Hiding out…

October 26, 2010

Wow this midwest storm is a doozy. The Mr. and I are very fortunate that we were able to stay safely inside today. It’s so windy! It comes in gusts and rattles the windows. I feel guilty for saying this but…its been a very lovely day. We both retreated to our creative spaces and enjoyed some time creating. I also made a yummy loaf of vegan banana bread.

But enough about today, I really want to let you know what I did last night! My absolute favorite food blog is Smitten Kitchen. Sometimes I spend hours just going through her archive. Her photography is exquisite. She makes you want to try every recipe. I saw this particular post for spaghetti with cheese and pepper and drooled. I made it last night along with some roasted asparagus and french bread. It was divine! Simple and delicious. My husband is the kind of person that prefers tons of red sauce on his pasta so I was expecting him to be disappointed but I was so wrong. He loved it and ended up eating two big portions. Since this is so simple I recommend that you use good quality ingredients. You will not be sorry.

After dinner we took the train to see a special screening of the new documentary Look At What The Light Did Now which chronicles the making of Feist’s last album “The Reminder”. It was really beautifully shot and interesting. If you are even the slightest Feist fan or lover of collaborative art you must see it. After the film we were surprised to find out that the director was there. He did a mini Q & A. So cool!

Stay warm and safe!

Currently listening to: Lacrymosa Her voice transports you to another place.

 

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Giada

October 22, 2010

Oh what a day I had. It was pretty monumental. So earlier this week I happened to see that Target was bringing the fabulous Giada De Laurentiis to downtown Chicago. She was doing a cooking demo and a cookbook signing to promote their new renovations. I REALLY wanted to go. I was going back and forth all week whether I should or not. I have a tendency to talk myself out of things for no good reason…not one of my best qualities. My husband on the other hand is always up for a challenge and adventure so he encouraged me to get up early and go. We both had the day off so he tagged along. (He was such a great sport standing in line with me and holding my heavy camera) The huge part of the whole deal was that Target was giving away 500 free copies of her latest cookbook Giada At Home. We got there early enough to be well within the 500 which meant I got a free book and I was fortunate enough to meet Giada and have her sign it. We also got to watch her do a cooking demo. I use the word ‘watch’ lightly because our position in line really only allowed me to see her head but I could still hear everything. It was so special. I can honestly say that watching her on the Food Network over the years has inspired and motivated me to cook. She has such an approachable style that makes you want to try her recipes. I was thrilled to have the chance to tell her what an inspiration she has been for me. She was so sweet and so beautiful! It was a magical moment.

Giada for Mayor: Pasta for Everyone

That is me talking to Giada!! I was so frazzled in the moment I didn’t think to turn back and look at the camera.

After waiting in line for hours we were SO hungry! So we went to get sandwiches at Potbelly. It was so perfect and yummy! I got the vegetarian: mushrooms, swiss, provolone on wheat.

We decided that since we had the day to ourselves we would explore downtown. We walked to the famous “bean” and the Crown Fountain. I have been coming to Chicago visiting family since I was little yet I have never been to the “bean” until today. It was very cool. Although we live here now, we spent the day snapping photos like tourist. We had a blast.

Another memorable day in this fabulous city with my fabulous husband!

 

Vegan Enchiladas

August 12, 2010

Hello folks. I’m back with a new dish. A couple of weeks ago our dear friends Will & Heather came to visit. It was a blast. We did some serious exploring. I knew that while they were here we all had to try the all veg Chicago Diner. It was fantastic! So fantastic that my meat-eating husband ordered the vegan nachos and said they were the best he ever had! We are both very excited to return and try something new. So anyway Heather and I ordered the Enchiladas made with spicy meat-free chorizo and potatoes. They were delish. I knew that I had to recreate them. I spotted meat free chorizo at Whole Foods and went to work on the recreation. I also used a new favorite of ours, Daiya vegan cheese. It’s amazing how alike it is to dairy cheese. If you see it in the store buy it. Its pricey but totally worth it.

Vegan. Gourmet. Spicy. Tasty.

First I diced yellow potatoes and baked them at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.Then I sautéed them with onions and the meat free chorizo. I filled the tortilla with the mixture and topped with Daiya cheddar. I also topped it with a regular canned red sauce. (I take help from pre-made products from time to time) Reduce the oven to 350 degrees and bake the enchiladas for 20 minutes.

The finished product! Wow. It was so good!

~enjoy~