• Girl and the Goat Brussels Sprouts

    Asian Brussels Sprouts Girl and the Goat Style

  • homemade red pepper hummus

    Roasted Red Pepper Hummus: an Easy Protein Packed Snack

  • French Apple Tart

    Tarte Aux Pommes

  • tuna tartare

    Homemade Tuna Tartare

  • Chocolate Mouelleux

    Just a Simple Little French Cake: Moelleux au Chocolat

  • strawberry yogurt cake

    Strawberry Yogurt Cake: Great for Breakfast or Afterschool Snacks

  • Chocolate Pudding

    Milk Chocolate Pudding

Hoisin Rainbow Stir Fry: the 10 Minute Dinner Solution

Hoisin Rainbow Stir Fry: the 10 Minute Dinner Solution

I haven’t been up for a lot of opposition lately. No appetite to force the kids to broaden their palates, expand their horizon, try new foods. The chorus of no’s is just too much. But I tire of the same old tried and true dishes, the creamy bolognese sauce, the oven roasted sweet asian chicken thighs.Continue Reading

One Goal: a Tribute on Ice

Caring for an ailing parent while mothering four children puts you in the middle of a tug of war of responsibilities, a difficult middle place of two identities: mother and daughter. The Middle Place is a term that Kelly Corrigan captured eloquently in her memoir of the same name, a beautiful tribute to her dad,Continue Reading

a Healing Two-Step Chicken Soup

a Healing Two-Step Chicken Soup

Soup heals. Broken hearts. Clogged sinuses. Tired children. Bloated bodies. Whatever the woe, soup heals. A big steaming bowl. A deep spoon. Fortified with a bowl of soup, even the worst day can have a glimmer of hope. For the first few days after my father’s death, I was ravenous. There was something primal, disturbing aboutContinue Reading

Saying Goodbye to a Man Who Demanded the Best

Saying Goodbye to a Man Who Demanded the Best

My father took his last breath Monday, surrounded by his three daughters, his wife, and his step daughter. It was a peaceful breath, one taken in deep sleep, without fear, after a long and very painful double lung transplant recovery. Throughout the day, dozens of people came to say goodbye, to shake his hand, toContinue Reading

The Great Kitchen Reveal

The Great Kitchen Reveal

It’s been almost a year since we first sat down with our architect, Ted Nourie of Eight Cubed Architecture, with vague dreams of a new kitchen space. Tomorrow, the last items on the builder punch list will (hopefully) be complete. There’s still much to do: curtains, furniture changes, pictures to hang… but the bones areContinue Reading

Book Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Book Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

I’ve been working a lot on my fiction lately, taking a class, slowly building the word count on my science fiction novel, Blister. 18,000 words to date, and many delicious afternoons spent daydreaming and world building. To keep moving towards the finish line, the arbitrary goal of 50,000 words, I’m taking  a novel writing classContinue Reading

Mardi Gras Crepes: a Reluctant Celebration

Mardi Gras Crepes: a Reluctant Celebration

The last few weeks have been huddle tight and lick your wounds kind of weeks, filled with mornings when the urge to linger in bed, with the blankets piled over my head, is overwhelming. My dad has been in and out of the ICU for the last two years after a double lung transplant. His latestContinue Reading

The Choppy Waters of Middle School

The Choppy Waters of Middle School

Fifth grade means the start of middle school in our town. That’s a lot of new experiences for a 10-year old to tackle. Six teachers instead of one. Assignments read and submitted on a glitchy iPad instead of paper. Lockers. The popular crowd. Instagram. A loud cafeteria filled with kids of all ages, including someContinue Reading

Oven Baked Fingerling Potato Chips with Creamy Sriracha Dip

Oven Baked Fingerling Potato Chips with Creamy Sriracha Dip

Barcelona was my home junior year of college. My friends studied in Seville, but I chose to go alone to this beautiful seaside city filled with outdoor art. A program found me housing and validated my course load, but my classes were in Spanish at the local university. I studied while sipping strong espresso at cafesContinue Reading

Cooking Classes at Carnivore in Oak Park

Taking cooking classes is a hobby of mine. Nothing beats meeting new food lovers while gathering some inspiration and valuable tips along the way.  Hands on or just demo… it’s all good fun and my idea of the perfect date night. This awesome butcher shop called Carnivore recently opened in Oak Park. Its the kind of placeContinue Reading

Individual Souffles for a World Class Dining Experience at Home

Individual Souffles for a World Class Dining Experience at Home

I rarely pass up dessert when I’m going out to eat. It’s that final moment of the evening’s experience, the sweetness that lingers on your tongue as you go back out into the night. The meal would not be complete without it. Most desserts at higher end restaurants are gorgeous, almost too pretty to sinkContinue Reading

Soup in a Snap Emeril Lagasse Recap and a Snapware Giveaway

Soup in a Snap Emeril Lagasse Recap and a Snapware Giveaway

In case you missed Thursday’s Google Hangout with Emeril Lagasse, here is the video of it uploaded to YouTube. Emeril was down to earth and thoroughly inspiring. I was surprised by how well he understood children and the peculiarities of family cooking. For 45 minutes, we talked and talked and talked about soup. His familyContinue Reading

EMERGE – My Word for 2015

EMERGE – My Word for 2015

#OneWord resolutions were all over my Facebook feed last week. Simplifying all my intentions for the year to come into one word is something I’ve been doing for the last few years. One word. One mantra. Much more effective than a bullet list riddled with guilt. 2014 was SOAR. 2013 was SERENITY. 2012 was SWEAT.Continue Reading

No Bake Oreo Truffles and a Hamilton Beach Food Processor Giveaway

No Bake Oreo Truffles and a Hamilton Beach Food Processor Giveaway

Baking cookies is my favorite part of the holiday madness. I have files and file of favorite cookie recipes, from chocolate swirl meringues to candied bacon chocolate chip cookies, but my favorite cookie recipe doesn’t involve an oven. These No Bake Oreo Truffles are the definition of decadence, and you only need a microwave and aContinue Reading

Gruyere Popovers Recipe and a Review of the Nutri Ninja Blender Duo

Gruyere Popovers Recipe and a Review of the Nutri Ninja Blender Duo

This summer I headed to the Beef Belt in Texas to learn about cattle ranching. I was a guest of the Beef Checkoff, along with a dozen or so other bloggers and media personalities. The majority of these bloggers were from a niche I hadn’t encountered before on press trips: they were all nutritionists. Beautiful,Continue Reading

Better Late than Never: Lighting the Wick of Yoga Passion

Better Late than Never: Lighting the Wick of Yoga Passion

It’s possible that I’m the last person in my town to discover yoga. I’m a shameless late adopter, happy to rave about my newfound love of hot yoga to anyone who will listen. Last winter was rough for me. The polar vortex definitely brought me some dark, depressed days, and I’ve vowed to do it differentlyContinue Reading