• Girl and the Goat Brussels Sprouts

    Asian Brussels Sprouts Girl and the Goat Style

  • homemade red pepper hummus

    Roasted Red Pepper Hummus: an Easy Spontaneous Summer 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

Longhouse Food Revival: the Woodstock of Food

Longhouse Food Revival: the Woodstock of Food

Woodstock was before my time and Lollapalooza is something my babysitters attend. I’m not brave enough to even contemplate Burning Man. But the Longhouse Food Revival is right up my alley: it has been billed as the Woodstock of food. Imagine a pretty red barn, a few fluffy sheep dogs, and over a hundred food writers,Continue Reading

I Remember: Sharing 9/11 Stories

Today my Facebook feed is filled with 9/11 memory stories. Some were in New York, others far away, but everyone remembers that moment when we ushered in the era of terror at home. It seems fitting to honor this day with our personal memories, a national shared memory. My kids never tire of anchoring theirContinue Reading

A New Way to Share Local Faves: the Findery

A New Way to Share Local Faves: the Findery

Beyond my Chicago Dining Page, I don’t do many restaurant reviews and local coverage in my blog posts. I used to, but taking a lot of pictures while eating out started taking the fun out of eating out. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t have a lot of local faves to share! Enter thisContinue Reading

Living the Dream: Renovation Update

Living the Dream: Renovation Update

It took me a couple of years to convince my husband to take on our ground floor renovation. He was apprehensive: we had never done a construction project. But our kitchen was a hot bed of conflict. Seemingly overnight, Baby Sophie had become a three year old migrating mess maker, and six people constricted inContinue Reading

Losing the Swearing Battle

Losing the Swearing Battle

With four kids, things tend to slide over time. Rules once considered essential become more lax. Daily baths become once every few days. Yearly check ups have six month delays. And the definition of a swear goes from cute to street. At the beginning, I used to worry a lot about swearing. Hate was a swear word. So wasContinue Reading

California by Edan Lepucki: Dystopian Fiction for Adults

California by Edan Lepucki: Dystopian Fiction for Adults

Dystopian fiction is so addictive that it colors my view of the world. After too much binge reading, all government entities begin to look threatening, from the overly jovial crossing guard at school to the angry tea party candidates on TV. But when I binge on too much young adult dystopian fiction, the world becomesContinue Reading

Brown Butter Vanilla Coconut Pound Cake

Brown Butter Vanilla Coconut Pound Cake

We’ve been back from Hawaii for a week. Eight days and nine long nights of endless jet lag bed hopping. Hawaii is paradise, but the jet lag is hell. It took back to school boot camp to rehabilitate the kids, and not a minute too soon. After spending Saturday night laying at the foot of theContinue Reading

How to Take the Stress Out of Making Videos

How to Take the Stress Out of Making Videos

Creating videos used to be an activity I hated. Whether I wanted a video for my blog, to enter cooking contests like the Ben’s Beginners’ Cooking Contest, or to help my kids with school projects didn’t make a difference. Making videos was daunting and stressful, until I learned one simple rule: You don’t need toContinue Reading

Door to Door Organics Back to School Giveaway #SnackAttactics

This year, I’m almost as much in denial about the rapid approach of back to school as my children. June crawled along, July blinked by, and now August seems to be on fast forward, the kind with the four arrows. We’re ducking all school supply purchases, and instead focusing on groceries and starting the year withContinue Reading

Milk Chocolate Lava Cakes and Dreams of Hawaii

Milk Chocolate Lava Cakes and Dreams of Hawaii

We’re headed to Hawaii for our big family vacation in August and I have lava on the brain. My night stand is piled high with Hawaiian travel guides and while my kids are excited to surf, seeing the volcanos in Volcano National Park is at the top of my list. As I plan and dream,Continue Reading

Tennis Tough Love

Tennis Tough Love

I like to think of myself as a pretty tough mom. I beat my kids at Candyland, telling them they need to learn how to lose graciously. I’m militant about having them say thank you. And when they get in trouble? I sentence them to trash duty, which includes cleaning the garbage cans. Fist bump.Continue Reading

Hormones in Beef Production: a Candid Video from the Beef Belt

Hormones in Beef Production: a Candid Video from the Beef Belt

A few months ago, I traveled to Texas as a guest of the Beef Checkoff to learn more about beef production in America. During the trip, we had a very candid conversation about hormone implants and antibiotic use with Dr. Paul Defoor, COO of Cactus Industries, a company that manages large cattle feed yards inContinue Reading

Summer Growth for Moms Too

Summer Growth for Moms Too

Three years ago, drowning with the loss of my routine to my children’s summer needs, I made myself a promise: Next summer, my kids won’t be the only ones to go to camp. I’ll carve out some summer time for myself to grow. Learning and growing gave me the room I needed to breathe, between camp carContinue Reading

A Guide to Eataly Chicago: How to Make It Your Happy Place

A Guide to Eataly Chicago: How to Make It Your Happy Place

Since it opened in December, Eataly Chicago has inspired powerful reactions. There are lovers and there are haters, but when confronted with a massive food hall offering all things Italian, it’s impossible to remain impassive. I’m firmly in the lover camp, and have been since we first discovered it on a snowy December night, and weContinue Reading

a Few Recipes to Celebrate Bastille Day

a Few Recipes to Celebrate Bastille Day

When I was a little girl, the Bastille Day fireworks were so close to my birthday that I always thought they were in my honor. Three years ago, we were in Paris on Bastille Day, feet dangling over the Seine near the Ile de la Cite, fireworks exploding high above our heads. Tonight Paris willContinue Reading

Cherry Clafoutis: a Summer Treat for Breakfast or Dessert

Cherry Clafoutis: a Summer Treat for Breakfast or Dessert

I don’t think I fully appreciated cherries until I moved to Chicago. Cherries always looked more fun than they tasted until I moved here. Now I count the days until Michigan starts delivering its cherries to our farmer’s market: sour, rainier and deep crimson. Each type of cherry has its charms and each demands attention. It’sContinue Reading

The Joys of the Open Road with Kids in Tow

The Joys of the Open Road with Kids in Tow

After college graduation, I drove cross-country and back again with my ex-boyfriend. The trip was planned before our relationship ended, and the lure of our planned adventure was stronger than any lingering bad feelings. We had 26 days to get to California and back in time to start work and our adult lives. Not toContinue Reading