Vanilla Bean Apple Butter

September 27, 2012

This month’s 5 Star Makeover came at the perfect time because I’ve needed some coaxing to get in the kitchen lately. I haven’t posted here since late July. And no, it’s not because I’ve been hoarding some super secret top recipes. I haven’t been cooking much, save for a few uneventful meals that are hardly [...]

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A Midwestern Meets Mediterranean Dinner Party

July 27, 2012

As I mentioned early in the week my projects in the kitchen have been a little pathetic this summer. So when family came into town I was determined to redeem myself. Thankfully, around the same time I received an invitation from McCormick Gourmet to participate in their Dinner Party Chain so the stars seemed perfectly aligned [...]

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Mediterranean Stuffed Mussels

July 26, 2012

With things beyond hectic in my work and personal life I took an unintended two-month break from the 5 Star Makeover. So when the invitation for this month’s challenge – Greek Meze – showed up in my inbox I was game to get started. Our fantastic hosts provided a pretty extensive list of classic dishes [...]

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Banana Nut Muffins with Oat Streusel

July 24, 2012

We’ve had high temperatures in the 80′s and 90′s the past few weeks in Chicago, the kind of arid heat that makes stepping outside seems akin to standing in front of an open oven.  Despite this, I’m posting a muffin recipe.  If you’re facing temperatures like ours it probably seems a little cruel and ill-timed, [...]

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Secret Recipe Club: Sun Dried Tomato Mac and Cheese with Broccoli

June 18, 2012

Time for June’s Secret Recipe Club.  I’m loving participating because without fail each month I get introduced to either a blog that is new to me or that I’ve read before but never cooked from.  This month continued the trend but was even more fun because my assigned blog, Carrie’s Sweet Life, is written by [...]

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Fromage Friday: Dorothea & Barely Buzzed

June 8, 2012

When I shared last Friday’s cheese reviews it made me realize how much I missed sampling and sharing new cheeses on the blog.  I do eat a lot more cheese than is shown on the blog but admittedly sometimes I find myself falling into my old favorites or feeling a little too lazy when I [...]

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Four Cheese, Chicken and Pancetta Stuffed Shells for National Cheese Day

June 4, 2012

Today is National Cheese Day, not to be confused with National Goat Cheese Month, which isn’t until August.  (I personally find it amusing that all cheese gets only a day, while goat cheese apparently has a whole month.  But since I love goat cheese, I’m hardly complaining.)  Given the spirit of the day it seemed [...]

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Fromage Friday: Carr Valley Cheese Co.

June 1, 2012

Hopefully everyone had a fantastic Memorial Day weekend.  I was fortunate enough to be able to take a few days off to drive up to Minnesota and spend time with friends and family.  As I’ve mentioned before, I have a love-hate relationship with that drive so I try to find amusing stops I can make [...]

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Secret Recipe Club: Bacon, Date and Goat Cheese Filo Rolls

May 21, 2012

For my third month in Secret Recipe Club I was assigned the blog Teenage Taste.  I’d stumbled upon her blog a few times before when Googling for recipes so I was thrilled to be able to spend more time with it, exploring her various eats.  Overall, I find her blog very inspiring and it makes [...]

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