Recipes are suggestions, right?

16 Jan

I love to cook. I think I’m a pretty good cook. I can make a tasty meal out of whatever we have in the house in under an hour. But I’m really bad at following a recipe. I’m bad at following instructions in general, but worst in the kitchen. My typical method is to think of what I want to make, or what food I have on hand that’s in danger of going bad, and search for recipes. For example, our produce delivery service, (freshpicks.com) has been bombarding us with butternut squash for a few weeks now, and I can’t keep up. So I thought about doing something with the squash and black beans. Which led me here. (http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Black-Bean-Chili-with-Butternut-Squash-and-Swiss-Chard-234146). I looked at a few other recipes, then went into the kitchen to cook. I did not bring the recipe with me.

I diced up an onion and some garlic, cubed the squash (I remembered that part), cooked it as instructed, dumped in some spices based on what I remembered, and found some chipotle peppers in adobe in the freezer, so I chunked off some of it and chopped it and threw it in. Then added in a can of black beans, a can of diced tomatoes and simmered until the squash softened. Finished with the chard. Let it cook a bit longer, then portioned it out for meals later in the week.  It was so good!!!

eatsparklydogs?

15 Jan

Snack on a blinged out poodle? No silly. Eat. Sparkly. Dogs.

Food. Jewelry. Dogs. And other things I love. On a schedule. Because in addition to loving food, jewelry and dogs, I also love schedules.

It’s Saturday. And Saturday is going to be my day of wanderlust. Exploring my hometown. Planning my next vacation. Thinking about why I love to travel. Reflecting on what I’ve learned on trips.

I live in one of the greatest cities in the world, yet fall into that trap that I have to believe most of the world falls into, of saving the spirit of adventure for vacations, not for their own hometown. I’ve been starting a list of things that I want to explore in my town, once the snow clears and I can get outside and explore. Snow clearing and being able to explore on foot is important to how I like to see a place.

My husband always teases me that my favorite thing to do is “walk around and see stuff”. He’s right. I always have a hard time choosing between wandering around neighborhoods or diving into a museum filled with masterpieces. I’ve been to Paris 3 times and have never set foot in the Louvre. And I have two art history degrees!

This city is filled with specialty museums. Each community seems to have one. And I’ve never been to any of them. I want to spend a few days going to the Mexican Fine Arts Museum, the DuSable Museum, the Pullman Porter Museum, the Museum of Surgical Science and I’m sure there are many more. Make theme days. Find places to eat that go with each museum (well, maybe not the Surgical Science one). And see what the city has to offer beyond the big famous palaces of culture.

So stay tuned for those adventures. And for tomorrow’s post. Sunday is cooking day.

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