The Rundown v20 and Introducing Erin Ate It

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Where did we leave off? I had a wonderful time in Maine for the Kennebunkport Festival, and a less wonderful trip home involving 8 hours of flight delays. In the past few weeks I have tried some new restaurants, picnicked with friends, attended a blogging conference, and made one big life change. The big news […]

Patriotic Popsicles

Patriotic Popsicles, creamy popsicles with raspberry and blackberries - via The Kittchen

I have always loved the Fourth of July. Charles and I got married over Fourth of July weekend three years ago, adding meaning to a holiday I already loved. It was also somewhat ironic to marry a Brit over a weekend that celebrates our independence from them…  Since it will theoretically be warm on the weekend of […]

Broccomole (A Broccoli Dip)

Broccomole, a delicious dip made from steamed broccoli - via The Kittchen

What’s Broccomole? It’s a dip made with steamed broccoli, that can be compared to guacamole. And it is my new obsession. While my broccoli-hating-husband said that broccomole is his worst nightmare, my friends and I disagree with him. Broccomole does taste like broccoli, but it is seasoned with sour cream, lemon, mayonnaise, and a touch […]



Avec is a West Loop eatery with communal tables, a casual atmosphere, and serious food. We recently joined some friends for a meal at Avec, and half the group was excited to have some of their favorite items from the restaurant’s menu, while the other half was experiencing the restaurant for the first time. I […]

Summertime Picnic Recipes

Summertime Picnic Recipes

When a group of bloggers get together for a picnic, it turns out to be the most beautiful, colorful, and stylish picnic. Last week I joined my friends Erin, Jess, Maya, Lauren, and Blair for a lakeside picnic complete with skyline views, cocktails, and lots of amazing food. Today I am sharing these perfect summertime […]

BLT Avocado Toast

BLT Avocado Toast, a simple brunch recipe that combines avocado toast with a BLT and a sunny side up egg - via The Kittchen

Just when I thought that I was done posting avocado toast recipes, inspiration struck and I created a recipe that I need to share with you. BLT Avocado Toast is the combination of mashed avocado, thick-cut crispy bacon, fresh juicy tomatoes, arugula, and fresh mozzarella, topped with a sunny side up egg. This all the best […]

American Flag Cookie Pizzas

American Flag Cookie Pizzas are an easy to prepare treat for the 4th of July - via the Kittchen

Looking for a dessert for the Fourth of July? These American Flag Cookie Pizzas are both patriotic and easy to prepare. Store-bought sugar cookie dough is baked off, cut into rectangles, topped with no-bake cheesecake filling, and decorated with fresh strawberries and blueberries. The combination of the crispy sugar cookie with the creamy cheesecake and fresh […]

Dolce Italian

Dolce Italian

Dolce means sweet in Italian, and I must say that my recent dining experience at Dolce Italian was very sweet. Dolce Italian is a new Italian restaurant connected to the Godfrey Hotel. The space is big, bright, and open with booths along the windows and free standing tables in the center of the space, with […]

Tao Yuan in Brunswick, Maine

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During my recent trip to Maine my family and I dined at Tao Yuan. The small plates Asian restaurant is owned by Chef Cara Stadler, who was nominated for a James Beard Rising Star Award this year. After discovering Tao Yuan’s sister restaurant, Bao Bao Dumpling House in Portland last winter, I was very eager […]

Mini Strawberry Mascarpone Cheesecakes

Mini Strawberry Mascarpone Cheesecakes

Cheesecake is a dessert that everyone loves. Right? No one says no to cheesecake. It’s sweet cheesiness is irresistible, which is why I decided to serve Mini Strawberry Mascarpone Cheesecakes at my latest gathering. Throughout the night I caught a couple people going back for seconds. The best part? You can throw these together in under […]

Mom’s Famous Lemon Squares

Lemon Squares

When my Mom attends an event in my hometown, she is expected to bring Lemon Squares. Miranda Lambert sings that everyone is famous in a small town, and in Kennebunk, Maine, these Lemon Squares are famous. This is a lighter citrusy dessert that is perfect for people who aren’t fans of chocolate. The crust is a […]

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