5 Minute Southwest Chicken Salad


This is the ideal meal for a hot summery day (even though we don’t seem to get those in Chicago…) when you don’t want to heat up your kitchen by turning on your stove or oven. The best part? This meal takes about 5 minutes to prepare and it is loaded with vegetables and protein. […]

Enchilada Suizas Grilled Cheese


Today I am sharing a really fun grilled cheese recipe on one of my favorite websites: Better Homes & Gardens’ food blog, Delish Dish! I met the folks at BGH when I spoke at Go Blog Social and I am thrilled to be collaborating with them. This recipe is inspired by my love of both […]

Summertime Pasta with Chicken and Tomatoes

Summery Pasta

I spent the weekend working on a few very fun cooking projects, and on Sunday I had a fridge full of leftover ingredients. These bits of leftovers inspired a really wonderful light and summertime pasta dish. The pasta has a light cheese and herb sauce and is loaded with shredded chicken and tomatoes. The best […]

Little Sumpin’ French Onion Soup (with beer)

French Onion Soup with Beer

  You might be wondering what kind of crazy person makes soup in the middle of summer. Well… based on the weather in Chicago, it’s October. Plus, the idea has been in my head for a couple of weeks. My husband had the most incredible French Onion Soup at Brasserie Gigi in Charleston, and he […]

#SheddBLU Recap


I know that words won’t be able to convey how much fun we had at the Shedd Aquarium‘s annual Auxiliary Board fundraiser, BLU. We had a great night dancing on the terrace overlooking the city skyline, watching fireworks, wandering the galleries, seeing the aquatic show, and trying food from local restaurants. I thought that the […]

Weekend Breakfasts

Weekend Breakfast | thekittchen.com

I love waking up on weekends and cooking breakfasts. Lately I have been keeping things simple and making scrambled eggs with cheddar (I particularly love Cabot’s Farmhouse Reserve) and spinach. I have crumpets with jam on the side. I have a cup of tea too. I recently discovered crumpets. My British husband, Charles, insisted that […]

Pop Up Beer Dinner with Lakeshore Beverage and Whole Foods


Being a food blogger has its perks. (Of course there are challenges too – like trying to always provide readers with creative, fun, and well-photographed content). One of the perks is access to events, like the beer dinner that Lakeshore Beverage invited me to recently. The concept behind the meal was to combine beers with […]

Blueberry Scones with a Vanilla Glaze


  Scones are one of my favorite breakfasts. I am seriously trying to cut back on the number of trips I take to Starbucks, so I am making an effort to bake my own scones and prepare my own iced tea – with a splash of lemonade. Scones are a great weekday breakfast because then […]

Husk – Charleston, SC


When I told everyone that I was going to Charleston, those of you who have been to Charleston spoke up and told me to go to Husk. My social media filled with statements like “Please tell me that you are going to Husk!” So naturally, I scurried on over to Open Table to book a […]

Mushroom and Beef Bolognese


Summertime is busy. Everyone seems to be running all over the place, and no one has time to cook a complicated dinner. I have got your back. This mushroom and beef bolognese can be prepared in just 15 minutes. The sauce is made with ground beef, mushrooms, tomato sauce, and a touch of mascarpone. The […]

The Rundown


This summer continues to be busy, and I have attended some wonderful events recently. Here is the rundown. My friend Anne and I went to the Taste of Chicago to attend an event at The Good Life Embassy, where we learned about Spanish Olive Oil. We also got to meet Chef Marc Murphy from the […]

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