Tag Archives: Fall

fall everything quick bread

Fall Quick Bread

How often when you are reading a blog during a break at work or thumbing through a Food and Wine during your morning commute, do you see a recipe and wish that you could go home to your kitchen and make whatever it is right now?

Fall Quick Bread

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apples everywhere

Apples

October is a rather lovely month. Crunchy leaves. Pumpkins. TCU Football. Engagement Pictures. MLB Postseason. APPLES. Continue reading

half a peck

Apple Butter

Can you believe that it is already November 7th?  Most of the leaves have been blown down from the trees and they are littering the sidewalks.  My favorite market has moved a little farther north to its indoor/winter location and Thanksgiving seems to be just around the corner.  One of the best things about this time of year is the plethora of apples.  I can’t seem to go to the grocery store or the farmers market or a friend filled trip to the pumpkin patch without coming home with a armful of apples. Continue reading

cranberry coffee cake

Cranberry Coffee Cake
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

wordless wednesday: fall in Old Town

I took a walk in my neighborhood.

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perfectly pie

September.  The sun starts setting earlier.  Saturday’s are filled with college football.  The A/C gets turned off.  And apples are slowly replacing peaches at the market.  Unlike every previous September, I am not back in school but rather am patiently awaiting IL Bar results and endless job hunting which also has the perk of providing me with lots of kitchen time. Continue reading

“Yea, I like Texas”

TCU Horned Frog!

TCU Horned Frog!

I spent last weekend in Fort Worth for my 3rd TCU Homecoming as an Alum (how has time gone so freakin’ fast?)  which is why I have been MIA for the week (and 10/28′s TWD)

I had a whole lot of fun.  My mom came up with my car (Civic!) and we spent the weekend having fun together.  Back in college, my Mom was still working and traveling for Immucor so I was able to see her on a pretty regular basis (every 4-6 weeks).  Now that I live in Chicago it has turned into seeing her a few times a year, so I really relish every minute that I get to spend with her.  When she picked me up at DFW, she asked if I wanted to grab some lunch and where I wanted to go and without hesitation I said Fuzzy’s

I have been craving Fuzzy’s chicken soft tacos and queso since the last time I was in Fort Worth back in January.  In fact I am craving it now. 

This stuff is seriously like crack.

This stuff is seriously like crack.

I don’t know what kind of cheese they use but it is a smooth white cheese, with a handful of spicy/tangy pico and shredded cheese thrown on top.  I add some of their “Butt Burning Sauce” to make it extra spicy.  I could seriously eat this stuff every day (and I pretty much did my last semester-hence the Senior 5 weight-gainage).  Complementing the queso and tacos, is a $2.50 (with tax) schooner of icy cold Shiner.  It really doesn’t get much better than that.

Frosty Goodness

Frosty Goodness

After we ate at Fuzzy’s we went and looked around all the new construction on Campus. Since I graduated in May 2006, TCU has built a new bookstore, 4 new super nice dorms, a new Student Union, demolished the old Student Center and refurbished and relocated Frog Fountain. It is all pretty amazing but it really doesn’t look like the school I attended for 4 years.

New and improved Frog Fountain

New and improved Frog Fountain

Then we went to the Kimball to see the Impressionist exhibit. It was really awesome because I got to see works that are usually at the Art Institute but are currently on loan while they finish the new Modern Wing. It was pretty amazing to see the 6 Haystacks all in a row in the Kimball (sadly you couldn’t take pictures inside so I can’t show you).

Chicago masterpieces in Fort Worth

Chicago masterpieces in Fort Worth


Afterwards, we went and had a beer at the Flying Saucer in Downtown and I got to buy an Obama pint glass (can’t wait for Tuesday!!!). It really was amazing to listen and see all the support for Obama. I was not expecting it at all down in TCU, especially after living through the 2004 election as a Dem at TCU. Then we went and had dinner at my favorite hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese place right on the edge of the Fort Worth/Haltom line.
Smack dab in the middle of two payday lenders...

Smack dab in the middle of two payday lenders...


It was just as good (and cheap!) as I remembered. Hai Yen in Chicago is a good substitute but Tu Hai is truly tasty.
I actually bought a ticket like a good Alum

I actually bought a ticket like a good Alum


The next day I got to watch TCU dominate Wyoming, see many (but sadly not all!) of my favorite TCU friends, breathe in the smoky air at the Pub and remember how much I loved college. I always wonder if I should move back to Fort Worth but I am slowly realizing that while I love the city, I really wish I would relive Fort Worth circa 2002-2006.

Go Frogs!

Go Frogs!