I know what some of you are saying. “Two soups in a row? What is this?!”
Friends, I will tell you what this is. This is called February in
the Arctic Chicago. It’s really cold. All the time. Not the kind of duh-it’s-winter cold, but the kind of cold that precludes you from leaving the house some days and makes you want to hibernate on your couch until March. Or April, more likely. It’s weather that calls for a lot of soup. Continue reading
I love the whole concept of spinach salad with bacon dressing. It strikes just the right balance of healthy and splurge-worthy. Loaded up with vitamin-packed spinach, mushrooms, and red onion, and some protein-righ eggs, this salad makes for a healthy lunch option. Add in some warm, rich dressing and big crumbles of bacon and you have a lunch option that you actually want to eat. Win-win.
You may have noticed that I don’t have a whole lot of breakfast recipes around here. It’s not that I have anything against breakfast, or that I don’t like to cook it. It is true, however, that I have no interest in things like blueberry cheesecake stuffed french toast or cinnamon roll pancakes with cream cheese-butter-maple-syrup icing. Those things sounds delicious, but, in all honesty, I think if I ate them for breakfast I think I would either pass out from the sheer force of sugar or, at the very least, not make it til nap time.
Mmm… is there anything better than a hot cup of earl grey tea on a cold day? Oh wait… there is… and it’s that cup of tea, plus chocolate and cream and cocoa. I’m not even a chocolate person (I know, the horror!) and I seriously love these. They are rich and decadent, but also subtle and perfectly balanced. In a season when I tend to go overboard and binge on other sweets, I find myself completely satisfied savoring just one of these. Ok, maybe two. Which is good, because my whole point in making these was to make some tasty homemade gifts for people. But who could blame me for sneaking just a few?
There is something about October for me that’s tough to get through. Cooking-wise. Don’t get me wrong, I love everything about October- gorgeous fall colors, sweater weather, all that. But after the hustle and bustle of trying to deal with all the produce in September… well, I’m tired. This year, I canned, froze, and dried my little heart out. The only thing left on my food preservation to-do list is make up a batch of my favorite herb rub. Hopefully I’ll get to that one later today. Maybe. Maybe not.
If you usually hang around here for the meal ideas or easy dessert stuff, don’t get discouraged. “But, Christina,” you say, “When are we going to get a recipe that has more than 3 ingredients? This is getting ridiculous.” Well… not today. Today, you get a recipe with two ingredients. Maybe three if you count salt. Sorry. Tomorrow I will post a recipe for boiled water that will blow you away.
I know I literally just wrote a tomato salad post saying how it was so simple that I felt stupid posting a recipe. Well this puts that post to shame. Chive oil? Can this be worth an entire post? Really? Continue reading