Thursday, March 31, 2011
guess who got a little cheaper on us. that's right, grahamwich! our boy, graham elliot has made some changes. starting from the standard of all sandwiches priced at $10 to now ranging from $7 - $10 of which 6 of those are new to the menu! additionally, while the large $5 serving size is still around for the side options, now there is a $3 portion size available. i don't know how they are doing this but word on the street is that more seating is available which is great because it can get easily crowded during the lunch rush. catering and delivery is now being offered which is big especially for those interested in ordering for their corporate office events.
i blogged about them here weeks ago. the experience was quite impressing but with all these upgrades, i'm certainly planning my next visit much sooner than later.
menu goes into effect april 1st. i doubt it but i can't help to think if this whole revamp is an april fools joke! hope not.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
officially addicted: starbucks iced coffee with milk, sweetened. i had no idea that starbucks actually sweetens your drink by request. is this a new service or am i just absolutely out of the loop? this will probably be one of my favorite drinks for the summer! by the way, i'm still getting used to the new logo in the store, on the cup, etc. i kinda like/miss the old logo already.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
all i have to say is that when you're at trader's you should give this a try. very tender & juicy filet of sole with wholesome butter beans and sauteed spinach. i had this for lunch and it was seasoned absolutely perfect. it also unbelievably held me throughout the afternoon. buy it.
Monday, March 28, 2011
relax from all of what the beginning of the week can bring by making this carrot souffle recipe:
1 1/2 pounds peeled carrots (about 9 medium)
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/3 cup high-gluten or bread flour
1/2 cup (1 stick) melted margarine or butter
1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
Steam carrots until extra soft, about 30 minutes in a steamer basket set over boiling water. (You may do this in a microwave, placing the whole carrots in a covered container with about 1/4 cup water; cook on high about 10 minutes, or as your microwave instructions dictate.) Drain well.
While the carrots are still warm, transfer to large bowl of an electric mixer and add granulated sugar, baking powder, vanilla and flour. Beat slowly until carrots mash, then increase speed to medium and beat 3 minutes, or until very smooth.
With the mixer on low, add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Gradually add the melted margarine.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 1 1/2-quart casserole or a deep, 9-inch round pan lightly with vegetable oil. Spoon in the carrot mixture. (The mixture will rise, so pan should not be more than half full.)
Bake about 1 1/2 hours, or until the top is a light golden brown. Sprinkle lightly with confectioners' sugar and serve immediately. (The souffle will fall after being taken out of the oven)
now go make you a batch double the recipe if you can and let me know how fantastic you love this! I kidd you not..this side dish right here is LIFE CHANGING!!
Saturday, March 26, 2011
first stop: brunch at big jones. my homegirl knew what she was ordering when we walked through the doors; however, indecisive me thought i had it all figured out from looking at the menu the nite before. there were plenty of surprises that didn't make the cut that were featured on the restaurant menu versus the menu online. decisions, decisions i say.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
- 1 bag jumbo marshmallows
- 2 cups milk
- 1 Tbsp. sour cream
- 2 cups creamy vanilla ice cream
On a medium-size cookie sheet, place 1/2 bag of marshmallows in a row. Place under your burner in the oven for 2 to 3 minutes, until completely charred. Take out of oven and let cool. Repeat this step but only let the marshmallows toast, so they are slightly burnt. Take out of oven and let cool. In a blender, pour milk, sour cream, ice cream and charred marshmallows. Mix for 5 minutes. Pour in a large glass and top with 2 to 3 toasted marshmallows.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
look at this! all the faves at trader joe's found on a list and not throughout their aisles. that's a good idea actually- have a aisle dedicated to the best selling, highly favored items. makes me wonder would all the rest of the items throughout the store go stale. it would seem no one would shop the rest of the store because, well, everyone wants the best. and highly favored. then again, there are some pretty great runner up products, (i.e., simply the best trail mix, cinnamon sugar pita chips, lentil chips, mango tea, and the bourbon vanilla extract to name a few) and believe it or not, i'd find it kinda hard to just shop the favorite of all favorites aisle. what is your most favored favorite product at trader joe's? did it make the list?
Monday, March 21, 2011
yes, it kicked off on sunday. this means a 3 course lunch for 22 and a 3 course dinner at 33. menus are prix fixe for both courses. there's a nice list of participants this year including sushisamba, big star, avec, hot chocolate, and big jones. go here to see the full shebang.
what's a weekend without a little mickey d's and red velvet cupcakes. oh, and say hello to spring for me! it was supposedly official yesterday. we'll see how she warms up to the midwest in the coming weeks. notice how i said 'she'...yes, spring is a girl...that's why she's so moody..cold one day, warm the next..then raining for a full week. um. yeah.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
i was going through my camera earlier and thought i'd create a random post of eats that obviously were delicious and unfortunately forgotten about. you can tell that i have a love for hot chocolate & chai with whipped cream and nutmeg on top. heck, i can't help it..i have a sweet tooth. i've even developed an immense love for prosciutto. i mean where have you been all of my life and why have i always rejected you?? anyway, those weissella gingerbread cookies had a cake like texture and were just ok- they did, however, taste better dipped a few times in the hot chocolate. the sliced avocados layered atop all that mexican fare- well, that is from big star. the pumpkin pancake and waffle mix is a must try. no, of course i haven't tried it yet so i'm reminding myself and you that you have to try this. and yes, i hear it's delicious. has anyone made any of martha's cupcakes from that recipe book? by the way, those chocolate chip cookies were fabulous. they were compliments from the peninsula hotel and all you had to add was milk, butter, and i believe one egg. so good. they are also responsible for those plates pictured right below the cookies- yes, with the brioche french toast, pastries, and fruit salad. following comes the sliced homemade deep dish pizza, with tomato soup, and fresh green salad. speaking of salad, that mexican salad is ultimately, beyond words fabulous. try it. dip with lime tortilla chips. umph, i think you'll like it. breakfast was made my yours truly during the 2011 25 inch snowstorm here in chicago. i even stamped my initial signature on that one via the mug.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
i used to hate chicken pot pie growing up. vegetables were so not my favorite back then. but certainly over time, i've grown to accept that i must eat them..or pretend to. i definitely don't mind eating them in a buttery pastry shell filled with chicken, broth gravy, and melt in your mouth green peas, carrots, and potatoes. can you eat chicken pot pie all year round? i sure hope so. however, as i think about it..there aren't any rules. i can eat it all year round if i wanted. that's how much i'm enjoying this supreme comfort food delight right now. if you're in chicago, check out hoosier mama for a slice of heaven or order online nationwide at harry and david.
kristoffer's cafe & bakery
1733 s. halsted, chicago