Palmitos Salad

by Lizzy 11 November 2015 Food

It’s said life is what happens to us while we are making other plans. It’s a lesson I still struggle with as a perpetual planner. I cannot live without a calendar at home, work, and synchronized on my phone. As you’ve likely noticed though, I haven’t posted in months. I could make excuses, but I prefer […]

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Parsnip Sticks

by Lizzy 12 March 2014 Food

It’s said that necessity is the mother of invention. In my case, food cravings trigger creativity. Generally, once a month I get an urgent and insistent hankering for some particular food that is, of course, nowhere to be found in my kitchen. Sometimes it’s something odd I rarely eat, and it’s as though the craving […]

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Teaching Papi | 5 Tips on How to Read a Recipe: Domino Potatoes

by Lizzy 18 December 2013 Food

My Esposito has come a long way in his cooking, and as I mentioned previously he can now cook a lot of dishes on his own. Because we are both the eldest children in our families we’re used to being the boss and that leads to ignoring my instructions in the kitchen sometimes. While I […]

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Roasted Butternut Squash Gratin

by Lizzy 4 December 2013 Food

I’m the type of person who looks forward to the same meal every holiday. I like the predictability of knowing there are special dishes I can only enjoy at designated times throughout the year. When I’ve hosted Thanksgiving in the past, I’ve prepared the same menu, and it’s the same way with Easter. It’s a […]

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Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

by Lizzy 20 November 2013 Food

I was Irish in another life. Either that or there’s some Irish blood in my lineage my family’s unaware exists. I say that because I’ve always preferred potatoes to any other starch. Now that might not seem earth shattering, but as a Puerto Rican I risk having my heritage stripped away for favoring potatoes in […]

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Pumpkin French Toast

by Lizzy 13 November 2013 Food

I have a confession to make. I’m kind of lazy. Not the throw-my-socks-next-to-the-hamper-instead-of-placing-them-inside kind of lazy. Instead I occasionally subscribe to the I’m-so-hungry-I-don’t-want-to-use-another-bowl-and-just-make-this-as-quickly-as-possible lazy. Most of the time this works and results in less dishes (yippee!). Other times, it backfires and I realize I should’ve just used the extra bowl and taken my time. Years […]

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Homemade Croutons

by Lizzy 30 October 2013 Food

My husband’s abuelo (grandfather) owned bakeries in Colombia. My husband, Papi, grew up with fresh bread at nearly every meal. It was the one constant at the family table, literally breaking bread. Thus, he has a love affair with bread that rivals only his adoration for soccer. Notice I’m not in that top two list. Whatever!

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Truffle Couscous

by Lizzy 23 October 2013 Food

Last week I mentioned there are times I’m too busy to cook every night. However, I do enjoy a home cooked meal even if I don’t make it myself. Then there are dishes that are so easy to throw together I have no excuse but to spend the few minutes preparing them instead of the alternative…a […]

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Kale, White Bean and Zucchini Salad

by Lizzy 9 October 2013 Food

I rarely go out for lunch. I don’t skip meals. However, I don’t like to spend money on a cold, processed deli sandwich I could make better at home. For me to dish out ten bucks, the lunch option has to be quite tasty. I have two restaurants I frequent on the rare occasion I […]

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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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