Breakfast Stuffed Peppers

Sausage, Cheddar, and Sunny Side Up Egg Stuffed Bell Peppers-4

These Breakfast Stuffed Peppers filled with sausage, cheese, and a sunny side up egg are a full breakfast! They also make a perfect breakfast for dinner, which is the occasion I made them for. The best part is that they can be made in just 20 minutes. I don’t think my family ever had breakfast for […]

Cheesy Mushroom Spread (Trust me, it’s addictive)

Cheesy Mushroom Dip-7

When I plopped this Cheesy Mushroom Spread down in front of my friends, they seemed somewhat confused. Looks can be very deceiving, and it doesn’t appear to be as incredible delicious as it tastes. When my friends asked what it was, I told them, it’s my sister’s mushroom spread recipe, and it’s basically crack, once you […]

Del Frisco’s

Del Frisco's

Chicago is a city with many steakhouses, and Del Frisco’s is one of the most elegant. The large two level Gold Coast restaurant is decorated with large chandeliers and a three story wine tower is the centerpiece of the space. While you might think of steak when you hear “Del Frisco’s”, they also have incredible […]

Recipes to Cook for Your Mom on Mother’s Day


Heads up – Mother’s day is just 11 days away! I have a feeling that your Mom would be happy if you skipped the gift and cooked for her, so I have gathered up a handful of recipes perfect for a Mother’s Day celebration! If you want to make brunch, here are some sweet and […]

Eating My Way Through LA Part 1: Bestia and Republique

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After a night in West Hollywood, Jocelyn and I made our way to Downtown LA. The change of geography turned out to be the perfect jumping off point for exploring restaurants… which was all that we did. Jocelyn and I love food so much that we completely skipped all the LA sites, and chose to […]

Raspberry Brie Grilled Cheese

Raspberry Brie Grilled Cheese-4

This raspberry brie grilled cheese is made with sweet, airy, buttery brioche. The raspberries add a sweet and tart flavor that contrasts wonderfully with the brie. It’s worth the extra effort to find brioche (Whole Foods usually has it). Brioche is a delicate bread that has a texture like a croissant. The texture of the […]

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Pretzel Rice Krispie Treats

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Pretzel Rice Krispie Treats-vertical

I realize that everyone probably thinks that their Mom makes the best Rice Krispie Treats. But my Mom really does. Want to know why? She doesn’t follow the standard recipe and she changes the marshmallow to krispie ratio. She also adds peanut butter. Recently I was hosting a girls night for a couple of my friends, […]

A Tale of Two Tacos: Birrieria Zaragoza and Taqueria El Milagro

Tale of Two Tacos-4

Did you know that I love tacos? Because I really love tacos. So much so that I recently ventured down to the Southside with a couple of friends to try out a couple taco joints. The first, Birrieria Zaragoza, was Jeff’s favorite taco place, and the second, Taqueria El Milagro, was recommended to me by […]

Creating an Urban Oasis with Cost Plus World Market

World Market Urban Oasis Before and After

When we moved to a bigger home two years ago I wasn’t sure how to decorate our front balcony, but Charles had a pretty clear idea. He wanted a two-person hammock, and although I wasn’t immediately sold on the idea, I was willing to give it a go for a year. And of course, I […]

Exploring Santa Monica

Santa Monica-8

A couple of weeks ago my friends Jocelyn, Lauren, and I went to LA for a press trip with Jewel-Osco. I had never been to LA, and I was excited to explore. Lucky for me, Jocelyn knows all about the best places to eat in LA and together we devised a plan. Instead of flying […]

Veggie Pasta Bake made with Tomato Bisque

Veggie Pasta Bake made with Tomato Bisque-6

You might be wondering, a Veggie Pasta Bake made with Tomato Bisque? How does that work? It works, and it is my favorite new cooking hack. This is a recipe that calls for just 5 ingredients, and it takes under 45 minutes to prepare – with very little active preparation time. It’s the type of recipe […]

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