Home is where my family is.
And my favorite breakfast spot, Once Upon a Bagel.
Oh, and you can’t forget the most amazing grocery store of all time, Trader Joe’s.
I can only think of one or two times since college that a visit to Highland Park has not included a stop at Once Upon a Bagel. My parents always bring a baker’s dozen when they visit me. And my freezer is filled to the brim with frozen OUAB bagels. I can’t get enough of them.
Luckily, Bon Appétit inspired me to make my own bagel chips with all of the leftovers, which I season generously with Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel seasoning. For the first time in my adult life, TJ’s does not fall within a 10 mile radius and honestly, I’m almost embarrassed by how giddy I get when I pull into the parking lot on Skokie Boulevard.
I feel like I’ve had a lot of posts lately about comfort food, especially food that reminds me of home. First of all, I’d like to reassure anyone reading this that I’m perfectly happy and passionate about where my career is taking me. I’ve made some fabulous friends so far in Champaign-Urbana and I’m so excited to see what 2020 brings. However, there’s no doubt in my mind that food, in all sorts of capacities, is playing a pivotal role in my life.
Chews and News was born out of a desire for a new creative outlet. It’s pushed me out of my comfort zones some days, and helped me find comfort on others. Trying out new recipes, and experiencing all the highs and lows in the kitchen, has helped me stay grounded while making some dreams take flight.
My family has always had my back, but taking those giant leaps has meant moving from city to city and spending time away from home. Some of the recipes I crave the most are from my family, while others happen to involve ingredients from my favorite places in HP. Either way, they make my apartment feel like home after diving into unchartered territory each day.
Perfect snack to make with leftover bagels
- 2 Bagels
- 1/4 cup Olive oil
- Seasoning Trader Joe's Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Slice bagels vertically (each slice should be roughly 1/4 of an inch). Toss in large mixing bowl with olive oil and seasoning.
Lie slices flat on a cookie sheet and bake for 4-5 minutes. Remove from oven and flip slices over. Bake for another 4-5 minutes or until browned.
Remove from oven and let bagel chips cool down. Enjoy!
Any kind of bagel will work! I’ve tried egg, pumpernickel, wheat, asiago cheese, and even cinnamon raisin and pumpkin (although I just seasoned those two lightly with salt instead of TJ’s seasoning)