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 […]

What to Bring to a Holiday Party: Raspberry White Chocolate Cupcakes with Mascarpone Frosting

Raspberry White Chocolate Cupcakes with Mascarpone Frosting is a dessert just a wonderful as it sounds, and a perfect addition to your holiday party menu. I have spent the past few weeks writing about desserts to bring to a holiday party, I covered my favorite store bought chocolate treats, halfway homemade desserts, and I shared […]

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 […]

Waking Up with Lavazza

This morning a gorgeous Italian man sang to me as I woke up. And no it wasn’t a dream, and Charles probably would have been jealous if he wasn’t stuck in Buffalo. This morning thanks to Lavazza I had a viral wake up meeting with their spokesperson Mr. Buongiorno in Milan. It was quite the […]

What to Bring to a Holiday Party: Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bark

It’s that time of year when everyone’s calendars are sprinkled with holiday parties. To get in a festive spirit, I have been sharing a collection of desserts to bring to – or serve at – at holiday party. We started off simple with some store-bought favorites, and then moved along to halfway homemade desserts that utilize […]

Sparkling Cranberry Prosecco Cocktail and Lincoln Park Holiday Shop Hop with Oh, Olive

The holidays are quickly approaching and there is nothing more festive than a sparkling cocktail. This Sparkling Cranberry Prosecco Cocktail is perfect for Thanksgiving and your Christmas celebrations. The best part is that you can prepare this drink in a large pitcher so that you can have it ready for guests when they arrive. Speaking of […]

What to Bring to a Holiday Party: Halfway Homemade Desserts

Ready for the next installment of What to Bring to a Holiday Party? I already shared my favorite store bought chocolates, and today I have two holiday dessert recipes that use brownie mixes to reduce the preparation time. The thing about using a mix is that no one will know, unless you tell them! I am […]

A Simple, Honest Braised Turkey

Brining a Thanksgiving turkey is a lot easier than you might think. Plus, it keeps your turkey moist and adds lots of flavor. I created a simple, no-fail citrus and tea brine that can be put together in just minutes. I brined my turkey for 24 hours using just a mixture of Honest Tea, Simply […]

The Ultimate Thanksgiving Mashed Potatoes

  Mashed potatoes are the most popular Thanksgiving side dish. They are the one thing that everyone puts on their plate – which means that you need an exceptional recipe. My parents make the best most delicious, creamy, cheesy Thanksgiving mashed potatoes. Since I moved to Chicago I have been bringing these mashed potatoes to Friendsgiving and […]

Roasted Beets with Goat Cheese and Honey and Getting Ready for Thanksgiving

  I am going to be sharing Thanksgiving recipes and tips all week in preparation for my favorite holiday. I already shared my Thanksgiving tablescape, and today I have a really simple recipe for roasted beets with goat cheese and honey. Beets have an earthy flavor and can be a bit of an acquired taste, […]

What to Bring to a Holiday Party, My Favorite Store Bought Treats

Today I am kicking off a series on what to bring to holiday parties. I’m a food blogger that realizes that not everyone who loves food knows how to make it. With that in mind, today I am talking about my favorite store bought treats to bring to a party. The What to Bring to a […]

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 […]

Open Squash Ravioli

There are some meals that I will never forget. One of those meals is the open butternut squash ravioli from Apizz in New York City. The restaurant is tucked away on Eldridge Street, a quieter section of the Lower East Side. The small one room restaurant, with a roaring wood fire oven, is cozy and […]

Pear, Pomegranate, and Goat Cheese Salad (plus a Door to Door Organics Giveaway!)

Healthy eating and a busy lifestyle have a tendency to clash. My new favorite way to save time and to eat fresh healthy food is my Door to Door Organics subscription. It saves me a trip to the store and brings fruits, vegetables, and other essentials straight to my doorstep each week. Just check out the […]

How To Put Together A Cheese Board

October is American Cheese Month and in celebration of this glorious month celebrating my favorite food, I met with Bryan Bland, the Head Cheesemonger at Pastoral. Pastoral is a small local chain that specializes in artisan bread, cheese, and wine and to honor American Cheese Month, Pastoral is offering a special cheese plate featuring 4 […]

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 […]

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