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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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Pesto Steak Pasta Salad

July 19, 2011

Having lived in Chicago for (almost) a year and a half I’m now becoming attuned to the fact that our weather here exists largely in extremes. Either we’re wrestling with the most bone chilling of winters that dump foot after foot of snow on our unsuspecting cars or we’re melting on scalding 90+ degree summer […]

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Chestnut Gnocchi with Creamy Pesto Sauce

July 15, 2011

My intent with this month’s Daring Cooks challenge wasn’t to wait until the last minute. Although I suppose it’s never anyone aim, really.  Or at the very least most people wouldn’t admit it.  But it happened.  Steph from Stephfood was our Daring Cooks’ July hostess.  Steph challenged us to make homemade noodles without the help […]

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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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Sweet Corn Lasagna with Spinach and Ham

May 1, 2011

After the terrible month of rain I alluded to in my last post, we finally got sun this weekend!  And no, it wasn’t the fleeting kind that comes in drips and drabs so brief you can blink and miss it, but the prolonged, delightful kind that fills an entire afternoon.  And as much as I […]

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Turkey Dried Cherry Pasta Salad

March 8, 2011

I’ll admit to being a sucker for grocery store deli counter salads.  Tossed with mayo or mixed with vinaigrette they tempt me ruthlessly.  (Whole Foods in particular makes a smoked mozzarella salad I’m smitten with.)  It takes all the willpower I can to wheel my cart by without stopping for a pint.  Because of this, […]

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Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato and Goat Cheese Pesto

March 3, 2011

Thanks for the kind words on my last post.  I always struggle with how candid and honest to be on the blog.  In many ways, the candid posts are the ones where I feel I’m most able be myself, but I also recognize that for many people reading a food blog is more about a happy escape or […]

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Penne with Acorn Squash and Ham Hock

January 26, 2011

So far my winter resolutions have been going well. I attended a fantastic photography bootcamp.  I also bought an adorable pattern to make a homemade case for my iPad that I plan to put to good use when I have a free weekend.  And now that my oven has been restored to its original glory, […]

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Lamb Ragu or How I’m Learning to Embrace Winter

January 13, 2011

Originally I had an entirely different post written. And I deleted it. I was going to rant a bit about winter. And I’m sure given the recent string of flight delays and cancellations due to bad weather (and around the holidays no less) many of you would have related and nodded right along. But sometimes […]

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