While I haven’t been living in the city for very long, I somehow forgot how dark the suburbs are once the sun goes down. There are no streetlights, no bright billboards, it’s just plain old dark. So dark that I need an actual headlight to walk the dogs in the morning and at night. I don’t even care that I got a few random looks. How do people out here walk their pups otherwise?! And why did I not remember this?
Category Archives: Recipe
The last time we attempted to cook something for dinner, it took several hours and we didn’t have all the right tools. Although it came out quite tasty, I was on the look out for something just a little easier. And so I came across this sesame beef stir-fry recipe from Cooking Light. It took no more than a half an hour and was just the change we needed.
A little while back my cousin and I embarked on a journey to experience Hyde Park at dinnertime. Over the last few months I’ve made it into this south side neighborhood twice (here and here), but our restaurant pick this time was the best yet.
After checking out the quaint little eateries on 57th Street, we settled for Medici on 57th. From the homey, old school vibe of the exposed brick with messages from long ago to the plethora of students and professors, this place was definitely a hit. Between her Spinach Goat Cheese pizza and my California Wrap, neither of us left hungry.
For months my mom has been telling me about the rainbow butter cake my grandma used to make, and how delicious it was. The concept seemed intriguing and I began to feel jealous that my gram had never before made it for me. So in an attempt to learn myself we scheduled a baking day with my aunt for this past Saturday. Although we never got around to making the cake and will have to reschedule, I can only hope it will turn out something like this:
Check out the recipe!
RAINBOW BUTTER CAKE
1 cup butter
1 ½ cups sugar
4 eggs (5 if small)
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
3 ¼ cups flour
1 cup milk
4 teaspoons single-acting baking powder
1 tablespoon double-acting baking powder
Cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs and beat five minutes or until fluffy. Add flavoring. Add combined flour and baking powder alternately with milk. Beat only until smooth – do not overbeat.
Separate batter into three portions and color with red, green, and yellow (or colors of your choice) food coloring.
Grease angel food cake pan well on bottom and around tube – lightly on sides – sprinkle with flour.
Pour red into the tube pan, then green, then yellow.
Pan should be a little more than half full.
Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes. Then raise to 375 degrees and bake 15 to 20 minutes longer – or until a cake tester comes out clean.
If anyone out there feel ambitious enough to make this cake, I would love to see photos!