Seriously hearty winter stew

The weather in Chicago on Tuesday was one of those amazing fall days that feels both very Chicago-y, and yet atypical. A warm afternoon in October is always welcome here, and unpredictable weather is as expected as a Cubs loss or a Blackhawks win (go Hawks!). But I think we’re always prepared for the worst here, so a little sunshine or balmy weather is a pleasant surprise.

Garlic & Thyme (the name of my new band)

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Goose down.

I’ve been spending a lot of time on etsy, and am kind of obsessed with food-related pillows. I am not confident in the comfy-level of pillows purchased on the internet, nor am I sure that I would love these pillows after 6 months. But I love them now, and I want these:

Eat More Bacon by Sew English

As if I needed a reminder…

Fried Egg Pillows by Freaky Fleece

I love the irregular, yet huggable, shape of these pillows.

Dinosaur Pillow, T Rex cushion by Happy Family

Yes, I think dinosaurs are food.

Cow Meat Chart Decorative Pillow by Go Buggy Go

I have a perverse interest in meat chart prints.

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What I’ve been doing for the past few weeks

In my final year of law school, I’ve been trying to make the most of my free time. I do this because I know that most of my time next year will be spent in my office, staring at a computer, and digging through mile-high piles of case law. Additionally, this is likely the last year I will be able to exercise so much control over my own time; I’ve set my own class schedule, and if I choose to take a day off, there are no immediate consequences. If I want to travel for a long weekend, I don’t need to seek approval. But there is a final reason – I am trying to squeeze all the fun and adventure out of Chicago before I move to New York next summer. Continue reading

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Thank you, Homesick Texan!

I love free stuff. Especially if it’s easy to get my hands on the free stuff. Like food samples at the grocery store. Or highlighters from a recruiter. Or the awesome Cook the Book contest from Serious Eats.  Once a week, they write about a great new cookbook that is being published, and they give readers an easy chance to win. And entering is easy – they ask you to post a favorite thing in line with the theme of the book. Last week, they offered a chance to win “The Homesick Texan Cookbook,” the new publication from Lisa Fain aka The Homesick Texan. To enter to win, all you had to do was comment on your favorite food blog. I checked my email today, and I won! Thanks Serious Eats!

Spicy spicy peppers!

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I say tomato, You say tomato

Because my mind tends to wander at these times (those times being when I have law school work to do…), I’ve been thinking about tomatoes. People are always talking about how much better tomatoes are when they’re in season. How they’re just bursting with flavor during tomato season. While I like tomatoes as much as the next girl, I never really bought into the hype. Until this summer.

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Puppies!

This is a really cute puppy. I want to carry him around in a bucket all day long. If I had to choose between a bucket with this puppy, and a bucket of cheese, it would be a very difficult choice.

See more pictures at Daily Puppy.

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Hungry for New York (already)

I’ve been back in Chicago for 12 hours, and I already miss New York.

Ice cream at Smorgasburg

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