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Eggcellent weekend

Published on April 21, 2014, by in Recipes, Update.

See what I did there? I made an Easter joke. Ha. This weekend was exactly what I needed. Lots to time outside in the beautiful temperatures. It was the exact weather that you hear Chicagoans talk about all year. The weather that is reason we live here and endure the winters. It was perfect. Friday night, Brian and I met for dinner at Dawali Mediterranean Kitchen. I had been there on my last girl’s night and knew he would love it. He did. After eating a lot of hummus, we were both pretty full and didn’t even put a dent in our dinners. The good news was that we then had lunch for Saturday. The only problem was that we didn’t have any more hummus. I did have an eggplant on hand, so I roasted it and made some baba ghanoush to supplement our left overs. It is delicious and

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Goodbye, summer

Published on September 3, 2013, by in Recipes.

Friday seems like so long ago that I can hardly remember what we  did.  We had plans to go out to eat, but with some torrential down pours right after I got home from work, we decided to order in. We ordered in some chicken shawarma from a new restaurant. It was so-so. So far, I haven’t found a place that competes with a a restaurant by my work. Then we set up an assembly line and put together our wedding invitations. After that was done, we rewarded ourselves with some couch time and started watching Orange is the New Black. Is everyone else watching this show? You should be! It’s great. Saturday morning, I got up and made a veggie loaded breakfast with homemade tomato sauce, spinach, and eggplant. It was so delicious. Then I headed out for a busy day of going to the post office, hair cut

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Honey almond roasted carrots

Published on August 30, 2013, by in Recipes.

These carrots are a fall delight. I was ready to hunker down, make soup, watch football and eat my fair share of roasted root vegetables then we got a spike to hot temperatures again. That didn’t stop me from making these carrots! I may have also been motivated to make these carrots as I was desperate wanting to use my new Le Creust dish that I received forma  dear friend as an early wedding gift. I named her Camille, because she’s French. Enough about the why and a little more about the how: Ingredients: 1-2 pounds fresh carrots 2 tablespoons olive oil 2-3 tablespoons honey 1/4 cup silvered or chopped almonds a few sprigs of fresh rosemary salt and pepper Preheat your oven to 400F. Thoroughly wash your carrots and cut green end off. If you feel so inclined to peel your carrots, you can do that, too. Pour about

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Holiday weekend

Published on July 8, 2013, by in Recipes, Update.

Maybe it wasn’t technically a holiday weekend, but with the 4th falling so close to the weekend, it seemed like one. Thursday we had a few people over to grill out and enjoy the back yard. There was a ton of food and festivities(maybe a little too much for some of us). We now have oodles of left overs that I have been trying to recreate into other dishes so that we aren’t eating burger after brat after burger. Saturday I woke up at 5:15am and couldn’t go back to sleep. So, I headed up and did some work in the garden and headed to water aerobics, only to learn that it started at 11am, not 10am. I didn’t want to wait around so I headed home and started creating some calzone dough. I made two different fillings, one being ground taco meat, corn and black beans with cheddar cheese

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Fun and fantastic

Published on June 10, 2013, by in Recipes, Update.

This past weekend was awesome. The weather was great and Brian and I ended up doing some spontaneous things and really taking advantage of the city. Something I need to do more often. That’s why I live here, right? Brian took me out to dinner on Friday night because our fridge was bare! We hadn’t really gone grocery shopping in 2 weeks and we had been squeaking by on pantry staples and freezer meals all week. The upside to this was that, our fridge was bare. How is that an upside? It was the perfect opportunity to pull everything out and wipe down the shelves. A task that was long over due! Look at its glowing beauty afterwards: After my speed cleaning fridge session, I headed out the door to walk to meet Brian for dinner. The weather was perfect for eating dinner outside and this place had a patio(no

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Spring

Published on April 29, 2013, by in Recipes, Update.

This weekend’s weather made it feel as if spring has finally arrived. This made me extremely happy. I spent as much of Saturday outside as possible. I was outside almost straight from 8-4 then 6-7. I couldn’t get enough of the weather! This led me to walking most of my errands and I walked a total of 9-10 miles. Unfortunately, I didn’t get much of a tan. I started out the day by heading to Cafe Tola on Southport and Addison. I had walked by a week or two ago and they had some delicious looking donuts in the front window(they also make fresh empanadas daily). Getting there before 8 gave me the pick of the batch and I got a maple bacon and a red velvet cake donut for Brian and a big cup of strong coffee for myself.  The sun was so warm that the frosting melted a little on

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Weekend warrior and the garden monster

Published on August 23, 2012, by in Update.

It’s already Thursday and I’m just getting to my weekend wrap up post? Where has the week gone? It was a low-key weekend. On Saturday I went to the local farmer’s market and bought nothing. It was a sad turnout of 6 tents and only one had fresh produce and not much of it. Bummer. I did try a new local coffee place. It might be my favorite for iced coffee. It’s the only one that I know of in the area that makes the extra effort to make iced coffee cubes to put in your iced coffee so it doesn’t become diluted as they melt. Their name is well deserved. Happy with iced coffee in my hand, I accidentally wandered into Anthropologie. It was a good day…for my bank account. I left with only a silicone whisk that was on sale for $4.99. The coral dress was very tempting

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Week highlights

Published on July 27, 2012, by in Recipes.

It’s been a wacky week here at Spatoola. I woke up not feeling well on Monday and got worse as the day progressed. I ended up leaving work at noon and spent a solid 10 hours on the couch until I moved to my bed. Intermittently spooning chicken wonton soup in my mouth from a local noodle shop. I woke up feeling slightly better on Tuesday and returned to work. Unfortunately I missed a group work night at the community garden. With the heat, rain and illness I didn’t make it up to my garden until last night. In the past week, my zucchini plant has tripled in size. It now takes up the back third of my plot and has suffocated my pea plants. It is well out of the boundaries of my plot and is starting to climb the fence of the tennis court! My mystery plant that

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First harvest

Published on July 15, 2012, by in Update.

After being gone for few days, I was concerned to see the state of my garden. Fortunately, it looked like someone had watered it for me while I was away. Even better, a few of my tomatoes had ripened. The goods:

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Garden update

Published on June 20, 2012, by in Update.

Well, my community garden plot is a bit behind since it got started so late, but it’s not all doom and gloom. I do have a few tomatoes started: One strawberry…that I might have eaten immediately after this picture. It looks like I’ll soon have some zucchini, too. And a very nice plot neighbor, who shared mustard greens, kale, arugula and sorrel with me. I had no idea what sorrel was, but it was very unique and tasty. My plot neighbor told me that the taste comes from oxalic acid which help with calcium absorption. What she didn’t tell me is that it is only safe in small quantities and fatal in large quantities. Good think I didn’t eat too much of it. For dinner I had sautéed mustard greens with garlic, an arugula salad topped with an egg and a tomato…thanks to a kind plot neighbor. Yum! I love

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