Jul 25

I Love This; This is My Life

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On our last day on the Amalfi Coast, Dan and I concluded that we I had soaked up all the Italian sun our my skin could handle. Thus, we figured we'd do something totally ordinary (not) and hire a driver to take us to Tramonti for a day to visit Tenuta San Francesco's vineyard. Wanting to make the most of the day, we made stops in the towns of Amalfi and Ravello along the way before ultimately ending up at the serene vineyard in Tramonti. Upon our arrival at Tenuta San Francesco, … [Read more...]

Oct 17

Gorgonzola Goodness

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Being that Dan travels Monday through Thursday every week, our weekends together are a time to be cherished and celebrated.  Thus, I sit down for an hour or so on Thursdays to plan out the meals I make for us each weekend.  The process of planning meals is usually more difficult and time-consuming for me than cooking them.  With thousands upon thousands of recipes to browse, I often find myself overwhelmed by the options.  One minute I'm set on a simple, veg-tastic salad and the next minute … [Read more...]

Aug 25

Flights, Tiny Toast, and Cheese

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Note: So, as the new trend in naming swanky places in Chicago appears to involve shortening and juxtaposition (e.g. RiNo, NoMi, etc), I'm going to go ahead and call Whole Foods off of North Ave "WhoFoNo" so that I can type 7 letters instead of 17.  Now onto the important stuff... Last Thursday was a wonderful day.  After a 7-week stint of not seeing each other (that is a really, really long time for us), my mom and I reunited for the afternoon.  We originally had grand plans of making it … [Read more...]

Aug 10

Israeli Couscous with Peas, Pea Shoots, and Sugar Snap Peas

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Two quick things: 1) let's just call this dish "Peas Galore" and 2) "Peas" is a funny word after you look at it for a bit.  This dish takes a veggie staple and turns it into something that is easy on the eyes, delicious on the palate, and entirely satisfying in the stomach.  Originally, this recipe was minus the pea shoots and plus some asparagus, but it wouldn't be a "pearty" [Insert your own funnier, wittier play on words here] without all forms of pea.  Not to mention, pea shoots are … [Read more...]

Aug 06

A Taste of Italy in Westport, Ireland

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After a lengthy, but wonderful roadtrip (Portrush, Northern Ireland to Westport, Ireland) in which the bulk of my nutrition came solely from the naughtiest portion of the food pyramid (sweets, junk food, etc.), I wanted a dinner that would offer me the fresh, bright flavors I was craving.  Being nearly 3/4 of the way through the trip, I was content with the amount of traditional Irish fare I had enjoyed and was ready to seek out my go-to favorite: Italian.  If it were up to me, Italian food … [Read more...]