Portobella Mushroom Pizza

After a two-hour saga cleaning the living room carpet, I repeat, cleaning the living room carpet, Ms. Jennifer Ann Fenton got to work in the kitchen…

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…chopping tomatoes, onions, leeks and the other glorious “pizza” fillings. While a rather straightforward recipe, this one required a good 30 minutes of chopping vegetables. The CSC roommates got busy with this…

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…and by 9:00, dinner was served!

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Now, you might think this post is going to be short and sweet. But you would be wrong. That’s because today was one of the most gorgeous days of 2013 in Chicago. So obviously, the thought of going down the street to Dairy Queen came up more than once. When we finished stuffing our faces with vegetables, it became clear DQ was on everyone’s mind.

Being that it was already a late dinner, we weren’t sure it would still be open. But oh, it was. For 15 more minutes. Needless to say, the residents of the CSC have never mobilized so quickly.

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No time to clear the table. EVERYBODY GET YOUR FLIP FLOPS.

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(Impossible to not get a blurry photo.)

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aaand BINGO.

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Tay’s Thai Lettuce Wraps

Ladies and gentlemen, our dearest Taylor Ann Jacobson is BAAAAAACK! After six weeks of physical therapy, she has healthy gimp (and a cane to assist with walking).

Considering her improved condition, we put her to work in the kitchen.

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First, the rice noodles and peanut sauce needed to be prepared…

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…and the lettuce wraps were rinsed and refrigerated…

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…and within minutes, Tay hobbled into the living room to prepare this fabulous spread…

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…and to each there own when it came to assembling these fabulous wraps…

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…MMMMMMMMMM. (Way better than the Cheesecake Factory!)

Of course there was this…

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…and we were serenaded to this lovely piece.

Good work, Taylor!

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Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers

There was no roaster involved in the cooking of this meal, which was brought to you by Ms. Nicole L. Jolin.

First, she sliced the top off of the bell peppers and black beans started raining all over her…

[There is no picture of the chef this week, as she threatened to “slice” anyone who attempted to snap a shot.]

… ok, down to business. The appetizer.

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…black bean, avocado, corn, cilantro, red onion dip (clever, right?) with corn chips.

For the main dish… Nicole tossed a few sliced onions in the water and boiled the quinoa. She went on to chop up some of her vegetable friends…sautéed mushrooms and jalepeños with some spices… combined it all…

… then she DRANK THREE of THESE

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…filled the peppers with the quinoa/vegetable mixture, sprinkled a bit of mozzarella over the top and…

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… VOILA!

Zou Bisou Bisou.

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Healthy Mexican Lasagna

Tonight’s dish is brought to you by Rebecca L. Vevea. After countless hours slaving away with a knife, cutting board and bottle of this…

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…Ms. Vevea assembled this fine Mexican Lasagna, with whole wheat tortillas, black beans, peppers, onions, corn, and Rotel, while…

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…her starving roommates kept their stomachs quiet with the following…

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…until, voila, Mexican Lasagna!

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And as required by CSC law, the song of the night was none other than Mr. Frank Sinatra…

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Roasted Acorn Squash Risotto

Tonight’s dish is brought to you by Mr. Stephen W. Delaney…

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…this Roasted Acorn Squash Risotto required constant attention, much like Stephen himself…

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…stirring it every 20 minutes was no easy feat, but as he waited for the last cup of broth to dissolve, Mr. Delaney magically created this Roasted Asparagus

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…and as per the rules, we quickly finished one of these…

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…and listened to this gem.

The next meal is Monday, April 15, brought to you by Rebecca L. Vevea.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: CSC resident Nicole L. Jolin is joining the CSC Cooks adventure. She will become fully-certified when she cooks dinner next Thursday. Also, our other roommate, the opera-singer-turned-gimp, Taylor A. Jacobson will be participating as soon as she regains her full ability to walk.

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