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Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Dried Blueberries, Bacon, Almonds and Manchego

October 18, 2012

Since my last post my desire to cook has come in drips and drabs.  It’s not lost on me how ridiculous it is that I spent over a year and a half looking for a condo with the perfect kitchen – big, updated and full of light – and I’m barely cooking in it.  I […]

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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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Beet Salad with Apples, Quinoa and Goat Cheese

February 23, 2012

This month’s 5 Star Makeover challenge was beets. This time I was inspired by my earliest memories of beets. For much of my childhood, beets were nothing more than an incredibly foreign and scary looking ingredient on salad bars. My grandmother would always load them onto her plate along with other ingredients I loathed at […]

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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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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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Almost My Father’s Pasta Salad

June 4, 2010

Temperatures have been hovering in the 70’s and 80’s for the past few days in Chicago so I think it is safe to say that barbeque and cookout weather is upon us.  Even though I’ve never been a confident griller, I look forward to these warm weather get togethers.  I love spending the afternoon in […]

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Harvest Bread Salad

October 11, 2009

Thanks to the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program I had the chance to sample two of Nature’s Pride loaves of bread: 100% Whole Wheat and 12 Grain. Even better, Nature’s Pride is offering sponsorships for six bloggers to attend the Foodbuzz Blogger Festival in San Francisco this November. To enter, bloggers must create an original recipe using […]

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Vegetarian Tequila Berry Salad

August 12, 2009

Time for yet another summery recipe.  Today I had a wild craving for a mayonnaise-based salad.  Some might say that calling this a summer food is a stretch, but in my mind a picnic or BBQ just isn’t complete without some variation on the mayonnaise-based salad.  And because I’m not a big meat eater I’m […]

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Spinach salad with Poached Pears

March 7, 2009

Tonight was one of those nights where nothing in particular was on the menu so my focus became how to use up my lovely fresh produce before it had a chance to go bad. Among the contents of my fridge were a forgotten full bag of baby spinach and some lovely Forelle pears. I chose […]

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