146: Deep dish pizza

(The pond at sunrise this morning.)

It’s a pretty day here in the Bogs.  The sun has been shining with only a few thin clouds streaked across the sky.  The wind has finally settled down and is coming to us from the south.  Nice.  It’s a little chillier than it has been the past few days, but that won’t last long.  We start warming up again tomorrow.

(Early sign of spring.)

The pussy willow is showing some early signs of spring.  Maybe.  I’m not sure.  Those fuzzy things might be left over from the warm-up we had in November.  I’m going to take the optimistic approach and think of them as an indication that spring will be arriving soon.

There is also this to consider:

(What happens under the snow — the secret revealed!)

The earth has been awakening under all that snow.  Now that the snow is melting, we can start to see what’s been happening.  Those bright, spring-green things are new growth.  The crocuses, maybe.  Or some other bulb sending up shoots.

It was very nice to see some new green growth.  Of course this makes it official — I have spring fever.  No doubt about it.

Day 5 of the 10-day yoga challenge was completed early this morning.  I am enjoying both the yoga and the early morning.  It’s nice to be up to watch the sunrise.

I promised you all a Chicago-style deep dish pizza recipe so let’s get to it.  I originally got the recipe from a Chicago newspaper that attempted to come up with recipes for the three most famous pizza styles in Chicago.  This one is supposed to replicate Pizzeria Uno’s style and flavor (before they became a franchise, when the flavor was still good).

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Last night in Chicago

(152:  Fountain in Millennium Park.  Photo © 2009 by Robin)

It’s our last night in Chicago and I’m more than ready to go home.  It’s been great fun but I am worn out.

I spent a good portion of today at the Art Institute of Chicago (and walking to and from as it is a little bit of a walk from where we’re staying).

(Front of the Art Institute of Chicago. Photo © 2009 by Robin)

I’d go into great detail about it all except I am completely knackered.  Just a few notes and then I’m off to bed.

(American Gothic, on display at the Art Institute of Chicago.)

Dinner last night was great.  Giordano’s never disappoints and the company was good, too.  We had a stuffed cheese pizza with spinach.  Yummy.

(Giordano’s on Rush Street on Tuesday night. Photo © 2009 by Robin)

Tonight M and I went to Russian Tea Time to cap off our trip to Chicago.  It was also a late celebration of our anniversary, something we’ve put off for almost two months.  We celebrated our 33rd wedding anniversary.  The food and service were fantastic.  We ordered the vegetarian platter for two:

Begins with a tasting of potato dumplings, stuffed mushrooms, carrot salad, beet caviar, hummus,  Tabouhlie and vinaigrette salads. Followed by an assortment of our finest vegetarian fare; stuffed eggplant, stuffed bell pepper, vegetable layered stew (Domlama), mung bean stew, Chickpea and onion stew, rice pilaf and kasha.

We also tried a vodka flight, since we were celebrating and all.  😀  And ended with bread pudding and tea for dessert.

We walked back, but it wasn’t enough to walk off all that food.  I think I’m going to feel stuffed for weeks.  I am looking forward to going on a diet when I get home.

And that’s it from Chicago.  The next time you hear from me I will be back in the Bogs where we might just settle in for a while except for the occasional weekend trip to visit our granddaughters.