Sunday Somethings


Hello, Sunday.

Whoa, what a week! Seems like the news and the internets night after night were full of top stories, and I’m not talking about the highs and lows of Kim K’s butt. Like, the stuff that mattered. The stuff that affects us all.

Personally, my week was busy and I once again found myself with something to do every single night. All fun stuff though. This weekend had set out to be following suit, but hang gliding got cancelled again today for soggy fields (mom is secretly so thrilled. Apple Crisp and me…not so much). Anyway, it means that I find myself with the gift of Sunday before this week’s craziness commences. Happy joy.

Anyway, not surprisingly, a lot caught my eye this week. Let’s get to it.

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Maple Walnut Muffins



It struck me that since I was so early giving you a July 4th treat, I had to jump the gun similarly for my Canadian friends for July 1st. So, here we are.

Canada has a special place in my heart. I’ve mentioned before how I spent my summers there with my grandparents, fun and fancy free, until I was around 16.  They lived in a sleepy little Canadian town called Fort Erie, literally a hop across the Peace Bridge from Buffalo, NY.  Each summer to commemorate both national holidays, the towns would throw a Friendship Festival in the park lands near the bridge and each year we’d camp out on some hill to watch the fireworks as they lit the skies for both sides to see.  Those summers contain so many of my favorite childhood memories, and I can’t help but celebrate a little every July 1st, even though my family moved away more than ten years ago (God…the speed of time…).  


I was a bit at a loss over what to make. While french fries would most definitely be heavily represented should I ever have to choose a last meal on death row (why have I thought about this?), the idea of poutine sounds like the grossest thing in the world to me. I wasn’t going to make that.  After tossing out some ideas with my Canadian blog bud Allison, I settled on maple. Maple fudge, actually.

But muffins came to mind and I couldn’t shake the feeling that this is what had to happen.

Maple Walnut Muffins.

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Go Fourth and Eat Ice Cream: Peanut Butter Cookie Ice Cream



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I wasn’t going to post this until next week for the holiday but I’m just so excited about it I couldn’t wait. Patience was never my virtue. Ask…everyone I know.

If you’ve been following me for any amount of time you’ve probably noticed that I tend to post holiday recipes on the day of, which probably does you little good, so high five to me for thinking ahead on this one.

With the fourth of July next week (and the first for our neighbors to the north, Yay Canada!), we’ve all probably started planning our BBQs and picking out spots to watch the fireworks. I’m heading home to Pure Michigan, Brighton to be specific, for some R&R with mom, the dog Tela and the cat Sneakers. Ironically, Little Buddha is coming to Chicago for a concert. Boo. He’ll be missing out because I am SO making this. More for the rest of us.


It’s another ice cream recipe. Have I been making too many ice cream recipes lately? Possibly, but you haven’t even seen what I’ve been making and not posting. It’s become a little bit of a problem.

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Palta Reina, or Stuffed Avocados




Now that it’s officially summer, most of us (even those with food blogs) don’t want to spend all that glorious sunshine time inside. But…I still want real food. I want it to taste good and be all pretty with lots of color.  I want it to be cooked relatively fast because I want to go out and play.

I want this.


Chicken salad. Who loves chicken salad? I love chicken salad, and admittedly I never, ever make it. Why? Why I ask as I devoured this for lunch. I mean devour. Gone in 60 seconds (not really, but I’m sure some record was set).

The whole avocado bowl part comes to use from Chile, and thus called Palta Reina. Yup, still plugging through South America.  Avocados are quite plentiful there, and as such, can be found in any number of dishes. Or, in this case, as the dish itself.  While chicken salad seems to be the favorite as far as the filling, I’ve also seen recipes out there for tuna or shrimp salad as well. Get creative with it.

There are bazillion chicken salad recipes out there, some healthy, some not. Mine is, and I’m basing it off one served in between croissants at Apple Crisp’s bridal shower more than 6 years ago.  I’ve sort of kept it in the back of my mind, and figured now was as good as a time as any to bust it out.  Suffice it to say there is nothing Chilean about this version. It’s pure Kenosha, Wisconsin.

So…the parts. Let’s see…

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Sunday Somethings

Hello, Sunday.

How was everyone’s weekend? Mine was great and the good vibes continue. Lettuce is here for the weekend and yesterday we met up with Meatball, Tomato and Lima for a long day of brunch, sun, shopping, and drinks.

Meatball and Lima just got new jobs, so we made brunch a fancy affair and enjoyed the rooftop Terrace at The Conrad Hotel. In the words of Lima, #swankswank


This is how we brunch.

So…the week. Let’s get into it.

Do you believe in apartment feng shui? I’m skeptical, but Lettuce was HORRIFIED when she discovered that I kept KNIVES in my “love corner” (which, apparently, is in my kitchen). We remedied that immediately with a red ribbon. Finally, the answer to why I’ve been single all these years.

How awesome is Alan Rickman (and Jimmy Fallon, for that matter)? Also, why does helium make your voice higher? Check this out. Science, ya’ll.

On a serious note, thoughts and prayers to all those in Charleston. When will it stop? How will it?

Helen Mirren and sexism in Hollywood. Telling it like the badass she is.

We’re in the midst of another extinction, one of our own doing. Does that surprise anyone?

This is life after 30. All of it. The question I ask myself the most: Can I cash it out and move to a far away island? Would my parents kill me? And yes that third glass of wine will kill you come tomorrow.

Who has seen Jurassic World. Thoughts?

YAY BLACKHAWKS.  And Kris Versteeg won the best picture contest.

That’s all I got. Do you believe in apartment feng shui?  Stay tuned to see if this change significantly improves my love life.  Also, I promise to read more non-buzzfeed articles next week to share.  I just love those stupid quizzes.

Finally, Happy Father’s Day to all out there!  You’re loved by all those you father.



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Father’s Day Fry Up: Fried Seafood Platter


It’s Father’s Day time again, and so naturally The Big Buddha has been on my mind. More than once in recent memory he’s popped into my subconscious in the wee small hours of the morning and thus stuck with me all day, which gets me thinking of all the memories from years past.  This will be our fifth Father’s Day without him and this time of year, part of me starts to pang a little bit more than normal.

It’s not that I don’t think of him often. All the things I’ve been up to, the places I’ve been- I want to tell him, even though I know he somehow knows. I started playing tennis again for the summer; a hobby that I hated from age 4-13, but now love, and I’m forever grateful for all those years of lessons. After the French Open, I wonder what he would have to say about Wimbledon? Also, I have two friend weddings this summer and will have watched two father-daughter dances by the end of it. That’s something I’ll never get to do. I wonder, what song would we have picked? Probably something by James Taylor or Dean Martin or something Motown, if I had to guess. Things like that I can’t help but ponder.




Might as well fry up some veggies while we’re at it…

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Chocolate Raspberry Cocadas



With warmer temps, most of us seems to shy away from the uber rich, over the top extravagant desserts and cookies to which we all gravitate during the cooler months (side note: not in my house.  Hot chocolate every night this week and David Lebovitz’s ultra decadent chocolate spice cake on my table last week). Anyway, MOST people opt for the cobblers bursting with fresh berries, cakes garnished simply with fresh whipped cream or ice cream treats made every which way. Slaving away in the kitchen is at the bottom of all our to-do lists.

But we still need cookies, right?



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Oodles of Zoodles: Pork Milanese with Warm Summer Zoodles




The sky is falling. Seems like it anyway. Rain is literally drowning the city right now. I was still at work when the tornado sirens starting screaming and the few remaining in our office slowly made our way downstairs and in the center of the building. Thank God there was no actual tornado. We all clearly lacked any sense of alarm or urgency and would have died. Anyway, volleyball for the night was canceled because of it, and while I really wanted to go out somewhere to watch the hockey game, I settled for dry land (as in my floor), pajamas, hot chocolate and a home cooked meal. Like I need to eat french fries and beer.

I love french fries and beer.

Moving on, because I like french fries and beer, sometimes veggies must take center stage and today’s food is a whole lotta that.

As I mentioned before, Argentina draws a lot of inspiration from Europe, namely Italy, and I found some signature Italian food on the list of signature Argentinian food. I picked pork milanese and had originally planned to make a lovely pumpkin gnocchi beside it until it dawned on me that pumpkin gnocchi didn’t quite scream summer. And, despite the picture outside, it is summer.


Side note: Pumpkin gnocchi, coming soon this fall.

Turns out I overbought peppers and a zucchini and those totally scream summer. Plus, going with the Italian theme, I finally got to use my spiralizer, which has been sitting untouched for almost a year, to jump on the zoodle bandwagon for some not-pasta pasta. Reduced in a little wine and lemon and garnished with some parsley, mint and parmesan…summer on a plate, reminiscent of pasta primavera, and the perfect contrast to the crispy pork cutlets.





Gotta go. The puck just dropped.

Pork Milanese with Summer Zoodles
Serves 2
Crispy pork served with a side of summer's bounty
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Prep Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
For the pork
  1. 1/2 cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
  2. 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  3. 1 large egg
  4. 2 boneless pork loin chops, pounded thin to 1/3 inch-thick (1 1/2 pounds total) or 2 pieces of pork, scallopini style
  5. Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  6. Smoked paprika
  7. 2-4 TB olive oil
For the zoodles
  1. 1/2 TB olive oil
  2. 1 zucchini, shaved with a vegetable peeler or made into noodles with a spiralizer
  3. 1 yellow pepper, cored and coarsely chopped
  4. 1 orange pepper, cored and coarsely chopped
  5. 1 large shallot, sliced
  6. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  7. 1 lemon, juiced
  8. 2 TB white wine (I used a pinot grigio)
  9. 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
  10. 2 TB fresh mint, julienned
  11. salt and pepper
  12. smoked paprika
  13. 1/4-1/2 cup shaved parmesan
  1. In a large, deep skillet, over medium heat, add the olive oil. Add the shallots and garlic and cook about 2 minutes. Add the peppers and let get soft, about 5 minutes. Add the wine (about 1 circle of the pan) and let reduce. Work on the pork.
  2. Meanwhile, to a medium shallow bowl, add the panko. Lightly beat the egg in another large shallow bowl. Add the flour to a third bowl. Season each of the panko, flour and egg with a bit of salt, pepper and smoked paprika. Sprinkle the pork generously with salt and pepper. Dip the pork, 1 piece at a time, in the flour, shaking of the excess, then the egg, allowing the excess to drip off, then dredge the pork in the crumb mixture, patting to coat completely. Set aside.
  3. Heat about 2 TB oil in a heavy medium skillet over medium-high heat. One at a time, add the pork to the hot oil and shallow fry until golden brown and just cooked through, about 2-3 minutes per side. Transfer to paper towels to drain.
  4. Finish the noodles by adding the zucchini to the pan and saute about 3 minutes until cooked through. Toss in the lemon juice and herbs and fold in the cheese.
  5. Transfer the noodles to a plate, add the pork and serve with extra lemon wedges and cheese as desired.
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Sunday Somethings


True story. #ChrissyProblems

Hello, Sunday.

How are you?

My weekend was pretty lazy, which was lovely.  Apple Crisp and I were supposed to go hang gliding yesterday but our outing was postponed due to the threat of inclement weather. When one’s feet intend on leaving the ground, better be safe than sorry. Instead, we brunched at Trellis and I decided to run some errands after. Problem: it was HOT with a thousand persent humidity which meant it felt a bajillion degrees. In other words, my own personal hell. My whole body expands like the marshmallow man and my hair looks like Hermione Granger of The Sorcerer’s Stone. I hate it- there’s a reason I spent every waking moment in the pool growing up in Florida. I arrived home, covered in sweat and crabbiness, but at least I got some new throw pillows.

Other than that, Grape and I were out dancing the night away for a bachelorette party last night, so I’m looking forward to a Sunday with my feet up reading as the rain drizzles outside. I hope yours is equally cozy and relaxing.

Here’s what I found interesting this week…

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G’Day, Mate-y: Yerba Mate Ice Cream Floats



I don’t do drinks that often for you here because frankly, I’m not that creative when it comes to crafting them. I’m not a mixologist and really don’t drink much of anything on my own- alcohol or water. I’m the worst at getting those 8 glasses a day. I’m lucky if I get three.  My insides are like the Sahara.

However, my Argentinian culinary travels would be lacking if I didn’t give a shout out to Yerba Mate. Plus, I like the name. YERBA MATE.

Ok, I’ll calm down. But what is this drink with supposed magical properties?

Yerba mate, pronounced mah-te, according to the website boasts “strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea, and the euphoria of chocolate” all in one beverage.  Of the six commonly used stimulants in the world: coffee, tea, kola nut, cocoa and guarana, yerba mate triumphs as the most balanced, delivering both energy and nutrition.  In fact, The Pasteur Institute and the Paris Scientific society in 1964 concluded “it is difficult to find a plant in any area of the world equal to mate in nutritional value” and that yerba mate contains “practically all of the vitamins necessary to sustain life.”

Magical indeed.

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