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Blue Cheese Risotto with Sautéed Apples and Bacon

December 4, 2012

I’ve been known to get inspiration for recipes in the weirdest places, but I think the story of this recipe takes the cake.  The idea for this recipe came after I washed my iPhone in the washing machine.  Yes, it was as insane and cringe inducing as it sounds.  I was attempting to keep on […]

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Spicy Pumpkin Grits with Bacon & Cheddar

October 24, 2012

Last month we played with apples for our 5 Star Makeover challenge.  This month we got another seasonal ingredient in the form of squash.  I’ve played around with squash a fair bit in the time I’ve had this blog.  Though pumpkin in particular takes most Americans to a sweet place, most of my experimentation has […]

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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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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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Creamed Brussels Sprouts and Apples with Bacon

March 9, 2012

As I’ve probably said before, I am the kind of cook who mostly values exploring the new vs. repetition. I have an inherent desire to switch things up and even if I stumble across (or create) a recipe that I absolutely love it’s almost impossible for me to make it again without changing it in […]

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Crab Salad BLT

January 18, 2012

Before Christmas I mentioned my love of holiday traditions, but I realized the other day that I forgot one – new year’s resolutions.  For a long time I never made any.  They seemed like a cliche and I assumed that even if I did make one, my follow through would be poor. Then in 2007 […]

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Sweet Potato-Bacon Doggie Cookies

October 27, 2011

Over the summer Oliver spent a little over a month with my parents for what we’ve affectionately called ‘Grandma & Grandpa Camp.’ (Even though to be fair, my sister who had the summer off from teaching did the bulk of the dog sitting.) Everyday they’d text message me pictures of Oliver’s daily adventures. I loved […]

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Bison, Butternut, and Bacon Chili and Other Autumn Eats

September 28, 2011

As of Friday, it’s officially fall, though it has felt that way in Chicago for much longer.  Since summer came late I expected that it would hang on a bit longer than usual as well, but that was not the case.  Even before the sun had set on Labor Day, the ground was littered with […]

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Fromage Friday: Smoky and Spicy Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Bacon and Goat Cheese

September 9, 2011

Things lately have been tremendously hectic.  Between quitting one job and starting another (which I absolutely LOVE by the way), withdrawing an offer on a condo, traveling to Minnesota and Las Vegas, and starting an apartment hunt, any attempt at normalcy has quickly fallen by the wayside.  But the truest testament to the harried nature […]

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