Easter Menu Ideas

Celebrate Easter with some of my top recipes for brunch or dinner. Menu suggestions below! Brunch Menu Smoked Salmon, Dill, and Goat Cheese Quiche Asparagus, Egg and Bacon Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette Spring Greens with Grilled Chicken, Strawberries, Avocado, and Feta Zucchini Banana Chocolate Chip Bread Dinner Menu Zucchini Ribbon and Goat Cheese Bruschetta Lamb … Continue reading Easter Menu Ideas

Super Simple Shrimp Coconut Curry

While delightfully magical, planning a wedding is extremely time consuming.  I was still cooking up a storm amidst all the past magic, but I didn't have time to photograph and post my recipes. Yes, I'm using the - "I recently got married excuse" - to justify my year long absence. So, what does this mean for you? It … Continue reading Super Simple Shrimp Coconut Curry

Lebanese Lamb Kufta Kebabs and Tabbouleh Salad

I grew up with a Lebanese Mother who loved to cook.  Her Lebanese feast ranks #1 on my "If I was stranded on a deserted island with one meal, what meal would it be?" list. So, with that in mind, go grab plenty of parsley and lamb and let's get crackin' on a few key … Continue reading Lebanese Lamb Kufta Kebabs and Tabbouleh Salad

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Why are these the pancakes that you'll be making the next time you make pancakes? Because lemon and ricotta is a delicious combination. Because you know you want to make a batch of pancakes that are a little bit different than the the normal ones. Because it's been too long since you actually made pancakes. … Continue reading Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Last-Minute Appetizer Recipes To The Rescue

Looking for a last-minute appetizer to serve at your upcoming holiday party?  I've got you covered. These recipes will keep your guests happy and make it seem like you are the ultimate hostess. Because you are! Happy Thanksgiving! Andouille Pigs in a Blanket with Chutney Mustard Dipping Sauce Baked Brie with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Thyme … Continue reading Last-Minute Appetizer Recipes To The Rescue

Maple and Harissa Roasted Carrots

  It's an Autumn Saturday morning in Chicago. As I sit here and type this, I've already seen the weather go from dark and cold, to windy and pouring rain. Now, its slightly breezy and a lovely 70 degrees F and sunshine. Why am I telling you this? Well, for one thing, my fiance is … Continue reading Maple and Harissa Roasted Carrots

Italian Sausage, Kale and White Bean Soup

  (New Years day, 2013)  While watching his beloved Stanford Cardinal lose in the Rose Bowl, our friend declares, "this is the best soup I've ever had." (I can't remember the specific below zero windchill day in the month of February, 2014)  My fiance came in from the cold to find this soup cooking. He … Continue reading Italian Sausage, Kale and White Bean Soup