Cheesy Egg and Hash Brown Cups

Hosting a brunch? This simple recipe for cheesy egg and hashbrown cups is just the thing to serve. It incorporates all the best breakfast ingredients – eggs, hash brown potatoes, cheese, and prosciutto (which I think is better than bacon). This recipe gets made in a muffin tin, and it is easy to make a dozen […]

Favorite Healthy Recipes

It’s January, which means that it is time to start eating healthy! I added an exclamation point even though I am not particularly excited about this. I prefer to eat macaroni and cheese instead of salad bowls, but I do think that it is important to reset my eating habits at the start of each year. In […]

The Best Garlic Bread (and fun ways to serve it)

Did you know that you can make delicious garlic bread in just about 5 minutes?! It’s the perfect side to serve with pasta since it tastes even better when slathered in tomato sauce. Last night I used this recipe to make garlic bread to accompany the zucchini noodles in bolognese sauce that we ate for […]

French Onion Soup (made with beer)

I first shared this recipe years ago, along with some pretty horrendous photos. I love the recipe, so I thought it was time to return to it, update it, and give it some better images. This is a twist on classic French Onion Soup that adds a bit of beer. Of course, the best part […]

The Boston Guide

Charles says that I am bad luck. The only time his flights are delayed or canceled is when I am with him. It doesn’t help that Chicago and New England are notorious for having challenging weather. So I wasn’t too surprised when our flight home to Chicago after Christmas was canceled. The problem was that we […]

Brussels Sprout and Apple Salad with Crispy Prosciutto

My sister Kelly is obsessed with this brussels sprout and apple salad. She made a massive batch for Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve because she wanted to add something fresh and healthy to the menu. I thought that the salad could use a little oomph, so I added two of my favorite ingredients: cheddar cheese and […]

Winter Tablescape with West Elm and Fiber Florist

I worked on a really fun collaboration this week and I am so excited to show it to you! Lindsay, who runs social media for West Elm Chicago (and who was the brains behind the Snap Kitchen Picnic last summer) came to me in October with an idea. She has discovered Vivian, aka Fiber Florist, via Instagram […]

30 Minute Bolognese Sauce

Short on time? Make this 30 minute Bolognese Sauce. It is a simplified version of classic bolognese sauce that is loaded with beef. The ratio of ground beef to tomato is definitely more beef heavy than most bolognese recipes, but I love this hearty beefy sauce. And since I used 92% ground beef, this bolognese is big […]

Chicken Taco Salad

Oh, January. The month when everyone tries to workout and eat healthy to make up for the fact that we indulged over the holidays. Healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring. Say no to sad salads. Make this delicious taco salad instead. It’s loaded with veggies and protein and it’s definitely not boring. It’s something […]

The Best Places I Went in 2016

I traveled more than ever in 2016. I hiked up volcanos, climbed glaciers, rappelled through canyons, and went horseback riding through hoodoos. I visited temples in Indonesia and jungles in Costa Rica. But which adventures were my favorite? Today I am sharing the best places I went in 2016! Iceland. Iceland has become a hot […]

The Best Things I Ate in 2016

This is one my favorite posts that I get to write each year. I am kicking off 2017 by sharing a list of the best things I ate in 2016! I also ate something so foul that for the first time I am sharing the worst thing I ate. Here you go, in no particular […]

The Rundown v. 37

Last month I had the most wonderful time in Tokyo, Singapore, and Indonesia. I was so busy that I didn’t write my usual monthly update, but I have written a series of travel posts instead. My sister and I traveled from Bali to Kennebunkport so that we could celebrate Thanksgiving with our family. This involved […]

Cheesy Potato Hash with Eggs and Bacon

Shouldn’t your first meal of 2017 be something extraordinary? And doesn’t a cozy brunch at home in your pajamas before settling in for a Netflix binge sound better than getting dressed and venturing out in the cold? I thought so. This recipe for a Cheesy Potato Hash with Eggs and Bacon is the perfect thing […]

Crockpot Beef Stroganoff

This easy recipe for crockpot Beef Stroganoff is one of my favorites. The incredibly tender beef is drowned in a creamy mushroom sauce and served with egg noodles. It’s a complete meal that will warm you up on a cold day. The best part is that this recipe tastes even better the next day (seriously, make […]

Portland Food and Beer Crawl

In 24 short hours, Charles and I managed to visit 9 different restaurants in Portland, Maine. We made the most of an overnight side trip to Maine’s largest city by embarking on an epic food and beer crawl. Charles and I have been to Portland many times, but we always had to worry about driving […]

6 Unconventional Pizza Recipes

Everyone loves pizza, right? I know I do. Pizza combines my two favorite food groups: cheese and carbs. Pizza is a dinner that you can whip up quickly making it a perfect weeknight meal. You can customize it with all of your favorite toppings, or just throw whatever you find in your fridge on top. I […]

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