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An Egg-cellent Tip for Perfectly Hard-Cooked Eggs, No Boiling Required

In Kitchen 101 On April 17, 2014 0 Comments

Alton Brown, one of my culinary heroes, shows how to perfectly hard cook eggs, no boiling required. This method is especially time-saving when you have a large number… Read More »

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Some Bunnies Bring A Fresh Take To Easter Brunch!

In Appetizers, Events & Entertaining On April 10, 2014 1 Comment

Everybunny needs a little extra help and a fresh take in the kitchen when it comes to getting ready for family holiday gatherings, like Easter. Honestly, I get bored… Read More »

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Feeding My Pretzel Addiction: Fresh-Baked Soft Pretzels

In Snacks & Candies On April 3, 2014 1 Comment

Did you know that April is National Soft Pretzel Month? I’m not sure it needs an entire month to itself but I do applaud the pretzel in all… Read More »

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Attack of the Blobbs!

In Desserts On April 1, 2014 0 Comments

Ina Pinkney’s Blobbs Brownie Cookies Recipe Revealed Chicago’s very own Ina Pinkney, aka The Breakfast Queen, invented “Blobbs” in response to the gourmet brownie craze of the 1980s…. Read More »

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PEEPS Art: DIY Easter Centerpiece for under $8

In DIY, Events & Entertaining On March 30, 2014 13 Comments

It’s nearly 60 degrees and mostly sunny in Chicago on this last Sunday of March. Earlier this afternoon, it felt so good to absorb the sun while watching… Read More »

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Heavenly HALO Olive Oil Cake

In Desserts On March 27, 2014 1 Comment

When I was asked to create a recipe for a new flavor of premium extra virgin olive oil, I jumped at the chance. I love baking with olive… Read More »

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Long Live the Breakfast Queen!

In Breakfast On March 25, 2014 0 Comments

I’m one of those people who believes that breakfast any time of the day or night is a good thing. For over 33 years, Ina Pinkney (aka The… Read More »

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Our 10 Most Popular Chocolate Desserts EVER!

In Desserts On March 23, 2014 0 Comments

Do you dream of chocolate? Then this recipe roundup is for you! If you said that chocolate is one of my favorite ingredients to create with in the… Read More »


Weathering the Sinus Pain & Congestion Worries of Spring

In Contests & Promotions, Kitchen Confessions On March 20, 2014 0 Comments

The first day of spring means warmer weather is on its way. For me, it also means getting ready for a season of sinus congestion and sinus migraines. The… Read More »

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Do Green. Do Good. Chicago Flower & Garden Show Feels So Good!

In DIY, Events & Entertaining On March 17, 2014 6 Comments

The Chicago Flower & Garden Show, presented by Mariano’s, is a much-needed reminder that spring will (eventually) get here. The Chicago Flower & Garden Show, which dates back… Read More »

P.F. Chang’s New Winter Menu Celebrates Luck and Prosperity

In Restaurants On March 17, 2014 1 Comment

This post brought to you by P.F. Chang’s. All opinions are 100% mine. No restaurant celebrates the Chinese New Year like P.F. Chang’s, and its new Winter Seasonal… Read More »

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Chocolate Guinness Stout Mug Cake

In Desserts On March 16, 2014 0 Comments

On St. Patrick’s Day, everybody is Irish! Here in Chicago, we take the holiday very seriously. We’ve got a South Side parade, a downtown parade and we even… Read More »

How to Chiffonade Sage

In Kitchen 101 On March 15, 2014 0 Comments
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In the [Skype] Kitchen With LongHorn Steakhouse Chef Josh Evans

In Restaurants, Soups, Salads & Sides On March 13, 2014 1 Comment

Have you ever been reading a restaurant menu, jonesing over the delicious-sounding ingredients of a dish that you’ve never tried and wondered “how did they think of that… Read More »

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Remembering my favorite destinations with Coffee-mate Extra Sweet & Creamy

In Beverages, Breakfast, Contests & Promotions On March 10, 2014 6 Comments

I’ve never been much of a morning person, so a smooth, rich cup of coffee (or three!) helps me to get ready for a day of caring for 4… Read More »

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YOLO BOLO: Bolognese Spaghetti Sauce for the slow cooker

In Entrees On March 6, 2014 0 Comments

I call this recipe YOLO (You Only Live Once) BOLO because the Bolognese sauce is so rich, intense with Cabernet Sauvignon flavor that it’s the only Bolognese recipe… Read More »


Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Eli’s Cheesecake

In Contests & Promotions On March 4, 2014 11 Comments

St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time – a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic.  ~Adrienne Cook As spring (hopefully) approaches, so does St. Patrick’s… Read More »

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Cheers to the Oscars! Do you have an Academy Awards drinking game?

In Beverages On March 2, 2014 3 Comments

The ballots are in and the results will be announced tonight. Who are you rooting for to win an Oscar this year? When it comes to drinking games,… Read More »

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Peanut Butter Lava Mug Cake

In Desserts On March 1, 2014 2 Comments

Sometimes cooking isn’t pretty. But that’s okay as long as it’s delicious. And that’s exactly the case here with this recipe for Peanut Butter Lava Mug Cake. It… Read More »

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Fiesta Mexi Turkey Meatloaf, Ole!

In Entrees On February 28, 2014 1 Comment

Last weekend was National Margarita Day. Did you miss it? I was all set to enjoy some great margarita recipes from some of Chicago’s hottest bars, like a Salted… Read More »