Thursday, July 30, 2009

Cooking at Work.

I like my job. I made these and then took the pictures. Recipes to follow.

Cuban Black Beans and Rice 3

Tabouli 1

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Family and Food



Larkin Family Visit






Delightful Sandwiches at Birchwood Kitchen

Lamb Au Jus at Birchwood

lamb french dip, herbed jus, pickled red onions,
toasted baguette, 9

The Blue at Birchwood

roast beef, brandied blue cheese,
caramelized onion, dijon mustard,
grilled sour dough bread, 8.5

Jenny Pinto and Emmy the Cat


Black Cherry Caipiruva at Nacional 27

Black Cherry Caipiruva at Nacional 27

Monday, July 27, 2009

Last week of Internship at Common Threads

I've been working at a wonderful non-profit, Common Threads, for 6 weeks now. It's nearly over and I'm sad say goodbye. I feel like I haven't updated you guys much on what I do here, but I'd like to share some of my favorite photos from camp. If you'd like to check out lots more, please look at the blog I run for the org HERE.













Common Threads  Kitchen

Alekka and Tony's Engagement

Congratulations to my wonderful coworker Chef Alekka and her fiance Tony on their upcoming wedding!





Saturday, July 25, 2009

Lula Cafe in Logan Square, Chicago

Lula Cafe Chicago

Lula cafe is a cozy, beautiful celebration of organic cooking and seasonal ingredients. The restaurant was packed and created an environment that fostered a community appreciation of excellent cooking and service. The food is affordable and chic. I was giddy by dessert.

Lula Cafe Chicago

Moroccan chickpea sweet potato tagine with arugula, saigon cinnamon, and couscous.

Lula Cafe Chicago

Pan seared scallops with patty pan squash, cauliflower, basil, taleggio butter, and cherry brown butter vinaigrette.

Lula Cafe Chicago

Lula Cafe Chicago

Lula Cafe Chicago

Vanilla bean panna cotta with summer fruits and cardamom sugar cookie.

Lula Cafe Chicago

Praline and riccotta ice creams with a yellow fig sorbet. Almond cake.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Surprise Visit from Chris Wegan

We ate and ate and ate and ate, but here are the moments in between.


An Olafur Eliasson exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.



The exhibit included an entire wall covered in this slightly fragrant moss. Beautiful!


A baby resting in Millennium Park.


Nice light, okay byebye.

Sunday Brunch with Slip and Slide in Andersonville







Doggy Fashion Show at the Swimming Pool in Chicago