Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Pumpkin Spice Truffles


It's October, which means I've been whipping up pumpkin goodies nonstop. Muffins, cake, and most recently, these deliciously decadent pumpkin truffles. Pumpkin puree, gingersnap cookies and a healthy dose of spices come together to create a strong flavor that is not totally pumpkin, not totally gingerbread, making them the perfect treat for October all the way through the holiday season.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Bacon, Egg & Kale Breakfast Sandwich


Eggs are arguably the world's most versatile ingredient and also one of the most difficult to master. Almost anyone can make edible scrambled eggs, but flawless scrambled eggs? Not so much. The key is to cook them slowly over low heat to keep them soft. It takes finesse to produce the creamy texture that is the hallmark of perfect scrambled eggs. And that's just one preparation.

Hard-boiled, soft-boiled, poached, sunny-side up, omelet, frittata, each preparation has its own method and techniques to be perfected. So I've made it my goal to become master of the egg one preparation at a time, an egg jedi, if you will. First up...the fried egg.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Blueberry Crumb Cake


I wrote a letter this week. It goes a little something like this:

Dear Crumb Cake,
Where have you been all my life? I love you. Never leave me again.
xoxo
Casey

Friday, October 5, 2012

Dining Out in Chicago: Balena


The moment I signed up to run a half marathon this spring, I started thinking about my pre-race carb fest. If I was going to commit to running farther than I had ever run in my life, I was going to make darn sure I adequately prepared (read: rewarded) myself with a feast of bread and pasta the night before. I spent weeks leading up to the race deliberating over a restaurant, and eventually settled on Balena, a new pan-Italian spot in Lincoln Park.

As I walked into the restaurant on the eve of my half marathon, visions of carbohydrates danced in my head. It was warm night in June and a light breeze ushered us in through the open double doors into the lofty space abuzz with conversation. Immediately I felt at home.