Archive | August, 2011

Number 22: Fresh Wild Berries

28 Aug

I made a mistake.  You see, earlier in the year, a good friend of mine brought me a bowl of raspberries. They were beautiful, ripe, wild berries from around her son’s lake house in Effingham, IL.  So what’s the mistake?   I ate them.  I didn’t think anything of it, and I ate them.  Only now have I realized that they’re on my list and, believe me, there are no wild berries to be found in Chicago right now (nor will there be until next summer, when this challenge is over).  So I’m afraid, folks, that you’re just going to have to take my word on this one.  However, I’m not just gonna leave you hanging.  I decided to do a post anyways (with non-wild blackberries).  Let’s all pretend that they’re wild, shall we? Continue reading

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Number 71: Gazpacho

18 Aug

This gazpacho took me two days to make, cost me $75, and forced me to go to my most hated place on earth.  Yes, this gazpacho was quite a bastard.  Two days ago, I found the simplest-sounding recipe for Blender Gazpacho that I’ve ever seen.  You take a bunch of ingredients, stick ’em in a blender, and you’re done.  Seriously.  That’s it.  One thing that you need in order to make Blender Gazpacho, however, is a working blender.  And I DID have one…until it decided that blending mushy tomatoes was far too strenuous and it kicked the bucket.
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Number 11: Calamari

14 Aug

This past weekend, I was awoken by the sounds of thunderstorms mixed with live music.  As the hail started to beat down, I remembered, sadly, that my town was having a “Taste of” event that day.  I crossed my fingers all day, hoping that we’d see some sun, and finally, around 6:00pm, the rain decided it was time to chill.  I grabbed Dan and my good friend Allison, and we were on our way to stuff our faces! Continue reading

A Special Post: Peanut Butter Pie Friday

11 Aug

I realize that this is a departure from my list of foods, but when I stumbled across this blog post early this week, I knew I had to participate.  Jennie, from In Jennie’s Kitchen just lost her husband, a father of two little girls.  I’m not sure exactly what happened, but it seems like it was incredibly unexpected and sudden.  Her blog post, along with a video of her husband and little girl dancing, made me so upset that I was in tears at work.  In her blog post, she asked if people could make her husband’s favorite peanut butter cream pie this Friday in memory of him.  Tons of food bloggers decided to participate, and it snowballed into a big event called Peanut Butter Pie Friday. Continue reading

Number 61: S’mores

10 Aug

Y’know what today is?  National S’more Day!  Y’know what I did last weekend?  Went camping!  Y’know what I ate?  A shit ton of s’mores!  How wonderfully perfect.  The s’more is one of the best American creations of all time. I remember the first time I introduced s’mores to my British friends; their eyes lit up like it was Christmas morning and they started drooling like no tomorrow.  With the exception of one “it’s too sweet” comment, they all fell in love. Continue reading

Number 79: Lapsang Souchong

3 Aug


Another goal of my recent trip to Chinatown was to find some lapsang souchong. I have been to many, many Asian markets looking for this stuff, but have had no luck at all.  The only place I could find it was Amazon.com, and I wasn’t about to give in that easily.  When I stepped into Ten Ren Tea, I knew I was in the right place.  There were gigantic metal canisters of tea everywhere, and one of them was filled with lapsang souchong!  Amazing. Continue reading

Number 65: Durian (Part 2)

2 Aug

So, we left off with a tiny old Asian man in Chinatown handing me a durian.  Fabulous. So I drove it home, plopped it on the counter (not before getting spiked 1,000 times by its prickly outsides), and stared at it long and hard.  How was I supposed to get into this thing?  This called for an instructional online video! Continue reading