March 23rd, 2008 · 1 Comment
Rachelle & Dallas, Messners, Wrigleyville, Chicago
On Thursday I avoided watching basketball because it was “Lost night.” On Friday I avoided it by playing Rock Band with Paul and Kate. By Saturday there was no avoiding it. A whole lot of our friends were all at Messners watching all of the games. It was a nice day out. I enjoyed sitting in a sunny window and talking with friends, but I could really care less about basketball. After a while I walked over to Anthropologie, which I’d been eying across the street from the window I was sitting in, for a shopping break. Then back to basketball for a couple more hours. For dinner we ordered in with Jen, Chad and Quinn.
I only had a second to take this photo in a giant mirror we were facing. I think it sums up our day, but I was a little disappointed that my camera focused on the people behind us instead of us. I hate it when you want a do-over like 12 hours later.
Also, check out all the hammered brass decorations. It’s like Messners bought a bunch of stuff from Tre Via when they went out of business or something. I was texting Erin about it and sending cell photos because she knows the guy who owned Tre Via. I can’t remember if this is how that place actually looked inside, but I remember the exterior being kind of crazy and in my head it made sense. Then again, this image is proving the crazy exterior memory wrong, so maybe I’m thinking of someplace else altogether. Then again, the internet wayback machine is proving me sort of right. Aaaaaaannnnywayyy…
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I took this photo back in January and I don’t think I ever posted it. I love the colors.
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This post first appeared on Chicagoist.
A pound and a half filet of cod in the freezer and all out of ideas for what to do with it. Sure, we could grill it or pan fry it, or even bake it, but we’ve done all those things before. They’re all delicious, but not new or exciting. And then along to the rescue comes Elise Bauer at one of our favorite food blogs Simply Recipes. For Lent Elise reposted a recipe for her dad’s fish stew. Intrigued? Yes, we were.
We’ve made our fair share of fish and we’ve made our fair share of soups and stews, but never combined the two. And honestly? We were sort of frightened by purchasing and adding 8 ounces of clam juice. Really, where does clam juice come from? Do they squeeze a bunch of clams and package the juice? Are they pulverized? Do they soak the clams in water to flavor it and then strain them out? Ask Chicagoist – some help over here please! Who knows? What we do know is that we had nothing to worry about. The stew is delicious. Especially with a few oyster crackers or some crusty bread. Actually, we ate it with some leftover calico bell pepper muffins.
6 Tbsp. olive oil
1 c. of chopped onions
2 large garlic cloves, chopped
2/3 c. fresh parsley, chopped
1 c. of fresh chopped tomato (about 1 medium sized tomato)
2 tsp. of tomato paste
8 oz. of clam juice
2/3 c. dry white wine
1 1/2 lb fish fillets (use halibut, cod, sole, red snapper, sea bass), cut into 2-inch pieces
Touch of dry oregano, Tabasco, thyme, pepper
Heat olive oil in heavy large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add chopped onion and garlic and sautÃ© 4 minutes. Add parsley and stir 2 minutes. Add tomato, tomato paste and cook 2 minutes longer.
Add clam juice, dry white wine, and fish and simmer until fish is cooked through, less than 10 minutes. Add seasoning. Salt to taste. Ladle into bowls and serve.
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Tags:Chicago·cooking and baking·fish stew·roscoe village·simply recipes
March 20th, 2008 · 1 Comment
For some reason I have two weather widgets for Chicago set up on my Dashboard. Often when I look at them they’re not the same. My first though was that maybe one was for the airport while the other was downtown or something. But when I looked at the setup, they both just say “Chicago, IL.”
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