I needed those scones, along with a cup of hot tea, when I was in chilly Chicago last week, teaming up with Lake Forest Books to talk all things school lunch.
These certainly wouldn’t qualify for healthy lunch, but a gourmet sausage from the famous “Hot Dougs” seemed to be “required eating” for my visit to Chicago.
It wasn’t all decadence in the windy city. This acorn squash salad from the Italian food emporium Eataly proved that eating your vegetables doesn’t need to be a chore.Got home past midnight after a long and foodless flight, which meant I was ripe for these babies that a friend had dropped off in my absence. Nothing wrong with chocolate for dinner, right?
This shaved veggie salad was a welcome plate of goodness, too: radishes, kholrabi, carrots, fennel, mint, lemon, Parmesan, olive oil. Arteries officially scrubbed.
Sweetie Pie Quesadillas were the subject of my middle school cooking class this week, the recipe swiped from the pages of my cookbook: black beans, grated sweet potato, cheese, salsa, whole grain tortillas.
Untouched beets in my CSA box two weeks running motivated me to pull out these charming pickle jars and do up some quick pickled beets: so easy.
While I was in Chicago, I had the privilege of dining with the lovely Joanne Weir. Once home, I baked up a couple of her Turkish Pizzas, which earned universal thumbs up. Hers is one of the best pizza crusts around.
I doubled the recipe’s meat sauce, setting half aside to toss with pasta and greens for lunch boxes the next day.
Was happy to come home to this cookbook newcomer from David Joachim and the talented folks at Cooking Light. Bedtime reading.
After being away for several days, there’s no choice as a mom but to jump back in with both feet. Here it meant supervising my kids making magic with puff pastry, which can make even the tiniest cook feel like a pastry professional.
How was your Week in Food?