Snow Cookies

So, I have to admit something. I really (and I mean really…) wanted to call these cookies “Blizzaster Cookies” – there was just something snazzy about it. However, I worried that name wouldn’t really be universally appealing, so I went with “Snow Cookies” instead. For those of you that might not know, the Midwest recently (i.e. this…

How to store Ginger

Several years ago, when I first really got into cooking, one of the small nit-picky things that annoyed me the most was the fact that EVERYTIME I bought fresh ginger, I would use a tiny bit for the recipe that called for it, and the rest of the root would proceed to get squishy and…

And Then it Was 2011

Can you believe it? Seriously??? Can you believe that it’s 2011? I just had to get that out there. It’s been 10 years since I moved out of home and went to college. It’s the first year in the second decade of the 21st century. It’s the year of… I don’t know. It just seems…

Ginger Pumpkin Tart

This was the Christmas for cooking. Admittedly, I was probably a little ambitious with my menu selection. But first, let me back up before diving into that…. This was the first Christmas I spent without seeing my parents. It was hard, and I definitely had my share of emotional moments (Kirk can vouch for that)….

We got Married…

… And we went on our honeymoon, and had Thanksgiving with the new in-laws. It’s been a busy last two months. The wedding was amazing and everything went as smoothly as it could have. We had all of our closest friends and family, and it truly was a party. I am so grateful that I…

Marriage License… and Bagels!

Kirk and I did something big on Thursday morning… we went downtown and got our marriage license! About a week ago we planned that we would each take a work-from-home day this past Thursday so that we could go downtown to the Daley center and stand in line to get our marriage license. So, Thursday…

Updates, etc… (i.e. I have nothing interesting to say)

So, it’s time for a moment of honesty – you really can’t have a great food blog unless you can take great photos of your food. In this area, I feel like I’m stunted. I have several cameras, and now I’m on a mission to learn how to use them. There’s something so immediately fulfilling…

Something New…

It’s time for something new. I need to get back to writing again. I let the stress of life take me away for a while, but now I realize that the stress only ever goes away when I focus on doing things I enjoy. So onward, blogging! This is, of course, simply a first step…

Kitty Emergency

This was the weekend of the Kitty Emergency. Kirk and I were hoping to have a nice, relaxing weekend full of take-out food and rented movies (and maybe even a little baking), but it was not in the cards for us. We instead spent our weekend going and back and forth between our apartment and…

Paris Trip

Kirk and I just recently got back from our trip to Paris. It was so nice to let go of the stress of daily life (working, cooking, cleaning, etc…) and just have fun and explore a different place… a place drastically different from Chicago. We had a very full itinerary while we there, which included:…