Lamb Loin Chops and Spaghetti Squash

We recently bought a Groupon for $20 for $40 of groceries at Fox & Obel, and decided to use it on some really good cuts of meat. We landed on the lamb loin chops, which certainly did not disappoint.

I did a really simple preparation of the lamb using ingredients we had around the apartment starting with a garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper “rub.”


I then seared the lamb in some olive oil for two minutes on each side, until the outside was brown and charred. After setting the meat aside to rest, I added some more olive oil, minced garlic and onions – making sure to scrape the bottom of the pan to get up any of the left behind fat.


Once the onions were cooked, I added a bit more olive oil, water and a pinch of flour to thicken up the sauce. Then I returned the chops to the pan, coverd and simmered on low heat for 30-40 minutes.

While the meat was cooking, I worked on the spaghetti squash. If you haven’t seen this vegetable before, it’s usually found in the produce section near the other squash. Here’s what is looks like…



Cooking spaghetti squash is really simple. Just cut it in half and cook (with the inside part on the greased pan) for 40 minutes. Once cooled, take a fork and scrape the inside of the squash so you get “spaghetti.”


The shredded squash tastes surprisingly a LOT like real pasta. With just 42 calories per cup it is so much healthier than spaghetti. You can cook the squash with any sauce, toppings or seasonings you like. I chose crispy pancetta, butter and plain old S&P.

I had to include one food-porn shot of the pancetta cooking. YUMMMM


The results were perfectly tender, juicy lamb and “al dente” spaghetti squash with lots of savory, salty pancetta. I only wish there was more meat on the lamb! I could have eated it all night.


I think I found my favorite vegetable…spaghetti squash is awesome! Have you guys tried it before?

The Last Few Days…

In the last few days leading up to our wedding, I’ve gotten a lot of well-wishes and advice from other former brides. The one thing they all say is “try to soak up as much as you can, it goes by SO FAST!”

I have no doubt that this weekend will breeze by in a flash, so I’m going to do my best to take their advice to heart. Exactly how I’ll do it is another question. I can’t help but think of Pam on The Office and the “mental snapshots” she took throughout her and Jim’s wedding.

But beyond the events of the weekend, I am wondering how I am going to feel. I’ve heard two different takes on the wedding day from former brides:

  1. “It was the best day of my life!”
  2. “I couldn’t wait for my wedding to be over! It was just stressful and not fun for me at all.”

One of my biggest fears is that I’ll end up feeling like the second example, anxious and stressed on Saturday instead of relaxed and happy. We’re in a really good position with the little details and last minute stresses, but it still worries me.

I’m going to ask my bridesmaids and family to do their best to stay calm and relaxed, because I think they’re demeanor will rub off on me. I’m also going to keep reminding myself that it’s ONE DAY and it doesn’t have to be “THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE,” because that’s a lot to live up to.

What I’m expecting in all honesty is an array of emotions from joyful and excited, to stressed and even sad when it’s all over. Through it all I will try to remember what it’s all about, my love for Luke and our commitment to each other.

Do you guys have any tips for staying sane on my wedding day? How can I make the most of the short 24 hours?

Flowers to Swoon Over

This weekend Luke and I paid a visit to a florist here in Chicago called Asrai Garden. Elizabeth, the owner, came as a recommendation from our photographer Jeremy Lawson. Her store is absolutely gorgeous!


As soon as I stepped in, I could tell Asrai Garden’s style was right up my alley- rustic, whimsical, down to earth. It also appeared that we were fated to work with them after I learned that Elizabeth and I have some very strange name similarities:

My name: Elizabeth Anne Cron

Her name: Elizabeth Anne Cronin

My unique soon-to-be married name: Elizabeth Anne Batman

Her unique soon-to-be married name: Elizabeth Anne Kitchen

lol! We definitely had a good laugh over our similar names, although she admitted I won the most bizarre married last name contest. =)

On to the flowers! I brought with me a cover of Town & Country Weddings that showed this gorgeous bouquet that embodies the colors I want.


I adore the mix of bright yellow, green and ivory. Plus the daffodils, garden roses and lush greenery really showcase the best of spring flowers. Elizabeth agreed and offered some additional ideas like including peonies (my favorite!).

We also discussed bridesmaid bouquets with a green color, boutonnieres with green and yellow and a small “puff” bouquet for our flower girl. I can’t wait to see what Elizabeth comes back with!

She’s working on an estimate for us, which I hope our budget can accomodate. Reading her “wedding rant” (love!) I think we’ll be able to work something out. From the looks of the other weddings she’s done, I know we’d in good hands.


Georgous, huh? So what are your favorite flowers? Do you like bold colors or softer pastels?