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Tropical Granola for the National Food Blogger Bake Sale

May 16, 2012

First off, I have to say a huge belated thank you to everyone who came out, in Chicago or elsewhere, for the National Food Blogger Bake Sale and to local wine shop The Poison Cup for generously hosting our Chicago sale. Share Our Strength is an organization that is dear to my heart so I’m thrilled that […]

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Mexican-Inspired Strata with Jalepeno Chicken Sausage and Chihuahua Cheese

March 6, 2012

One of the things I love about cooking is that progress and growth are often very tangible.  Dishes that I once considered elusive and challenging like liver mousse or risotto have over time become well within reach.  With constant experimenting, exotic ingredients have grown familiar and challenging, new techniques, approachable and possible. And one of […]

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Two Stratas

November 16, 2011

I’m kind of embarrassed that as of yesterday, I’ve been at my current company three months and haven’t yet mentioned how awesome my co-workers are.  Before I started my job I was fortunate enough to meet a few of them through a good friend who already worked there.  Because of this I had a hunch […]

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Blueberry & Chai-Scented Crumble Pancakes

July 7, 2011

I intended to take a break from blueberry laden recipes for awhile. Not that I don’t love this summery fruit, but variety is the spice of life, at least in my kitchen. But then Whole Foods had an amazing one day sale – $1.99 for a pint of organic blueberries. With a deal like that […]

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Blueberry, Orange and Vanilla Bean Baked Oatmeal

May 27, 2011

I wasn’t going to post about this dish.  Not because it wasn’t good – it was – but because in all honesty, it’s just a slight variation on my Orange and Vanilla Bean Baked Oatmeal that I posted about a little over a year ago and the Plum Topped Baked Oatmeal I made back in […]

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Banana Bread Sandwiches with Chocolate Goat Cheese Spread and Strawberries

May 25, 2011

Have you entered my Saucy Mama giveaway yet? Entries are being accepted until Friday, February 27 at 12 AM Central time. To enter, visit the post here. For this month’s installment of 5 Star Makeover hosted by Natasha, the 5 Star Foodie & Lazaro of Lazaro Cooks! we were given a more broad assignment than […]

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Simplified Chai French Toast with Rosemary Home Fries

April 22, 2011

I love getting together to share food with fellow food bloggers.  There’s a kind of shared understanding that immediately puts me at ease, which as a girl who’s found herself always feeling a bit shy, anxious and overwhelmed in social situations, is something I appreciate dearly.  And yet, on the flip side of the coin, […]

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Meatless Monday: Scrambled Egg and Potato Breakfast Tacos with Tomatillo Salsa

August 9, 2010

Today’s post is brought to you by the color purple. Yes, purple. I found myself inspired by some Purple Passion Potatoes that Tasteful Selections sent me to experiment with for their recipe contest. Suddenly I started noticing other unusually purple produce at my local farmers’ market. Like purple tomatillos… and purple hot peppers. It should […]

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Mini Homemade Pop Tarts

July 21, 2010

I tell myself that now we’ve been hitting some blazing hot temperatures in Chicago that I will stop using my oven. I’ll cast pizza and cookies aside for no-bake desserts and crisp salads.  But really, who am I kidding.  I still bake, I just crank up the AC to make it tolerable.  Not good for […]

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