Tuesday, December 23, 2008


My kitchen and I had a great time last night. There were trays of cookies to bake, and toffee to break, and pork loin to brine, and cranberries to simmer. It was an almost Zen-like experience.

There's something I love about holiday cookie tins. I find even the simplest ones to be lovely, and they're usually packed with something wonderful. This year mine are filled with cranberry cornmeal drop cookies, cardamom butter squares with espresso and chocolate glaze, and peanut toffee with milk chocolate.

I'm so excited to host Christmas this year for my family. Any friends that are around in the evening are welcome to stop by for eggnog, good cheer, and the Sufjan Stevens holiday anthology. Elvis's Christmas album will probably also get some play.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

one sixtyblue Chicken and Biscuits

If you find yourself at one sixtyblue in Chicago's West Loop, do not automatically dismiss the seemingly humdrum chicken and biscuits. If you do, you'll miss out on the most succulent biscuit of your life. It's a fanciful interpretation of a casual, classic dish, and it delivers well beyond expectation.

The top of a 2-bite biscuit was covered lightly with a creamy, thinned foie gras. Sausage gravy is dog food compared to this sauce. It sank right into the crumbling pastry, filling in all of the buttery nooks, and upon touching the tongue, melted away. A crispy skinned quarter of young chicken was moist and tender. The dish was balanced with braised kale, which retained a slight crunch that cut through the rich foie gras.

You think you know chicken and biscuits? You think you love it? After having it at one sixtyblue, your Southern breakfast will never seem the same again.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Gumming It Down

Yogurt, pudding, jello, ice cream, repeat. Since last Friday, there's been no solid food in my diet. I absolutely cannot wait to bite into something crunchy, chewy, meaty, savory. I miss chewing, and I want to make cookies! And steak!

Time for some oatmeal.