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  • Chocolate Mouelleux

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Navigating the Daunting Jungle of Luxury Oven Brands: Going Beyond Viking and Wolf to the Realm of Open Burner Ranges

Navigating the Daunting Jungle of Luxury Oven Brands: Going Beyond Viking and Wolf to the Realm of Open Burner Ranges

As soon as Steve and I decided to renovate our kitchen, I started dreaming about luxury stoves. After years of jealously running my hands along friends’ sleek Viking stovetops, it was finally my turn to pilot one of these gorgeous machines. But taking the plunge on my dream luxury stove has been more overwhelming thanContinue Reading

Homemade Chopped Liver with Golden Raisins and Hard Boiled Eggs

Homemade Chopped Liver with Golden Raisins and Hard Boiled Eggs

The lack of love given to chopped liver has always mystified me. How can something so good get so little respect? What is it… CHOPPED LIVER???? Yes, the word LIVAH isn’t the sexiest around and the brown mousse could be more appealing, but you shouldn’t be shallow and judge chopped liver on looks and nameContinue Reading

a Delicious Dive into the Core of Ben and Jerry’s Headquarters

Before we dive into the details of my time at Ben and Jerry’s Headquarters, jump in your car and make your way to the nearest Ben and Jerry’s store. It’s free cone day today! In my six years of blogging, I’ve had my share of amazing invites. Being invited to spend three days at theContinue Reading

Vegas: Eating my Way Out of a Dirty Rabbit Hole

Vegas had always been on my bucket list. It seemed like a place that should be experienced by any reasonable adult. So when Steve and I were looking for a warm place we could fly to from Chicago for our first weekend without the kids in years, Vegas seemed like the perfect choice. Where elseContinue Reading

Sloppy Joes for 60

Sloppy Joes for 60

Cooking for 60, even when a time tested family recipe for Sloppy Joes, is never easy. Fresh from spring break on Monday, with suitcases still full of dirty clothes, I spent the day cooking dinner for 60. I was nervous. I wasn’t throwing an elaborate party, but I knew the crowd would be full ofContinue Reading

Cauliflower Cheddar Apple Soup

Cauliflower Cheddar Apple Soup

If routine is the friend of diet, then spring break is its death knoll. For the last month and a half, I’d been dieting quietly,being a good girl, not eating dessert and enjoying big bowls of vegetable soup for lunch. Pants were fitting better and I was feeling good, no longer cringing at pictures ofContinue Reading

The Secret to Great Homemade Fondue

The Secret to Great Homemade Fondue

The secret to homemade cheese fondue? No fondue pot necessary. Now that we’re officially in spring, it seems funny to be talking about fondue, a winter comfort food. But we fly West for spring break, to hit the slopes with fleeces and sun glasses, returning home proudly with raccoon tans. And when I’m skiing, IContinue Reading

Dauntless Chocolate Cake

Dauntless Chocolate Cake

For the last year or so, Bella and I have been in an informal book club, passing books back and forth, sitting down on a Friday night to watch the movie. For me, it’s a great excuse to read some really fun young adult novels. For her, it’s a chance to be welcomed to adultContinue Reading

Houlihan’s #SoEatingThis Giveaway

Houlihan’s #SoEatingThis Giveaway

Compensation for this giveaway post was provided by Houlihan’s via MomTrends.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Houlihan’s or Momtrends.  As the snow thaws, bathing suit weather nears, but that doesn’t mean you need to skip eating out. Houlihan’s Restaurants have just introduced a new menu featuringContinue Reading

The Whole Fromage: Adventures in the Delectable World of Cheese

The Whole Fromage: Adventures in the Delectable World of Cheese

My earliest cheese memory is fake, a fiction crafted from family stories, but that doesn’t make it any less real. As a toddler and an only child, we lived on the mostly pedestrian Ile St Louis in a 4th floor walk up. My mom would carry my umbrella stroller down narrow steps every day toContinue Reading

Building a Dream Bistro with Bon Appetit’s Out of the Kitchen Series

Building a Dream Bistro with Bon Appetit’s Out of the Kitchen Series

My husband and I dream of opening a restaurant one day, a little neighborhood place with hot crusty bread and butter that you notice, somewhere our guests will linger late into the night over really good after dinner coffee. We view each dinner out as market research, little experiences that we collect like crumbs inContinue Reading

Interview: Amy Thielen of Food Network’s The Heartland Table

Interview: Amy Thielen of Food Network’s The Heartland Table

On March 8, the second season of the Heartland Table began airing on Food Network. The show is filmed in Chef Amy Thielen’s Minnesota cabin, thousands of miles away from the New York City kitchens were she was worked for culinary superstars like Daniel Boulud, Jean Georges Vongerichten and David Bouley. Thielens’ Midwestern roots andContinue Reading

Vaguely Asian Honey Tomato Chicken Thighs: a Quick and Easy Slow Cooker Recipe

Vaguely Asian Honey Tomato Chicken Thighs: a Quick and Easy Slow Cooker Recipe

Chicken thighs… how I love chicken thighs. If chicken parts were to wrestle, they would take down the bland chicken breast any time, any place. This week, I threw a Costco sized pack of boneless skinless chicken thighs in the crockpot along with a few ingredients I grabbed in the pantry and everyone asked forContinue Reading

All For Schools: a Convenient New School Fundraising Option

All For Schools: a Convenient New School Fundraising Option

How does your school handle their fundraising? Do you have a school auction or do smaller campaigns all year round? Having been pressured one too many times to bid on something I didn’t really want, I prefer the fundraising opportunities that are woven in my life, the private ones that no one has to knowContinue Reading

Aloha Also Means Goodbye: a Book Review

Aloha Also Means Goodbye: a Book Review

Today for book review, I’m sharing a title that I’m particularly excited to share with you. Aloha Also Means Goodbye is a lovely novel that celebrates love and friendship. It’s beautifully written with prose that makes you pause and rich characters that linger with you. It’s also a novel that was written by my talentedContinue Reading

Sorrow Soup: Kicking Depression to the Curb

Sorrow Soup: Kicking Depression to the Curb

Over the last few weeks, depression has wrapped his arms around me like an abusive lover. I escaped to California to outrun him, but he was right here waiting when I landed two days later in a blizzard. Depression is a sneaky bastard like that. He keeps me chained to his side, lingering in bed,Continue Reading

A Fall of Marigolds Book Review and Giveaway

A Fall of Marigolds Book Review and Giveaway

Novels about New York City have a special draw for me. I’ve been a New Yorker since moving there after college, and although my current zip code is far away, it still feels like home. Reading about New York keeps its pulse close. I recently read A Fall of Marigold by Susan Meissner, a NewContinue Reading

Our Lactose Intolerance Story and Helpful Videos from the National Dairy Council

Our Lactose Intolerance Story and Helpful Videos from the National Dairy Council

When Sophie turned one, she abruptly stopped breastfeeding. On her actual birthday, she suddenly went from breastfeeding five times a day to only wanting bottles. My strong willed fourth child was going to dictate her weaning schedule, on her terms. As it was time to transition her away from formula, I gave her whole milk.Continue Reading

Pork Roast “a la Paysanne” aka Slow Roasted Pork Roast on a Bed of Onions and Potatoes

Pork Roast “a la Paysanne” aka Slow Roasted Pork Roast on a Bed of Onions and Potatoes

Peasant Girl Pork Roast. Does that sound appealing? That’s the literal translation of this Roti de Porc a la Paysanne, a deliciously slow roasted pork roast on a bed of caramelized onions and potatoes. The subtle differences between French and English never fail to amuse me. I’m a language and history geek. I can’t helpContinue Reading

Escape from Winter Hell

Escape from Winter Hell

The world is brushed with shades of gray, dirty snow, hidden ice, and smears of crusted salt. Frost is not only on the outside of the car, but also inside. Scraped, it falls on the dashboard, another dusting of frozen snow. Half-asleep, hunched and cramped uncomfortably from the pervasive chill in the air, I can’tContinue Reading

Strawberry Souffles: a Very Pink Valentine’s Dessert

Strawberry Souffles: a Very Pink Valentine’s Dessert

How will you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Will you brave the crowds and the cutesy expensive menus? Or will you snuggle at home? If you’re staying in, I have a great dessert suggestion for you: Strawberry Souffles. For years now, we’ve gone dark and light with a chocolate souffle. But this year, we’re going pink. StrawberryContinue Reading