Boozy Holiday Milkshakes

Dessert cocktails are a simple and fun addition to holiday celebrations. Serving dessert cocktails, like these Boozy Holiday Milkshakes, is an easy way to kill two birds with one stone. These milkshakes are a dessert on their own, but they would also pair beautifully with anything chocolate. The best part is that you only need […]

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 […]

Thanksgiving Leftovers Turkey Soup

In most households the day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday, a day filled with shopping. At my parents’ home the day after Thanksgiving is soup day. My father makes the most incredible soup using the leftover turkey from Thanksgiving and it is something we look forward to every year. This year I attempted […]

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 Carrots, the Easiest Thanksgiving Side Dish

Carrots are one of those vegetables that almost everyone loves. This recipe for roasted carrots can be pulled together with just five minutes of preparation time, and 45 minutes of cook time. The carrots are slathered in butter, seasoned with pepper, and roasted beside the turkey. The carrots will soak up the turkey drippings, loading […]

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 […]

Alinea – Chicago: The Number 1 Restaurant in America

My birthday gift from my husband was dinner at Alinea, the number one restaurant in America/number five in the world. Alinea’s owner/chef Grant Achatz’s is a culinary legend. He has been the recipient of several James Beard Awards, and his restaurant holds the highest rating of three Michelin stars. After watching Spinning Plates I had been […]

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 […]

Easy and Elegant Thanksgiving Tablescape

Thanksgiving is a pop the champagne and break out the china affair. I created an easy and elegant Thanksgiving tablescape that is worthy of my absolute favorite holiday. There are several DIY elements to this tablessacpe that you can mix and match with items you already own. I chose to focus on a neutral palette of […]

Bien Trucha in Geneva, IL

If I told you that some of the best tacos I have ever had were from a little restaurant in Geneva, Illinois, would you believe me? This morning I traveled to Geneva, which really is the cutest little town out there, for some blogging work with Aldi. My coworker Max is from Geneva and he […]

Saturday in Chicago (it involved Publican, David Bowie, and baffo)

Birthdays are extra special when they land on a Saturday. I decided to treat myself to a rare day off! People are always asking how I write this site, work a full time job, and manage my role at the Windy City Blogger Collective. To be honest, I work all.the.time. I’m out of bed by […]

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 […]

Egg, Cheddar, and Bacon Biscuits and Preparing for the Holidays with Aldi

  November is here which means that Thanksgiving (and Christmas!) are just around the corner. I have been working on planning holiday recipes that are easy to prepare for a big group. My parent’s house is always packed with people during the holidays, and with 8 adults under one roof breakfast gets tricky. Inspired by […]

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 […]


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