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Old favorites, new favorites

Published on January 26, 2016, by in Update.

I have really enjoyed being back in the kitchen more since the start of the new year. When we travel a lot, we do as I think most people do, shop for convenience and speed. I hadn’t been making nearly as many things from scratch. I’ve really enjoyed having homemade nut milks among other things on hand. One of my favorite things to make with homemade milk is chia pudding. It makes a delicious and filling breakfast. Another thing I’ve done to help myself have more time in the kitchen is on occasion I get some of my groceries delivered. I still buy almost all of my staples at Aldi, but this really helps me to cut down on running to 3 different grocery stores, which can take up most of 1 weekend day, when you don’t have a car. What grocery delivery service do I use? Artizone! I love them. They are

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White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

Published on February 5, 2015, by in Recipes.

Is there a better way to spend time stuck inside than to spend it in the kitchen baking? Probably not. So, that’s exactly what I did this past weekend. Early into the snowfall: I had planned on making a double batch of Valentine’s monster cookies, but I only had enough peanut butter to make one batch. So, I hit the internet to find a new option. I chose and adapted Trisha Yearwood’s white chocolate cranberry cookies. Ingredients: 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1 T vanilla 1 large egg 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 t baking soda 1 cup dried cranberries 3/4 cup white chocolate chips Directions: Preheat oven to 350F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or use silicone baking mat. Cream butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar on medium about 2 minutes. On slow, add the egg and

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The hardest season

Published on May 7, 2014, by in Update.

Hello. I usually don’t get very personal on my blog, but today, I am. I am sitting behind my computer with my pants a little tight from all the amazing food I have been eating lately. I completed the 21 Day Fix and had amazing results. I absolutely love the program and can’t stop raving about it to all of my friends. So, what happened? Well, I didn’t completely undo my progress, but I am definitely feeling bloated from the food I have been consuming. This is the hardest season for me. It’s my husband’s birthday, then my birthday, which leads directly into patio weather. And since I live in Chicago, the few warm months must be taken advantage of. I am actually healthiest in the winter. I will go to the gym more days than not, because I don’t want to be outside. Since it the hardest season for

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Eggcellent weekend

Published on April 21, 2014, by in Recipes, Update.

See what I did there? I made an Easter joke. Ha. This weekend was exactly what I needed. Lots to time outside in the beautiful temperatures. It was the exact weather that you hear Chicagoans talk about all year. The weather that is reason we live here and endure the winters. It was perfect. Friday night, Brian and I met for dinner at Dawali Mediterranean Kitchen. I had been there on my last girl’s night and knew he would love it. He did. After eating a lot of hummus, we were both pretty full and didn’t even put a dent in our dinners. The good news was that we then had lunch for Saturday. The only problem was that we didn’t have any more hummus. I did have an eggplant on hand, so I roasted it and made some baba ghanoush to supplement our left overs. It is delicious and

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A week in review

This is going to be a little more than a weekend wrap up. Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of having a wonderful meal cooked for me by my friend’s Brock and John. Brock made the cocktails and collaborated with John on flavor combinations while John did most of the cooking. We started with a mixed greens salad, goat cheese and beets prepared two ways. We moved on to scallops, tomatoes and linguine in a moan-worthy white wine sauce. We ended with a pot de creme with mint, fleur de sel and a raspberry reduction pipped to the bottom. Not only was the food out of this world, we had hours of great conversation and laughter. Nearly finished bourbon cocktail: Pot de creme: Thursday night, Brian wanted tomato soup. So, I decided to throw together some ingredients in the Vitamix and this wonderful, creamy tomato soup was born. It has

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Polar vortex

Published on January 6, 2014, by in Recipes, Update.

With today’s extremely cold temperatues, I am fortunate to have a 3 day weekend and not have to go to work today. It’s been a great 3 days. Friday night I made Brian a tuna melt topped with bacon crumbles. I had a veggie wrap that I have been absolutely obsessed with eating lately. It’s lettuce, spinach, tomato, cucumber radish, olives and giardiniera. So flavorul, crunchy and delicious. Saturday, I went snowshoeing at Northery Island with friends. A great work out and a way to enjoy the somewhat mild weather. But before doing that, I needed a hearty breakfast to keep me full. Multigrain pancakes with cinnamon, pecans and banana: Sunday morning I got up and headed out in the never ending snow to go to the grocery store and pick up some things before the temperatures dropped later in the day. It was absolutely gorgeous out. I have been

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Christmas recap

Published on December 30, 2013, by in Update.

I didn’t take any pictures of food at Christmas. Can you believe it? We had a really delicious meal of turkey breast, cranberry sauce, the best stuffing recipe I’ve ever made, cheesy hash brown potatoes and green bean casserole. I know it sounds more like Thanksgiving dinner, and maybe it was, but it was delicious! Christmas was pretty much dominated by my adorable niece. She is at a super fun and playful stage where she repeats most of what you say and she is really starting to connect things. She loves books and being read to. Oh, and she gives you a big cheesy smile on command. While making Christmas dinner, my mom and I made sure we had some holiday spirits. On our flight back, we detoured through downtown Chicago and had some amazing views. I hope everyone had as great and as relaxing of a holiday as I

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