Posts Tagged "summer"

Taste of Chicago Weekend! 00

Taste of Chicago Weekend!

Taste of Chicago Weekend!

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A couple of weeks ago my whole family came into town from Nebraska to visit for the Taste of Chicago! They visited for an entire 5 days – we had so much fun! First stop upon their arrival, The Gage! We sat out on the patio and had a few drinks to start. My sister is getting married in April so we had all sorts of wedding planning to discuss! We ordered the infamous Scotch Egg and Cherries...

Spicy Corn Salad with Walnuts and Feta 00

Spicy Corn Salad with Walnuts and Feta

Spicy Corn Salad with Walnuts and Feta

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Over the Fourth of July weekend, we went over to a friends house and someone had brought this delicious corn salad with feta. It was so tasty I had to recreate it at home with my own spicy twist! Many recipes for corn salad call for jalapeno, but after visiting the farmers market last weekend and getting my hands on a bunch of Melrose peppers, I couldn’t help but put a Chicago twist on the...

Sunday Morning Lemon Poppy Seed Waffles 00

Sunday Morning Lemon Poppy Seed Waffles

Sunday Morning Lemon Poppy Seed Waffles

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Sunday morning called for waffles! But not just any waffles; I wanted something summery, something light, something refreshing. Enter lemon and poppy seeds – possibly one of the best culinary combinations.  Let me preface this post by saying I never make waffles…never…ever. Probably because I’d rather fill my grumbling belly with fruits, vegetables and protein in the form of a...

Oven Roasted Tomatoes 00

Oven Roasted Tomatoes

Oven Roasted Tomatoes

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I did it. I officially registered for my very first Chicago Food Swap in August! I am beyond excited, but nervous about what I want to bring. Being the competitive person I am, I obviously want bring something that is out of this world. So let the brainstorming begin…any thoughts? While I don’t usually roast tomatoes until the end of the summer to preserve these tasty gems in order to enjoy...

Strawberry Rhubarb Oatmeal Crumble 00

Strawberry Rhubarb Oatmeal Crumble

Strawberry Rhubarb Oatmeal Crumble

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Nothing says summer like strawberries and rhubarb! I made a special trip to the Green City farmers market in Lincoln Park this morning for some fresh summer goodies! I came home with strawberries as sweet as candy, local melrose sweet peppers, juicy red currants, and of course a bundle of rhubarb. This Strawberry Rhubarb Oatmeal Crumble is the perfect summer dessert for an all-American...

Chocolate Chia Smoothie 00

Chocolate Chia Smoothie

Chocolate Chia Smoothie

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I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July yesterday! After a late night of grilling, fireworks, swimming and drinks by the fire pit at a friends house I woke up ready for something nutritious and delicious! Enter the Chocolate Chia Smoothie – a rich blend of almond butter and cocoa powder that tastes so decadent you would think it was a milkshake!   Chocolate Chia Smoothie vegetarian,...

Rick Bayless Garden Tour 00

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...

Viva Las Vegas! 00

Viva Las Vegas!

Viva Las Vegas!

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For our 1 year anniversary Will and I took a weekend trip to Las Vegas last weekend!     Unfortunately our flight was 2 hours delayed out of Chicago Thursday night. But we rolled into our hotel at Caesar’s Palace around 1AM and got a lovely free upgrade to a nicer room! Leaving for the airport in Chicago around 5PM, we were starving by then so we hit up a new place  called Secret Pizza in...

Printer’s Row Lit Fest! 00

Printer’s Row Lit Fest!

Printer’s Row Lit Fest!

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This weekend was Lit Fest here in Chicago! With Printer’s Row only a few block away from home, we spent Saturday afternoon browsing book sales! This was my very first time at Lit Fest and I had no idea what I had been missing out on all these years! Anyone that knows me knows that I love to read – fiction, cookbooks, food novels, you name it, I read it. I made a New Years resolution back in...

Grilled Salmon with Cherry Balsamic Salad 00

Grilled Salmon with Cherry Balsamic Salad

Grilled Salmon with Cherry Balsamic Salad

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While the first day of summer is still 2 weeks away, I’m ready for the summer salad season to begin! The weather here in Chicago has been unfortunately chilly for June but that doesn’t stop us from enjoying delicious grilled food and cold brews indoors! With family in town all last week, my fridge was an empty sad sight and I felt like I hadn’t been grocery shopping in ages. Instead of...

Weekend Updates! 00

Weekend Updates!

Weekend Updates!

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May was such a busy month I can’t believe how little time I had to blog! Let me catch you all up to speed with a few updates from May! Over Easter weekend, we drove to Omaha to visit our families and joined in on some Easter Sunday bowling!     Don’t let the good form fool you…I am one of the world’s worst bowlers…. Next up, Derby weekend! We took a trip to...

Saturday Fresh Picks! 00

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...