Cocello, Chicago

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Cocello is a new-ish Italian restaurant in River North, from the same restauranteur behind Bavettes, Au Cheval, and Doughnut Vault in River North. Located in the old Dillman’s space, Cocell0 looks much the same as Dillimans, with the feeling of a lounge/cigar bar. There is a large bar in the center, leather banquets along the wall, […]

Build Your Own Avocado Toast Bar

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   Yes, you read that correctly. On Saturday I hosted Blogging & Brunching and I created a build your own avocado toast bar for my guests. It was a big hit, and it was really easy to pull together. Blogging & Brunching is a monthly get together/co-working session that my blogging friends have, and it […]

Asparagus, Mushroom, and Cheddar Egg Casserole

Asparagus, Mushroom, Cheddar Egg Casserole

This is one of those meals that calls for inexpensive ingredients, little preparation time, and feeds lots of people. I served this at Blogging & Brunching on Saturday and several people were asking me for the recipe – which means that this casserole was a hit. You could add in any vegetables you like. I chose […]

The Rundown v6

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Doesn’t it seem like I have been traveling a lot lately? Wedding season is in full force, (three down, two to go!) which resulted in trips to Maine and Washington D.C. It seems like everyone has been commenting on how often I have been out of town. The other day I told my co-worker that […]

Roasted Beet, Spinach, and Goat Cheese Salad with Maple Glazed Pecans

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Yesterday I talked about how beets are the hot thing on the Chicago foodie scene right now, and I explained how to roast a beet. Today, we are taking those roasted beets and making a fabulous salad. I love the combination of beets and goat cheese, but you could also make this salad with gorgonzola. […]

How to Roast Beets

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Beets! They are the fall’s hottest new ingredient. They are in season right now, so this is the perfect time to try this trendy food. Beets can be sliced thin and served raw, but I love the smooth silky texture of a roasted beet. Right now several restaurants are serving beets roasted, then cooled, and placed in […]

Summer House Santa Monica, Chicago

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Summer House Santa Monica is the sister restaurant to Stella Barra, in Chicago’s Lincoln Park. The restaurants are connected in the middle by a sweets stand, but they couldn’t be any more different. Stella Barra is the cooler older brother with it’s black walls, exposed brick, and leather couches. Summer House is the California beach babe little […]

Adventures in Gluten Free Dining

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Last weekend a friend from high school was visiting and exploring Chicago since she may be moving here. One of the first questions she asked was if restaurants in Chicago are gluten-free friendly, since she is unable to eat gluten. A quick tweet resulted in friends listing dozens of gluten-free friendly restaurants. Many Chicago restaurants have […]

Beef and Goat Cheese Bolognese

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Tomato season is coming to a close, and my home seems to be filled with them. No, we don’t garden, but apparently we can’t resist picking up gloriously fresh tomatoes at the grocery stores and farmers markets. This then lead to the dilemma of what to do with all of these tomatoes. I decided to […]

Tesori, Chicago

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  A couple of weeks ago I joined a few fellow food bloggers for a dinner at Tesori, an Italian restaurant in the Loop. Tesori is a sophisticated yet low key eatery near the Art Institute and Grant Park. The space is big, and thanks to the floor to ceiling windows, it is filled with […]

The Pig, Washington D.C.

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I spent the weekend in charming sweltering Washington D.C. where I attended my third wedding of the summer (only two more weddings to go this year!). Not only did I get to attend the wedding of a close friend of 10 years, I also got to stay with friends from when I lived in New York, who […]

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