Archives for the month of: July, 2011


Hummus, yogurt spread, baby carrots, giant sugar snap peas, Applegate farms salami, some local cheese (I forget what kind), rice crackers, rosemary focaccia with olive oil & balsamic for dipping, and organic berries. Phew, that was a mouthful!

E and I hit up the neighborhood farmers market, where I might have gone a little bit overboard with random purchases that didn’t necessarily constitute a real dinner. So instead, I just threw everything together, added a few odds and ends like some hummus, zucchini fries (not pictured), and veggies, we had ourselves a lovely little picnic dinner. E was highly amused by the concept.  She said, “snacks for DINNER?!”  Ha!



Hamburger with caramelized red onions, cheddar cheese and Red Mill sauce, from Red Mill Burgers.

This was a damn good burger. I also loved the hand-battered onion rings that had just a hint of spice to them. Fries were decent too, but nothing super spectacular.

Another sporadic cell phone post. Sorry, I’ll have real internet next week!


Vienna beef dog on poppy seed bun, with mustard, onions, relish, tomatoes, & dill pickle spear. From Portillo’s.  Last stop on our last day in Chicago

Forgive the long absence. Not only have I been on the road, in the midst of a cross-country move, but I’ve also been horribly sick for the better part of the past week.  I will be playing catch-up over the next few weeks, so keep an eye out for back-dated posts.


Bumbleberry pie shake, from Hamburg Inn.

Hamburg Inn is mostly famous as the tiny diner that political candidates visit for photo ops during campaign season. To me though, it’s the place where they will blend an entire slice of pie into a giant shake. The pies are from the local farmers market, so selection varies, but my favorite is bumbleberry, which is a combo of apple and berries. So good.

Thin-crust pizza with sausage, green peppers & onions.  Also known as Pagliai’s special (but I don’t think it’s on the menu).
No visit to Troy’s family is complete without a visit to Pagliai’s. It’s long been a favorite of my husband’s family, and after my first trip, I know why.  The crust is thin, but not so much so that it gets soggy under the just thick enough layers of sauce, toppings and cheese.  It’s so good that even though you know it just came out of the oven 30 seconds ago and the first flaming hot piece will incinerate the roof of your mouth, you can’t wait and greedily gobble it down, while reaching for another slice.
Pound cake with cream cheese icing, and fresh raspberries & blueberries.
Once again, another of my mother-in-law’s delightful creations.  Have I mentioned that my MIL is super awesome?  She has made this flag cake for the 4th of July every year for probably at least the last 10 years.  E was very proud to be her helper this year.  I see a new tradition in the making.  Needless to say, this cake tasted absolutely fabulous.  The pound cake was rich, but the cream cheese frosting and fruit helped cut the sweetness.  Oh and of course, we also topped our cake with ice cream too.  Yes, I’m gaining a lot of weight on this vacation.
Taco Dip
This is another one of my mother-in-law’s specialties – also known as 7-layer dip.  Troy has told me on more than one ocassion that this is one of his favorites, and I’ve had to restrain him in the past to keep him from inhaling about half a pan in one sitting.  It’s layers of bean dip, seasoned sour cream, guacamole, tomatoes, olives, cheese and probably at least one other ingredient that I’m forgetting.  Super delicious.

Ebelskiver – Swedish pancake balls

A few years ago, my mother-in-law got an ebelskiver pan for Christmas, and since then, it’s become something of a tradition/treat for her to make them when we visit.  Forgive the styling, it was all I could do to get this picture before they were gobbled up!


Scrambled eggs, bacon, avocado, & tomato over seasoned potatoes. From First Watch, in Kansas City.

Yesterday T and I hit the road. He will be back next week, but this was pretty much the last time I will be in Texas.  We spent the night in Kansas City and hit up a place down the street from our hotel for breakfast.  This skillet sounded like a bit of a strange combo, but I think avocado and bacon make pretty much everything better, even scrambled eggs.