Last November, I scouted some after-the-fact Halloween decor sales and came up with a few nice treasures. I've decided that if I am diligent and buy things that didn't sell after the holiday(s) and I pack them away with the rest of the holiday-themed things, when we unpack the following years, we get a few surprises from things that I forgot we bought. So, in a sense, it feels like we have some brand-new things!
This bird, came from the Martha Stewart Collection from 2010 and I forgot that I bought it for Nat. He's taken a great spot on our mantle and will stand guard throughout the Halloween season.
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…
We made our way to the happiest place on earth this weekend - Menards - and found their entire Halloween display up and running. One thing I noted is that they've expanded their blowmold collection. It seemed like they downsized their inflatables at the same time.
See those pumpkins on the second shelf? The two on the right (grey and white) have a glitter on them. They're pretty neat. The cute ghost on the bottom and the witch on the top are the same ones they had last year. They did, however add some black lawn flamingos. See them on the top right in the boxes?
I still don't think we'll be getting any blowmolds this year, but I hope to add to our yard display, though! Those details to come!
Last week, I was in the Elmhurst Lou Malnati's picking up a pie and noticed that they're NOW selling a bottled version of their salad dressing they've called "Lou Malnati's Sweet Vinaigrette". That's the second consumer packaged good they have in their take-out shops - with the first being Lou Malnati's Tomatoes. They sell it in 16 oz jars.
I didn't catch a price, but I did catch a photo of the ingredient list.
Hmmm...comparing that to the Lou Malnati's salad dressing recipe, it seems that there are a few differences. First, the bottled dressing uses corn oil (listed first) and olive oil (listed way down), while the recipe posted in the Tribune back 40+ years uses olive oil. The bottled dressing also has mustard, "natural flavors" and a few different preservat…