Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Suburban City Passover

I'm not afraid to admit it: I didn't make Passover Seder plans this year. Plans fell through with the fam, life isn't always perfect. So with this realization on the day of the first Seder, I hit up my favorite sites (Epicurious, Food Network, NY Times), devised a plan for the "easiest-and-fastest-to-make" Seder of all time and went at it. The results: Fantastic! Mom was impressed, boyfriend was full and educated, I was happy. Here's how to whip together the fastest Seder of all time. Afterall, this is a holiday where time is of the essence!
  1. No Passover is complete without Matzoh Ball Soup. You may be disgusted by this recommendations, but I thought it was ok. I recommend making the soup out of the box. Takes like 15 minutes of hands on time. I added one carrot and fresh parsley for garnish and felt pretty good about myself.
    More Time? Make chicken soup from scratch and make real matzoh balls.

  2. Charoset: I used this recipe with a few variations: I shredded the apple instead of cubing it, since that's what my mom did when I was little. I also added raisins instead of brown sugar (can't imagine why on earth you would add sugar to the sweetest dish on earth). My mom said the walnuts and raisins were the best combo she's ever had. And believe me, my mom knows what she's talking about.
    More Time? I donno, I still kinda liked this recipe!

  3. Main course was a simple salad and smoked fish. Salad was baby spinach, cucumber, tomato, yellow bell pepper with olive oil and lemon vinaigrette. Smoked fish was already cut and sold in the store (I shop at Village Market, but any ethnic grocery store will do)
    More Time? Both of my parents make gefilte fish from scratch, I have a feeling that'll have to be a separate post.

  4. If you must have dessert, end with a sorbet or macaroons

For the second Seder, I whipped up a new salad and fried one small white onion with chicken liver (~5 minutes on each side, just slice the onion). I repurposed the charoset and soup.

This is my solution to a quick and easy Seder after a long commute from the city to the suburbs.

Future Passover dishes? I intend to make matzoh pizza tonight and try to make a Rosti - first I've heard of this. It's like a big Latke!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Removing Bath Decals

I've started looking at city properties and realized that given my price range, I may have to buy a place that needs some remodeling. I've decided to test my skills and do a little remodeling around the current house.

For the bathroom, I spent a few hours removing bath decals after googling and learning a few tricks. Here's the Apartment Therapy post that gave me the idea in the first place http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/chicago/cleaning/bathroom-tricks-for-those-hard-to-reach-places-078080

If you have bath decals you'd like to remove, try these steps:
Step 1: Blow dry the decal for one minute (I needed to use an extension cord for this)
Step 2: Lift the decal with a card (in this case it was a Jewel-Osco card)
Step 3: Remove any leftover adhesive with rubbing alcohol and a paper towel

Good luck and please ask questions or comment!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Hunt



Loved reading this article. I'm thinking about transitioning to the city, and while this takes place in NY....it's so relevant here. What can you afford?

I'm beginning to think there's not much out there in my price range and laundry list of desires (like in-unit laundry!) But I figure this is a learning process. I'm not alone and transition is a good thing.

Chicago has a bazillion neighborhoods, and sooner rather than later, I'll find one that works for me.

Welcome, please come in...

Hey! I think I'm going to blog about living in the suburbs and working in the city. Hence my aptly named blog. What's going along with all of this, is restaurant reviews in both city and suburban places, cooking tips, tricks and recipes since that's what I'm interested in and that's what suburbanites do.

Hope you enjoy and please, feel free to comment.