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Pan-Seared Salmon with Creamy Mustard Sauce, Whole Wheat Spaetzle, and Roasted Mini Brussels Sprouts

Recently,  I enjoyed the best salmon I’ve ever had. That same evening I saw the best guitar performance ever. Who knew salmon and guitars would go so well together? That night I also had my first encounter with a YouTube sensation. I’ve been an enormous fan of Andy McKee for quite some time.  His song “She” played at our wedding. And if after that video, you still doubt his talent, please watch this.  Then pick your jaw back up off the ground and continue reading. I got to see this guy live, in person, at one of the best venues I’ve ever been to. If you’re in the Chicago area, I highly encourage you to check out Space.  It’s hip, cool, and intimate. Andy put on an amazing show and given his talent and rise to fame, he’s incredibly down to earth. Before the show, we ate at the adjoining restaurant, Union Pizzeria where I had some of the best salmon that’s ever passed my lips.  The salmon was simple but the flavors were spot on …






Farro & Flounder…Don’t Forget About Football!

I feel like I’m on the cusp. The cusp of that wonderful time of crunchy, fallen leaves, changing colors, and chili simmering on the stove. I didn’t need the air conditioning on the way home (or in the house once I got home for that matter!) and I didn’t regret my decision to wear jeans either.  Fall must be just around the corner… The biggest indicator of the beginning of fall is football. Tonight, my husband and I were having a deep discussion about the current era of quarterback legends and out of the blue he walked over and kissed me. “What was that for?!?”  I asked. “You’re a girl who knows about sports–enough to have a conversation and an opinion.  I just love that.  Oh, and you like to shoot guns.  I love that too.” He’s the cutest. Knowing that tonight was a big football night (even more so for the Cowboys fan aka my husband), I suggested he have leftover pizza for dinner.  Of course he agreed. I’m no dummy.  I know my …






Fish, Chips, and a Check off the Bucket List

Cheer-io! I promised some exciting news on Facebook earlier this week so here it is… Peanut Butter & Dill Pickles is hitting the road (well, actually the skies) and heading to… London, England for the 2012 Summer Olympics! I can’t describe how beyond excited I am! This trip has been in the works for some time and it still doesn’t feel real. Ever since I was a lil’ smack I’ve loved the Olympics. Chills for every Opening Ceremony. Watching Kerri Strug stick her vault landing on one foot and the Magnificent Seven taking home the gold. Seeing Michael Phelps shatter the medal record in Beijing. I smile just thinking about it. There really is something about the excitement that builds every two years while the whole world looks to a new city and the next round of athletes. Just being in the presence of an Olympic event has been at the top of my bucket list since I knew what a bucket list was. I dreamed of being Shannon Miller and nailing flips and twists on the floor …






Broiled Paprika Shrimp with Crispy Serrano Potatoes

There are moments in life when you don’t mind getting messy.  Now, I am a girl who likes pedicures and gets a high off of organization (my pantry, finally organized this weekend, is sparkling as we speak) but I also like getting down in the dirt.  I even completed a mud run with my sister.  *See exhibit A below* Normally I’m more of a “dainty” food eater but I make 2 exceptions:  BBQ ribs and these shrimp. My obsession lately is Pinterest (like the majority of the free world) and I came upon a recipe for broiled shrimp that made me want to lick my computer screen.  I’d never broiled shrimp before or prepared them “peel-on” but dang was it good.  My other obsession lately has been smoked paprika.  I’d made the shrimp several times as written on The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie (yes, this blog knows their shrimp!) and wanted to add some Spanish flair, which lead into the potatoes with serrano ham and oregano.   It’s important that the peel be on the shrimp while cooking–it does …