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The 2014 Chicago Food Bloggers Gift Guide Live Online

In Gifts & Gadgets On December 17, 2014 0 Comments

This year’s Chicago Food Bloggers Holiday Gift Guide is bigger than ever, with nearly 200 pages of gift ideas for everyone on your list. And check out my… Read More »

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Make Them Merry With This Dark Chocolate-Pumpkin Holiday Cake

In Desserts On December 14, 2014 0 Comments

Does your family love the holidays? Make them merry with this decadently delicious (and oh-so-easy) dark chocolate-pumpkin holiday cake. When the holiday season rolls around, I make sure… Read More »


Santa Has Elves. Why Shouldn’t You Have Help With Your Next Holiday Party!?!

In Events & Entertaining On December 10, 2014 0 Comments

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Buca di Beppo. All opinions are 100% mine. Santa has a whole workshop full of elves and… Read More »

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Chicago Mix Brownie Cookies

In Desserts On December 8, 2014 0 Comments

Happy National Brownie Day, y’all! I am excited to share a recipe for brownie cookies that I’ve “jacked up” with some Garrett’s Cheddar cheese and Caramel Crisp popcorn!… Read More »

Ultimate Foodie Holiday Gift Guide 2014

Ultimate Foodie Holiday Gift Guide 2014

In Gifts & Gadgets On December 7, 2014 0 Comments

The holidays can sometimes be hectic, especially when trying to find the right gifts for the serious foodies in your life. Consider me your personal shopping assistant. To… Read More »

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A Gluten-Free Sandwich Starts With The Bread!

In Breads, Gluten-Free On November 30, 2014 0 Comments

One of the most popular questions I get when I post a recipe is “Is the dish gluten-free?” or “Can you make a gluten-free version?” Sometimes the answers… Read More »

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Rum-infused Bing Cherry & Chocolate Chip Olive Oil Cake

In Desserts On November 10, 2014 14 Comments

Growing up, I remember visiting relatives who lived on this massive farm. At least to a young kid, it seemed like the farm was so huge that it… Read More »

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Cleaning Up After Four Crazy Pugs With Swiffer WetJet

In Gifts & Gadgets On August 30, 2014 1 Comment

I was beyond excited when a #BigGreenBox arrived at my doorstep. Little did I know that its contents would make cleaning up after four (yes, four!) crazy pugs… Read More »

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Add Sparkle to Your Weekend Routine

In Beverages On August 18, 2014 0 Comments

Chores are defined as unpleasant but necessary routine tasks. Well, my weekends are full of them! Chores, routines, and tasks. So I’m always looking for new ways to add… Read More »

Talking About Culinary Fight Club

In Entrees, Events & Entertaining On August 17, 2014 0 Comments

The first rule of Fight Club is you do not talk about Fight Club! Well I’m not Brad Pitt, so I’m going to break the rules and talk… Read More »

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National Rum Day: Captain Morgan’s #CaptainRumDay Competition

In Beverages On August 15, 2014 11 Comments

To celebrate National Rum Day (August 16), I’m participating in the Captain Morgan® #CaptainRumDay challenge. I was asked to create an original cocktail recipe using Captain Morgan White Rum… Read More »


Urban Accents® Gourmet Spices & Blends

In Gifts & Gadgets On August 9, 2014 30 Comments

Whether you’re an experienced master chef or you just like to dabble in cooking at home on the weekends, the most important tools in your kitchen to make your… Read More »

When It Counts: A Smooth Shave Puts My Best Face Forward

In Kitchen Confessions On August 6, 2014 15 Comments

I’ve always had sensitive skin. So I tend to avoid shaving until the very last possible moment. And during the summer, I get even lazier – only shaving when… Read More »

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Salad Dressing Recipe Mash-up Goes Swimmingly With Fish Tacos

In Entrees On August 4, 2014 13 Comments

I’m always on the lookout for new ways to use pantry staples. When you use the same brands year after year, you can take for granted all its… Read More »

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Hot Sauce Recipes For Movie Night

In Entrees, Snacks & Candies On August 2, 2014 15 Comments

Summer movie night at home means dinner and a movie – with snacks! Dinner needs to be simple, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. So… Read More »

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RSVP for #MyMarianos Twitter Party, June 9

In Contests & Promotions, Twitter Party On June 4, 2014 1,060 Comments

Do you love a good Twitter Party? You know I do, and I’m excited to host a party about outdoor entertaining and summer events! On Monday, June 9,… Read More »

#SayCheeseburger #CollectiveBias #shop KRAFT Classic Ranch Patty Melt

Classic-With-A-Twist: This Ranch Patty Melt sizzles with flavor

In Entrees On May 25, 2014 1,849 Comments

When you think about classic American foods, the cheeseburger definitely ranks among the top of the list. There’s something so satisfying about biting into a juicy, perfectly cooked… Read More »

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S’mores Marshmallow Pop’ms

In Desserts On May 22, 2014 2,639 Comments

The arrival of summer means that s’mores season is in full bloom. It’s almost impossible to ignore the grocery store end-cap displays stacked with Hershey bars, marshmallows and… Read More »

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Reimagine Your Caramel Blondie Bars

In Desserts On May 19, 2014 2,398 Comments

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hershey’s®. All opinions are 100% mine. In the early 1900’s, Chicago was known as the Candy Capital… Read More »


YouCopia Classic SpiceStack®

In Gifts & Gadgets On May 17, 2014 1,769 Comments

If your kitchen cupboards are like mine, sometimes you’re afraid to open up a cabinet door for fear of what might come falling out. And as much as… Read More »