The Red Ryder... as in the BB gun
My family likes to keep our holiday celebrations nontraditional (Christmas in Mexico, 1 a.m. Rock Band jams), but two things are always a given: my sister and I behave inappropriately in church, and proper mealtimes are eradicated in a gluttonous whirl of nonstop eating.
For my parents’ post-holiday visit to Chicago then, a 9 p.m. dinner at Balsan was just about right. Loved it. I’ll say this: go, go late, and order the whole chicken.
As a bonus for those who fear the mystery egg, Balsan’s focus on fresh, local food means you can order frothy egg white cocktails (like The Red Ryder) with abandon.
Ugly picture, tasty soup
Over the course of six months of CSA membership, along with perfecting my hardboiled egg technique, I have learned that utilizing the contents of a veggie share is much like playing a game of Angry Birds. There aren’t enough birds (meals in a week) to take out all of the pigs (vegetables) without some strategy.
CSA Lesson #1: No recipe unitaskers!
You can’t make a separate meal around each item in your produce box. Unless you eat nine dinners every week. I love this soup because it reliably incorporates three late fall/early winter CSA staples: hearty greens, potatoes, and onions.