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Weekly Menu (July 19)

2014 July 20
by Mrs. FoodieLawyer

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Saturday

  • Grilled Flat Iron Steak, Grilled Corn, Tomato & Onion Salad

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

  • Take-Out

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

  • Dinner Out

Friday Favorites

2014 July 18
by Mrs. FoodieLawyer

Some food-related (mostly) things we enjoyed this week:

So let's dance!

While walking to dinner one night, we randomly came upon a gathering of people listening to live music and dancing. On six Thursdays during the summer, our little city hosts a free event featuring a dance lesson with accompanying music in a different dancing style each week. We didn’t partake this time, but enjoyed the music and people watching as we dined al fresco at a nearby restaurant. Summertime here is pretty great.

Bean

Our dear friends and their two kiddos drove all the way from Dallas to come visit us this week, on their way to a family reunion in Wisconsin Dells. We had a great time showing them around our ‘hood and doing a little sightseeing in downtown Chicago, including the obligatory tourist trip to the Bean (I mean “Cloud Gate“) in Millennium Park. The kids had fun creating optical illusions with their reflections, exactly none of which I captured with my phone’s camera. All of our friends are what we miss most from Dallas (even more than Tex-Mex!), and it was wonderful to have them here to share a glimpse of our Chicagoland life.

Tilt! (OMG)

Another must-see during our Chicago tour was the view from the observatory deck on the 94th floor of John Hancock Center. Our friend Matt was the only one of us brave enough to try the new Tilt! feature, which allows you to lean 30 degrees out from the building and look down to the street that is 1,000 feet below. Nope. Matt said it was awesome, and we sincerely took his word for it.

Leggo my Liege waffle

We recently tried the authentic Liege Belgian waffles from a little cafe near our condo, and they did not disappoint. The waffles are made with dough instead of batter and are dusted with pearl sugar (imported from Belgium) that caramelizes on the outside of the waffle when it is baked in a special waffle iron (also imported from Belgium). Topping options include homemade whipped cream, Nutella, and fruit. You do not want to put syrup on this waffle, lest you ruin the lightly crispy, sugary outer crust by making it soggy. We may never eat any other kind of waffle again.

Cuban Sammie

Ever since we saw the movie “Chef” (which we highly recommend), we have been craving a good Cuban sandwich (also a good grilled cheese sandwich, but those are more readily available). We found exactly what we were looking for at the aptly named Taste of Cuba restaurant, and we’ll go back there the next time we are jonesing for that perfect combo of thinly sliced ham and roasted pork with cheese, mustard and pickles, expertly pressed between two slices of buttery bread.

Weekly Menu (July 12)

2014 July 13
by Mrs. FoodieLawyer

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Saturday

Sunday

  • BBQ Chicken Thighs, Mac-N-Cheese, Grilled Veggies, Sauteed Kohlrabi

Monday

Tuesday

  • Burgers and Dogs

Wednesday

  • Take-Out

Thursday

  • Peppery Shrimp, Royal Blend Brown Rice, Broccolini

Friday

  • Dinner & a Movie

Weekly Menu (July 5)

2014 July 5
by Mrs. FoodieLawyer

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Saturday

Sunday

Monday

  • Roasted Farmer’s Market Chicken and Potatoes, Roasted Asparagus

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • Chicken-Fried Cauliflower Steaks w/ Miso-Onion Gravy, Salad

Thursday

Friday

  • Dinner Out

Friday Favorites

2014 July 4
by Mrs. FoodieLawyer

Some food-related (mostly) things we enjoyed this week:

 

Festival creepers

 We love a good arts festival, and there was a nice one in our town last weekend, with lots of unique art and jewelry.

Cutting board

 We picked up this cool cutting board at the festival.

Sammie

 The chef at Found, one of our favorite restaurants, is a genius and has come up with yet another crave-worthy dish: a sandwich with house-cured salmon, caper cream cheese, radish relish and sprouts on rye.

America!

The weather today was absolutely perfect for attending the local Fourth of July parade. We’re headed to the beach soon to stake out our spot for watching fireworks, and we hope that you and yours are enjoying the holiday as much as we are. Happy 4th!

 

Food for Thought

2014 July 2
by Mrs. FoodieLawyer

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  • I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM! Here’s a list of frozen treats, each under 200 calories, to enjoy when you’re in the mood for something sweet and cold this summer. Number one on the list is the Cadbury caramello ice cream bar: vanilla ice cream on a stick, with a swirl of caramel in the center and dipped in milk chocolate. Want. We also want to try the Enlightened ice cream sandwich in mint. With 5 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein, but only 100 calories and 2 grams of sugar, how could we not try it?!
  • Good to know that someone already tested this strange food trend from Taiwan and reported their results. My favorite taste-tester comment: “Can I be done?”
  • We’ve linked to a video of how to cut a spiral hot dog before, but it’s cool enough to warrant a second link, especially in light of the upcoming July 4th holiday. If you have trouble cutting the hot dog using the skewer and knife method, someone invented a tool for getting that spiral shape, no skewer required.
  • Just for fun, a few food jokes we haven’t actually heard before (among others that everyone on the planet has already heard). The first one made me laugh out loud.

 

Weekly Menu (June 28)

2014 June 28
by Mrs. FoodieLawyer

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Saturday

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

  • Grilled Pork Chops w/ Radishes, Bacon & Arugula, Sauteed Mushrooms

Wednesday

  • Take-Out

Thursday

  • Grilled Chicken Thighs w/ Peri Peri Sauce, Green Bean Salad

Friday  Happy 4th of July!

  • Something Grilled from This Place, An Awesome Side Dish

Friday Favorites

2014 June 27
by Mrs. FoodieLawyer

Some food-related (mostly) things we enjoyed this week:

Special Day

Dan’s mom had a milestone birthday (rhymes with schmeventy) last week, so her family and friends gathered together in central Pennsylvania to celebrate with a pig roast, as one does. It was a great party, and the birthday girl had a happy day indeed.

Some Pig

Of COURSE we took a picture of the pig and posted it here — have you met us?!? It’s rather humbling to see the face of your food before you eat it, and it reminds us to more often think about the origins of what we’re eating.

Tomats!

Speaking of which, some of our food is going to be coming from our very own terrace soon! Our patio tomato plant is doing well, and we have a bunch of little tomatoes that should be ripe in the next couple of weeks. We’re looking forward to making these scalloped tomatoes with our first harvest.

U-S-A!

 Who’s watching World Cup soccer? Quite a few people at Dan’s office, it seems. They put yesterday’s USA vs. Germany game on the big screen in the common area, and people brought their laptops so they could work while cheering for Team USA. Patriotism and productivity, for the win!

Beer flight

A new craft brewery just opened in town, dangerously close to our condo. Smylie Brothers Brewing Company is also a smokehouse where they make their own BBQ. They also have a wood-fired oven for pizza. And they have a hip-yet-rustic, two-story indoor space that includes a big fireplace in the lounge area. They also have a spacious patio where we sat last night and watched the cool, misty fog roll in from the lake as we finished our delicious dinner. It’s good to live in Chicagoland in the summer.

What did YOU do at work today?

Apparently, it’s also good to be working at Kraft Foods, where all the employees were treated to lunch and an acoustic performance by country music star Brad Paisley this afternoon. Tough day at the office!

Slow-Cooker Lentil Soup

2014 June 25
by Mrs. FoodieLawyer
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When we think lentil soup, we usually think Christmas. Not only because its delicious-ness is a gift, but also because this soup is the perfect way to use up every bit of the Greenberg smoked turkey that Dan’s East Texas colleagues generously sent us for the holidays. My parents make their own holiday version of lentil soup most years too, using a ham bone and ham, which is what I grew up eating for Christmas dinner every year. The smoked turkey version (with homemade turkey stock) will probably always be our favorite, but this recipe from the cookbook “Slow Cooker Revolution” is also really good, takes less time and effort to prepare, and does not require the use of a smoked turkey or a ham bone. So realistically, we can (and will!) make it more often than once per year.  Although the list of ingredients is rather long (onion, garlic, olive oil, tomato paste, dried porcini mushrooms, thyme, chicken and vegetable broths, bacon, carrots, portobello mushroom caps, lentils, bay leaves and Swiss chard), the slow-cooker does most of the work, and the nearly vegetarian result (the bacon is just for flavor) is a lighter, yet still robust and earthy take on our old holiday favorite. Merry Christmas Eating!

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Weekly Menu (June 21)

2014 June 22
by Mrs. FoodieLawyer

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Saturday

  • Pig Roast Party (Happy Birthday Elaine!)

Sunday

  • Airport Take-Out

Monday

  • Shrimp & Couscous w/ Asparagus

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • Slow-Cooker Italian Braised Pork, Polenta, Salad

Thursday

  • Take-Out

Friday

  • Dinner & a Movie