Umami Burger, Chicago

For a city known for hot dogs, Chicago has certainly been flirting with burgers lately. In the past couple of months Chicago has added two high profile burger joints to the city’s roster of restaurants. Recently Shake Shack has been stealing the spotlight, but Umami Burger (an import from Los Angeles) arrived first. Umami Burger […]

Brussels Sprout, Bacon, Shallot, Goat Cheese Pasta

  Ready for a quick and easy pasta recipe with some fun fall flavors? I love creating pasta based on the bits of ingredients I find in my fridge, which is just what inspired this Brussels Sprout, Bacon, Shallot, Goat Cheese Pasta. This can be made in just 25 minutes, making it a great pick for a […]

Bacon Mozzarella Benedict

Having houseguests is the perfect reason to cook a fancy breakfast. My sister and her boyfriend recently came to visit and this Bacon Mozzarella Benedict was inspired by my sister’s boyfriend’s love of poached eggs and his obsession with bacon. I added a mozzarella sauce because I am a firm believer that cheese makes everything […]

Lemon Sage Chicken

Short on time? This Lemon Sage Chicken recipe is just what you need. There are times when my recipes aren’t exactly planned out, they just come together based on what I find in my fridge. This recipe is a perfect example of that. The chicken was poached in butter, white wine, and lemon, and seasoned […]

The Pump Room at the Public Hotel, Chicago

The Pump Room at the Public Hotel is celebrating its 75th anniversary. While some hotel restaurants can be sterile and uninviting, The Pump Room, with its gorgeous globe lighting, is cozy, romantic, and welcoming. Some friends and I were invited to taste throw back 1930s cocktails and the fall menu. We were treated to a […]

Kabocha Squash and Ricotta Bruschetta

   Remember how I was talking about roasting squash the other day? I went overboard, and now my fridge is filled with squash, which means that I am coming up with fun new ways to eat it. This kabocha squash and ricotta bruschetta is my version of the incredible appetizer served at The Pump Room […]

The Ultimate Cheesy Sriracha Nachos

I am not sure why, but I always have lots of cheese, and lots of tortilla chips at home. One lazy Sunday it occurred to me that the best way to utilize these ingredients was to make a giant plate of nachos. We called it dinner. It wasn’t the healthiest dinner, but we loved every […]

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. […]

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”, […]

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

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 […]

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, […]

Asparagus, Mushroom, and Cheddar Egg Casserole

This is one of those meals that calls for inexpensive ingredients, little preparation time, and feeds lots of people. I served this at Blogging & Brunching on Saturday and several people were asking me for the recipe – which means that this casserole was a hit. You could add in any vegetables you like. I chose […]

Roasted Beet, Spinach, and Goat Cheese Salad with Maple Glazed Pecans

Yesterday I talked about how beets are the hot thing on the Chicago foodie scene right now, and I explained how to roast a beet. Today, we are taking those roasted beets and making a fabulous salad. I love the combination of beets and goat cheese, but you could also make this salad with gorgonzola. […]

How to Roast Beets

Beets! They are the fall’s hottest new ingredient. They are in season right now, so this is the perfect time to try this trendy food. Beets can be sliced thin and served raw, but I love the smooth silky texture of a roasted beet. Right now several restaurants are serving beets roasted, then cooled, and placed in […]

Beef and Goat Cheese Bolognese

Tomato season is coming to a close, and my home seems to be filled with them. No, we don’t garden, but apparently we can’t resist picking up gloriously fresh tomatoes at the grocery stores and farmers markets. This then lead to the dilemma of what to do with all of these tomatoes. I decided to […]


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