A Day Without Words | Green & Stuffed All Over

Don’t you love it when you can knock a bunch of fun things off your to do list all at once – like hang out with friends, celebrate a holiday, and make delicious food? For St. Patrick’s Day this year we got to hang with our friends Josh and Nikki, who we do not get to see as much as we would like to, and their adorable little Corgi Jax. He was wearing a bow tie. I squee-ed. Their house is full of awesomely geeky things, and there was maple-y bacon syrup for the bourbon, shitloads of corned beef, and Guinness bread. What a wonderful day.

A Day Without Words | Green & Stuffed All Over

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A Day Without Words | Life & Death

Bread is life. As in, those yeasty little creatures burping and farting all over the place when eating doughy sugars are totally alive, and making that delicious creation we call bread. We had a pretty lazy Sunday this week, enjoying family time, baking bread, Baby Bear bothering Monty, daddy daughter geeking out over Zelda, and going for a frosty walk in a little cemetery that I love to visit, after which I made a giant friend. It was a beautiful day.

A Day Without Words - Life & Death

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365 Photo Challenge | Day 49 | A Favorite Snack

Day 49 - A Favorite Snack

Day 49 of the 365 photo challenge is “A Favorite Snack.” Being a barber in Wicker Park, Chicago, you can imagine I have some incredibly cool clients. And I do. One of them brought me two different varieties of bacon that he smoked himself. As soon as we opened the first package, Papa Bear got a little bit turned on. For real. It’s that good.

I hear tell there is also smoked cheese in the works.

365 Photo Challenge | Day 48 | Color From The Garden

Day 48 - Color From The Garden

Day 48 of the 365 photo challenge is “Color From The Garden.” Yeah, it’s winter. So there isn’t much going on out there, not that we have a garden in our little motel apartment. But I do have a ton of these beautiful little forelle pears. They came from a garden or orchard somewhere, right? Yes, I know, it’s a bit of a stretch, but I like the photo nonetheless.

Rack ‘Em Up | 40 Essential Spices for Your Kitchen

It’s January, and we’re all looking for ways to get healthier in the new year.

You could go the typical diet route that everyone seems to jump on this time of year. Of course, that often means boring, bland food, and you falling off the wagon right quick.

There is another way. Spices exponentially bump up the flavor of your food, and many of them have compounds that have been prized for thousands of years for their medicinal qualities.

The Spice House

Today I have the definitive list of the 40 spices (all available through The Spice House) you need in your kitchen to make just about anything.

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