Sep
02

So I think by now, we all know how deep my love for nut butters truly is. Remember my peanut butter taste test?

I go through phases where I’m in love with peanut butters, but I also tend to gravitate towards all the delicious nut butters out there: Cashew, coconut, almond, hazelnut… the options are endless! And yes, making your own is a breeze, but sometimes I love to sample all the fun flavors at the store.

So today I’m bringing you SIXTEEN peanut free nut butters that I’ve fallen in love with. My assistant and I sampled each one and ranked them by sweetness, saltiness, flavor profile and even give recommended uses. So, whether you’re feeling bored with your typical nut butter or you have a peanut allergy, you are going to LOVE this list. Grab a spoon and DIG IN.

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Aug
31

This Summer has been remarkable.

To tell you the truth, I thought I’d have more down time to relax but then I realize that life is short and all I want to do is see the world like any twenty-something. I spent a lot of time traveling without any regrets. The discovery of new places always excites me and I couldn’t feel any more blessed to celebrate the end of Summer with a happy heart.

In other exciting end of Summer news, Tony should be getting home from baseball next week, so we’ll be spending time together eating everything that Chicago has to offer. Date nights (and BDUBS) here we come!

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Aug
25

Brownies on a Tuesday. Ummm… you down?

Of course you are!

I made these brownies on snapchat a few weeks ago (username: ambitiouskitch) and saw that several of you ended up making them and tagging me on Insta. This is giving me some incentive to post more Snapchat recipes and not just videos of my cat drinking water out of a tea cup.

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Aug
20

Zucchini, zucchini, ZUCCHINI. It’s taking over my life. I’m not sure I mind so much, but I can tell you that I’m getting sick of shredding the zucchini. I have a few more to use up but after that I don’t think you’ll see another zucchini recipe from me in quite sometime. My right arm physically hurts from zucchini shredding syndrome. Yes, it’s officially a syndrome (in the AK book anyway).

I realize I’ve been doing various baked goods with zucchini so this time I wanted to bring you something a little savory. I decided that adding some zucchini to a turkey meatloaf would not only be a great way to get my veggies in, but also to add moisture (since I use extra lean turkey!).

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Aug
19

Do you wanna know what my eating routine was all last week? (Even if you don’t, I’m still going to tell you.)

Well, it’s pretty basic: Eating at the Whole Foods salad bar and shoveling these no bake oatmeal peanut butter cookie energy bites into my mouth at an extremely fast pace.

From last week’s eating adventures, I’ve learned two things: 1) It’s astonishing how much you can spend on a salad bar AND 2) I absolutely plan on making these energy bites every week for the rest of summer. Because once summer is over, it’s BAKING season (not that it ever ended for me).

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Aug
18

I’m not sure if I’ve ever enjoyed my life more than right now. Such a great way to start off a Tuesday, right? But it’s true. I’m really incredibly happy.

Last week Ambitious Kitchen turned 4 years old. I made you a cake and wrote you all giant inspirational love letter (coming soon!). Tony and I also found a new apartment and signed a lease last week, which means we’ll be staying in Chicago for at least another year (!!!!). I’m working on a new photography project with my good friend Sarah of Broma Bakery. And finally, I’m traveling a ton the rest of the year. All good things.

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Aug
13

My favorite way to eat food this summer is in the form of grilling. Also known as the easiest way to make a delicious meal.

Here’s something I learned recently: Did you know that you can place a can of baked beans right on the grill? Tony taught me this trick and I was thoroughly impressed. All you have to do is open the can, remove the label, then place on the grill until bubbly hot. Easy and no pans required!

Now that you’ve got that trick under your belt you have to time to whip up some of these sweet and spicy turkey burgers.

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Aug
12

About a month ago, I attended #SharingbytheShore, an intimate food blogger retreat held in Traverse City, Michigan. Over the past year, I’ve been to a few blogging retreats and always had a positive experience; this trip was no different.

You might be wondering why food bloggers have retreats. Well, it gives us the chance to connect, learn more about one another on a more personal level, laugh, eat, and share our blogging skills/experiences. Every one has a different work style, reason they blog and what they’re passionate about. Like any other industry, it’s important to get together and learn from one another (similar like you would at a conference).

I loved this retreat in particular because we were in such a gorgeous destination. Before attending, I had never been to Michigan before (except the Detroit airport). It was a five hour drive from Chicago and couldn’t have been more beautiful. And, the entire retreat was sponsored by Milk Means More — we couldn’t be more thankful for having such a kind, generous sponsor help us learn from one another.

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Aug
11

What’s your favorite kind of chip?

Mine are probably either Sun Chips or anything sweet potato flavored. Actually there was an amazing Australian chip brand called Grain Waves that Tony and I fell in love with when we visited last year. We had every intention of bringing home Australian wine and chips, but we kept drinking and eating them both after each purchase. Oops.

Wine + chips = the perfect late night snack.

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Aug
10

Last week I was walking home from my usual morning workout and suddenly smelled an overwhelming bagel aroma in the air.

My goodness, have you ever had that happen to you? It’s truly a breakfast calling like no other and therefore made my stomach rumble for the next 20 minutes. Throughout the rest of the day, I kept thinking about bagels and couldn’t stop. In fact, I couldn’t even recall the last time I had a bagel. SAY WHAT?!

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Aug
06

It’s Milly’s 1st birthday today! I know I probably shouldn’t be this excited but my love for her is strong, as demonstrated by my snapchats.

Over the past year, she’s really developed her own little personality and it turns out, she’s just as quirky as me. Her daily life includes naps, treats, tail chasing and sitting on the refrigerator watching me cook. To be honest, the daily joy she’s given me is irreplaceable. It’s weird, but now I can’t imagine what my days would be be like without her. #CATMOMFOREVER

Milly

Milly when she was 3 months old

For her birthday treat, I made her yogurt ice cubes to lick up. For some reason she loves both siggi’s and Stonyfield. (Of course, she has impeccable taste like that.)

Now onto things that aren’t about my cat…

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Aug
05

Today’s a good day. Why? Because we’re discussing one of my favorite things in the entire world: PEANUT BUTTER.

I didn’t find out my obsession was this strong until I made the decision to taste test 14 different brands all in one day. Talk about a belly ache that I will never regret. Thanks so much to my assistant, Rose, who helped me taste and decide on which brands to talk to you about today. Her PB obsession is wicked strong.

I do want to mention that while this is a taste test, this is the AK taste test. What does that mean? Well I wanted to provide you with as many peanut butter options along with sharing brands you don’t see everywhere (but can purchase online). Some of your favorites may be missing so if you have any you truly love, please leave a comment and tell us why! We love hearing from you.

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