Zucchini Noodles and Spaghetti with Pesto, Roasted Tomatoes, Garlic and Shrimp

  I’m a pesto loving fool.  I’m also a tomato loving fool.  Thankfully, this dish has ’em both (plus super cool spiraled zucchini noodles).  I’m a fool in love, and in this particular instance I’m referring to my dinner. What do I love about this dish (other than the pesto and tomatoes?): The harmonious balance […]

Maple Almond Granola

It’s made up of pantry staples.  It’s a whiz to throw together.  It’s the first request from my sisters when they come visit. It’s GRANOLA.  I can’t tell you how many requests I get to make granola.  When my sisters came to visit a few weeks ago, this version made an appearance.  A very short […]

Turkey Taco Zucchini Boats

  Aside from having a name that sounds like the title of an old Grateful Dead concert tour, these turkey taco zucchini (or “Zuk” if you love abbreviating like I do) boats are fun and oh so tasty. Weeknight summer dinners are all about simplicity, beauty, and the use of the freshest ingredients.  Zucchini is […]

Summer Salad Round-Up

The 4th of July is almost here!  Although according to my assessment of downtown Chicago, most people have celebrated “Independence Eve” by taking the 3rd off as well.  Bravo! In preparation for the festivities, I put together a list of my favorite go-to summer salad recipes.  These recipes are perfect for BBQ’s, picnics, and potlucks […]

Steamed Clams and Shrimp in Beer Infused Broth

  Lazy summer Sundays revolve around food.  That’s just a cardinal rule, (don’t ever break it). Where should we go for brunch?  What should we make for dinner?  A walk to the ice cream shop for dessert?  At the risk of sounding too “foodie-philosophical,” it’s always about the next meal for me.  Summer Sundays just […]

Lentil Orzo Salad with Shrimp and Feta Cheese

Here’s a clever little twist I came up with.  I added a couple ingredients to this lovely lentil orzo salad recipe from my archives.  This time around, I topped it with sauteed shrimp and crumbled feta cheese.  Yeah, I hear ya … “Real clever, Emily.  Adding crumbled feta and sauteed shrimp to most anything will […]

Zucchini Ribbon and Goat Cheese Bruschetta

  Easy entertaining options … Lord knows I’m always on the look out for ’em.  I love unexpected/unplanned gatherings.  For me, spontaneity always breeds a fun low stress atmosphere.  I’ll gladly take any excuse to casually entertain without over-thinking it.  So when you’re in the neighborhood, and you don’t mind an easily excitable puppy jumping […]

Spring Greens with Grilled Chicken, Strawberries, Avocado, and Feta

  The classic example of seasonal fruit.  When strawberries are in season, I can not resist.  I say hello to these beauties during May and June when they’re plump, sweet, and juicy.  Then, I say goodbye until the following Spring.  Simply delicious this time of year.  Yup, I’m a strawberry snob and proud of it. […]

The Ultimate Bagel with Smoked Salmon and all the Fixings

  Holiday breakfast, game day eats, or the morning after things got a little carried away at the bar.  A wonderful late night indulgence, my personal fav.  Also, the perfect no-cook spread for entertaining.  The ultimate bagel wears many hats, and they all look stylish. Here’s how to put on your “entertaining” hat:  The morning […]