The Best Caramel Sauce Recipe (with Whiskey)

I have the best caramel sauce recipe, and the reason why it is the best is because it is made with whiskey. It is smooth and creamy with just a hint of salt, and the flavor of the whiskey balances out all the sweetness from the brown sugar. Trust me, it requires a bit of […]

Flywheel and my Weekend Routine

For the first time in years, I stuck with working out all year long. I am feeling pretty great about it too. The big change was that I discovered Flywheel, a stadium-style spin studio with amazing instructors. It’s conveniently located a few blocks from my home, and it’s sandwiched between the grocery store, the bank, […]

No Bake Nutella Cheesecake

I know, a no bake Nutella Cheesecake sounds too good to be true! But it is real, and it is the perfect  easy dessert recipe to serve on Christmas or New Year’s Eve! These individual Nutella cheesecakes come together quickly and the result is a smooth creamy chocolate cheesecake. The active preparation time for this recipe is […]

Christmas in Maine and my Minted Holiday Cards

Charles and I arrived in Kennebunkport, Maine on Friday night. We headed to my family’s inn, the Kilburn House where we met up with my siblings. On Saturday morning we woke up to a blanket of fresh snow on the ground and steady flurries falling from the sky. It was as if someone placed Kennebunkport […]

Holiday Entertaining Made Easy with Pagoda Snacks

Does anyone else feel like they are spending all of their time racing between holiday parties? I had five last week. Plus, I have another five this week! Knowing that time is limited this time of year, today I am sharing some holiday entertaining ideas that will make your life easier. I have always been […]

Hubbard Inn & Holiday Parties

The Hubbard Inn in River North has always been one of our favorite bars in River North. While it is on Hubbard Street, it’s a nicer space than most of the other bars on the street. It feels more grown up. And it’s the most gorgeous place for a holiday party since they take decorating […]

Garlic Parmesan Scalloped Potatoes

These cheesy and delicious Garlic Parmesan Scalloped Potatoes are a fitting side dish to serve with Christmas dinner. It’s also one of those indulgent recipes with loaded with cream and cheese that you probably shouldn’t be having too often. I served these potatoes with my recipe for Beef Tenderloin Wrapped in Pastry and I loved […]

Beef Tenderloin Wrapped in Pastry

Looking for a beautiful main dish to serve on Christmas day? This Beef Tenderloin Wrapped in Pastry is a showstopping entree that is fitting for a special occasion. And I promise that it’s easier to prepare than you might expect. The active preparation time for this recipe is only 20 minutes. First, you saute some […]

Exploring Singapore

My recent trip to Asia was planned around visiting my in-laws in Singapore. They have lived in the urban jungle of a city-state for nearly 20 years, and it was my second visit to the country. Before I tell you about some of the things I did in Singapore, let me give you a heads […]

Millionaire’s Shortbread Cookies (Shortbread Sandwich Cookies with Caramel, Dark Chocolate, and Walnuts)

Millionaire’s Shortbread is shortbread topped with caramel and chocolate. I took that concept and created Millionaire’s Shortbread Cookies, which are shortbread sandwich cookies with dark chocolate, caramel, and walnuts. And they are seriously good. They taste like a mix between chocolate turtles and Twix. When my friend Whitney (the lovely host of the Whitney Reynolds […]

Classic Artichoke Dip

This easy recipe for classic artichoke dip is a staple at holiday gatherings at my parents’ house. And it’s so delicious that it is positively addictive. It’s creamy and cheesy and loaded with chunks of tender artichokes, with just the slightest hint of spice. I have been making this recipe for years and I love […]

Christmas Tree Brownie Bites

I was so pleased with how adorable these Christmas Tree Brownie Bites turned out! This is the perfect recipe for someone who prefers crafting over baking. I used a basic boxed brownie mix to make the brownies, and then I cut them into tree shapes, used pretzel sticks as tree stumps, and added melted white […]

Snowmen Rice Krispie Treats and the Cookies Chocolate and Cheer Party

Looking for a delicious holiday treat that isn’t as time-consuming as making sugar cookies? These Snowmen Rice Krispie Treats can be made in just 20 minutes! I used a pretty standard recipe for rice krispie treats (although I do add extra marshmallows) and used a snowman shaped cookie cutter to cut out the snowmen. Then […]

Visiting a Japanese Bath House in Tokyo

One of the things that Charles really wanted to do in Tokyo was to visit a traditional Japanese bath house. If you watch the show Girls, the Tokyo episode (which is a treat even if you don’t watch the show) featured a scene at a bath house. Before I go any further, there are two […]

The Best Christmas Dinner Recipes

Debating about what to make for Christmas dinner? I have rounded up eight of my best Christmas dinner recipes for you. I’ve picked a variety of recipes for you including recipes that can be made ahead of time, and recipes that are low on active preparation time. Braciole. This meal comprised of flank steak rolled […]

Beef Stew

Winter is coming. The temperature has chilled down, the days are getting shorter, and this beef stew is just the thing to warm you up on a cold night. This recipe for classic beef stew is loaded with beef, carrots, and potatoes, in a thick beef broth seasoned with garlic and thyme. It takes just […]


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