The Rundown v. 35

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It’s officially fall, and I think that I packed as much as possible into September. Yesterday I was up bright and early to judge a grilling competition at Engine 78 hosted by Weber Grills for the WGN morning news. The firefighters created 8 different burgers in two rounds of competitions. So yes, I taste tested […]

Chef Kevin Hickey on the Farm to Table Trend

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Chicago Gourmet took over Millenium Park last weekend, and one of my favorite parts of the event is getting to listen to local chefs’ perspective on food. Country Financial kicked off the weekend with a chat between “Check Please!” host Cat De Orio and The Duck Inn‘s Chef Kevin Hickey. Country Financial provides a wide […]

Shallot and Mushroom Pork Tenderloin

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Pork tenderloin is the unsung hero of the meat case. It is inexpensive (a fraction of the price of beef tenderloin), it cooks quickly, but it still seems fancy. I am in love with this Shallot and Mushroom Pork Tenderloin recipe. After nearly five years of blogging, this is one of my favorite recipes. Bold […]

Hattie B’s Nashville

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When it comes to planning my travels, I love to get recommendations from friends, and everyone kept telling me to go to Hattie B’s for Nashville Hot Chicken. We knew that there would be a line out the door (I think the line is so constant that it is practically a Nashville landmark). In an […]

Honey, Fig, and Brie Phyllo Cups and Helping Honey Bees

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Disclosure: Post sponsored by Crop Science, a division of Bayer, but all opinions are my own. Who loves honey? I know I do. It’s a natural sweetener, a superfood, and an ingredient in some of my favorite recipes. Last week Bayer’s Feed A Bee program gave me the opportunity to learn more about honey and […]

Pre-Brands, STK, and Chicago Gourmet

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Chicago Gourmet is the foodie event of the year. It falls perfectly at the start of Fall when the weather is agreeable and all you want to do is spend time outside. And what could be better than spending a day (or a whole weekend) surrounded by food from the city’s top chefs? This year, my […]

Roasted Tomato Pasta Salad

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I recently hosted an end of summer bash and I wanted to cook up food that celebrates summer flavors. The menu included lots of fruits and veggies like cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, bell peppers, limes, and strawberries. This Roasted Tomato Pasta Salad was a crowd favorite, and some people were surprised to learn that it is […]

Zucchini Pasta with Creamy Pesto Tomato Sauce

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Have you hopped on board the zucchini noodle (zoodle) trend yet? I wonder if I will look back on my spiralizer like my parents look back on their fondue pot that sat in a sad corner of their kitchen for decades. Zoodles are certainly healthier than fondue, plus they are gluten free and they lend […]

Where to Eat in Nashville

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Nashville is known for it’s hot fried chicken, biscuits, and barbecue. I happily indulged in Nashville’s cuisine, eating all of the city’s staples during my trip. Today I am going to tell you where to eat in Nashville. Let’s go. The first place we ate at in Nashville was Hattie B’s for Nashville Hot Fried […]

Apple Tarts

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Charles isn’t really into desserts, but he loves apple desserts, so during the fall I make a point to prepare a variety of apple treats. This year I kicked off my seasonal baking with Apple Tarts. They are made with store-bought puff pastry, but Charles thought that I had made it from scratch. My husband […]

Saved By The Max

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Did you watch Saved by the Bell growing up? My siblings and I would watch it after school every day. I have probably seen every episode 5 times. When it was announced that Saved By The Max, a replica of The Max, the diner where Zack, Kelly, Slater, Jessie, Lisa, and Screech would hang out, […]

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