Jul
18

I have to say, we had a very exciting weekend because…

We put an offer down on a house! It’s in Chicago and is what I would call a refinished vintage gem. We’re waiting to hear if our offer is accepted so please cross your fingers for us! We should find out later today or tomorrow.

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Jul
12

Lasagna without the noodles. It’s a thing in my life. A very delicious thing that I needed to share with you just in time for eggplant season!

Let’s back up a sec though. Before I share the recipe details with you, I must tell you about my lasagna obsession. Flashback to around my 21st birthday when I asked my Mom to make me lasagna. First of all, three days prior to my birthday I had returned to America from my adventures wine drinking and traveling around in the land of Oz, so my 21st birthday didn’t seem all that exciting.

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Jul
06

When I was little my Dad used to throw the ultimate backyard BBQs. From sweet corn on the cob with honey butter and salt to his famous picnic salads, Dad was the man who knew how to make you smile with a Dixie paper plate full of your favorite colorful summer food. I remember sitting on checkered picnic blankets with my cousins as we held juicy watermelon wedges and patiently waited for the rest of our meal.

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Jun
28

Quesadilla time!

I was looking through my blog archives the other day and realized that I haven’t made a quesadilla recipe in century.

Okay century might be a bit of an exaggeration; if we’re being technical, it’s been two years. TWO YEARS since tortillas and cheese danced on my tongue in sweet matrimony.

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Jun
27

How much can you fall in love with a food? Because I’ve fallen into a deep dark love affair with this chocolate avocado pudding pie.

I know, I know. Sounds weird, right? But at this point I feel like you all know me well enough that if I put a peculiar ingredient in something and tell you it’s amazing, you know I’m speaking the truth. The proof? Black bean avocado brownies. Chickpea chocolate chip cookies. Chickpea blondies. Black bean truffles. Lentil blondies.

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May
30

My love for enchiladas is pretty close in line with my endless love for nut butters. I hate to compare the two, but it’s true when I say I’d adore them any way they’re served.

During my recent trip to Santa Fe, my Mom and I enjoyed the most unique and flavorful enchiladas. Each restaurant presented them with the most beautiful creative and flavorful sauces ranging from smoky red chile, mole, Hatch green chile and the beloved salsa verde. The best part about these sauces is that they have plenty of uses; dip your chips, smother your eggs and coat your meats. SAUCE PARTY.

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May
23

Tony got me a wonderful ice cream maker for my birthday last December and I finally put it to good use with this absolutely amazing vegan wild blueberry lavender coconut ice cream.

The first time I ever had lavender ice cream was at Jeni’s here in Chicago. It was a marvelous wildberry lavender flavor that was bright purple, sweet, floral and uber creamy. Probably one of my favorite ice creams that I’ve ever had. During the summertime, fruity ice creams are where it’s at.

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Apr
26

Hi Spring. So nice of you to finally arrive and warm my bones.

When you’re from the Midwest, you know that there’s a huge discrepancy from when the calendar says it’s officially spring to when it actually gets warm out. Some years it just goes from Winter to Summer in the span of a week.

This Spring has been kind though, it’s been warm and beautiful here in Chicago for a few weeks now. In fact, I just started running outside again and have already made it up to 5 miles. Another plus is that I beat my average pace from Fall, which is AWESOME. Unfortunately, ever since I had to quit yoga because of my neck and back issues, I find my hip flexors and butt to be extremely tight after running. I do roll both out, but clearly need to find other stretches to help me. Suggestions welcome and appreciated!

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