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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Six Things

1. Let me guess.  You didn't "like" my photo on facebook, did you?  Can I tell you how many "likes" the kid in the lead has?  153.  Do you know how many I have?  Nine.  NINE!  It's not even about winning the free classes anymore, now it's just about saving me Miles from the embarrassment of being stuck in the single digits.  Come on people.  Let's go over this again.  Go to your facebook page and search for The Little Gym of Chicago.  Scroll down, find the picture of Miles in his costume, and "like" it.  Easy.  I may be able to afford TLG classes, but I can't afford the years of therapy the kid is going to need from losing so horribly.

Update: I'll make it even easier on you.  Click on this link to go directly to the photo.  Like it.  Done.

2. Friday was Michael's birthday.  All the Halloween business made me forget to mention it in my last post.  We got a babysitter and went to a cooking class at The Chopping Block, which is what we did last year also. I know, not so original, but it was fun so we did it again.

Swiss chard.  Pretty.

Yes, we need a little work on our plating skills.
  • Butternut Squash, Goat Cheese, and Arugula Salad with a Fig Vinaigrette
  • Corn and Scallion Souffle
  • Pork Chops with an Apple Bacon Compote on a bed of Wilted Swiss Chard
  • Not Pictured: Gingered Pear Upside Down Cake

3. Yesterday was my friend Molly's birthday.  She spent it doing 33 random acts of kindness.  And no, I do not know why she is friends with me.  

4.  A few weeks ago we went to Traverse City to do some wine touring (drinking).  It's too late to recap now, but here are a few pictures from the trip:

The seriously awesome house we rented. 

 View from the balcony

View from our bedroom 

5. Miles has the best bedhead.  This is what he looks like when he wakes up:

6. And finally, I will end with a recipe.  Michael has been working late this week and what I usually do when this happens is I try to eat things that he doesn't really go for.  Last night it was spaghetti squash.  I don't follow this recipe much but I love my version.  Here's the original recipe with my notes:

Warm Spaghetti Squash Salad

One 4-pound spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise and seeds scraped
1 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup chopped pitted green olives
1/2 cup thinly sliced scallion whites
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons canola oil
2 ounces Greek feta, crumbled
Salt and freshly ground white pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 350.  Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the spaghetti squash and cook until it is al dente, about 12 minutes; drain. Place the spaghetti squash halves cut side down on a rack and let cool for 15 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, spread the sliced almonds on a pie plate and toast them in the oven for about 7 minutes, until lightly golden. In a mini food processor, combine the chopped olives with the sliced scallions, lemon zest, lemon juice and canola oil and pulse until finely chopped.

3. Working over a medium bowl and using a fork, scrape the spaghetti squash into the bowl, separating the strands. Add the dressing along with the crumbled feta and toasted almonds and season with salt and white pepper. Toss the spaghetti squash salad and serve warm.

I basically make the lazy version of this.  I usually skip roasting the almonds.  I use capers instead of olives, whatever onions I have on hand if I don't have scallions.  I just hand-mix the dressing instead of lugging out the food processor.  I use about half of the oil suggested.  And it's still delicious.

Cut that bad boy open.  It's easiest to just hack into it; then, with your knife lodged in it, pick the whole thing up and whack it against the cutting board.

Make dressing.  Is your cell phone sitting next to the cutting board?  Move it.  You are about to spill lemon juice all over it.

Does your son have an ear infection?  Is he on antibiotics that have a really disgusting side effect?  Did you have to deal with it right before you put him to bed?  Pour yourself a glass of wine.  Only have box wine?  Me too I'm not judging.

Combine everything in a big plastic pink bowl.


And be happy that your husband doesn't like squash or leftovers.


  1. If you had posted here first about liking your photo on FB, I would have done it (I check all my blogs more frequently than FB...sad but true).

    LOVE the bed head photo...adorable.

  2. i'm the same. and now i feel super lame for even entering. wah wah.