After watching my Frogs win the 2011 Rose Bowl, we started the year by spending a week in Orlando capped off by running the Disney Half Marathon. Continue reading
When I was a kid, we used to go on a lot of camping trips, simply because Texas is blessed with many wonderful state parks and my Mom is an avid birdwatcher. We even went as far as the Rockies in Colorado and Glacier National Park in Montana/Canada. I can remember spending hours laying in a hammock, tied between two trees with a big book. Or asking my Aunt Fay if she wanted another martini (apparently gin martinis with lots of olives were the drink of choice for the adults, my 8 year-old brain didn’t know the difference). But one of the best things about camping, was the food. Specifically, breakfast tacos. Continue reading
Have I mentioned that I am training for a half-marathon? Well I am. And this time around I’m actually doing a really good job with my 6 day a week training program (amazing what the lack of Bar studying and unemployment unanticipated free time can do with the motivation) and can’t wait for my race on May 1st. Continue reading
Isn’t it interesting that some things in life are better off absolutely fresh: a perfectly plump red strawberry in a pint at a Saturday farmer’s market in June; a french baguette that is still just a little warm to the touch; pan roasted brussels sprouts topped with some shaved parm; a mug of french press made with Intelligentsia beans that were roasted just the day before. But bananas? Give them to me black and spotted and just this side of being truly rotted. Continue reading
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
Saturday marks the last day that Green City is outdoors (and right outside my apartment). Luckily the market continues on throughout the winter, but it moves 8 blocks north which requires a chilly walk, bus or bike ride to attend. Although I have been enjoying the colors of fall and the thoughts of the upcoming holiday season, I will admit that it is going to be sad to no longer have the late summer produce explosion of the market to be inspired by. I did prepare a little bit by stuffing my freezer full of pitted sour cherries and sweet corn cut from the cob that will surely brighten a mid-winter day. Last week I was excited to see a new fall arrival to the markets: cranberries. Continue reading
One of the best things about currently being unemployed job searching is weekday mornings. I wake up reasonably early since Dave gets up and heads to work and I spend the first couple hours of the day, slowly sipping my coffee out of a big ceramic mug while sitting on my couch, digging through my Google Reader or reading a book. For the time being, its very enjoyable routine. My morning routine also consists of this granola. You might have read about this “dangerously addictive olive oil granola” that was featured in the NYT. I decided to make up a batch because I was eating my way through also very delicious but expensive bags of granola from Milk and Honey. Continue reading
Happy 4th of July! I hope that you are out at a BBQ or watching a parade and gearing up for a night full of fireworks. Growing up the 4th of July holiday was always a hot and steamy affair. It would start with a July 3rd night at the Pavilion for the free concert complete with picnics and real cannons for the 1812 Overture. The next morning was the parade where I would dress up my bike with patriotic streamers and ride with the Indian Spring Village Float. The afternoon would be filled with cold watermelon, swimming pools and BBQ. Ended with a fireworks display over the golf course and the lake. I am unfortunately “celebrating” with some Contracts and Real Property review (but maybe I will throw in some Con Law for good measure) on a somewhat rainy and cloudy 4th. Today wasn’t a total bust because the farmers were out bright and early this morning at Green City. Continue reading
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Tagged Breakfast, Brunch, Cake, Dessert, Gourmet, Holiday, Raspberries, Recipe, Summer
Have you read “A Homemade Life” yet? If you haven’t, add it to your Amazon wish list and buy it as soon as you can. I have been slowly enjoying Molly Wizenberg’s memoir over the past few months and I am just one chapter away from the end. I almost don’t think that I can explain how truly lovely and beautiful this book is. Molly has filled her book with stories and memories of her father, how she met her vinegar-loving husband through her blog Orangette, getting her heart broken in Paris and everything in between. At the end of each story is a recipe or two inspired by the story. They range from her father Burg’s potato salad to Little Corn Cakes w/ Bacon, Tomato and Avocado which she served at her wedding. I have many recipes tabbed and listed in my “must make this as soon as possible” list.
Ever since strawberries came into season and started appearing at all my favorite booths at the market, a quart has made it into my basket with every visit. While I did add them into an amazing cake a few days ago (which I will surely tell you about this weekend), I have mainly been enjoying them for breakfast. These beauties are just perfect sliced up and mixed with greek yogurt and some cereal. I generally will just buy the containers of 2% greek yogurt from Trader Joe’s but recently I had the opportunity to sample Oikos from the great people of Stonyfield by way of some free coupons. While I probably will continue to buy the containers from TJs, I will definetly start treating myself to Oikos, especially the kind with Honey on the bottom.
Historically, I haven’t been much of a honey fan. However, that has changed over the past year as I have used it in a Tofu glaze and in my granola recipe. I decided to be adventurous with my coupon and try the honey on the bottom variety and I’m glad I did, because it is really good. The sweetness of the honey matches perfectly with the greek yogurt tang. If Oikos is in a store near you, pick it up and try some out. Tonight I am heading to the Growing Home Benefit after winning tickets through a photo contest at Gaper’s Block. Growing Home is a great organization and I have enjoyed picking some wonderful produce at Green City. I also have a friend that is very happy with their CSA this season. I will try to tell you about it tomorrow, especially about the food (duh) and what Rick Bayless had to say.