Soup, Salad, and Garlic Bread

Soup is one of my favorite things, especially during winter time.  Usually I make a huge pot of soup, freeze half, and enjoy left overs for about a week. But tonight I was a bit lazy and heated up some canned soup.  I love the Amy’s brand Alphabet soup because it is the ultimate comfort food and makes me feel like a kid again.  I paired this with an arugula salad, which I spiced up with shredded rosemary Asiago cheese and a lemon chive dressing (also from Amy’s).  I also made some homemade garlic bread using a freshly baked baguette, some butter, and garlic powder.  It was an awesome meal.  For desert, I had a Cherry Orchard Yoplait yogurt, my favorite flavor.  I am also thinking about making some hot apple cider when I come back from walking my dog, Jersey.

For me, this meal is a perfect illustration of how I have become an unwitting vegetarian.  The meat at the local market is extraordinarily expense (a pound of chicken is over $5) and I refuse to buy it.  To be honest, after such a nice meal I really don’t miss having meat. I will order a meat dish when going out to dinner, but when I cook at home it is almost always vegetarian.

Jan. 7th: Introduction and Sushi

shrimp tempura rolls

Hello, I am Christina and I am a second year doctoral student at the University of Chicago. I wanted to participate in the blog to add a grad student’s perspective to meals and cooking. There won’t really be any of my own pictures because I don’t own a picture-taking apparatus, so we will just have to use our imaginations. 🙂

After an enormously stressful flight back to the US and getting myself situated into another hectic quarter at the University of Chicago, I thought I deserved a little treat. There is a fantastic sushi place close to my house that serves incredible food. I got myself some shrimp tempura maki and some spring rolls and had a delightful meal. I love this restaurant because they give you plenty of eel sauce and spicy mayo- YUM!