Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Dinner Party



I'm in the midst of organizing the first dinner party that my apartment has seen since this summer. The last time we had people over, it was to reciprocate for the dinner they held for us (which, I might add, consisted of bagged chex mix and cheeseburgers... and water.) I feel like I kind of "showed them up" (not deliberately)by making roast chicken (beer can chicken), savory polenta and a baked tomato and zucchini casserole with strawberry shortcake for dessert... As you may have guessed, I love to cook. This time we're having a few people over for New Year's, after they made a wonderful meal for us of chicken liver pate, braised lamb shanks with white bean and tomato stew, roasted butternut squash soup and Italian anise cookies with vanilla gelato. We're reciprocating (again, with a different couple, the first never came back) with eggplant caviar, Georgian bean salad with black bread, braised beef short ribs (tis the season) with horseradish cream, mashed potatoes and Swiss chard with pearl onions, gingerbread cake and chocolate truffles. I've been planning since Friday and cooking since Sunday. I'm borrowing heavily from the Smitten Kitchen blog, and I hope Deb doesn't fail me now!
I'm working on the table top, and couldn't just use the table runner I have (of course not) and had to buy a green tablecloth with green and blue striped napkins. My only concern is that my wall is the same color green, so it may be overwhelming. Other than those trivial little things, I hope it goes off without a hitch and that they come back for more. :)

Monday, December 15, 2008

Old Friends

We met over coffee to catch up.





The camaraderie was the same, though our lives have changed.





Still, I feel like we could be friends until we look like this:



Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Farmer's Market Dreaming

I'm in a much better mood today. I think it has something to do with seeing these old pictures from the farmer's market (like the one on my header), they remind me of summer:





honey stall




old gourd guy, kind of annoyed with having his picture taken...


Anyway. The farmer's market is a nicer thought than the weather outside, like this:



Perhaps I'll check out the winter farmer's market this weekend. I hear they make an excellent breakfast.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Brown Sugar, Brown Butter Shortbread




I normally can't stand short, crisp, sandy cookies, but these are absolute perfection. (And artery clogging, at the same time)


I'm thinking of incorporating brown butter into my vegetable and fish dishes. The scent is intoxicating.
The recipe here.


Monday, December 1, 2008

Rubbing Noses

Results in drinking this:

Eating this:And doing this at my desk:




Have a happy Monday!


Monday, November 17, 2008

Photobooth

The concert in one word was.. AWESOME! It was in a tiny, grungy bar in an iffy area of Chicago. Erin and I stood only a few feet from the stage, and there were plenty of people to watch. The first band was Death Vessel, which, contrary to their name is a laid back hippie guy playing folk music on his guitar, by himself. The crowd got thicker when The Sea and Cake came on. Erin's first comment was "They're old!" They ARE into their 50's, but they've also been around since 1993, and they weren't young then. They were more upbeat than Death Vessel, and there were some people dancing around us. There were some crazies, and one really beautiful boy that we couldn't help but stare at. Then when he started to stare back, we had to move, lest we become stalkerish. Besides, Erin and I are taken ladies!
We noticed a photobooth near the bathroom, and we just had to take two rolls of pictures. Overall, the whole experience was awesome and I would go back in a heartbeat.
We also squeezed in just a little bit of shopping before hand... Alex told me that I no longer get a Christmas present.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Onward to Chi-town!

I'm excited to be seeing "The Sea and Cake" this Saturday night!
http://thrilljockey.com/catalog/?id=103254
I wish I could figure out how to add songs to my blog, like my friend does. It's so much more efficient than giving a link. Anyway, they're a very chill band who I stumbled across about a year ago and have grown to love their two most recent albums, "Car Alarm" and "Everybody." My friend Erin and I are also going to hit up the art museum (yay!) while we're down there, and hopefully do some shopping. Exciting! I'll have to post a review of the concert when I get back.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Minor Beginnings

A beginning of poetry, pictures, recipes and sharing in the minor incidents of my life.