Lobster and Gruyere Scrambled Eggs

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Valentine’s Day. The day for people who love love, or the idea it, and a day that others perhaps wish would just be another day. Besides being the day of the year that I start to round my age up to the next, I love Valentine’s Day because, even though I’m not in love, I love the idea of it, and look forward to being madly in it someday.

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Earlier in 2016 I made a loose goal of reading a book a week. I was doing okay until the year’s first binge watch took hold and I got slightly off track, but because it was a loose goal, not a resolution, I’m okay with it.  A few weeks ago in an effort to play a little catch up, I picked an easy breezy read at Biscuit’s suggestion called The First Husband. You can probably gather by the title what sort of book it was, but it was fun, uplifting and done in three hours.  And because of that book, we have this recipe. Continue reading

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Lemon Raspberry Grilled Cheese

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Friend dates are the best, don’t you think? I mean, sure romantic dates can be nice, too, but they can also be very very not nice (don’t we all have stories…).  Date-dates carry with them expectations, whereas friend-dates more often than not mean guaranteed laughs, lots of stories, and no inhibitions because friends don’t require impressing. They love you for you, just as you are.

It’s been a month of good friend dates for me, and last week Lemon and I took the opportunity to check out a new-to-us restaurant in Evanston. For those of you that don’t know, Evanston is a charming little town just north of Chicago that houses Northwestern University. I rarely head north to go up there unless for work, but we took the opportunity to visit The Cellar, and we both left full and happy and glad we did.

There are so many great things about The Cellar that I don’t even know where to start. The cozy bistro is welcoming from get-go, with dim lighting, pillowed benches and without any air of pretension.   The wine list is seasonal and apparently constantly changing.  The perfect any-date atmosphere.   

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Let’s talk about the food because that’s why we’re all here anyway:  the menu is globally eclectic, serving dishes lobster rolls to curry to weiner schnitzel (with spaetzle!), all in small plate form that are just begging to be shared, because nothing can ruin a friend-date or a date-date like food envy. You know I’m right.

We opted for none of the above, but were taken in by the butternut squash gnocchi, chorizo stuffed bacon wrapped dates, the Philly cheesesteak flatbread and truffle fries (because fries for the table really should always be a thing).  Yes, this is a lot of food. Yes, there were only two of us.  Yes, we ate almost all of it.  What,?  It was all ah-mazing.  Like I said, no judging on friend dates.

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The very helpful and attentive staff steered us in all the right directions and when it came to ordering, but especially with dessert, when we just weren’t allowed to just try one.  First, a tale of two donuts:  a rum maple bacon and a cocoa nib with blueberry compote.  A note on the latter:  no matter how much blueberry I slathered on that donut, I couldn’t taste it, but rather it only made the chocolate taste stronger. I didn’t understand. I still don’t understand. Science is weird and cool. Continue reading

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Coffee and Dessert: Spain

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Though Valentine’s Day dinner is certainly a thing*, to me, Valentine’s Day dessert is more of a thing. You know, sweets for your sweet and all.

Whether I’m dining with friends, male companions (I did not mean that to be risqué, so don’t be dirty) or Mom, my favorite part of the meal is the end: coffee + dessert.  It’s that part of the meal where bellies are full, guards are down, and ordering it sort of says, “I’m not done with you yet.”  Coffee and dessert doesn’t even have to be post-dinner, but an afternoon event that can go on on for hours, no matter time of the day, and may be our cue to stay just a little bit longer.

Growing up, when the parents had company, coffee + dessert was almost an entirely separate thing altogether. As dinner plates were being moved to the kitchen and leftovers packed into the fridge, the coffee would drip and Mom would plate desserts to be taken out as everyone reconvened in the dining room after a post-dinner stretch.  She did an excellent job; depending on the dessert, coffee was brewed and paired with spirits accordingly.

On that note, I thought I’d whip up some treats from Spain for a lovely coffee + dessert pairing:  café con miel (strong coffee with honey) + chocolate turrón, a chocolate-rice-krispie sort of candy.  Continue reading

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Sunday Somethings

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Hello, Sunday.

How’s it going out there friends? It’s been a beautiful weekend in my neighborhood, though admittedly I haven’t been out and about too much to enjoy it.  Will try to do better today before this week’s freeze commences. 

I’ve finally managed to catch up on my life and “I’m busy” hasn’t been in my vocabulary for really, the last week. Progress is being made on the balance front.  I hope you, too, have found time to put your feet up.  If not, I wish that for you this week.

Lots of somethings for your consideration, so without further ado:

No, Mom, I’m not angry. I’ve been accused of this for years from my elders, so I’m happy to learn that bitch resting face is real (though, I don’t think I have it, but I’m pretty sure The Big Buddha did).

“I had no idea that drinking eight beverages a week could result in a baby. I always thought, somehow, that there were other activities involved.”  A hilarious commentary on the CDC’s offensive public service announcement

Amidst the Zika epidemic, a real-life look at life with microcephaly.

As we all ready for the Super Bowl, a heart-crushing look at the game not remembered.

Related: The Super Bowl Five have attended every single Super Bowl.  BFFs 4-Ev-R.

Still related:  The cutest commercial (so far).

During emergency C-section, this baby got lost. And then found.  Sneaky little tyke!

Adventure, or horror? I think I’ll take a pass on these travel destinations.

More teachers making a difference.

Doggy bags are just so American. Not so popular in France.

And finally, How you doin’?  Hilarious Tinder pick up lines.

Have a good week!

Written while mentally preparing for chili-making.

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A Mardi Gras Potluck

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Last year on a whim, I decided to organize a Cinco de Mayo potluck at work.  In an effort to make sure we had enough of the foods that we needed to make it epic, a few of us created a sign-up sheet that covered all the bases, and had enough options for those of us that cook, and those of us that just want to run to the store and grab something.  The end result was a gut-busting success.  So successful in fact, that our office potluck has become somewhat of a quarterly tradition, and each time, everyone goes so above and beyond expectations that we’re all left eager for more.

A few weeks ago, we decided to have a Mardi Gras potluck to kick off the new year and welcome some new staff members into the mix. The Potluck Party People and I came up with a very comprehensive menu of goodies and I figured that I’d share it, and hopefully either inspire you to do the same, or help you in planning your own Fat Tuesday bash.

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We’re building an epic potluck, so hearty foods for sustenance:   Continue reading

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