- Chicago, Illinois, USA
- August 21
- Coffee, black, French press, Intelligentsia. Two poached eggs, runny yolks, coarse ground black pepper, Maldon salt. Wheat toast, extra thick slice, dense with millet and seeds, European-style butter. Summer melon, fresh mint.
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December 22, 2009 08:29AM
- This Sort of Thing Isn't Funny
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Bestselling author and spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle often reminds us that what we resist, persists. But when the object of resistance has the ability to stain anything it comes in contact with and jeopardize marital bliss, how can you do anything but resist it?
Eac… Read full post »
We got the bug, so to speak, a couple of years ago when my dear friend Chantal, the loyal keeper of my secrets and loving reminder that blood is not thicker than water, got her first hive and became an urban beekeeper in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Chantal, affectionately known as Mistress Bee… Read full post »
Like my mother before me and many of the food lovers here at Open Salon, I use cooking and baking as a way to show I care. When Bird and I finished our baking this weekend, we carefully packaged the fruits of our labor and delivered them to our friends and family.… Read full post »
Do you love coconut?
Do you think the only thing better than coconut is the sinfully delicious combination of coconut and chocolate?
Then please read on.
Coconut Haystack Cookie
With just five ingredients, including the chocolate for dipping, these cookies are easy and foolproof. Y… Read full post »
It's freezing cold and dry. Really dry. Itchy, scratchy skin dry. So dry, Bird decides to use body lotion. Bird is a man of minimal products meaning no aftershave, no hair product, just shave cream, toothpaste, shampoo and soap.
Bird: Where do you keep your lotion?
Me: Under the sink.… Read full post »
"I just figured if I was going to make the world a better place, I’d do it with cookies." ~ Ana Pascal, Stranger than Fiction
It's easier for me to imagine a Christmas without Santa than it is to imagine the holiday without cookies. When I was a kid my… Read full post »
Uhm, so rich!
The crunch of raw sugar crystals between my teeth.
Lightly crumbling apart in my watering mouth.
Butter, yes, yes!
Ooh, cardamom, what a lovely surprise.
What better start to the holiday season than that first bite of shortbread fresh from the oven?
It's magic… Read full post »
Happy Holidays to you!
No, I didn't mean Merry Christmas.
Or Happy Hanukkah.
Or Happy Kwanzaa.
Specifically, I meant Happy Brownie Day! Oh come now, don't pretend you didn't know there was such a thing.
When I first discovered it, I was a bit perplexed mysel… Read full post »
It's December 1st and you know what that means--holiday madness is officially upon us. There are trees to trim, menorahs to polish, stockings to hang, cards to write, lists to make, gifts to buy, cookies to bake, guest rooms to tidy, parties to plan and host, parties to attend, guilt trips… Read full post »
Considering the contents of my over-stuffed, post-Thanksgiving refrigerator always brings to mind that proverbial notion of making a silk purse from a sow's ear. In this case, my sow is what remains of a 25 pound turkey recently ravaged by 20 plus dinner guests.
Turning Thanksgiving leftove… Read full post »
Thanksgiving isn't even here yet, and I'm already tired of the requisite iterations and bastardizations of pumpkin. So, this year it's all about cranberries.
I combined a few of my favorite recipes and came up with this surprise hit. (It received rave reviews when I tested it on… Read full post »
Have you ever tasted a fresh egg?
Not an egg 'fresh' from the store, but an egg fresh from the farm--just a few hours old?
If you've tasted a fresh egg and love eggs, especially fried ones with runny yolks, then you already know how special they can be. It's/… Read full post »
Last weekend marked the end of the Chicago farmer's market season. It was a vibrant swan song - giant orange pumpkins, cauliflower heads the color of amethysts, red and green apples of every shape and size. Surrounded as I was by delicious beauty it was hard to savor the moment. My… Read full post »
Bird and I were cruising through New Mexico on our way from Arroyo Hondo to Albuquerque where our friends were getting married the following day. I was on a mission to reach our destination before noon, but Bird, the driver was hungry.
"Santa Fe, 15 miles," I said. Neither of us… Read full post »
Bird and I were clipping along at a steady, hurried pace. Our London Heathrow gate was in sight – just a couple hundred yards to go, and we’d be boarding our plane for Chicago.
And then I froze.
“Wait!” I yelled to Bird who hadn’t noticed I was absent from his… Read full post »
I made my first trip to London nearly ten years ago. The must see and do recommendations I received from my well-traveled colleagues and friends were wildly diverse, but overlapped on one point - the food is disappointing.
Fortunately, they were all wrong.
It's true that if you limit your… Read full post »
I treasure overcast fall weekends. The cool grey sky threatens of rain and all outside work is put on hold. This is bad news for Bird. He logs too many hours behind a desk during the week, and by Friday he is craving manual labor and tangible accomplishments. Our hundred-year-old cottonwood… Read full post »
Bird worked in a Midwestern pizza joint for a few years when he was in high school and therefore, considers himself a connoisseur of all things pizza. I'm a pizza lover too - Bird would never have married me otherwise. In Chicago it's easy to satisfy our pizza craving, though we don't alway… Read full post »
My mom slept with cookbooks.
She shared her bedroom with my snoring father, two boxer dogs and enough cookbooks to fill a floor to ceiling bookcase – not that she ever put the books on a shelf. Instead, they were stacked haphazardly around her side of the king-sized… Read full post »
The urge to make my own cheese came last winter when I read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. Was it possible that cheese, my favorite food group, could be created by my mere mortal hands? In my very own kitchen? Barbara's lilting prose made it sound so easy - like anyo… Read full post »
I recently bought a mortar and pestle the size of my head.
Okay, that's a bit of an understatement. Upon further inspection, I can see that my head is actually smaller than my beautiful, smoky grey, solid granite prep tool. And while I have no efficient and painless way of confirming it,… Read full post »
I love lobster. It was love at first bite.
I fell over a “surf and turf” dinner at a Chicago steakhouse on a generous business expense account. When I was finished only the shells of the surf remained though my turf was mostly untouched. I was 28.
The culinary adventures… Read full post »
Like many writers here at OS, my SO serves as a frequent muse in my posts. The fearless taster of my kitchen experiments. The occasional though forgiving butt of my jokes. The enduring love of my life.
Usually he appears as 'my husband' – a most uninspired reference. He has… Read full post »
Saturday night my husband and I joined the legions of cooking enthusiasts that have attempted Boeuf Bourguignon immediately after seeing the movie Julie and Julia. And before Saturday night I never would have considered my husband to be the least bit enthusiastic about cooking.
(The s… Read full post »
I’m a hypocrite when it comes to food.
For 364 days a year, I preach on the importance of eating locally and sustainable food supplies to anyone who will listen.
"Say 'no' to plastic looking strawberries in January when you can see snow outside your Midwestern window."
"Plant a garden," I… Read full post »