Posts Tagged "organic"

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Rick Bayless Garden Tour

Rick Bayless Garden Tour

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A couple weeks ago, my girlfriends and I went on a tour of the Rick Bayless garden! It was absolutely beautiful! Located on three adjacent city lots in Bucktown neighborhood, Rick Bayless’ private garden secretly grows organic lettuce, herbs, peppers and more organic for his local restaurants.   Check out all that lettuce! Most of the lettuces were actually recently harvested, but there was...

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Saturday Fresh Picks!

Saturday Fresh Picks!

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Good morning! The rain has finally stopped and the sun is shining! After returning from crossfit yesterday morning, my second order from Irv and Shelly’s Fresh Picks had arrived! We nearly used up all of the produce from the last order, so I went ahead and ordered another fruit and veggie box! I am loving having this little surprise arrive every weekend! Here is what we got: 1 bunch Swiss...

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Good Food Festival 2013

Good Food Festival 2013

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Back in March over St. Patrick’s Day weekend, I took my mom to the Good Food Festival at the UIC Forum! We spent all day walking around, consuming countless samples, and learning as much as we could from local farmers and vendors. While we arrived early to beat the crowds, the UIC forum quickly became a busy and happening place! We stopped by to see the Chefs at Play Demos and caught a...

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Sage French Toast with Apples and Maple Chicken Sausage

Sage French Toast with Apples and Maple Chicken Sausage

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Friday night’s Crossfit workout really beat me up. 21 Overhead Squats (@ 65#) 42 Pull-ups 15 Overhead Squats (@ 65#) 30 Pull-ups 9 Overhead Squats (@ 65#) 18 Pull-ups All in under 15 minutes… So it’s no wonder why I haven’t been able to move my arms all weekend. I even slept in until noon on Sunday…quite unlike me. So Sunday brunch was a little later in the afternoon than planned, but...

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Irv & Shelly’s Fresh Picks

Irv & Shelly’s Fresh Picks

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I’ve been wanting to join a CSA for a while now, but the logistics of it (cost, amount of food, product predictability, etc.) have been holding us back for years. Until last week. When a friend of mine recommended Irv and Shelly’s Fresh Picks! I actually spoke with a Fresh Picks at the Good Food Festival about my concerns (delivery to someone living in a high rise, produce substitution...

Roasted Whole Chicken with Chili Maple Glaze 00

Roasted Whole Chicken with Chili Maple Glaze

Roasted Whole Chicken with Chili Maple Glaze

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If you’ve ever roasted a whole chicken or turkey, you know that the secret is in the brine. Brining a chicken not only adds flavor and produces a delicious juicy bird, but also tenderizes free-range pastured birds as they can often be tough. There are number of different ingredients and spices you can use in your brine, but I usually keep mine simple – salt, sugar, and cider vinegar. How to...

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Epic Burger

Epic Burger

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This weekend I had the opportunity to try out a few new restaurants around the Chicago area! First up, Epic Burger! Located in the south loop, Epic Burger is a casual burger joint that serves fresh, all-natural, hand-formed, cooked-to-order hamburgers using ingredients from local merchants . The menu is simple: choose your meat, bun, and toppings. Make it a combo with fries and a drink or...

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The Best Milk for Your Health

The Best Milk for Your Health

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When shopping for milk at your grocery store you may experience a form of shopper’s paralysis – uncertain about which milk is the best pick for you. Do you want organic? Antibiotic-free? Hormone-free? Grass-fed? Pasteurized and homogenized? What does all of this mean? Before hitting the supermarket shelves, the cream portion of the milk is separated from the watery whey portion....

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Blue Cheese Burgers

Blue Cheese Burgers

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Hi guys! Last night I made the most incredible blue cheese burgers on the grill, but of course, forgot to take a picture of them!!! 🙁 Let me start off saying that I am usually not the biggest fan of blue cheese, I only like it in SMALL amounts. However, I thought I would give these a try and they were to die for! That being said, I will most likely make them again before the summer is over and...

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Finding Local Food

Finding Local Food

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Today I challenged myself to buy local food during my trip to Whole Foods! While not everything is from Illinois, I allowed my self a one-state-away radius. Here is what I came home with: Kilgus Farmstead Skim Milk (Fairbury, IL) – At Kilgus Farmstead, milk is produced all-natural, without added rBST, in small batches and delivered at the peak of freshness. Kilgus Farmstead is Central...

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Planting an Herb Garden

Planting an Herb Garden

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As spring grows near, I wanted to start my very first windowsill herb garden! I have never grown my own herbs and can barely keep my one inside plant alive, so this will surely be a challenge. Luckily the gardener at Whole Foods gave me some great tips to get me started. I can’t wait to have beautiful fresh herbs to cook with once summer arrives! I planted a variety of herbs including...

September Farmer’s Market Picks 00

September Farmer’s Market Picks

September Farmer’s Market Picks

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TGIF! And what better way to start out a Friday then a trip to the farmer’s market! At this weeks UIC farmer’s market I bought a green bell pepper, an onion, a tomato, green beans, and bartlett pears! I also could not pass up a cute little stand selling vegan muffins. I ended up buying a Masala Chai vegan muffin, which included a delicious mixture of Indian spices and herbs. It...