Whiskey Carrots

I’m so behind on various recipes and things I’ve been doing.

I tried out Ree’s Whiskeyed Carrots for Thanksgiving. Yes, I know it’s January, but I’ve been pretending to be busy.

I turned on Al Green’s Stay With Me (by the Sea) feat John Legend, and the rest was history.

Calphalon

…makes my life so much better.

I went to Williams-Sonoma.  There was a sale.  New Calphalon grill pan.

Grilled Turkey Brats & Onions. Yum.

Grill Marks...

Grill Marks...

Good Eats

Just some photos of things my friends and I enjoyed over the break.

Wildberry Cafe

Today I found myself outside shoveling a foot of snow.  I get excited about 1 inch of snow, so you could imagine how overjoyed I was about 12.

I’ll try to add some pictures later, but everything looks washed out.  That’s why I need a new camera.  Feel free to buy me one if you have some extra cash.

So after a long 1 hour of shoveling and snow blowing, we cleared our driveway and our neighbor’s too.  We worked up quite the appetite.  My uncle suggested one of his favorite little places for breakfast.  We arrive at Wildberry Cafe, and I just know I’ll love it.  There’s snow all around and employees are clearing the parking lot as we enter.

There’s a bakery and coffee bar on the right as you enter.  We wait for the hostess to seat us and I ordered a hazelnut latte with soymilk.  Excellent choice – it was tasty.  My uncle orders the Pecan Belgian Waffles, and Tee (our neighbor) get a custom creation omlette.  There were so many things I wanted to try, but I settled on the Mexicana Sizzlin’ Skillet.  I have hashbrowns with cheddar and monterey jack cheese topped with chorizo, cilantro, jalapenos, onions, advacado, and two scrambled eggs.  I had the option of pancakes or toast.  Who can eat pancakes with that much as the main entree?  Plus, I was swayed to order the toast so  I could taste the homemade wildberry preserves.  I must say, there was a generous amount of food.  I’ve been known to tuck food into the unknown, but I could not finish my meal!  The Wildberry preserves were so tasty – definitely worthy of the restaurants name.

I forgot to take photos, but if we go back to Libertyville, I’ll try to get a shot of the outside.

Cold Turkey.

So maybe the title is a little misleading.  I’m in Chicago, and it’s freezing.  Take me back to the South.  I left home this morning with a t-shirt and cotton jacket; I was perfectly fine – cozy & warm.  I arrived in Milwaukee, greeted by a brisk 21 degree farenheit wind.  My oh my, what a change.

I have neglected my blog for a while.  But my cold turkey vacation will give me the chance to cook up all kinds of things.  I’ll wake up early (I hope – considering it’s almost 1 am now) and shovel some snow.  I hope to get some good photos.  I’m no [insert famous photographer here], but I do what I can.

See you back here tomorrow!

Macaroons

I’ve never had macaroons.  Does that make me a bad person?  They kind of look like easter eggs to me.  All pastel-colored and yummy looking.  I have no desire to try them.  I can’t even begin to tell you what flavors a macroon may even taste like.

A quick google search tells me that my recollection of macaroons is the Parisian macaroon.  Some of my favorite food bloggers have offered recipes, but I just skip over them.  Maybe I’ll challenge myself to the macaroon over the holiday break.

The snow is falling down like crazy now.  The forecast is for up to 10 inches tonight.  Excitement!

Falling into Fall

My oh my… fall already.  It’s cool all day and the seasons transitioned so quickly.  I didn’t really have a chance to think about it. …not that they wait for my approval or anything.

I’m super excited about all the pumpkin and squash recipes.  I tried butternut squash last night.  I wasn’t too impressed.  I’m convinced that something went wrong.  Probably the part when I got lazy and put them in the microwave – yeah I’m pretty sure.

I can’t wait to make this recipe that I saw at Smitten Kitchen via Nicole at Baking Bites (she’s my hero).  Check the picture below.  You can check out the recipe by clicking on the photo.

Smitten Kitchen

Smitten Kitchen

I mean really… how can I not make this? Absolutely have to.

Then I stumbled across another interesting recipe… Wacky Cake. What the crap? Wacky cake!  It sounds like something that should be at the State Fair (which I haven’t had the chance to attend and is causing my soul to weep on the inside). I found the Wacky Cake recipe over at Homesick Texan.  Dear HT, I don’t know who you are but I officially swear by your recipe for authentic queso.  Thank you and goodnight.

Wacky Cake from Homesick Texan

Wacky Cake from Homesick Texan