5 dishes to warm you up this winter

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Katelyn, from Attention To Eattail, provides five dishes to make this fall or winter in Chicago. 

1) Chicken Pot Pie

To me, this is the definition of a comforting dish during the colder months. Its something that is always, always better in its homemade version rather than in a restaurant. Check out my version of Ina Garten’s individual chicken pot pie on my blog. It’s so much better to have one all to yourself… 🙂
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2) Pumpkin Bread

I know pumpkin is probably the most popular fall flavor… everyone always starts posting pictures of pumpkin spice lattes before the leaves even begin to fall! Personally, my favorite way to consume this perfect fall flavor is in a piece of warm, freshly baked pumpkin bread. Spread some butter on a piece and just try not to eat another! I like this recipe from Food52 for a great homemade way…

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Hawaii Trip

I just returned from my week’s trip to Hawaii! The week went by so fast but it was one of the best vacations I have ever gotten to take! We stayed on the island of Oahu in the Waikiki area of Honolulu. We went surfing, sailed, went on a snorkeling adventure and a waterfall hike, relaxed by the beach and had some awesome meals. I ate my heart out with the fresh seafood and I got to try some local dishes that I’ve never had before. Here are some of the highlights:

Taking shade from the hot sun under some palm trees at the Waikiki Beach

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The beautiful Hanauma Bay where we went snorkeling

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Our sail trip. We saw some dolphins and sea turtles and took a dip in the middle of the ocean

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Monoa Falls Hike

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This blended coffee was called the Kona Mocha and had coconut and hazelnut blended into it. This was the first thing I had in Hawaii and I went back three times to get it again.

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Tuna Poke was one of the best foods I ate in Hawaii. The fish was really fresh and delicious that I ended up ordering it four different times! I think my favorite was the first one shown below that we got as an appetizer at a sushi restaurant called Daraku Sushi.

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Another local dish that I tried was the Acia Bowl that had blended and frozen acia berries, granola and fresh fruit. I ate this on the beach for breakfast on my last day and regretted not trying it earlier!

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Another great breakfast we had was at a local diner. We got the Coconut Pancake special which was tasty and tropical and quite filling.

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 The purple yam tempura that we got at Suntory Sushi was something I hadn’t seen before and was delish.

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Another great meal was the fish quesadillas with fruit salsa that we got from a Mexican place called Cha Cha Cha. The place had a wall of hot sauce that I was obviously intrigued by considering my large obsession with the condiment.

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But by far my favorite meal was the amazing Udon we had for lunch at Marakume Udon. This place had a line out the door everyday so we knew it had to be a must try. It was a little cafeteria style restaurant that served various hot and cold Udon noodle dishes. You could even watch the fresh noodles being made while standing in line. The dish that I ordered was called Ontama Udon and was served in a hot broth with a poached egg, scallions and tempura bits. We also got a variety of different tempura to go along with it.  We got the asparagus, sweet potato, pumpkin and mashed potato tempura and was served with a sweet dipping sauce. The place was also very cheap; the noodles were only $5.25. A must go if you are ever in Waikiki!

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And finally I have to pay homage to the tropical drinks we enjoyed. From the top left: Blue Hawaiian, Sea Breeze, Mai Tai and Lava FlowImage

Hawaii was such a great trip!! I cannot wait to go back one day in the future!

Good Eats of the Winter

Although the dreary March we’ve been having in Chicago doesn’t make me feel like Spring is near, it is indeed approaching! I am so excited for the warm weather to start showing up! Winter isn’t my favorite season, but I did enjoy quite a lot of taste bud pleasing meals and treats. Here are some of my favorite eats of this winter.

Breakfast Pizza at Tavern on Rush. So yummy! I am a huge proponent for runny yolks and this pizza was covered in it after we dug in.

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My roommate and I made this Toffee Bark for our Friendsgiving party. It was a huge hit! check out the recipe here: Chocolate Graham Toffee 

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Bruschetta Platter. I made this for our appetizer on Christmas day! Layer on the olive oil parmesan dip then pile your toast high with the balsamic tomatoes!

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Fried Egg Sandwich from Dunlay’s on Clark. One of my favorite brunch places in the city. They also have a great veggie burger!

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Jalapeno Popper Dip that I made for the Superbowl. I used the recipe from Brown Eyed Baker. It turned out spicy and warm and delicious. I will definitely use this recipe again!

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Veggie Quinoa with Goat Cheese. Healthy and satisfying.

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Table-side Gaucamole at Adobo Grill. I love this Mexican restaurant in the Old Town area. This gauc is so fresh and we asked for it extra spicy.

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Homemade Kuma’s Corner Burgers! Arguably the best burgers in the city of Chicago. The first one is The Iron Maiden with avocado, cherry peppers, pepper jack and chipotle mayo. The second one is The Mastadon with cheddar, BBQ sauce, Bacon and fried onions.

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The Breakfast Burrito at The Bongo Room in Wicker Park. This had guacamole, scrambled eggs and a bunch of cheese stuffed inside. YUM!

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Can’t wait to eat my way through Spring now….

Individual Chicken Pot Pies

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The first thing that comes to mind when I think Chicken Pot Pie is season 8 of Top Chef, when Carla Hall literally almost had a joyful heart attack upon learning that she’d be cooking chicken pot pie in that episode. She was going on and on about how she was going to cook that pie with so much love packed inside. Needless to say it bordered on the edges of hilarious and crazy…but she won!  And in a way she was right, chicken pot pie is one of those home-goodie kind of dishes that definitely makes a difference when its cooked with care. I went off of Ina Garten’s recipe in this post but used the store bought pie crust to cut down on the time. I liked the fact that each person got their own mini pot pie. It turned out delish and was certainly satisfying!

Individual Chicken Pot Pies

3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

5 cups chicken stock

2 chicken bouillon cubes

1 stick unsalted butter

2 cups yellow onions, chopped

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup heavy cream

2 cups carrots,chopped

1 (10-ounce) package frozen peas (2 cups)

1/2 cup minced fresh parsley leaves

1 package of prepared pie crust

1 egg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Boil the chicken breasts until cooked through, a little more than a half an hour. In a saucepan heat the chicken broth and add the chicken bouillon cubes until dissolved. In a large, deep skillet melt 1 stick of butter then cook over medium-low heat until onions are translucent, about 10-15 minutes. Add the flour and cook over low heat for two minutes, stirring constantly. Next, add the chicken stock and stir until smooth. Add carrots, peas, cooked chicken and parsley. Mix well.

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Spoon mixture into oven safe bowls. Place on cookie sheet.

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Cover with pie crusts and slit 2-3 small holes at the top for venting. Whisk one egg and white are combined. Brush the top of the pie crust with egg wash. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

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Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.

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Dig in and ENJOY!

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Red Pepper & Feta Dip

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This weekend I had all the college roommates over for our (late) Christmas gift exchange. Since I got a new food processor on Christmas morning I thought I’d try it out by making a dip. This one turned out well and it was really easy to make!

Red Pepper and Feta Dip

1 jar roasted red peppers

8 oz feta

1/2 cup almonds

1 bulb of garlic, roasted

Juice of 1 lemon

1/2 cup olive oil

Salt and Pepper

Combine all ingredients, except olive oil, into food processor and pulse. Add in olive oil slowly and pulse until smooth and well-combined. Season with salt and pepper and top with additional feta. Serve with pita chips or pita bread.

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Welcome to Attention to Eattail!

I’m Katelyn. I like the foodier things in life.

The good for you kinds of food…Image

…and the not so good for you kinds

ImageI am a firm believer in eating healthy but by no means do I live strictly on salads. Life is too short to not enjoy the sweeter, saltier and fattier things in life! And that is what this blog is all about. I will share my dining out and cooking adventures, showing how I eat healthy when it counts and splurging when I just can’t pass it up. And not to fret, everything will be DELISH!

Oh! And we won’t forget the vino!

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