Sunday, May 1, 2011

Spring Time Cooking

I've taken some pictures of some food I've made, but keep forgetting to blog about it, so here we go!

This is a recipe for a Quinoa Citrus Salad that I got from a Cooking Light magazine. You can find the recipe here. I had to make a few modifications to the recipe though based on the ingredients I could find. I didn't have kumquats, I don't really know if I like beets, and I couldn't find blood oranges. So, I used regular oranges (which worked fine), a grapefruit (I didn't love the flavor and don't know if I'd use that again) and shrimp (because I had some in the freezer).

It's a pretty simple recipe and not that hard to make if you don't mind spending a little bit of time chopping some things up.
The finished product. I'm not the best photographer and can't capture all the citrus-y goodness that is in each bite. It's a wonderful dish to make in the winter when you're craving something fresh!

Another adventure in cooking: One day I decided to make some rosemary focaccia bread. It was delicious! Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of the finish product, but here is some of the dough. I actually don't remember where the recipe came from, but it was good!

To go with the focaccia bread, I made some tortellini soup. This recipe I got from my good friend Maria. It is delicious and so easy to make.

Sprinkle some parmesan cheese and put a dollop of pesto on top and it's delicious!

The last recipe I've made is Balsamic Asparagus. Of all these recipes it is probably the easiest and so delicious! All you do is blanch some asparagus, cook some cherry tomatoes in some olive oil and a little bit of balsamic vinegar. Then mix the asparagus and tomatoes together and sprinkle goat cheese, salt and pepper on top.
So yummy!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Winter in Chicago

I keep taking pictures of things thinking that I'll blog about them, but then I never do. So this blog post is a combination of everything I've meant to blog for a long time. Enjoy!

It was so fun to be in Chicago for a record breaking snow storm. Chicago Public Schools had a snow day for the first time since 1998 and Dan couldn't have been happier! He actually came home from school and recorded a song about snow day's because he was so happy!

Our car was buried by snow. It was fun to be out on the streets shoveling though. I finally met some of our neighbors!
Taryn and Kiera are really cool and have matching coats/vests.

We walked around Chicago and Amanda just carried her shovel with her everywhere!!

A happy snow man in the gazebo in Wells Park.

Dan and I have a really great tradition of making waffles together on Saturday mornings. We've got the best waffle recipe and it's great just to sit on our couch together, eat waffles, and talk. We've haven't done it for a couple Saturday's though because we've been busy and I don't think it's too healthy... It's delicious though!

Maria came over one Saturday afternoon and she had a really great recipe for some Asiago cheese bread. It was so simple. All we did was caramelize onions, sprinkle some Asiago cheese and then put the onions on top. Braid the bread, put it in the oven, and it's delicious!

Dan's New Year's Resolution was to eat healthier, so we've been making couscous salads and they have been delicious! Below is one we made with grapes and pomegranates. It was so good and went well with feta chicken.

And for dessert - chocolate cake with a dark chocolate glaze! Delicious and great to share with friends!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Christmas in Review

We had such a good holiday season this year. I love Christmas time and Dan and I had a great time with both our families and were grateful that we could be home.

Before we left Chicago, Dan and I were able to make use of our "smitten," a gift I made for Dan a couple years ago as a Valentine's Day gift.

When we were at home we were able to go ice skating on the rink in our backyard. Santa came out for a surprise visit on Christmas morning!!

We also were able to go ice skating up in Goffstown. One day Dan, Abby and I shoveled off the pond so that there was a nice large area to skate on.

We also were able to enjoy a couple days skiing. It was a beautiful day in the glades in Cannon Mountain.

Abby made us some hot chocolate cooking over the wood burning stove. I think that stove is one of the coolest things ever!

On our last day of vacation, back in Chicago, I made Dan some breakfast in bed. (I wouldn't let him eat it in bed though!) But we still enjoyed a delicious breakfast on our last day of break. The croissant is from Beans and Bagels, the coffee shop across from our apartment, and is one of the best croissants I've ever had!

Now that Christmas is over, I'm ready for spring and warmer weather! Unfortunately it's supposed to be 3 in Chicago tomorrow with a wind chill at about -29... I guess it's not spring yet!

I also completed part 1 of my new years resolution - clean out our closets! It took me a while, but now that I've cleaned the closets out, I can finally say that I feel settled in our apartment in Chicago.