This afternoon, the University of Illinois Athletic Department hosted Varsity "I" weekend, where they invite back all the former-athletes to campus for a series of festivities. They bring us down on the field before the game which is always fun, but this year they made our passes/lanyards a little bit more special by including a photo of everyone from their playing days. My dad and the Babe both came down on the field with me and we snapped a bunch of photos. I'll share those later.
Yes! That's me up there in the photo during (I think) my sophomore season posing for my personal photo right after the team photos. Look at those uniforms - no stripes on the pants. That was all the rage during the 90's.
Earlier this winter, I wrote about the old Lou Malnati's menu and mentioned that as I was waiting around for my pie to finish up, I spied an old Chicago Tribune article posted on the wall that included the original Lou Malnati's Italian Salad Dressing Recipe. The Tribune reporter called it "prized". We were set to host a little pizza party over the weekend, so I figured I'd give it a shot. Here's the article as seen through my mobile phone's camera.
I'm not a wine drinker, so the fact that the recipe called for Burgundy wine didn't strike me as odd. I went shopping at Angelo Caputos in Addison - a really incredible shopping experience - and when I got to the wine section I found Burgundy wine was carried ONLY in those HUGE jugs. And they were dirt cheap. The only issue is that needed just 4 ounces. We ended up with a whole-lotta-wine that Nat won't drink.
I've taken the recipe and modified it a bit by eliminating the percentages (60…
Back in November, I shared a moment of enlightenment about various styles/types of pizza. Specifically, after reading a book about pizza, I came across a list of terms defined including Sicilian and Grandma pizza styles. The 2 descriptions can be found on my post: Sicilian vs. Grandma Pizza.
Up until this week, the discussion was completely academic because I hadn't been to a place that had them side-by-side. That's no longer the case. While in NYC this week, I stopped by a slice joint and came across both of them right next to each other. That's the Sicilian on the right and the Grandma on the left. With both, you pick your slice and they throw it into a faux-wood-burning oven that is really just an open gas burner to reheat your slice. I really don't love this whole reheating process, but it seems it is the way New Yorkers roll. See how much thinner the Grandma pie is? They're both cut into "squares" - really rectangles - and the edges are crisp…
Tears and tantrums were in full effect as we walked by, stopped and then moved on from this Princess fairytale castle at Costco. Both of the girls were doing their best to make me bring this monstrosity come home with us. It is meant to be used outside, but in our old house, we had a plastic version of a building like this in our basement, so I suppose you could easily bring this inside and use it your basement.
At $429.99, it seems pricey to me, but your kids will love the styling and details. It has a bunch (9!) of turrets and even a musical door knocker. At 78" long and 95.5" tall, you need a pretty good size spot to keep this thing in or else you'll be squeezing past it whenever you go by it in your basement.
It comes in a pretty bib cube of a cardboard box that doesn't appear to be able to fit into most cars but would probably fit into most SUV trunks with the 3rd row down or our minivan with the 3rd row down.
Alas...this didn't work for us right now…