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A gift of chervil

Published on May 21, 2013, by in Update.

I am again participating in the local park district community garden program. We each have our own bed to garden as we please and a larger plot for everyone to care for. I almost didn’t do it again this year as I yielded so little from my plot last year. Mostly due to the homeless in the park taking the produce. At the last minute, I decided to reserve my plot again. Thank goodness I did. At our park there is a 70 person waiting list to get a bed. The longest waiting list in the city. Tonight was the first community work night. We all got together and cleaned up the area and worked the compost. For those who hadn’t planted their gardens yet, they did so. Even though I planted a few weeks ago, I couldn’t resist adding more. I added a Serrano pepper plant, another cherry tomato,

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Weekend round up

Published on May 20, 2013, by in Update.

This past weekend I had a much needed weekend away in Ann Arbor to visit my friend Mel. After arriving on Friday and getting settled, we headed out to dinner at Isalita, a very delicious tapas style Mexican restaurant. We had a short wait where we enjoyed a delicious whiskey drink by the bar. One of my favorites among the food ordered were the baja fish tacos, which they made look like a fish stick. Saturday we spend the day frolicking down town, on campus and at the farmers market. Mel gave me a tour of the library, showed me the hidden door and toured me though several floors of stacks: After indulging on Friday night, we decided we needed a lighter dinner on Saturday and make some nibble platters of pita, hummus, falafel, olives and veggies. We enjoyed these down by the pond while watching the geese. We decided

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Banana, peanut butter and flax waffles

Published on May 14, 2013, by in Recipes.

I got a much wanted waffle maker a few months ago. Honestly, I was a little intimidated about making waffles once I started researching recipes. Use yeast, don’t use yeast, fold in the whipped egg whites, it doesn’t matter. So many decisions, so many opinions. I put off making waffles for about a month after getting the waffle maker. I couldn’t decide on a recipe. Then {never}homemaker posted a peanut butter and banana waffle recipe. It looked simple enough and if it was a flop, then my next attempts could only go better, right? This recipe makes a healthier waffle than you would get at a restaurant. Brian and I both really liked it and made enough to have leftovers throughout the week. Brian likes his leftover waffles cold. I like to reheat mine in the toaster to give them a crispy exterior. Both of us eat the leftovers dry.

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The Weekend

Published on May 13, 2013, by in Update.

I don’t feel as if I made anything this weekend that qualified as a meal. It was a very underwhelming weekend in the food department. I was getting home late on Friday night and completely unmotivated to cook. So, I stopped by Whole foods and picked up some pizza, salad and soup. The soup was a last minute grab but it worked out perfectly because it was freezing out. Saturday morning I ran the Race to Wrigley 5k, which I thought had a great course. Afterwards, I resisted eating the free banana and bagel and headed over to Flat Top grill to redeem my free birthday meal. I had some fruit and a giant egg white omelet, loaded with tons of vegetables. That kept me full until dinner when I regained a little hunger. Enough to have the rest of Friday’s soup, 1/2 of the post race bagel and some

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Meal Planning 101

Published on May 9, 2013, by in Recipes.

I’ve had a few people ask me lately about meal plans. I’ll give you a run down about how I plan our meals. Brian and I pack and take our lunches to work most days of the week. It’s way cheaper and healthier. Even if you are getting an inexpensive meal out, just keep in mind that restaurants charge you at least 3x or more what it costs them to make it. Meaning: You can make it sooo much cheaper at home. Let’s do the math. If you spend $5 on lunch everyday eating out(which if you live in Chicago you spend more), that means that it’s costs that restaurant at most $1.66 to make your meal. So $5 x 5 days per week is $25 per week on lunches. If you made that same thing at home for $1.66 x 5 days a week, you would have spent $8.33.

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Afternoon snack

Published on May 7, 2013, by in Update.

I eat this almost everyday. It’s one of my favorite snacks. An apple with 10 almonds. The trick to making it taste extra good? Take a bite of the apple. Put an almond in your mouth. Chew together. Tastes way better than almonds and apples separately.

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Birthday weekend

Published on May 5, 2013, by in Update.

What a weekend! Yesterday was my 32nd birthday. Thirty-two. When did I get that old? Where has the time gone? I can’t complain. It’s been a good ride. Friday, my co-workers surprised me with fancy cupcakes that we all indulged in. When I got home Friday night, Brian surprised me with season 2 of the BBC’s show Sherlock. We watched an episode Friday night. The season is only 3 episodes long, but each episode is 90 minutes. The first episode was so good. We were on the edge of our seats the entire time. We went out for BBQ for lunch yesterday. We ordered an appetizer of poutine then decided to split a sandwich. Holy cow. The poutine had a homemade gravy that is probably the tastiest gravy I have ever eaten, globs of cheese, bacon and pulled pork. That hit my stomach like a brick. A few bites of

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Pumpkin pizza dough and bbq chicken pizza

Published on May 4, 2013, by in Recipes.

I love the blog {Never} homemaker. She is constantly being creative with what she has. Which, I try to do, but she seems to do it much better. I recently planned to make a hybrid of her Pumpkin Garlic Knots and Pesto Garlic Knots by making Pesto Pumpkin Garlic Knots. So, I made the dough. And then I let it rise. I put half of the batch in the freezer to use later(genius to have spare bread/pizza dough on hand) and went to grab my pesto out of the fridge. Uh oh. There wasn’t near enough left to make the pesto garlic knots. But there was enough left for me to make a delicious flat bread(you know, less surface area to cover than multiple knots). So, that’s what I did. I pressed the dough out real thin, spread some pesto on it, topped with slices of tomato and a nice blend

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Mango lassi

Published on May 3, 2013, by in Recipes.

People! This is tasty and refreshing. Last month I went to an Indian cooking class. At the end, our instructor made mango lassi’s for everyone. YUM! I had to attempt to recreate at home, of course. The ones I made were much thicker and more smoothie like than was made in class, but I liked them that way. For 2 lassi: -1 individual container of plain Greek yogurt -2 mangoes, peeled and diced -1 cup unsweetened coconut milk(or whatever milk you prefer) -dash of cardamom -ice Blend away! Pour in two glasses. You can add more liquid(milk or water) to think them down more if you like. They are the perfect complement to a spicy dish. Or, we had ours with pizza and salad!

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Vegan gluten-free black bean brownies

Published on May 2, 2013, by in Recipes.

I really, really liked these. I like them because they are vegan, you can slightly underbake them, leave them extra gooey and not have any raw egg illness worry. Mine were baked enough that they held together but gooey enough that they stuck to my teeth with every bite, leaving me looking like a hillbilly with a big goofy grin of brownie happiness. I made these exactly like Minimalist Baker told me to. Or rather blogged about, but I felt like she was talking directly to me. Telling me to make them, so I did. Let’s look at the deliciousness. The flax egg setting up: The other dry ingredients and draining and rinsing the beans: Bring it all together now: Scoop it to be baked: Hot and delicious: Take a big bite!