Monthly Archives: June 2013

The Veggie Recipe: zucchini and squash

Zucchini and Squash

This is a simple recipe for tasty side dish that’s healthy and good! It’s also one of those recipes that’s best made for your tastes so my apologies to the Type A personalities.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 squash (I used yellow)
  • olive oil (EVOO or the regular)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • savory
  • cajun seasoning

Directions:

  • Cut the zucchini and squash into thin slices.
  • Put olive oil in the skillet. You can use as much or as little as you like. I used just enough to lightly coat the skillet.
  • Place the veggies in the skillet and sprinkle the rest of the seasonings and spices to your liking. (My preference is go light on the salt, heavy on the pepper, and everything else to taste while I’m cooking.)
  • Serve and enjoy!

Depending upon your preferences with the veggies (some like them soft and others prefer a bit of a crunch to it) you should cover the skillet to let it cook. This will cook the veggies faster and keep the heat where it needs to go. Again, the length of the cook time will vary depending upon your tastes.

On a side note: If you are cooking for four people or less I’d use smaller veggies. The photo above was made for about 10 people using one large zucchini and squash each. So if you are feeding just a few  folks (or in my case most days two people) it’s best to choose small veggies for this recipe.

The Daily Grind

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OK. So it’s not really about the daily grind. It’s a play on words. I drink coffee on a daily basis (some days it’s hourly) and I was grinding coffee today. Get it? The daily grind. 🙂

Our neighbors at Coffee Fest gave us a lot of coffee to bring back home and share. So I spent about an hour today grinding coffee to share amongst my co-workers. I would have spent more time grinding out coffee, but the grinder got too hot and I had to stop. 😦

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It was a process I found surprisingly calming and relaxing.

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Now the entire office smells like coffee and I love it!!

The Navy Pier – Chicago, IL

View of the Navy Pier from a hotel window.

View of the Navy Pier from a hotel window.

Black and white photo of the view walking along the Navy Pier.

Black and white photo of the view walking along the Navy Pier.

The Ferris Wheel at the Navy Pier.

The Ferris Wheel at the Navy Pier.

PSG 132 BChicago’s Navy Pier is more than a landmark.

The Ferris Wheel at the Navy Pier.

The Ferris Wheel at the Navy Pier.

It’s a place chocked full of history, colors, life, activity, food, and drinks. It’s truly a place to see, walk and smell.

The Navy Pier sits on Lake Michigan’s southwestern shore and has lived several lives, so to speak. It’s come full circle in that it still serves its original intent — a place for the public to gather for entertainment — after once falling into disuse.

Built in 1914 and opened to the public in 1916, the pier originally served as a place for deliveries and shipments as well as a public gathering site. At the time, it was the largest pier in the world and spanned a little more than one-half mile. It was visited annually by millions during its early existence, and in 1933, served as the location for the World’s Fair.

By 1941, though, the Pier was closed to the public and converted into a naval education and training center where it docked the USS Wolverine and the USS Sable as training carriers for the Navy. The pier also served as training classrooms and housing for servicemen stationed there. It’s during this phase of the pier’s life that it earned its well-known name.

By 1946, with the war over, the Navy Pier was turned back over to the city of Chicago.

From 1946 to 1965 the pier was used as classrooms for the University of Illinois. During this time it was also used for public events but once the University moved off the pier, it was essentially abandoned.

It wasn’t until the 1990s that the Pier took on the life we know of  today.

The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority took control of the pier in 1989 and after about $200 million worth of renovation, it reopened.

Today the Navy Pier boasts a Ferris Wheel, an IMAX Theater, Chicago’s Children Museum, and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. It has become a must see on the “to-do” lists of visitors worldwide.

The Coffee Fest in Chicago

These are a few images from Coffee Fest 2013 Chicago. The company I work for sponsored a booth and I was able to spend my weekend surrounded by all things coffee with as much of it as I wanted. Oh yea I was in Chicago for the event too! Not a bad way to spend a few days working. Enjoy the photos.

That's me at our booth at Coffee Fest.

That’s me at our booth at Coffee Fest.

Biscotti

Biscotti

Syrups and flavorings for drinks.

Syrups and flavorings for drinks.

Tea. Interesting names.

Tea. Interesting names.

Tea samples

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A re-purposed coffee bean bag turned into a bag. The fabric is also re-purposed.

A re-purposed coffee bean bag turned into a bag. The pink fabric is also re-purposed.

A re-purposed coffee bean bag turned into a bag. The fabric is also re-purposed.