• 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

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

Carmenere for Turkey Day

Carmenere for Turkey Day

Discovering new varietals, traveling through a glass of wine may be my favorite way to hit the road. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been traveling to Chile through my wine glass, exploring Carmenere wines. Last week, the PR team representing wines from Chile sent me the most amazing box of wine to sample, allContinue Reading

Individual Handheld Pie Recipes

Since we moved to the Midwest, five years ago, Thanksgiving stopped being a cooking holiday for me. Instead of pie crusts and sweet potatoes, my days preceding Thanksgiving are filled with suitcases and laundry. When we first moved away, I tried lugging some sweets through the airport, but they always suffered. Now I just eat,Continue Reading

And We Danced…

And We Danced…

The dancing began before the dinner tables were cleared. Since our construction began, our family’s level of chaos and disconnect has grown, as if, like atoms, being forced into  smaller space simply increased our collective manic energy. Or maybe it’s just that the fighting echoes louder in the open ducts and cavernous work area. ButContinue Reading

Hawaii’s Big Island: a Family Friendly Playground

Hawaii’s Big Island: a Family Friendly Playground

We had our first Big Island Hawaii adventure on our way in from the airport. We had landed on a lunar landscape, fields of reddish brown lava around both sides of the landing strip. The taxi pulled out of the airport, putting us closer to the frozen sea of rusty colored lava, and we noticedContinue Reading

Three Soup Recipes to Keep You Warm

Three Soup Recipes to Keep You Warm

Next week’s Chicago weather forecast is grim. Polar Vortex grim, with temperatures in the negative teens, and snowfall with multiple inches of accumulation. As you check your closets for winter coats and snow boots this weekend, why not throw together a batch of soup? Having it in the fridge next week will do wonders toContinue Reading