A while back I read a tip somewhere– I wish I could remember where– to save all veggie scraps in the freezer to make stock. The idea is pretty simple– all those stems, outer layers of onion, etc. that you don’t end up using add a really nice flavor to store-bought stock. I ended up… Continue reading Soup Stock with Scraps
Oh, the hunt for light fixtures. They can change the entire look of a room. And, the desire to get it right has me browsing Pinterest daily. For the den, I finally went with the simple mobile chandelier from West Elm. WEST ELM Large Mobile Chandelier, Antique Brass $279
A few years ago, a good friend gave me the Sarabeth’s Bakery cookbook. The first thing I made was Mrs. Stein’s Chocolate Cake (page 115). I’m not a super duper chocolate lover– I usually need to have a glass of milk to balance the richness. This cake is the perfect amount of chocolate for me. Mrs.… Continue reading MAKE: Mrs. Stein’s Chocolate Cake
I planted a bunch of basil this summer because I looooooove pesto. A basic pesto just takes a few simple ingredients–basil, garlic, nuts and olive oil. I normally add parmesan cheese but this batch is for a vegan pal so no cheese. If you make this a few times it’s easy to adjust to your taste.… Continue reading MAKE: Basil Pesto
No doubt you’ve heard of BLUE APRON. Founded in 2012, Blue Apron is probably the best known “ingredients delivered, prepared by you” services. In the four years since the New York-based startup starting delivering meals there has been an explosion of competitors–Plated, Marley Spoon and Hello Fresh, just to name a few. Two years ago, I jumped… Continue reading EAT: BLUE APRON (National)
I’ve had the SANSAIRE Immersion Circulator in my wish list for a long time. What is sous vide and what does the immersion circulator do? No idea. A friend told me it was cool and that I should get one. But, the $199 price tag on a kitchen appliance I don’t understand and I’m not sure… Continue reading EAT: Beginner Sous Vide…and the Lessons Learned
I went to go check out HONEY BUTTER CHICKEN over the weekend. First thoughts: everyone was super nice, lots of parking, no wait (if you’re in before noon), good cocktails and the chicken may have been a touch overhyped. It was good. I could have kept eating. But…I kept thinking “good, not great.” I got… Continue reading EAT: Honey Butter Chicken (Avondale)
My business trips to New York always seem to dictate staying in Midtown. On my last trip, I discovered Radiance Tea House just a couple blocks away from the hotel. The lunch menu (PDF) includes variety of soups, salads, dumplings and combo meals (above). I appreciated the vast tea selection but had difficulty distinguishing between all… Continue reading EAT: Radiance Tea House & Books (New York, NY)
Stumbled on Dinky Donuts at Edgefest. So yummy. Perfect size, perfect texture. Our cinammon sugar batch didn’t last long.
Dan Dan noodles are a classic Chinese Sichuan (Szechuan) dish. The quite-spicy dish pairs a spicy sauce (Sichuan peppers, chili oil, vinegar, minced pork, scallions) with wheat-flour noodles. They’re pretty easy to make at home but the to-go version is hard to pass up. I love to add them on to a larger order of less… Continue reading EAT: Dan Dan Noodles 擔擔麵
Wow. I took a break that lasted longer than I planned. Sitting inside while it’s 10 degrees outside, reading the Rainbow Cone post from last July reminds me just how long it’s been. Well, here’s to 2014 and hoping I can get back on the (blogging) horse.
I had my first Chicago RAINBOW CONE not too long ago. In a few words: highly recommended. ORIGINAL RAINBOW CONE 9233 S. Western Ave. Chicago, IL 60643 (773) 238-7075