The Rundown v. 32


Hello! I am in the middle of a 10 day stretch of time at home in Chicago! I love traveling, but there really is nothing like sleeping in my own bed. I have greatly enjoyed spending time with friends, and catching up on work. And while I am happy to be home, I am extremely excited for […]

My Favorite Places for Food Delivery in Chicago

Velvet Taco

You might have caught on to the fact that we love to get food delivered. We have reached a point in our lives and our relationship where the ultimate Friday night involves getting food delivered, drinking a bottle of wine, and watching a movie on the couch. I figure that I am not the only […]

Red, White, and Blue Orzo Salad

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Ready for a really easy recipe that is perfect to serve on the Fourth of July? This Red, White, and Blue Orzo Salad is made with strawberries, blueberries, goat cheese, and orzo seasoned with balsamic vinegar and it is a fitting addition to your holiday celebration. It’s a bright, colorful, and festive side dish loaded […]

Exploring Turku, Finland

Exploring Turku-2

After three days in Helsinki we took a train to Turku, a coastal town two hours west of Helsinki. Turku is the oldest city in Finland, located where the Aura River meets the Baltic Sea. Like Chicago, Turku suffered a fire that nearly destroyed the city. Today Turku is a welcoming and vibrant city with […]

Garlic Avocado and Goat Cheese BLT

Garlic Avocado and Goat Cheese BLT-7

There is nothing better than a BLT (bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich) made with fresh juicy tomatoes. BLTs remind me of summers in Maine as a child. My father would grow tomatoes in his garden and once they were plump and ready he would pick them and proudly make us BLTs. I created this sandwich […]

Date Night at Block 37

Block 37 latinicity

Ready for the ultimate low key, yet really fun, date night? Recently Charles and I met up at Block 37 to spend some time together since we have both been traveling so much lately, and we want to take advantage of opportunities when we are both in town. When he wanted to do dinner and […]

BBQ Sweet Potato Chips

BBQ Sweet Potato Chips

Looking for something a little different to bring to a summer barbecue? These BBQ Sweet Potato Chips are surprisingly easy to make, and they are a side dish that pairs perfectly with barbecue food. I tested this recipe several times. I wanted the chips to be thin and crispy. At first I tried hand cutting […]

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Popper Chicken

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Chicken served

This easy to prepare dinner recipe captures the flavors of one of my favorite guilty pleasure appetizers. Chicken is pounded thin, and stuffed with a combination of cream cheese, chopped jalapenos, and cheddar cheese, before it is wrapped in bacon. It’s a pretty fool proof meal that anyone would love. It takes about an hour […]

Eating My Way Through Helsinki


We ate like kings when we were in Finland. We tried local cuisine ranging from asparagus soup to reindeer heart and artic char. We ate at some of Helsinki’s top restaurants, included the Michelin starred Olo. Here is a quick rundown of where we ate and some of the stand-out menu items. On our first […]

Patriotic Cheesecake Parfaits

No Bake Cheesecake Cups-5

The Fourth of July is just around the corner, so I have crafted a quick, easy, and festive dessert to serve for the occasion. These patriotic cheesecake parfaits are no bake, and they take advantage of fresh seasonal produce. This is just the dessert to serve at your Independence Day gathering. I have used this simple […]

Eat Memphis BBQ at Blues Fest this Weekend


I love BBQ, so when I was invited to eat free ribs when the Memphis BBQ truck was touring Chicago, I had to say yes. Charles and I stopped by the truck when it was parked at Wacker and Madison for lunch on Wednesday. We dined on dry rubbed ribs, while we listened to the […]

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