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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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Carrot and Goat’s Milk Cheddar Soup

April 4, 2012

Last week it was ice cream, but this week it’s all about soup.  It might seem a bit incongruent, but it’s pretty representative of the weather we’ve been having these days in Chicago.  Somedays it’s nothing but blinding sunshine and I find myself practically skipping to work in a dresses and open toe shoes.  Other […]

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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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Creamy Vegetable Pot Pie with Polenta-Parmesan Crumble

July 13, 2011

I’m not going to lie, 2011 has felt, at times, like quite the roller coaster. Romantic relationships ended before they even began. Endless open houses and condo showings pursuit of my perfect Chicago home netted me little more than a failed negotiation. So when I finally got a piece of good news recently, celebrations seemed […]

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Vietnamese-Inspired Pork Noodle Soup

March 22, 2011

Of things to know about me – I’m not good at being sick. My life is usually so busy that sick days don’t really fit into my schedule and even if they do, I’m the type that has a hard time resting for long. Sure I might sleep in or maybe even take an afternoon […]

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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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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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Christmas Eve Prime Rib Dinner

December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas everyone.  I hope that all those who celebrate have had a safe and restful holiday with loved ones. I must admit that until Christmas Eve I was feeling a bit Scrooge-ish. It caught me by surprise as this is normally not my holiday persona. Typically I relish the stretch of days between Thanksgiving […]

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Creamy Cajun Steak Pasta

November 17, 2010

Lately I’ve been trying to be healthier so I can be a little svelter and overall look more fabulous in my clothes.  Clearly trying is the operative word here with my posts as proof.  Creamy Wild Rice Soup?  Cheese Steak Egg Rolls?  Popcorn Balls?  Is it any wonder my clothes are a little, erhm, snug.  […]

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