Monthly Archives: February 2011

Super Toasty Eggs

My cooking over the last week has been pretty basic, as I try to clean out all the perishables in my refrigerator before my upcoming vacation. But, surely I’m not the only one with fourteen eggs to use in five days.  Or… perhaps I am, but everyone can use a quick, brunchy egg recipe.  If I had fresh bread in the house, I would serve this on toasted slices of brioche.

Fresh out of the broiler

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My friend Missy and I regularly make lunch plans to try fun new restaurants, but then one or the other of us gets busy at work, and our plans get pushed back one week, then another, and so on… suffice it to say that by the time we made it to the original M Burger, they had already opened a second location.  Last week, we finally visited grahamwich for a quick dinner on our way to see Blue Valentine. We snuck some of the g’wich popcorn into the theatre with us, a highly prescient idea from Missy.  As it turned out, we needed the occasional whiff of rosemary and truffle oil to remind us, while watching the most depressing movie ever, that there is still joy in the world.

interior, grahamwich

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Cookies You’ll Love

I tend to be a generous baker.  If you’re in the vicinity when I’m firing up the KitchenAid, you will likely end up with an ersatz care package filled with baked goods.  This is mostly because the production of treats in my kitchen far outpaces any reasonable expectation of consumption by one person.   Also because of a valuable lesson I learned about gluttony last summer.  I made pear cupcakes that were so delicious I decided to keep the entire dozen myself rather than bringing them to the office as originally intended, and left them unfrosted on the counter, where they promptly fermented in the sun.

So when I set out to deliberately bake thank-you gifts, I want them to communicate a message: “I truly appreciate your kindness”, not “here are the leftovers of a weekend baking project”.  And, as I have been raising money for my first Race for the Cure event, I really have been overwhelmed by the generosity of my family and friends.  In December, I baked holiday pies for all my donors, so for a February fundraiser, I searched for the perfect Valentine treat.

A Valentine mise en place

These cookies are nothing short of stellar, and the dough is seriously addictive.  So if you’re making these to give away, I suggest leaving the house while the unbaked cookies rest in the fridge. Continue reading

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Snowpocalypse Survival Guide: Snowbound Pasta e Fagiole

I never thought I could love a natural phenomenon more than a Double Rainbow, but I am thoroughly enjoying the hysteria surrounding the civil emergency that is the Blizzard of 2011.  As I learned on the local news, whose special weather coverage preempted the Today Show this morning, we are all under strict orders to stay inside today.  No one has to tell me twice!  Seriously, to all of you posting photos of yourself playing king/queen of the mountain, I’m glad you’re having fun, but for me, happiness is a snowy day spent in leggings, watching the Barefoot Contessa, baking cookies, and making soup.

I swear, I cook and eat non-liquid recipes too.  But when hunkering down for Snowmageddon ’11, nothing is cozier than a hearty bowl of thick soup.  Unfortunately, unlike others, I did not have the foresight to grocery shop in advance of SnOMG, so I was forced to improvise with pantry ingredients.  Luckily, I am never without pasta, beans, and tomatoes.

Snow Day Soup!

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Snowpocalypse Survival Guide: Lemon & Dill Chicken Noodle Soup

I like to take a two-pronged approach to blizzard survival: soup and cookies.  In today’s special Snomageddon guest post from Emily of Windy City Recessionista, she shares her recipe for Lemon & Dill Chicken Noodle Soup (with homemade noodles!).  Says Emily…

Two years ago, I watched the movie The Bucket List and since then I have been creating a never-ending bucket list of my own. Although most of my to do items are small, like restaurants I want to try, or parts of the city I need to explore, I was still feeling overwhelmed by all my wants and desires. I found it easier to manage when I broke my list down by season. My winter bucket list consists of two things: make snow angels and make homemade chicken noodle soup.

For Christmas this year, I received a pasta maker and a tutorial on how to use a whole chicken to make my own stock from my grandmother.  That was all the motivation I needed to get started. Oh, and the thought of being trapped inside for days due to the impending Snowpocalypse didn’t hurt either….

The fresh ingredients in this soup (dill and lemon) add a nice, refreshing twist to an old classic.

Emily Z's Lemon & Dill Chicken Noodle Soup

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