The Easter Guide

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Easter is just around the corner, and in light of the upcoming holiday, I have rounded up an Easter Guide with recipes that are perfect for the occasion. Before we get to the recipes, I have something special for you! Remember that I mentioned I went on a trip with seven bloggers and Delta Faucet to […]

Yum Cha, the Top Top experience

Yum Cha Chicago

Every once in a while I have a meal so outstanding that writing a review proves to be a difficult task. My recent meal at Yum Cha is one of those experiences. A new reservation booking service, Top-Top, asked me to serve as a brand ambassador, and charged me with the not-so-difficult task of dining […]

Cat Cora Cooking Demo at Macy’s, April 1st

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Nope, this isn’t an early April Fools joke. Cat Cora, one of the Food Network’s Iron Chefs, is giving a free cooking demo at Macy’s on State Street in Chicago on April 1st at noon. Watch and learn as Chef Cora prepares some of her award-winning dishes to celebrate the flower show. Samples of Chef Cora’s culinary […]

Vieques, Puerto Rico

Vieques, Puerto Rico

Vieques is a small little slice of paradise just a short ferry away from Puerto Rico. There are two main towns on the island, Isabel II (pronounced Isabel secundo) on the North, and the larger and livelier Esperanza in the South. It’s just a 15 minute drive from one to the other and a trip […]

Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes

Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes

Brown butter is better. Brown butter is simply butter that has been browned, and the process of browning the butter gives it a rich, more intense, and slightly nutty flavor. Recently, I have been experimenting with replacing butter with browned butter in some of my favorite recipes. Since mashed potatoes are one of my favorite foods, […]

The Rundown v 15

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I didn’t leave the Chicago city limits between December 28 and February 25th, I guess I went into hibernation mode. But, in the past three weeks I have left Chicago three times! Plus, as the snow started melting, Chicago came to life again. Let’s take a look back at what I have been up to. First and […]

Mocha Cupcakes with Bourbon Frosting

Mocha Cupcakes with Bourbon Frosting

  When I mentioned that I was making cupcakes for my husband’s birthday party, someone commented that cupcakes are not very manly. How do you make cupcakes manly? Add coffee, whiskey, and mustaches, right? Charles has a thing for whiskey, so I threw a whiskey tasting themed birthday party. But, you can’t just serve whiskey […]

Cashew Chicken and Broccoli Egg Rolls

Cashew Chicken and Broccoli Egg Rolls

Eggs rolls are one of those foods that everyone loves. They are a fun finger food for parties, and you can stuff them with anything you like. One Saturday I tried my hand at Cashew Chicken and Broccoli Egg Rolls. My two favorite meals to order from Chinese restaurants are Cashew Chicken and Chicken and […]

Santaella, San Juan

Santaella

“Don’t talk to me right now. This sandwich and I are having a moment.” On our second night in San Juan, Charles and I followed the recommendations given to us by Caroline from Spoon Food Tours. She said that at night the fruit market turns into a giant street party, and that two excellent restaurants […]

Quiche Two Ways

Quiche Two Ways

  Here is a secret: quiche is incredibly quick and easy to make. And it looks so elegant! The other amazing thing about quiche is that it is simple to make two completely different quiches at once. Next time you are hosting brunch, put quiche on the menu. Quiche is a dish involving cheese, vegetables, […]

Chocolate Caramel Pie with Pretzel Crust

Chocolate Caramel Pie with Pretzel Crust

Happy Pi Day! I am celebrating by sharing the recipe for a Chocolate Caramel Pie with Pretzel Crust. The crust is made with pretzel crumbs, a layer of whiskey caramel is added on top, a chocolate fudge filling is poured over, and it is served with a vanilla whipped cream. It is a sweet and salty dessert, […]

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