Chicago Winter Morning

Chicago is a beautiful place in the morning. The sun rises over Lake Michigan and casts a warm glow over the neighborhoods between us and the lake front. It’s amazing watching the steam and smoke rising from the warm buildings. Capturing moments like these is what keeps winter bearable. I should note that this photo…

Carrot Bread

First off, I need to start of this post by explaining the photos above. Because I know most of you have no context for just how bad the snow storm was (you know, that blizzard thing we had last week), I though I’d post a couple of comparison photos that I took over the weekend….

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…

Granola for a Cold Winter Day

I love making granola. It’s one of those really easy things to do that people seem to find really impressive. Not only that, but when you’re baking it, your house smells AMAZING – especially if you go a little heavy on the cinnamon, like I do. I mentioned this granola in a previous post about…

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)….

Chocolate Pudding Cookies

Tonight  I had a revelation in baking. While I was browsing through one of my newly acquired vintage cookbooks (well, more like a magazine), I came across a recipe for pudding cookies. Essentially, a cookie recipe that includes a package of pudding mix for added gooey deliciousness. It was good timing, too, since Kirk came…

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…