Some food-related (mostly) things we enjoyed this past week:
Instead of turkey leftovers for dinner on the Friday after Thanksgiving, we cooked up a beautiful piece of Alaskan halibut, courtesy of my sweet Uncle K. Even more special – he caught the fish himself during his summertime RV travels with my Aunt S. Fish this fresh doesn’t need much help, so we opted for a simple preparation of roasting it with a little mayo (helps keep the fish from drying out), olive oil, garlic, a pinch of red pepper flakes, lemon juice and parsley, similar to this recipe. My brother and I (neither of us big fans of fish) really liked it, and my mom (who hates any and all fish) even tolerated a bite! Fish-loving Dan and my dad also really enjoyed it. Thanks Uncle K!
My most dear and thoughtful Dallas girlfriends gifted me with a gorgeous scarf for our move to the midwest. It’s the softest, warmest and most chic scarf a girl could have, and it warms my heart as well as my neck when I wrap it around me to brave the Chicago winter. Turns out, it’s pretty darn cold here. Who knew? (Only everyone we ever told that we were moving here.) Thank you, P and L. I miss you only a tiny bit less every time I wear my scarf. Good thing the weather will require me to wear it quite often.
One of the great things about our new home city is easy, walkable access to lots of really good restaurants (especially when temps are in the 20s and teens.) Dixie Kitchen is a 3-5 minute (depending on how cold it is!) walk from our condo. We went there for breakfast on a previous house-hunting trip and loved the food as well as the atmosphere. Our dinner there the other night also did not disappoint. Crawfish (or “crayfish,” as they refer to mudbugs around these parts) etouffee is my go-to Cajun dish, and Dixie’s version was excellent. We also look forward to trying their po’ boys.
About one block from our condo, the view of downtown Evanston’s Christmas lights (with blue & green tree in the distance) is both pretty and festive. Assuming we ever finish unpacking and organizing, maybe we’ll put up a Christmas tree and some lights of our own in the condo at some point before Valentines Day.