Sunshine Smoothie

by Lizzy 6 November 2013 Food

It’s been a tough year. In fact, one of the worst ever. Today’s a particularly challenging day, and the dreary weather isn’t helping my mood much. I needed a little sunshine in my life, but with rain and overcast skies, my chances of finding it were slim. So I decided to create my own sunshine […]

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German Cucumber Salad | Gurkensalat

by Lizzy 25 September 2013 Food

One of my earliest food memories is from age four. It was the first of two times my family lived in Germany. When we arrived overseas, our military housing was unavailable for a few months so we rented an apartment in a small village outside Kitzingen. It was rural by today’s standards and removed from […]

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Cantaloupe Agua Fresca

by Lizzy 28 August 2013 Food

I miss lunchtime in Mexico. I had a ritual with friends that worked well for me and served as a wonderful culinary education during the time I spent there. Most days we’d gather in the kitchen, my friends warming up containers filled with food brought from their homes, and sit together discussing the day’s events. […]

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Cantaloupe Colada

by Lizzy 21 August 2013 Food

Why does summer fly by, but winter seems to last forever? At least here in Chicago that’s the case for me. I remember as a kid it also held true, but the end of summer also meant back to school shopping. Who doesn’t like shiny new school supplies and brand new clothes? It was like […]

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Beet Bruschetta | The Lula Café Inspiration

by Lizzy 14 August 2013 Food

I love Logan Square. Having lived in various Chicago north side neighborhoods over a 13 year span, this one is by far my favorite. It’s come a long way. During the Ice Age when I was in law school, Logan Square was a cheap place to live, if only you were willing to risk your life. It had […]

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Banana Daiquiri

by Lizzy 7 August 2013 Food

The first time I ever went on a cruise was also the last time. Being buffeted between narrow hallways, feeling ocean waves in a bed that wasn’t a waterbed and getting daily migraines guaranteed cruising was simply not for me. 

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Spicy Crab Tostadas

by Lizzy 31 July 2013 Food

People often ask me if I liked living in Mexico. It’s a harder question to answer than I ever imagined it could be. See, I was there for work so it wasn’t the three year vacation most envision. And while living there had its ups and downs, I never waiver on this point – I […]

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Cucumber Juice | Agua de Pepino

by Lizzy 24 July 2013 Food

I have a bone to pick with etymologists. I just don’t know if I need to pick it with American or Mexican ones. The Mexican drink agua fresca is always translated into English as “fresh water” – that is a literal translation.  However, the interpretation is actually a juice, being a liquid extracted from its […]

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Tangy Potato Salad

by Lizzy 17 July 2013 Food

 I’ve mentioned before potatoes are my favorite starch, but I don’t think I’ve expressed how much I love them. I could eat them here or there. I could eat them anywhere. I could at them in a car. I could eat them at a bar. You get the idea.

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Cucumber Cooler | The Bedford Inspiration

by Lizzy 9 July 2013 Food

  With the resurgence of the cocktail culture we’ve learned it takes true skill to make a good drink. Personally, I think it takes even greater talent to make a potable mocktail. Without reliance on a bitters’ aromatic essence or nuance of liquor, a bartender needs to be innovative. Rarely do I find success when […]

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