The other night I was goofing off on the internet and came across an article about hidden treasures in different Chicago neighborhoods. I immediately looked up the one for my neighborhood, Logan Square, and read about a Polish grocery store called Wally’s Market. I love going to ethnic grocery stores to stock up on ingredients that would be 5x the price at Whole Foods, but haven’t done so at a Polish grocery store considering most of their food is not exactly vegetarian-friendly. But, after reading that it contains “two dozen types of mustard and a 20-foot-long pickle aisle” I had to check it out. So, the next day, I hopped on the bus in the rain and rode off to Wally’s. That’s what normal people do in their free time, right?
Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. A day that is over-hyped by many, dreaded by most, and yet still a lovely day for some. I’ve spent many o’ Valentine’s Day drinking wine with my girlfriends and eating Fannie Mae trinidads that my mom buys me each year. And it’s been lovely indeed.
I eat a lot of bread. Going through an entire loaf before it gets stale/moldy all by myself? No sweat. I could eat sandwiches for 3 meals a day for weeks and not complain (especially when they are smothered with homemade hummus). That whole “no carb” business that people swear by? Not for me. Ok, so you get it. I love bread.
Happy February! and Friday!
So remember when I mentioned that my hard drive crashed right before Christmas? Well I had it taken out of my old computer and finally got around to buying a case for it with a USB so I could transfer over any files that made it onto my new computer. As it turns out, most everything was still there! I recovered all of my music, work from college (that I’ll probably never use again), and best of all, photos! I know it’s way past the holidays and everything, but without further adieu, here are some pictures of the pies I made over Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Here are the links to the Pumpkin Cream (see last photo, bottom right) and the Chocolate Pecan, which were created by the ever-talented Martha Stewart. The rest are my recipes. I will post soon with full on how-to’s. Until then–food porn!