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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Jul
27

I’m in the midst of looking for a new apartment in Chicago, mostly because I’d like to have an office instead of working in my dining room on a daily basis.

Personally I find that moving is one of the most unenjoyable things. I mean, I still haven’t completely unpacked my suitcase from three weeks ago. I KNOW I’m totally that type of person. How annoying. I should really just go in there and unpack RIGHT NOW… but then I remember I’m traveling for the rest of the week and all of my problems are solved.

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Apr
14

When I was little, my mom used to make pesto pasta for me all the time. In fact we had it so frequently that I grew to dislike it quite a bit. I know you’re probably wondering how that’s even possible, but it’s true. As I grew older I could never get back into it either until about a few weeks ago when I finally tried pesto again.

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Dec
31

I know today is supposed to be Wellness Wednesday, but I’m taking a small break until the New Year. No worries — I’ll be back next week with a new WW post; I know I’ve been away for a while! I’m guessing we all probably have. This year is such a wonderful time to just kick up your feet, read a new book, and just enjoy family time. And basically every cookie in sight.

That being said, I’ve done my fair share of eating, drinking, and cooking. Tony’s birthday was last week and I had the pleasure of making him a version of King Arthur Flour’s deep dish pizza, then homemade French Silk Pie for dessert. Swear to goodness, it was the best meal I’ve ever made him. The pie was perfect. I really feel awful about not posting the recipe, but it also seems a bit wrong to throw you a dessert full of butter, cream and chocolate when we’re all trying to eat healthy again. What do you think? If you’d like the recipe, I’d be happy to make it again and photograph it. Let me know!

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Dec
15

Quinoa enchilada bake is a delicious appetizer or dinner! Best of all it’s made with an easy homemade enchilada sauce!

How was your weekend? Did you do any holiday baking? I flew back into Chicago on Saturday night then enjoyed a relaxing evening with Tony. We tried to find something to watch on Netflix since we recently finished Breaking Bad, but nothing seemed convincing enough. That and we can’t seem to make a decision ever. What are some of your favorite TV series on Netflix? I thought The Fringe looked really good, mostly because Pacey is in it.

In other news, my birthday is next week (on the 22nd!) and I’ll be turning 26. I don’t know what I want for my birthday treat, usually it’s pumpkin pie but this year I’m kind of feeling a BIG fat doughnut or chocolate mousse. Is it sad that dessert is the most important thing to me on my birthday?

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Dec
08

I’m back in Minnesota this week enjoying some time with my Mom. She’s making me pour over  coffee right now. Outside the trees are bare, the wind is cold and well, basically it’s freezing. But alas, this is where I grew up and I’m happy to be spending time with her.

As I mentioned before, the reason for my visit was based on the fact that my body has been super crazy lately; we’ll be visiting a few doctors and a chiropractor to get things figure out. I was able to go for a 2 mile run on Saturday, but I’m eager to start running longer distances and doing yoga again (I may try today!). Fingers crossed!

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Oct
07

Sometimes I go on a french fry craze. Like get out of my way, I’m going to eat that entire plate of fries because I haven’t had them in nearly a month, and they look pretty dang terrific.

Welcome to the world of a girl who is in love with food.

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Apr
23

Rotisserie Chicken Naan Pizza with Spinach, Queso Fresco, & Fire-Roasted Tomato-Mango Chutney Sauce

I’m a little relieved that Easter is over. I can stop staring at photos of monkey breads on my Pinterest feed and get back to seasonal cooking and baking. I’ve been craving fresh fruits and veggies, and can’t wait to head to the farmer’s market to see what I can pick up.

Today, I wanted to share with you a simple pizza recipe that’s not only easy, but incredibly flavorful. Over the past few weeks, I had the privilege of developing three recipes using Just BARE® chicken for the Just BARE® Chicken +5 Ingredient Challenge; it was just a fun creative process for me and the ingredients were incredibly diverse as all of them were submitted by fans! I felt like I was on an episode of Chopped. Except there was no José Andrés to stare at. Booo.

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Anyway as you may already be aware, I participated in this challenge alongside some of my other blogging friends and now it’s time for you to vote for your favorite recipe on the Just BARE Facebook page. Voting is open between now and May 5th. All three of my recipes were selected for the final round, so I’d love your vote! Plus did I mention that you could win $250 in groceries just for voting?! Five eligible entrants will be randomly selected to receive the prize.

The five recipes with the highest combined Online Popular Vote and Culinary Score points will be awarded grand prize packages worth $1,500 that include a year’s worth of Just BARE coupons, a $1,000 gift card for merchandise from Food52 & Provisions website, The Food52 Cookbook, and a one-year subscription to Eating Well magazine.

Rotisserie Chicken Naan Pizza with Spinach, Queso Fresco, & Fire-Roasted Tomato-Mango Chutney Sauce

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Sep
10


How to make the Perfect Party Cheese Platter -- great for holidays, football, or any party!

I LOVE snacking. It’s one of my favorite party essentials. A classic cheese platter is one of the best things you can make for a party, in my opinion. It’s not too fancy, it’s ready in 10 minutes or less, and your guests will LOVE it!

I always place the platter in the center of the kitchen action, so that all of my friends and family can mingle together. It makes for such easy entertaining during football parties or the holidays.

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Jul
01

July is officially here! I booked a flight for a fun adventure. I have two jobs I love. Plus, I made you truffles, cookies, tacos, and this easy & fun Summer berry crostini.

I’m also currently obsessing over zucchini and have way too many ideas in my head; I literally had to force myself out of the grocery store after three hours of pacing the aisles. Pretty typical.

Besides being a grocery store stalker, I was quite busy this past weekend. The majority of my Friday was spent working then I caught a movie and stayed up until my eyes felt like heavy bricks. Saturday went by too quick; I hit a yoga class in the morning, did some editorial planning for the blog, and watched an episode of Cats from Hell. NOT KIDDING. I love cats.

I had a little ‘me’ time yesterday though and spent most of my day in the kitchen. I’m trying to get caught up on recipe creation so that I can take a little vacation over the weekend and relax. My wonderful mom also stopped over to show me her StitchFix collection (I got her hooked!). We haven’t seen each other in nearly two weeks so it was good to catch up. It’s important to remember you can never be too busy for your family. However, you can be too busy for when your mom tells you about how much she loves Jeremy Piven.

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