Tag Archives: Dinner

Creamy Tomato-Basil Soup

Creamy Tomato-Basil SoupFor a long time, if you asked me what my absolute favorite meal was, I would reply, “Grilled cheese and tomato soup,” without any hesitation.  Now, I have always loved a grilled cheese and still do, with a passion, in fact.  But over the years, I realized that the other half of that duo was just not holding up its end of the bargain. I would dutifully make my can of tomato soup to go with my sandwich, and while it kind of worked as a counterpoint to a perfectly toasty, cheesy sandwich, it mostly just sucked.  I know this is impolitic of me, but regular tomato soup is just so boring.  The terrible mediocrity of it is what made me give up on the idea that grilled cheese and tomato soup was, indeed, my favorite meal.  Something that most closely resembled ketchup water had no place in any of my favorites lists.

And then… dun dun dun. Continue reading


Filed under Soups and Stews

Brie, Bacon, and Red Onion Burgers

DSC_0265It’s been a particularly frigid winter in the Chicago area, with lots of days spent inside drinking tea and dreaming of summer.  A frequently recurring daydream around here involves the smell of burgers on the grill with a cold beer in hand, lounging around in the backyard. Unfortunately, burgers on the grill are just not going to happen anytime soon.  When we start getting a little forlorn at this prospect, these burgers come to the rescue.  They’re easy to put together without the help of a charcoal grill, and are so flippin’ delicious that it blows memories of Labor Day barbecues away. Continue reading


Filed under Meat, Sandwiches

Falafel Salad with Cucumber Dill Dressing

Falafel Salad with Cucumber Dill Dressing

Happy New Year!  I hope that 2013 was a fabulous year for you, and that 2014 will be even better.  Once again, I am entering the new year unencumbered by resolutions, which has become my own kind of tradition, I suppose.  Sure, there are projects to be done, a whole house full of rooms to be organized, and there are certainly pounds to be lost.  But I can’t be bothered with all that in the face of a brand new year, fresh with possibilities.  Also, I’m extremely distracted at the moment by this falafel salad.

Falafel Salad with Cucumber Dill Dressing

I’m fully aware that the blogging world is probably glutted at the moment with “recipes” for salads.  But this isn’t that kind of salad.  This is a salad that is only a salad because it really wants to be.  What?!  I don’t even know. I just ate a big plate of this and I’m giddy about it. It’s so good. Continue reading


Filed under Salad, Vegetarian

Chive Oil

Chive Oil

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


Filed under Gluten Free, Other, Vegetarian

Quick and Easy Hamburger Buns

Quick Homemade Hamburger Buns

I’m going to apologize in advance.  This would have been a better post to share in May, when there was a whole season of burger and hot dog eating ahead of us.  But at least I got it in before the mother of all backyard-barbecue holidays, Labor Day.  I will warn you though- once you start making your own hamburger and hot dog buns, you won’t want to stop.  You won’t be content with those mushy, smushable, sawdust things you are forced to pay 2 bucks for at the grocery store.  Not when you know that you could make your own quicker than you can whip up a batch of potato salad. Continue reading

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