The last recipe was vegan friendly. This one is not! 
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mmmmmm, meat!
 
 
That's what this damselfly's name means, I think. This is a male Calopteryx maculata, also known as Ebony Jewelwing. 
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I love this recipe from Noble Pig! There are so many great things about it. It is not your typical tortilla soup, or at least not the typical soup I've ordered at many a Mexican restaurant in Texas. For one thing, it is vegan and gluten free! (Note: Apparently some Vegetable Broths are gluten free and some are not, so it depends on what kind you buy.) For another thing, it is very customizable depending on how much time you have to prepare it. You could use all fresh vegetables you prepared yourself or use canned or frozen veggies, or a mix of both, which is what I did. 

Use the link above for the exact recipe, I will just give you a few tips and possible substitutions.
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Even though the falafels didn't turn out beautifully, they tasted reeeeaally good. So I tried another recipe from Discovery of a Continent and I thought it was phenomenal! It's a simple roast chicken with unexpected flavors that pairs so well with the sweetness and tanginess of the mango couscous, also in Mr. Samuelsson's book.
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I'm really enjoying this cookbook called Discovery of a Continent by Marcus Samuelsson featuring African cuisine. I loooooove Ethiopian food, but haven't gotten the courage to try some of the Ethiopian recipes. (If you know of any good Ethiopian restaurants in the Chicago 'burbs tell me in the comments!) Instead, I decided to try good ol' falafels, with mixed results.

The recipe calls for some amazing spices.
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yummmm
 
 
Behold! The first official meme referencing episode 90 of Case Closed!!!
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Update : FUNimation has since wised up to the fact that an entire episode of their TV show was on youtube. They have understandably removed it, and thus this post is not nearly as funny as it was. Or maybe it is even funnier to read my descriptions without seeing the show. Decide for yourselves!

My name is Jimmy Kudo, high school detective. But to the world I'm Conan Edogawa, an alias I was forced to assume after an experimental drug reverted me back to childhood. Now I fight crime with Richard Moore and his daughter Rachel (whom I sort of dated when I was Jimmy Kudo, high school detective) armed with the knowledge that one truth prevails.

You think I'm making this up? I couldn't if I tried. This is the story line of Case Closed, the most ridiculous, bizarre, and my favorite, anime. Here are the facts: Meitantei Conan, the manga, began in 1994 and new issues are still being published today. As of right now, there have been 68 volumes! It is one of the longest running manga series. Then it was made into an anime called Case Closed, in English anyway, that is on its 18th season in Japan! So, because it is such an entertainment powerhouse, they decided let's make it a live drama, too! 
 
 
Yesterday we were walking in the forest preserve and there were like, a gazillion weird looking dragonflies. Like this big guy.
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We'd never seen a dragonfly like this one before, but apparently it is pretty common, because it is called a common whitetail. But I like to call him by his cute scientific name, libellula lydia. 


We also found these petite little dragonflies.
 
 
Last night, I was asked to share some of my tried and true recipes. This one is by far my favorite. Enjoy!
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Behold, the coolest sock you ever laid eyes on. 
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