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The Irish Boutique is an Irish import store that has been located in the Chicago land area for over 40 years.  The shop stocks a variety of products ranging from Irish jewelry, crystal, china, food, sweaters, caps, t-shirts and a wide variety of Irish gifts. 

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What I Would Do With a Day in Long Grove and the Best BBQ Chicken

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The other night we were out to dinner with some friends and they mentioned wanting to come to Long Grove sometime to check out the town. Paul and I are always thinking and talking about Long Grove and the stores.  It’s so much a part of just being in this family that I don’t always experience Long Grove the way I should when I’m there.

We fall so easily into our routine of stopping by Paddy’s and the Boutique with the kids then heading straight to Grandpa’s.  I have to remind myself to take some time and hang out in Long Grove. A couple of weeks ago we were leaving Chocolate Fest and, in our attempt to avoid traffic, ended up driving around the residential areas of Long Grove. I never realized how beautiful it is.  I never took the time to really look. 

Next time I’m in Long Grove I plan on leaving myself a few hours to shop and just be a tourist. Here’s my short list of places that I want to check out.

The Olive Tap

The Olive Tap, which is right next to Paddy’s, is a place I’ve been shopping for years. They always have ten things I need and I love tasting all of the different oils and vinegars.

Broken Earth Winery

Long Grove has a winery.  I cannot believe I haven’t been there yet. Located in the Mill Pond Shops, they have wine, craft beer, cheese and charcuterie, live music and host special events. They have a shop, a tasting room, private event space and a really cute patio. Sounds like the perfect place to refuel after a morning of hitting the shops. 

Galena Canning Company

Ok. I just checked their website and it says that they have been open since 2014. See what I mean? I’ve looked in the windows of this store so many times but I’ve never been inside. It’s a treasure trove of sauces, dips, spreadables, seasonings and rubs, sauces and toppings. Just the place to stock my pantry.

Scout and Forge

Scout and Forge is a vintage store, full of beautifully restored pieces from jars and signs to lights and furniture. I love it! Have you ever watched the show “American Pickers”? Walking into Scout and Forge is like seeing the goods the guys on that show find, all shined up and restored.  Matt and Meg  breath new life into discarded American artifacts with a sound cleaning and conditioning, or by completely re-purposing something into a “new” unique, one-of-a-kind, quality piece. They get their hands dirty so you don’t have to.  Paul bought me a lantern from here for Christmas and it makes me so happy.

Besides planning my Long Grove itinerary, I’ve been cooking a bit, outdoors. The other night I made Kevin Gillespie's BBQ chicken, a family favorite.  I have never seen my kids eat so much protein in my life. You can find the recipe here. It’s so good.

Cauliflower “Fried Rice”

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Hello there! We've had such nice weather here in Chicago. Although summer doesn’t officially start for another couple of weeks, it feels like it’s already here. We bought a giant inflatable pool for the kids and finally planted some herbs and vegetables outside. I’ve lived in the Midwest long enough that I no longer really mind winter, I even enjoy some of its comforts, but summer is still where it’s at. I’m so excited to eat most of our meals outside and to pack picnic dinners for the park this year.  

Also, I LOVE our house in the summer. It’s hard to explain, but the layout makes it almost feel like you are outside when the windows are open. The house has old bones but it was redone before we bought it in 2012.  Now, instead of the traditional bungalow style with several individual rooms on the ground floor, it’s all open.  It’s breezy and bright, and usually full of the sounds of little ones going back and forth from the yard - all covered in sand and water.  Naturally, all of this makes it easier to enjoy cooking inside, even when it’s beautiful out there.

Recently, I made this delicious, yet almost embarrassingly healthy meal for myself.

It was a combination of prepared fish and vegetables that I bought at the Korean grocery store and a new creation, one that I will make again and again.  Cauliflower “fried rice”.  Truthfully, I wasn’t trying to be so virtuous. This recipe was born out of necessity.

I was all set with my prepared foods from the Korean store and some brown rice in the rice cooker.  I  chopped up a shallot, some garlic and green onion to make a quick fried rice when, 40 minutes later, the rice was still cooking and I was STARVING. I had some frozen riced cauliflower from Trader Joe’s in the freezer so I grabbed that and a frying pan, and got to work. Within about five minutes I had this lovely “fried rice” and my brown rice was still nowhere near ready.  

I could eat this stuff with an egg on it for breakfast, in a salad, with some Japanese curry (yum!), or Vietnamese pork chops, even meatballs and sauce.  It's unbelievably versatile.  

Here’s how you do it.

Cauliflower “Fried Rice”

Serves 4

1 tsp vegetable oil

1 tsp sesame oil

3 heads of garlic, minced

1 shallot, minced

3 green onions, chopped

Salt to taste

1 bag of riced cauliflower*, defrosted and drained if frozen

1 cup peas, defrosted and drained if frozen (I usually just run hot water over them to defrost)

*You can buy this either fresh or frozen at Trader Joe’s.  You can also make it yourself by taking a head of cauliflower and blitzing it in your food processor until the pieces approximate the size of grains of rice.

Heat oils over medium high heat in large pan. Add riced cauliflower and saute about 3 minutes.  Add garlic and shallot and cook about 2 minutes.  Add peas and saute until warmed through, about 1-2 more minutes. Add salt to taste.  Voila! That’s it.

Now go outside and play! 

Road Trip and Best 99

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Because any stroller can be a double stroller.  Especially when you're on vacation. 

Because any stroller can be a double stroller.  Especially when you're on vacation. 

We took a little road trip last weekend to Madison, Wisconsin, land of ice cream and cheese.  Sometimes all of the preparation, planning and transportation involved in traveling with small children makes it seem hardly worthwhile. This, fortunately, was not true of our mini-trip to Madison.  We played it by ear and it was actually low stress and quite fun.  

When Emmett fell asleep on the way to dinner we went with it and discovered that he could sleep, sitting upright on his dad’s lap, in a crowded, noisy dining room - no problem. When the kids all woke up at an ungodly hour, I got them in the car and headed out to Greenbush Bakery which, thankfully, opened at 6:00 a.m.  We got there just as the doors were being unlocked and selected donuts with chocolate and sprinkles and an apple fritter the size of my head.  They were amazing.  We even made it home with one diaper to spare (I had been worried about not packing enough diapers, but when we got home and unloaded the trunk I realized we had an entire bulk box of them in the back. Go figure).  

While we were there we went to the Dane County Farmer’s Market, UW and hit up a great pizza joint called Salvatore’s Tomato Pies.  At UW, we stopped at Babcock Hall Dairy Store for ice cream.  Babcock Hall Dairy store is located in the Dairy Plant on the west side of campus. Attached to the ice cream store is a viewing gallery where you can see the ice cream being made.  Since 1951, UW has been making ice cream, cheese and other dairy products on campus.  The agricultural sciences portion of the campus is pretty cool if you have any interest in that sort of thing. Huge greenhouses occupy much of the plant sciences building and they have a whole building dedicated to dairy cows in addition to the dairy plant.

Where the magic happens. 

Where the magic happens. 

Of course hiding under this old desk was more fun than all of the fancy ice cream churners in the world. 

Of course hiding under this old desk was more fun than all of the fancy ice cream churners in the world. 

Back in Ireland, another dairy story was unfolding.  The Barry family store was basking in the glory of being named the best “99 in County Louth” as a result of a poll conducted by the Dundalk Democrat.  A 99 (I should have included it in this post about Irish slang) is an ice cream cone, usually soft-serve, with a Cadbury flake stuck in the middle. Apparently, Barry’s edged out its closest competition by 2% for the win.  It was a proud moment for the family as demonstrated via illustration below.  

Congratulations Barry's! We're looking forward to getting one of those award-winning 99s next time we are in Ireland.