Thursday, October 15, 2009

I'm Back!

Hey, everyone. Sorry I have been neglecting my blog. We moved all the way back in August, but I can't seem to get my act together!
We love our new house and neighborhood. There are lots of kids on our block so the girls are having fun with their new friends. All the neighbors are very nice so I have made some friends, too. But of course we all still miss the old ones! Chicago is a fun town and we are having a good time exploring. We are somewhat familiar with it as we lived here twenty years ago, but of course things change a lot in such a long time.
Despite having a gorgeous kitchen, I have not been doing a lot of interesting cooking. Plus there are still pictures stuck in my camera. But here are a few things:

Favorite chickpea soup from Diane Kochilas' Greek Vegetarian. It is just chickpeas (cooked from dried), onion, bay leaf, rosemary, salt, and lots of olive oil (the key to its deliciousness). With some homemade foccacia.
Don't these look like giant bagels? they are Crusty Sesame Rings from Mollie Katzen's Still Life with Menu (really good recipes in this oldie).

Stuffed Eggplant with Bechamel from the same book. Just as good without the feta cheese!

We won't see tomatoes like these till next summer.

Some nice sides: cream cheese stuffed celery, chunks of mango, and coleslaw with peanut dressing. I used the dressing from Trader Joe's, and did not care for it.

How's this for a gorgeous kitchen? Obviously before we moved all our junk in!


Debra said...

What a beautiful kitchen! I would love to have a kitchen like that!
Debra @ Vegan Family Style

Christine B said...

hello, im a new reader to your blog... and i love your posts and pics of your yummy dishes. however, your kitchen photo really made me jealous!! (actually i'm happy for you!!) oh my, enjoy that gorgeous kitchen! what a blessing to be able to cook, serve and entertain in such a beautiful, warm kitchen. :)
yay for you!!

Susan said...

Wow, am I jealous of that kitchen! Someday, I am going to remodel my kitchen so that it looks exactly how I want it to be. Or buy a new house, maybe, ;-).

It took me forever to settle into my house last year, too. And at that, I finally just put some boxes in the basement because I was sick of looking at them! Glad you like your neighborhood.

Peace, Love and Veganism said...

I have kitchen envy! Also, those bagel-looking things look yum!

aTxVegn said...

Your kitchen is beautiful! Have fun in it.

Krys said...

Wow. Your kitchen is beautiful. I want to come over for dinner. :)