Tag Archives: Dessert

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

I can’t take the credit…

…for these beautiful tarts.

Chocolate Pecan Tarts

Rich (Dave’s Dad) and I divided and conquered the dinner portion of the Thanksgiving meal, while Dave, his sister and his mom were in charge of the desserts. Deb (mom) and Betsy (sister) made these absolutely wonderful tarts. I simply just stole them for a picture. Can you believe that this above picture is straight out of the camera, with only a little cropping? It’s amazing what some really nice natural light can do. I love my old town high-rise apartment, but I can’t say that we get good light in it. Continue reading

on a whim

One of the best things about shopping at the market for “whatever looks good” and not for the exact items on a recipe is that it leads to improvisation.  My Mom and Aunt were in town for a long weekend and one night I decided to make a batch of Kristin‘s addictive corn chowder since I always have corn (and bacon) on hand this time of year.  But I also wanted to make something a little bit special for dessert.  Luckily I had a bunch of peaches and raspberries sitting on my counter and I immediately thought that I would turn them into some sort of cobbler or crisp.  After searching recipes online for a while and not finding one that didn’t require a trip to the store for at least 1 item, I remembered that I have a crumble recipe that I know is good and surely I can just tweak it a bit.  And that is just what I did. Continue reading

red and blue

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

many scoops

As I stated before, Summer is here in Chicago.  The markets are filled with glorious goodies.  The Pride Parade was held over the weekend up in Lakeview.  The Taste is in full swing in Grant Park leading up to the 4th of July and many, many firework shows from my West facing balcony.  However, supposedly the 4th of July holiday is also the tipping point between feeling comfortable with the schedule of steady subject area BarBri lectures and practice problems and the sheer terror of “the Bar is only X days away and I still have how many flash cards to memorize and laws from 26 legal areas to be able to regurgitate over a 2 day period?”  I will let you know if I feel this panic in about a week.  However, I do know that the combination of summertime and stress calls for one thing: Ice Cream. 

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four layers

…for 25 years.

I turned 25 on Monday which gave me the perfect excuse to spend an afternoon baking a wonderful layer cake rather than learning the many exceptions to the hearsay rule and the difference between the common law and the MPC for murder. It is a little hard to believe that I am 25 because some how I feel like I would be more established, more adult-like. But I guess that is what happens when 3 years gets sucked away to law school. My Mom claims she didn’t really feel like adult until I was born (she was 37) so I guess I really have some time. But making a (successful) cake from scratch, rather than from the oh so simple (and what the hell is in it) box, makes me feel a little older and wiser. Continue reading

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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