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
11

You know when you get the feeling that you’re searching for something more, but you don’t know what it is yet? Perhaps it’s your life calling — a passion, a truth, a religion, just something to make you feel like this is truly who you are, shining in all your glory? Well, that’s me. Right at this moment. HELLO QUARTER LIFE CRISIS NUMBER 15.

Seriously, it might be number 15.

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Jul
08

Hello hello! How was your week?

This week was spent back home in Chicago recipe testing with a happy belly. Believe me though, I had my fair share of good food in Mexico so I’ve been welcoming healthy, nutritious food and non-alcoholic drinks. Tony and I are actually doing a little eating challenge together — we’re eliminating dairy and gluten (basically doing paleo) for a week. It’s actually been really fun meal planning for us, grilling and getting rid of excess sugar and junk in our normal diets. Tony seems to be doing well, but I can tell he already misses pizza. I on the other hand miss peanut butter.

This weekend we’re attending the Taste of Chicago. I’ve never been before, but am looking forward to seeing all the vendors. I’ll be there checking out Hill Bros and their new compostable single serve pods (super cool, huh?).

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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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Jul
05

June was crazy busy. I spent two weeks in Europe, a few days in Boston and am currently in Mexico.

While traveling can have its downside (the house gets messy, my suitcase is always packed and I miss my cat), usually I feel overwhelmed with gratitude as I’m able to get out and experience the beauty of life, various culture and interact with the introverts and extroverts of the world. It encourages my brain to hum at a faster beat, constantly analyzing the universe and what it’s providing me with.

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Jul
01

There isn’t anything I don’t love about the month of July. Fireworks. Hot, steamy weather. Patio season in full force. Cocktails. Amazing produce. Really good BBQs. Sunset walks. Less than six months til my birthday.

I actually may have described the perfect month.

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Jun
29

How are you today? Doing well?

Good news, friends. I’m here to make the day even better with a salted dark chocolate pecan butter that puts nutella to shame. It kinda tastes like chocolate pecan pie in a jar. And I loves it.

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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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Jun
26

Whoop whoop! We’re finally in the final stretch of the Summer Sweat Series and heading into the heat of July. Can you believe we’ve been sweating our faces off for almost FOUR weeks now? You guys seriously killed it this year and I’m thrilled I was able to see all of your hard work through Instagram and our FB group.

It’s like I’m a proud mama right now.

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