missing chicago & pistachio cherry icebox cookies

I spent all of this past weekend – and then some – in the Windy City for work. And, while I missed the daily hugs and kisses of my family, I basked in the peacefulness of a silent hotel room for three restful nights. I ate very well while I was in Chicago. Too well, actually.

With a group of good friends, I sampled the shared plates at Perennial Virant. The morels in a cream sauce were a distinct highlight. I satisfied my craving for Thai food twice, at Baisi Thai during a shopping excursion and then at Star of Siam, where my dining partner and I accidentally swapped plates. I neglected to point out the error, mostly because I’d fallen in love with the Pad Khee Mao that he had ordered but that I ended up eating [sorry, Brian – hope you enjoyed my Pad Thai.]. The bartender at Lula Cafe kept my glass of Rosé filled as we waited for our friends to join us for what turned out to be a wonderful dinner. Morels made a second and much-loved appearance, this time in the form of chicken-fried morels in a pasta dish with duck confit. At the Publican, my sister and brother-in-law savored a leisurely brunch, filled with wine-poached eggs and a heavenly plate of maple-syrup braised pork belly. That pork belly has not left my mind since.

But, alas. The trip is over and the week is underway.

I have cookies to share, though, and cookies always brighten up the week. I’m guest posting over at A Thought for Food today, and I’m so thankful that Brian asked me to join him there. He’s got a lovely blog, filled with his beautiful photography and approachable and elegant recipes. So, please, go take a look at his site, and find the recipe for these Pistachio Cherry Icebox Cookies there.


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4 Responses to “i’ll still make pie”

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    Kristen — August 24, 2014 @ 10:39 am

    3 years later I still find myself emotionally eating… Why do we believe that helps?
    Hugs and love and I love this pie!

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    Liren — August 24, 2014 @ 1:48 pm

    How could anyone stay away – Louie would be a fool to not come back to the love and good food! He’s definitely living the good life…for a cat 🙂

    I hear you on the emotional eating – I find myself doing that every so often – and it must be curbed. My husband and I were just talking about how we need to rid the house of the excess sugar, especially with Halloween around the corner (it won’t be long). But there are some things you just have to make, and I would agree, pie is one of them.

    p.s. Love those TJ’s morello cherries!

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    Paula — September 1, 2014 @ 8:26 am

    With dessert like this being brought to them, your friends and colleagues are going to enjoy you being on this clean-eating bandwagon. I wish you and your family all this best with it and really admire that you are swearing off the sugars, high fats and carbs for awhile. You’re a better & stronger woman that I and that’s the truth!

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    Lucy — September 3, 2014 @ 2:22 pm

    Beautiful pie…I will have to try those Trader Joe’s cherries. I’m so envious of your galette’s prettiness. I’ve been working on a peach and blackberry galette all summer and just cannot get it where I want it. All the juice keeps seeping out all over my parchment. Still tastes good but not very pretty. So more pie/galette baking is in store for me. Good luck with the early morning workouts 🙂

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