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The most amazing Double Tomato Bruschetta!
Appetizers / Carmen's cookbook / Vegetarian recipes

The most amazing Double Tomato Bruschetta!


An avid Italian enthusiast, I obviously love Italian food.  One of my favorite appetizers is bruschetta.  I searched Chicago for Italian restaurants that served bruschetta (with the right ingredients and same deliciousness I experienced in Rome) for a long time and never quite found the flavor I loved so much.  While searching through recipes, I … Continue reading

Uphill battle
On my mind / The dark before the dawn

Uphill battle


Given my health troubles this year, everything seems to be an uphill battle.  Things are foggier when you aren’t feeling well.  Food doesn’t taste as good.  Your throat hurts.  Walking becomes a struggle.  The stomach pain is excruciating.  And the insomnia is powerful enough to make the Pizza Boomerang man topple. I’ll be honest—it’s been … Continue reading

Solo ’80s party
Art, theatre, & music / Books, movies, & TV / Dance / Love & family / On my mind

Solo ’80s party


For the past few weeks I’ve been fantasizing a lot about life in the ’80s—a world of leg warmers, neon aerobic wear, glam metal, poofy hair, and ’80s infused pop at its finest. I’ve even played ’80s songs at work, shamelessly head bopping to the beat the few times I’ve been alone at the office. … Continue reading