Open House Sequel: KitchenLab’s Nick and Rebekah make dinner in their Chicago apartment


I’ve got several deadlines to meet this week, so please forgive this abbreviated Open House.  It’s a sequel of sorts, as I featured Nick and Rebekah’s Michigan farm house back when summer was still groggy but awakening from its winter slumber.

While the KitchenLab founders spend weekends in the country, they maintain an apartment in Wicker Park for use during the week.  When I arrived the windows were open and Nick was prepping dinner, a delicious white fish served with caprese and cucumber salads.  Eloquent though I am, “yum” is all I got.  The couple have lots of exciting things happening, so keep reading for more information on that front.

In the meantime, the foodies were gracious enough to provide their delicious cucumber salad recipe for your culinary pleasure.  Thanks guys!

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Continued . . .


Recipe for Vietnamese Cucumber Salad (adapted from David Tanis)

Four Cucumbers

Cane Sugar or Agave Nectar

Fish Sauce (available at most Asian Groceries)

Mint (fresh, several sprigs)

Thai Basil  (fresh, several sprigs)

Ginger (1-2 tsp. finely chopped)

Fresh lime juice (2-3 limes)

Serrano peppers


Peel and seed cucumbers, slice into ½” rounds.

Place sliced cucumbers into bowl, add salt (approx. 1 tsp. or to taste) several grinds of pepper.

Add cane sugar (1-2 tsp.) Note: Size of cucumbers dictates spice additions, do to taste.

Add several splashes fish sauce, to taste.

Mix well. Adjust seasonings to taste.

Wait 10-15 minutes while cucumbers begin to sweat.

Add chopped ginger

Add thinly sliced Serrano peppers, (remove seeds and veins for milder taste)

Juice two to three limes over salad, stir well.

Place in fridge to chill.

Just before serving finely chop thai basil and mint (several sprigs of each, or to taste)

Mix herbs in salad just before serving.

It’s me again.  Go make that for your oochie-poochie, and I predict much luck for you both.  😉





















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5 Responses to “Open House Sequel: KitchenLab’s Nick and Rebekah make dinner in their Chicago apartment”

  1. Ahem…the white fish would like to be addressed as whole red snapper…and Mr. Darley wouldn’t mind be noted as well. If you didn’t notice, he really loves the camera.

  2. I don’t think my sense of humor translated in that last comment….:)

  3. Hi, did Nick and Rebekah receive the “Chalkboard Care” instructions last spring? I see they have a gorgeous one in their kitchen. If not please go ahead and do so. Many thanks!

  4. Great Space! Very warm and peaceful feel…
    Who is the the priest in the photo in the den? Very curious! What is he holding?

    Happy to share the strangeclosets screen with you. Jason

  5. Love it, Love it!!!