Saturday, August 21, 2010

Chicago Tastebuds Challenge

by Meghann on August 21, 2010

While tasting our way around Chicago last Saturday, Arnold & Oroweat (the tour sponsor) encouraged us to let the great array of food inspire a couple of fun creations of our own.   

They even put a contest behind it!

Anyone who joined the Chicago Tastebuds Tour last Saturday was asked to submit a Chicago inspired meal using an Arnold/ Oroweat product (coupon provided via HLS swag). But, we couldn’t just submit any ole recipe – we were told we would be judged on the creativity we put in our own spin. Creativity? I got this!

So let’s review what we ate, shall we?

  • Brautwurst with Saurkraut at Berghoff’s
  • Brownie at the Palmer House
  • Chicago Mix Popcorn
  • Chicago Style Hot Dog
  • Cheeseburger at the Billy Boat Tavern

I could have taken this so many ways, but since they were asking for creativity I kind of ‘cheated’ and have decided to submit a tried and true recipe that I LOVE!

What did I choose?

The Chicago Style Hot Dog

My spin?

My Almond Butter Carrot Dog of course. ๐Ÿ˜‰


What you’ll need:

  • Hot Dog Bun
  • Spinach
  • 1 Large Carrot (roasted for 20 mins @ 425)
  • Generous Spoonful of Almond Butter

My Arnold product of choice. (Thanks for the coupon Arnold!)


You start with the bun.




Roasted Carrot


Almond Butter (the best part!)


The finished product.


With a few parsnip fries & bbq sauce


And leftover kale salad with chickpea salad.


I hope I win! ๐Ÿ™‚


We’re about to head out for my friend Christie’s wedding and since I highly doubt she’s reading my blog while getting ready, I thought I would share the fun wedding present I made for her.


Since I was the ‘official photographer’ of Christie’s bachelorette party the other weekend, I thought it would be fun to make an album for her of all the photos I took.


I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE making photo projects in iPhoto. They always come out so professional and you get a lot of bang for your buck.

The hardback photo project is basically a new age scrapbook. ๐Ÿ™‚



I hope she likes it!

I know the wedding gift for the couple is a little Christie centric, so I paired the photo book with a gift card to Target. That way Mat has some use of my gift as well. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’m grabbing an AllieBar to eat on the road.

See ya later!

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