Ketchipotle Bison Chili


The chilly fall weather, the colorful leaves, and the football on tv inspired me to make chili for the first time this fall. There is something wonderful about the scent of chili simmering on the stove. If you haven’t tried bison yet, you should. It is similar to beef, but it is a leaner meat. […]



Kitchensurfing is a company that brings restaurant dining experiences into clients’ homes. I was thrilled when Kitchensurfing approached me and asked if I would like to try their service and host a dinner party. I love hosting parties, and the opportunity to throw a party without doing the work was too good to pass up. […]

Chicago Gourmet Recap

Chicago Gourmet

The most glorious food event in Chicago has come and gone, and I am still full. Chicago Gourmet is the best of the best. It is two full day of food and wine tastings, along with talks and cooking demonstrations by Chicago’s culinary royalty hosted by Bon Appetit. It is sensory overload, in the very best […]

Tomato Montaditos with Olive Oils from Spain


  Tomatoes are absolutely perfect this time of year, and one of my favorite ways to enjoy fresh tomatoes is to make montaditos. A montadito is a typical Spanish snack consisting of small nearly bite-sized pieces of bread with any kind of toppings. The word “montadito” comes from the word “montar” which means “to mount”, […]

Bohemian House, Chicago


Bohemian House is a new restaurant in Chicago’s River North, and I fell hard for the incredible food, and the fact that they are bringing a truly new concept to Chicago. Some of the restaurants in Chicago can be a little cookie-cutter, but Bohemian House has created a menu and atmosphere unlike anything else. The […]

Southwestern Grilled Cheese with Roasted Tomatoes


If you come over to my house, I will feed you. It is likely I will also send you home with baked goods. When my friend Erin came over the other day, I wanted to make a fun lunch, and you know how I love am completely obsessed with grilled cheese, so I made a Southwestern […]

IPO at the W City Center Chicago


Last week I dined at IPO (short for Initial Public Offering) at the W City Center with 20 of my blogging friends. We were spoiled rotten with mixology demonstrations and a six course dinner. You know you are having a great week when that sums up your Tuesday. We kicked things off with a mixology […]

Roasted Tomato Caprese Salad

Roasted Tomato Caprese Salad

This simple twist on classic caprese salad is seriously delicious. Roasting the tomatoes deepens their flavor, and the hot tomatoes melt the mozzarella slightly. Charles thought that this dish was like a lasagna without the noodles, and I suppose that the pesto and parmesan coated roasted tomatoes taste similar to a marinara sauce. This is a […]

La Cocinita, Chicago’s New Food Truck


Dear Chicago, There is a new food truck in town, and it’s GOOD. When I moved to Chicago 6 years ago, food trucks weren’t a thing. Preparing food on trucks wasn’t allowed, so food trucks couldn’t operate. There were just a couple trucks that delivered prepared items, like cupcakes. A couple years ago the rules […]

Pumpkin Pie Muffins and a Giveaway


I have a very special treat for you today! I am sharing a recipe from Debbie Adler’s fabulous new cookbook “Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats: Allergy-free & Vegan Recipes from the Famous Los Angeles Bakery”.  All of the recipes in the cookbook are vegan and gluten-free, meaning that they don’t have dairy, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, soy, wheat, […]

Cocello, Chicago


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, […]

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