I am happy to be working with Cabot Cheese again in promoting not only their cheese which is fabulous (I’ve been eating their 50% reduced fat cheese on nearly everything since I bought a two pound package at Sam’s a week ago!) but also promoting Chop Chop Magazine.

“ChopChopKids is an innovative non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire and teach kids to cook real food with their families. They believe that cooking and eating together as a family is a vital step in resolving the obesity and hunger epidemics. ChopChop Magazine reaches more than 2 million families each year and is endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, was named publication of the year by the James Beard Foundation, and is a two-time winner of the Parent’s Choice Award.”

Cabot Cheese is giving me the opportunity to share a 1 year subscription to Chop Chop Magazine along with a $25 Cheese Pack.  You all know how much I love Cabot cheese!  Simply leave a comment telling me what one of your favorite dishes was that you cooked when you were little. 



My Grandma used to buy us Chef Boyardee Pizza kits for when we visited her.  Does anyone else remember this box? (or am I completely dating myself!)

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I worked both Friday and Saturday night and both nights were so much fun.  I was on the patio on Friday night, and it was a bit nippy, but I love this weather.  It was about 50 degrees out, but with the grills going, it was pretty toasty.  We first had 8 people sign up, then two people canceled the day before and another two people 30 minutes before the class was to begin.  We had already done all the planning for six people, so as luck would have it, the Chef and I each got to have a steak!  These were cowboy ribeye steaks and I swear each steak weighed in between 14-16 ounces!  I ate about 1/3 of my steak and brought the rest home for Jacob and he declared it one of the best steaks he’s ever eaten, and that was cold out of a to go box!

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My Aunt Cele sent me GoVino wine glasses several years ago and I absolutely love them.  They now have dishwasher safe ones as well.  But they are plastic and perfect for your outdoor patio.  I love The Chopping Block version though for our outdoor patio.   It was really nice having such a small group and the two couples got along really well.  Chef Melissa is fun to work with too and I am learning a lot from her.

Saturday both Hannah and Jacob were working doubles and it was nice having a quiet house to myself with the dogs.  I’d like to tell you that I was super productive, but I wasn’t.  I did a few loads of laundry, wrote some birthday cards and letters, did one load of laundry and chilled out with the dogs.  I had time to hit up Hannah’s work on my way for some iced coffee.  More beef was on the menu Saturday night – it was a Tuscan Harvest meal of Ribollita (which is a bean and veggie soup thickened with bread) Bistecca alla Fiorentina (red wine marinated ribeye steaks with herb sauce) rosemary potatoes and chocolate pistachio biscotti.  Chef Lisa is very passionate about her job, is very loud and energetic and the flow of the whole night went really well.  I also worked with another CA Emily who is super nice.

PicMonkey Collage - sat night

Chef Lisa takes public transportation to work and I’ve driven her home a couple times from the Lincoln Square location.  I told her that if we ever worked together that I would give her a ride home.  I clocked out and completely forgot to ask her if she needed a ride home and I felt super bad because she worked a double on Saturday and then had to be back for a morning class on Sunday morning.  I thought about it when I was half way home Sad smile

I was off yesterday, and Sunday morning was pretty chill too.  The dogs were super cuddly with me, and Roman especially which is really weird.  He likes to be near me, but not touching me, while Rummy wants to literally be inside my shirt if she could!

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He was cracking me up while I was trying to take selfies of us.  And then he did this post and had his paw on my shoulder for about five minutes!

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I did eventually take a shower and got ready to go to my Mom’s concert in Oak Park.   Hannah came with me so it was nice to spend some time with her because our work paths have been crossing lately. 

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Their choir did movie and t.v. theme songs and it was wonderful.  The church is just so beautiful, and it was nice to see my friend Laura and her Mom at the concert.  My sister Jenn came too – great to see you Jenn!

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Eventually I’ll add some photos here of my Mom and sister and I, but Hannah couldn’t find the chord to her camera to download them last night.

Hannah and I had a taste for Flat Top Grill for dinner, but when Hannah asked me to check to see if they take reservations, we realized they were closed.  My Mom said it’s been closed for over a year!  Doh!

She recommended a place not too far called Amarind’s on North Avenue in Chicago.  I love Thai food so I was all in.  I had to laugh at me taking a picture of Hannah’s phone taking a picture of the Amarind noodles that we shared as an appetizer. 

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Super flavorful and perfectly cooked spinach noodles with bean sprouts, shrimp and crab meat.  This dish wasn’t spicy at all, just super flavorful, which works well because neither my Mom or Hannah likes spicy stuff.

As we were deciding what to get for dinner, a couple across from us had their dishes placed in front of them, and I quickly got up and asked this perfect stranger what dish he had ordered and he told me it was the Spicy Pork Curry.  I was sold.

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Holy balls of flavor!  My Mom said she’s never really liked curry, but gave it a try anyway, and quickly realized that nothing has changed.  This had such a depth of flavor to the sauce and the heat kind of built as I went along.  If someone asked me to do shots of that sauce, I would do it!  

My Mom got golden shrimp – 11 giant shrimp for $11.95!  It stated that her shrimp came with “vegetable.”  I never would have thought to use fresh cucumbers and tomato for a veggie, but my Mom ate every last bite.  I guess I didn’t get a picture of Hannah’s dish, but she got Pad Thai and loved that as well and brought nearly a whole serving home the portion was that generous.

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It was the perfect way to end the weekend.


I am happy to share with you that my last Chopping Block blog post was the most viewed blog post they have ever had, with the most comments as well!  So thank you for taking the time out to show me some love over there.  I have a favor though – trying to beat my record from last month and would appreciate it if you could jump on over and check out my rosemary skillet bread – such a great bread to start out with if you are a novice because no kneading is required.   I will also post the link on Facebook, so if you could share it there too, I would appreciate it!

I am working tonight at another book signing event.   Eli’s Cheesecake is going to demo how to make their iconic cheese cake, and guests will be making a pumpkin cheesecake that they can take home with them, along with a copy of the cookbook.  Still a few seats available for my Chicago peeps!


Good luck with the Cabot cheese giveaway – I’ll pick a winner on Wednesday.  And I appreciate your love over on my blog post at The Chopping Block! 

Make it a great day!