Rhubarb-Rose Petal preserves, one of my weekend's projects.
It’s Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer. My family is having a weekend filled with our favorite summer pastimes. I went to my beloved Oak Park Farmers’ Market on Saturday morning. My husband took the kids to the pool on Sunday morning. We escaped [...]
Mixed golden and Chiogga beets, cut up for roasting.
I have mixed feelings about beets. When I was a kid, the only exposure I had to beets were the pickled beets that my mother made for her Swedish Christmas Eve smorgasbord. I can still picture the cut-glass bowl filled with purple-red beets swimming in [...]
Diced vegetables form the interior of the crumble.
On our first full day in Paris, my husband and I walked all over the Ile de la Cité and the Ile St. Louis, the two islands in the middle of the Seine. After a long morning of churches and walking, we found ourselves near the [...]
Cold pea soup with a vegetable ratatouille at Cafe de l'Alma in the 7th arrondisement in Paris.
My husband and I just returned from a magical week in Paris. We strolled the cobblestone streets hand-in-hand. We marveled at the great works of art and we were awed by the magnificent churches. We discussed politics [...]
This time next week I will be walking along the Seine with my husband.
West of the Loop will be on hiatus next week. My husband and I are going to Paris sans kids to celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary, which will occur on May 26. (I’m fairly optimistic at this point that we [...]