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Random things I learned last month

Dutch ovens are the best cooking invention ever. And short ribs are way easier to cook than I ever imagined. Big ups to Home Goods (discounted cookware!) and The Butcher and Larder (for the short ribs and tips on how to cook them)!

  
Bobbi Brown‘s Bronze Shimmer Brick is one of my favorite beauty products, but it did not survive my recent business trip. After failed attempts to put it together like a puzzle, it’s just a $48 mess. So sad. 

 When given the opportunity to try a limited reserve tequila, never pass it up! I thought I hated Cuervo until I was exposed to the Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia Extra Anjeo. Where can I find another bottle????

 

There is good gumbo in Chicago!!!! Analogue in Logan Square came with some awesome Cajun recipes. Yum. We went there three times in January. 
 

 
Dog coats are a blessing and curse…helps her in the Chicago cold. But when she wears it she doesn’t want to come home as quickly! 

 
Hope your year has started out fun too! 🎉

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Lunch Bliss -Goat Chili Cheese Fries

While the Little Goat in Chicago’s West Loop has a menu full of tasty entrees and sandwiches (hint, hint – Los Drowned, Bull’s Eye French Toast and my fav The Reuben), some days when I go there I crave the ultimate “side as an entree” meal (especially when the temps are barely hovering above zero)… Introducing Little Goat’s GOAT CHILI CHEESE FRIES. 😛😀🙌👌

Go try them!!

 

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Biting into my first apple

Believe it or not – prior to 2011 I refused to eat an apple that wasn’t covered in some form of sugary bliss (with the preference going to caramel and peanuts). I never picked up and apple and bit into it. At least not at any point I could remember in my life. I HATED “naked” apples. Hated them with a passion. That includes apple juice too.

So imagine my negative surprise when I was told that apples were good for reducing the effects of acid reflux – something I’ve unfortunately dealt with for years. I decided 2011 would be the year. I would eat an apple. Every day.
The hard part was finding WHICH apples to eat. Since the peanut apples I love from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory are made with Granny Smith apples, I decided that was a good place to start…. here are my overall ratings:
Granny Smith (B-) LOVE LOVE LOVE the tart flavor, but I hated the “thicker” skin. I ended up slicing it most of the time, but when I tried to bite into it I just ended up scraping the skin with my teeth and spitting it out.
Honeycrisp (B+) Tasty and crisp, the skin is a little weird but not too bad. But the PRICE – OMG. $3.49/lb – which is easily running around $2/apple.
Braeburn (C+) Flavor is “ok” but the texture is not great. Too soft. A friend mentioned “grainy” apples and I’d guess this is what she meant.
Gala (C) texture is good, crisp is perfect. But the flavor… *turning nose up*
Pink Lady/Crips Pink (A) the CREAM of the CROP! I have been eating these non stop for 2 weeks straight. A coworker’s wife told me about them but he said he had never tried one. So I brought an extra to work and gave it to him. He loved it! And so did I! The price is ok, While Foods has organic Pink Lady apples on sale for $1.79/lb this week – time to stock up!
I found some GREAT information on the various types of apples from http://www.orangepippin.com/… check it out!
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