bon week-end!

Is anyone else getting excited for tulip season?! Not to rush the daffodils—whom I love very much—but last fall I planted an ambitious number of bulbs (plenty for me and for the hungry woodland critters) and the buds are finally beginning to peek out of the leaves. Checking their progress each morning makes me giddy.

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Sip | Julia’s Martini + Wild and Wonderful Travel in 2019

Still Life with Fruit, oil on panel , 1675, by JACOB VAN WALSCAPELLE
Dutch, 1644-1727
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

TRAVEL MORE. That was my main 2019 resolution. It was a wise one, it turns out, as this has been one miserable winter in Chicago! Though we’ve barely entered March, I’ve been out of town more than I’ve been home. In the last four weeks alone I’ve spent long stretches in Colorado, the Keys, and Washington D.C. All regular haunts for me, but OH MY is that about to change.

Beaver Creek with the birthday boy
Ocean Reef antics
Rye Manhattans and cat bingo…Saturday night with my sister and three-year-old nephew
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In Season | Roasted Buttercup Squash and Soba Noodle Salad with Creamy Miso Ginger Dressing

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This is one of my favorite summer-into-autumn dishes, when the low-slung sun and cooler nights are teasing the coming season but the days’ warmth reminds us that summer isn’t quite ready to let go. Hardy winter squash made its first appearance at the farmers’ market today, giving me serious cravings for the creamy miso and ginger laced soba noodles, crispy carrot chips, juicy tart apples, and sweet roasted squash in this recipe. Continue reading “In Season | Roasted Buttercup Squash and Soba Noodle Salad with Creamy Miso Ginger Dressing”