3 Easy Appetizers with Ingredients from Aldi

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Football season is in full swing, and the weather has gone from chilly to cold. It is the time of year when I just want to hibernate. I’m a very social person, so although I don’t want to leave my home, I still want to see my friends. I have learned that food is the […]

10 Easy Halloween Costumes Straight From Your Closet

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Halloween is just around the corner, and you’re more ready than you think. With a little creativity and some digging through your closet, you can make one of these easy costumes in no time! 1. A certain dynamic duo of Figure Skating Announcers won America’s hearts with their commentary and coordinated outfits at the Sochi Olympics. To get […]

Kabocha Squash and Ricotta Bruschetta

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   Remember how I was talking about roasting squash the other day? I went overboard, and now my fridge is filled with squash, which means that I am coming up with fun new ways to eat it. This kabocha squash and ricotta bruschetta is my version of the incredible appetizer served at The Pump Room […]

RPM and Eataly: A Tale of Two Italian Restaurants

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RPM Italian and Eataly’s La Pizza/La Pasta are two of the most buzzed about Italian restaurants in Chicago. They are similar in many ways. Both are owned by celebrities. Eataly is owned by Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich, and Lidia Bastianich, while RPM is owned by Giuliana and Bill Rancic (along with the Melmans of Lettuce Entertain […]

Grilled Zucchini with Tomato and Goat Cheese

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Ready for a really easy recipe? Grilled zucchini topped with tomato sauce and goat cheese is a fresh tasting dish that can be served as an appetizer or meal. It is a healthy variation of pizza that can be served as a quick weeknight meal. I love simple rustic meals made of a few simple ingredients. Each ingredient […]

Adamus at The Silversmith Hotel

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Adamus is one of the new additions to the loop dining scene, bringing life to an area that used to be a little too quiet. Adamus is tucked inside the newly renovated The Silversmith Hotel. They invited a group from the Windy City Blogger Collective to try the new seasonal fall menu. The menu was fall […]

The Easiest Way To Roast Squash

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The hardest part of preparing squash is slicing the squash. It is so hard, dense, and awkwardly shaped that it can be dangerous to cut. Recently I tried cooking squash a new, much easier way. Instead of struggling to slice the squash, place the entire squash in the oven, and bake it until soft, and […]

Fall Harvest: How to Preserve Your Summer Herbs

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Summer is giving way to fall’s cooler temperatures, and now is the time to harvest the herbs in your garden so that you can preserve them for winter. Herbs need to be harvested before the first frost kills the growth on your plants. Depending on where you live, that first frost might be just around […]

Holiday Cooking Demo with Chef Rick Bayless at Macy’s

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Do you have a favorite chef? I am a huge fan of Chef Rick Bayless who owns several Chicago restaurants, and his Frontera line of sauces, salsas, and chips is the best. Chef Bayless is personable, humble, and a culinary genius. I try to take advantage of any opportunity to see him work his magic in […]

Taste Talks All-Star BBQ

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The Taste Talks came to Chicago this year, and I hope that they are here to stay. The 3 day food festival was presented by Mario Batali and was curated by Paul Kahan (of Blackbird, avec, The Publican, Big Star, Publican Quality Meats and Nico Osteria). The weekend kicked off with a dinner on Friday night, […]

The Ultimate Cheesy Sriracha Nachos

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I am not sure why, but I always have lots of cheese, and lots of tortilla chips at home. One lazy Sunday it occurred to me that the best way to utilize these ingredients was to make a giant plate of nachos. We called it dinner. It wasn’t the healthiest dinner, but we loved every […]

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