What to Bring to a Holiday Party: Halfway Homemade Desserts

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Ready for the next installment of What to Bring to a Holiday Party? I already shared my favorite store bought chocolates, and today I have two holiday dessert recipes that use brownie mixes to reduce the preparation time. The thing about using a mix is that no one will know, unless you tell them! I am […]

Thanksgiving Leftovers Turkey Soup


In most households the day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday, a day filled with shopping. At my parents’ home the day after Thanksgiving is soup day. My father makes the most incredible soup using the leftover turkey from Thanksgiving and it is something we look forward to every year. This year I attempted […]

The Complete Thanksgiving Guide

The Complete Thanksgiving Guide

Can you tell that I am excited for Thanksgiving?! It is my favorite holiday, and something I have written about a lot over the years. To help everyone prepare for turkey day, I have assembled a complete thanksgiving guide for you. Here you will find a large collection of recipes, tips, and suggestions for what […]

The Rundown v.10 with Droid Turbo


Happy Friday everyone! Chicago is buzzing with excitement leading up to the holidays. I have been keeping very busy working on Thanksgiving and Christmas content for the site, and attending some fantastic events. Big plans for my home office are underway, and I am just waiting for my new desks to arrive for the office. […]

A Simple, Honest Braised Turkey


Brining a Thanksgiving turkey is a lot easier than you might think. Plus, it keeps your turkey moist and adds lots of flavor. I created a simple, no-fail citrus and tea brine that can be put together in just minutes. I brined my turkey for 24 hours using just a mixture of Honest Tea, Simply […]

The Ultimate Thanksgiving Mashed Potatoes

Thanksgiving Mashed Potatoes

  Mashed potatoes are the most popular Thanksgiving side dish. They are the one thing that everyone puts on their plate – which means that you need an exceptional recipe. My parents make the best most delicious, creamy, cheesy Thanksgiving mashed potatoes. Since I moved to Chicago I have been bringing these mashed potatoes to Friendsgiving and […]

Roasted Carrots, the Easiest Thanksgiving Side Dish


Carrots are one of those vegetables that almost everyone loves. This recipe for roasted carrots can be pulled together with just five minutes of preparation time, and 45 minutes of cook time. The carrots are slathered in butter, seasoned with pepper, and roasted beside the turkey. The carrots will soak up the turkey drippings, loading […]

Roasted Beets with Goat Cheese and Honey and Getting Ready for Thanksgiving

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  I am going to be sharing Thanksgiving recipes and tips all week in preparation for my favorite holiday. I already shared my Thanksgiving tablescape, and today I have a really simple recipe for roasted beets with goat cheese and honey. Beets have an earthy flavor and can be a bit of an acquired taste, […]

A Toast to Charlie Trotter


November 5th marked one year since the sudden passing of culinary legend Charlie Trotter. To honor Chef Trotter and to raise money for the Charlie Trotter Culinary Education Foundation, Charlie’s wife, Rochelle Trotter hosted A Toast to Charlie Trotter. The event featured food and wine pairings from chefs, mixologists, and sommeliers who each had a personal […]

What to Bring to a Holiday Party, My Favorite Store Bought Treats


Today I am kicking off a series on what to bring to holiday parties. I’m a food blogger that realizes that not everyone who loves food knows how to make it. With that in mind, today I am talking about my favorite store bought treats to bring to a party. The What to Bring to a […]

Alinea – Chicago: The Number 1 Restaurant in America


My birthday gift from my husband was dinner at Alinea, the number one restaurant in America/number five in the world. Alinea’s owner/chef Grant Achatz’s is a culinary legend. He has been the recipient of several James Beard Awards, and his restaurant holds the highest rating of three Michelin stars. After watching Spinning Plates I had been […]

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