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Beef Stroganoff Burgers

December 28, 2011

This was one of those recipes I never intended to post.  I made them for one of my friends over the summer, a casual dinner enjoyed on the back porch with copious amounts of wine and good conversation.  Because of all the socializing, snapping a good photograph of this dish was the last thing on […]

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Meatless Monday: Huaraches with Cheese, Mushrooms, and Poblanos

November 28, 2011

Depending on your viewpoint, working in downtown Chicago can be described as delicious or dangerous. I’m of course, referring to all the lunch options that abound just outside my door. Back when I lived in Massachusetts, I worked for four years in a tiny town on the North Shore called Wenham.  Our office itself was […]

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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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Candy Cap Mushroom Sponge Candy

November 13, 2011

I’m always up for a cooking contest, especially if it challenges me to work with an ingredient that is unfamiliar to me. So I was very excited when Marx Foods announced their The Sweeter Side of Mushrooms: A Candy Cap Recipe Contest. As participants, we were tasked with creating a recipe with these unique mushrooms. […]

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Mushroom and Cheese Ravioli

May 13, 2011

I’m starting to think that I need to adjust my menu planning routine to include checking the weather report.  It was a balmy 83 degrees here in Chicago last night and I was in my kitchen making mushroom and ricotta stuffed ravioli.  It was one of those nights where the last thing I wanted to […]

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Meatless Monday: Mushroom Burgers to Bring On Summer

March 14, 2011

I’ve had it with winter in Chicago! I know I promised, no resolved, that I was going to embrace it with optimism.  I know I even went so far to create an action plan of things I could do to not just tolerate, but love it.  And I swear I tried, I really did.  I’ve […]

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Meatless Monday: Grilled Portabellas with Chipotle-Goat Cheese Sauce

December 27, 2010

I’m always on the lookout for anything that could spark a little inspiration in the kitchen. I travel with my trusty moleskin notebook. I even leave it on my bedside when I’m being diligent. And in the times it is not handy, I’ve been known to scribble an idea or two down on a Post-It […]

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Beef, Pumpkin and Mushroom Chili

October 22, 2010

Fall means different things to different people.  To me, it’s always brought to mind orchards brimming with perfectly ripe apples and pumpkin patches ready to yield a bounty of Jack-O-Lanterns.  Now that I’m living in the Midwest again for the first time as an adult there’s something new on my list – college football.  I […]

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A Merlot Tasting Dinner to Celebrate Columbia Crest’s Mobile Site Launch

August 29, 2010

As I mentioned in my last post, it’s not everyday that I get to cook for my family so it was a fluke that I got to cook not just one but to two big meals for my family.  In addition to being selected to cook a meal with Alaska seafood I was also chosen […]

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