Readers are hereby warned. This is a sampling of thoughts today. Nothing in-depth.

Yesterday, I went to Beer Under Glass, which is a beer fest at Garfield Park Conservatory here in Chicago. I believe it’s also a fundraiser for the conservatory, but I’m not totally positive. I hope so; it’s a pretty cool place. And, frankly, the best of it’s kind I’ve attended. The space to spread out makes it decidedly more comfortable, and the venue was gorgeous and educational. Just my kind of thing.

I have two draft posts ready to go, almost. They’ve been ready to go for well over a week. Unfortunately, one needs FILM photos, of all things, scanned in and the other just needs Bill and I to discuss it and we’ve not made time. I think you all will see them next week. Assuming I can find the photo albums.

It’s Chicago Craft Beer Week. That means I’m extra-obsessed with beer, as there’s a bunch of special events going on. I’ll try not to bore the non-beer drinkers with too much of this.

I’ve been cooking, some. It’s the time of year when the CSA is largely lettuce. You know what isn’t delicious? Hot lettuces. So, I have salad on my mind. Salad can be delicious, but I don’t have a lot of creativity when it comes to them. So if you all would, again, share your favorite salad recipes, I’d appreciate it. I’m also going to see if I can dig up the last post where I asked for this. There were a lot of good things in the comments.

I have been, of late, surprisingly tempted by the pre-cut fruits at the grocery store. Particularly the pineapple. I’m not sure why this is. I mean, other than the fact that pineapple is often delicious.

I’m probably making carrot soup tonight. It was pretty good the last time I made it, but I’d like it to be better. We’ll see. I’m considering steaming some asparagus to go with it, because asparagus is delicious.

I’m rereading a book called Fading Feast and trying, again, to read a book called Renewing America’s Food Traditions. The publication dates are 1998 and 2008, respectively, though most of what was written in Fading Feast was published in the late 1970s and early 1980s. I think it’ll be interesting to see the difference time and perspective makes on what foods we should be “saving and savoring”, as Renewing puts it.

Finally, I kind of wish we could be Amazon affiliates again. It only made us about $1.50, but that’s $1.50 we didn’t have before the blog. That said, without that and with my aversion to advertising, at least it’s pretty clear that most of what this blog does for me is let me talk about things I want to talk about. So, for $1.50, maybe it’s a wash

2 thoughts on “Ramblings

  1. My favorite salad is one I learned when I worked at Ruby K’s in Los Alamos. Take spring mix, cut with romaine if desired (read: if on budget) then add walnut halves, dried cranberries and top with grilled chicken. Now add toasted sesame dressing.

    We were constantly running to the store for walnuts, this sold like hotcakes. 🙂

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