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Kiwi Coconut Flognarde

17 May


I had originally planned to make a mango and coconut flognarde based off of this recipe.  Mangoes are one of my favorite fruits and I had picked up four really ripe ones.  Come baking day I was down to only one.  I went to the store for more but they were all out!  What to do?  Well, they had a package of ripe kiwis so I decided I would modify the recipe and use kiwis instead.  This is a wonderfully simple recipe which is just my kind of cooking.  It turned out moist and delicious, but not overly sweet.  Which may be a bad thing since because it wasn’t too sweet I ate half of it for breakfast!  It’s pretty healthy though so I think I’ll be ok.

Here is what you need:

  • 3/8 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cups fresh fruit cut up
  • 250 mL coconut milk

First make sure to butter your pan.  I forgot to do this, I always forget to do this, therefore I guess it’s not that essential.  Cut up the fruit you are using and pour it in the pan.  Next melt the butter in a bowl and add the eggs, coconut milk, flour and sugar.  Mix together well.  Then pour over top of the fruit.

Bake in the oven at 350 degrees farenheit for 45 minutes.  Done and so simple!


Comparing Nutella To Frosting Is Like Comparing Cocaine To Crack Cocaine

1 May

Everyone has secrets.  There are things about ourselves that we hide from others because we feel ashamed by them.  I use to eat frosting out of the can…all the time.  The whole can.  Not at once of course.

It started when I was 14.  I really wanted something sweet to eat and there was a can of chocolate frosting in the cupboard.  It hadn’t been opened yet, so I opened it and got a butter knife to sample the frosting.  I determined that this would indeed fix my sweet tooth and took my new found treat back to my room to continue watching tv.  About every 5 minutes I would scoop out a little frosting to eat.  When I felt satisfied, I put the lid back on the can and put it back in the cupboard.  It took about a week for me to finish a can of frosting.  I thought it was so good.  And then my mom found out I was eating frosting out of the can.  She just didn’t approve of me eating just frosting.  “Make a cake, make cupcakes and frost them.  Don’t eat just frosting”, but she didn’t get it.  I didn’t want cake and cupcakes with frosting, I just wanted the frosting.

Now I had to be sneaky about eating frosting.  It was a secret to keep from my mom.  This is when I started to feel shame about eating frosting, but it certainly didn’t stop me.  I just didn’t eat the frosting that was in the cupboard, instead I ate the extra frostings that were kept in the pantry.  You would think if my mom really wanted me to stop eating frosting she would have just stopped buying it right?

Eventually I outgrew my fondness for eating frosting out of the can.  I still very much enjoy eating frosting, but now I prefer it on cake and cupcakes.  I mean, do you know what is in frosting from the can?  It’s basically sugar and hydrogenated grossness.  I’m too disgusted to eat frosting out of the can now that I know what that stuff is, but it doesn’t stop me from eating it on a cupcake.  It’s all mind games I play with myself.

For now I have found a replacement for the frosting.

Nutella!  I shamelessly eat this out of the jar.  It was my new favorite thing for a while.  It is healthier than frosting.  It doesn’t have that sickening sweetness that frosting does that stops you from eating too much at once.  Oh, wait that actually may be it’s one real drawback- I can eat almost all of it in 1 day.  It only lasts one day *tear*.

Nutella is on to the mind games people play, but I’m not that gullible.  It’s not that healthy.  Do not take advice on back of jar.  Unless of course you are on the diet to diabetes.

Do you have any weird eating habits?  I sure hope I’m not the only one.

Vintage Betty Crocker Cook Book

25 Apr

I like to collect vintage books.  Their aesthetic appeals to me.  This was one of the books I purchased when hardcover books were 5 for $1 at the thrift store.  This book is filled with easy recipes, lovely illustrations, and beautiful photos.  Betty Crocker’s NEW DINNER for TWO COOK BOOK was written in 1964 by General Mills.  You can pick up your own vintage copy here.

My book came with this adorable inscription written on the inside cover.

Vintage sexism was so charming.  “If you are a bride, a business girl, career wife, or a mother whose children are away from home—this book is for you.”

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Planned Overs and an inspiration shelf in your kitchen for quick meals.  For the woman who wants to do it all.

Yellow and green paired with candles creates a simple, yet elegant table setting.

The illustrations are themed to the recipes.

Vintage TV dinners.

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Vintage cauliflower serving dish and ladle.

Can we just skip to dessert?

Food is art.

Inspirational salads.

Kitchen essentials.

The Best Falafel In Chicago

19 Apr

It is not presumptuous of me to declare Sultan’s Market the best falafel in Chicago because IT IS THE BEST FALAFEL in all of the city.  Have you had it?  I’m sure you would agree. This is my favorite local restaurant for cheap, quick, and healthy food.  There are 2 locations, but the  Wicker Park locale is near and dear to me.  And it’s right off the Damen blue line.

Important thing to know right off, it’s cash only so come prepared.  A little bit of money goes a long way here.  There’s a large salad bar and it has stuffed grape leaves!  What I almost always get though is the falafel sandwich.  Spicy, always spicy.

Not only is the sandwich only $3.75, but and this is so important- unlimited refills on tzatziki sauce and sriracha sauce.  I love sauces!  Ok, that is an understatement.  I could almost live off sauces except you know they aren’t actually food.   The fact that I don’t have to worry about running out or that they don’t charge extra is glorious.  There are lids for the sauces so when you take your order to go make sure to take sauces with you.  It’s important to be prepared like a girl scout because you may have sriracha waiting in your fridge at home, but I highly doubt you have tzatziki sauce.

Have I mentioned Sultan’s is BYOB?  Or that the baklava is so sweet you’ll get diabetes.  On one occasion I had 2 pieces of baklava.  Don’t judge…I was super stoned and wanted seconds.  A meal is not complete without dessert.

Breakfast For Dinner-Baked French Toast

9 Apr

I initially had hopes to make brunch this past weekend.  My plans were deferred due to Aldi’s being closed on Sunday.  I know there are other stores, but the little grocery stores in my neighborhood did not have any frozen fruit.

I love breakfast any time of day.  It is my favorite meal.  I often eat breakfast for dinner because I like to eat something sweet and something salty alternately together.  I found this recipe for baked french toast which seemed simple enough for even me to handle.

For the french toast you will need:

  • fresh baguette
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups soy milk- I used vanilla flavored
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

I forgot to butter the pan before putting the bread in.  After cutting up the bread and placing it in the baking dish I mixed up the eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, and soy milk.  Then I poured the mixture over the bread and let it sit a few hours, only 1 hour is necessary though.  When it’s ready to bake set your oven to 350 degrees and time for 45 minutes.

While the bread is baking you can make your berry sauce.  I modified the ingredients and used:

  • 16 oz mixed frozen berries-raspberries, blackberries, blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar

I ran both bags of fruit under hot water to thaw them.  I then combined the berries, make sure to use the juice, and sugar in a pan.  I heated the berries for 50 minutes on a low setting.

I used a vintage gun lover shot glass to hold the berry sauce and for easy pouring.

Absolutely delicious.

I used a vintage yellow glass ashtray as a serving dish.

Laid Back Sunday

1 Apr

Sundays are usually reserved for relaxing and indulging.  I started the day with a rather grueling bike ride, but that’s because I’m so not in shape right now because I didn’t ride in the winter.  I met a friend for brunch at Sola in Lakeview.

I indulged in a wasabi bloody mary.  It was spicy how I like and came with shrimp and pickled asparagus.

I further indulged in sour cream pancakes.  They have blueberries baked in them and lemon ricotta on top.  Delicious.

After brunch I headed to Lincoln Square to visit Eclecticity for stationery paper.  Do you know how hard it is to find stationery in a store?  I need to write a thank you letter and I wanted it to be on pretty paper that captured my personality.  Eclecticity did have some, but none that appealed to me.  Instead I decided on a card and that I would just write the letter on plain white paper and tuck it into the card.

Later while strolling around my neighborhood I found some fabulous Steve Urkel street art.

Come sail away to the land of indulgence with me.

Since it was a little chilly I wore Gap bootcut ankle jeans with a vintage Liz Claiborne sweater.  Paired with vintage navy and white spectator pumps and of course a pair of sunglasses.  A comfy, simple outfit does not need to be frumpy.  Leave your sweatpants at home.

The perfect way to unwind at the end of the day is with an indulgent bath.

Followed up with the latest issue of Bust.

Seattle: I love you for your food

28 Mar

I went to Seattle about a month ago for a quick weekend vacation with the BF. It was fun, we re-connected with old friends and did what we do best: EAT.

I’m known for going on a trip somewhere and only eating, not concerning myself with the sights (we did make some time for that on this trip) or fun touristy things. I also have come up with new titles for meals, “it’s time for 2nd breakfast! and then we’ll go get sushi for 3rd lunch!”.

Thanks to some great recommendations from Hen of Rad and Hungry and my old roommate who works at Le Pichet, Seattle proved to be heaven for my taste buds.

Here is a round-up of delicious food places to eat at in Seattle:


French Toast w/ berries from the toppings bar at Portage Bay

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Baked Brie & Pear Sandwich

27 Mar

I definitely like to keep it simple in the kitchen.  If something calls for more than a handful of ingredients I just can’t do it.  My brain can’t handle food preparation being complicated.  Which means I tend to eat out a lot.  My inspiration was a similar sandwich I had at Birchwood Kitchen.  I enjoy this restaurant because it’s BYOB and it works cafeteria style.  You put in your order sit down and they bring you your food and then leave you alone.  You want more water and coffee get it yourself.  I like these kind of dining experiences.  Once I have my food just leave me the fuck alone.  Don’t come up every few minutes to ask me how my food is or to refill my water, I can do that myself.

Anyways, I initially tried to grill this sandwich.  That did not turn out well.  I only have a copper pan which heats up fast which is why I own this pan, but apparently that is not the ideal for grilling.  So I burnt my bread and I can’t stand burnt foods.  The smell lingered forever on my hands even after serious scrubbing.  I decided to bake it instead which is definitely easier and more hands off than the whole grilling thing.

The essentials

  • Brie
  • Fresh Baguette
  • Pears

*The butter is optional, if you want to butter the bottom of the bread before baking.  It was more relevant for grilling.


To start, slice up the pear.  You will probably only use half a pear per sandwich.  Slice up the brie.  Layer the pear on a sandwich half and the brie on the other half.  Since I burned a half of bread when I tried to grill it, I layered the unburnt piece of bread with both pear and brie.  Bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.  Once it’s done baking you can smoosh your sandwich halves together.  Super simple and delish!

Honor Roll

17 Mar

This week we are crushing on parodies, craving comfort foods, and getting over nerdy white guys.

If you love Anthropologie don’t be offended by Anthroparodie

Instead of jumping on the macaroni & cheese trend try out John Wayne’s Cheese Casserole 

Lady Gaga would have been a suffragette

note to self: make these painted wooden utensils

looking forward to eating these salads. once this rain stops.

on white male nerd culture

It Feels Like Spring In Chicago

15 Mar

As soon as it warms up and the sun is shining I spend as much time outside as possible.  This past weekend it was in the 60s and sunny which meant lots of bike rides and adventures in the city.  For an urban area Chicago has a lot of green space.  There are many hidden little parks in the city.  One of my favorite places to visit when the weather is nice is Montrose Beach.  It is a quiet beach that also has a restaurant and harbor.  You can  walk along the water either in the sand or on the walk way.  There is a protected area for birds & butterflies that you can walk through.  Even though it feels like Spring it is still officially Winter and most of the plants and trees haven’t started blooming.  However, I think beauty can be found in the sparseness and barrenness of winter.

Of course, the day isn’t over without more bike rides and a visit to Artemio’s Panaderia to pick up baked goodies to enjoy at the park.

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