Home Cookin’

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Hello from Stockholm!  I’m sitting here in my dorm room finishing some breakfast (it’s 9am here).  So far everything has gone really well, but I’ll get more into that later.

I have a few more things from home (Chicago) to share!

On my way home from the secretary of State office (new 21+ ID!), I stopped for a quick lunch at Protein Bar.  They have lots of healthy, high protein meals, made with real food!

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Green juice and quinoa chili bowl for me.

More snuggle-puppy time!

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I miss this already.

I am now the proud owner of this baby!

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It really is fantastic for travel.  I did not take a single real book with me, and it saved me so much space and trouble.

Brunch with high school friends, at Toast.  Unfortunately I had just come back from a 5.5 mile run and ate a big breakfast right after, so I wasn’t super hungry for brunch.

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But the baby spinach & beet salad I got was delicious!  They had really good coffee, too – I definitely overdid the caffeine that day.

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One of my friends got their signature stuffed french toast! One strawberry, one mascarpone, one chocolate.  The mascarpone was the best.

It snowed in chicago!

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This is nothing compared to what we usually get.  Sad winter.

Cooking with Mom!  Definitely going to miss that.

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On the menu – kale and pumpkin seed risotto, roasted fennel and squash.  the squash was frozen to start, and I definitely didn’t cook it enough.  Sad day.  But the rest was fantastic!

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Snow at night.

Then, for my last night at home, we had some family over for a lovely dinner.  Mom and I cooked, again.

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Nice big salad, with whole foods fennel and artichoke salad mixed in.

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Toppings for the main meal…

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Mexican hot chocolate snicker doodles for dessert. And…

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And for dinner – red wine and chocolate-chip black bean chili (veg)!  We used this recipe, one of many that my mom had in her collection of chili recipes.  It was delicious! Seriously, the chocolate adds a really great flavor element.

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Topped with greek yogurt (and a little cheese) for me.  Greek yogurt = healthier, tastier alternative to sour cream.

Now, I’m off to run around Stockholm city to register for my classes!

Do cook with your parents at home?

Favorite chili recipe?


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10 thoughts on “Home Cookin’

  1. Ashley Pomes

    That is great you made it to Stockholm all safe and sound. Enjoy your time there :) That chilly looks so delicious and perfect for the cold winter days ahead. I love cooking with my parents, mom mostly but when I was younger I would cook some things like homemade pizza with my dad :)
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