• 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

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

Golden Vegetable Soup: a Forgotten Childhood Staple

Golden Vegetable Soup: a Forgotten Childhood Staple

My sister called me the other day, asking me for my mother’s soup recipe. This is the soup we grew up with, the soup she served us for lunch on so many cloudy Parisian days. The soup we complained about, bored to tears by its simplicity and predictability, but that we now craved as adults.Continue Reading

Slow Cooking Chicken Dishes Fall Favorites

Slow Cooking Chicken Dishes Fall Favorites

Now that fall is truly here, I thought it might be a good time to share a few of my favorite crockpot dishes. I hope a few of these make your weekday meals or Sunday dinners a little easier and a little richer. I’m always in the market for a little inspiration to get outContinue Reading

Date Night Now by Sittercity: Weekend Babysitting Made Easy

Date Night Now by Sittercity: Weekend Babysitting Made Easy

I was an early adopter of the Sittercity service. Close to a decade ago, as a new mother of two, I raved about Sittercity both online and offline. Finding a babysitter to have a few hours alone with Steve on a Saturday night was no longer a word of mouth searching exercise. Sittercity gave meContinue Reading

Creamy Coconut Shrimp Curry

Creamy Coconut Shrimp Curry

These days, as the leaves coat the ground with color, I’m craving color and flavor at dinner. Last night the craving led to a quick and easy creamy coconut shrimp curry, the kind of dish whipped up with the handful of spices we kept for the renovation. It filled the house with exotic smells andContinue Reading

A Weekend in France in Pictures

A Weekend in France in Pictures

We love our life in Chicago, but our family is far, far away. Weekends together are carefully organized, and involve a lot more than a quick car ride. Sometimes, the call of family is so strong that you have to put a stop to everything and just jump on a plane. For no special reason,Continue Reading

Slagel Family Farms: Tour and Gourmet Dinner

Slagel Family Farms: Tour and Gourmet Dinner

When Jack was a toddler, he ate nothing. His bizarre diet was limited to cream of tomato soup and apple sauce. The only way he would even entertain consuming anything else, including meat of any kind, even dinosaur shaped, was if the protein was smothered in maple syrup. We went through gallons of maple syrup.Continue Reading

Would you like to learn how to #Master the Mango ?

Would you like to learn how to #Master the Mango ?

I love mango, and it’s power to make me feel like I’m on a tropical vacation, right in my kitchen. I love how mangoes can go savory on salads and steak or add the greatest color and flavor to smoothies and cobblers. But for all my love of mangoes, I’ll confess that I’m daunted byContinue Reading

Red Rising By Pierce Brown: Weekend Book Pick

Red Rising By Pierce Brown: Weekend Book Pick

Since the Hunger Games came out, hundreds of young adult dystopian novels have been published. A few, like Legend and Divergent, came close to being as thrilling and well written a read. They kept me up late, one more chapter after one more chapter, completely hooked with their fast paced plots. But it wasn’t until IContinue Reading

Apple Jelly and a Nebulous Sense of Home

Apple Jelly and a Nebulous Sense of Home

Our suburb is near Chicago, less than a 20 minute drive without traffic, but it has the feel of a small town, with many families who have lived here for generations. It’s the kind of place that beckons people home after college, and many of my kids’ friends were high school sweethearts, right here atContinue Reading