Category Archives: Cooking

a Blueberry Lemon Ice Worthy of Pinkalicious

a Blueberry Lemon Ice Worthy of Pinkalicious

ShareTweet We are a dairy loving family through and through. Our fridge shelves and lined with yogurts, butters, and cheese. Dairy is my go to comfort food, and the same goes for most of my children. But when Sophie was born, we discovered that she was lactose-intolerant, we had to make some attitude adjustments. The hardestContinue Reading

Salade Nicoise and a French Picnic Brush with Fame

Salade Nicoise and a French Picnic Brush with Fame

ShareTweet When opportunity knocks, you say yes. No matter what else is going on. Then you juggle things around to make things work. That’s the philosophy I try to embrace, no matter how busy things get. Say yes, worry later. That’s the philosophy that brought me to serve my favorite summer salad, Salade Nicoise, toContinue Reading

Caramelized Summer Corn Succotash

Caramelized Summer Corn Succotash

ShareTweet A few summers ago, we hosted my 18 year old french cousin, the daughter of my cousin and thus still my cousin. During her time here, attendance at our public pool saw a steep rise. Reading dog-eared paperback Sartre plays in a beautiful white bikini, she brought the french femme fatale stereotype to life toContinue Reading

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

ShareTweet Barbecue tastes like summer nights, like long slow days next to the grill, checking on the meat, perfuming the neighborhood. I know that’s how the purists do it, but sometimes, that reality just cannot be. During the mad dash that is those last few weeks of school, there is no relaxing by the grill. It’s go,Continue Reading

Cooking Classes at Carnivore in Oak Park

Cooking Classes at Carnivore in Oak Park

ShareTweet 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 ofContinue Reading

Slagel Family Farms: Tour and Gourmet Dinner

Slagel Family Farms: Tour and Gourmet Dinner

ShareTweet 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 mapleContinue Reading

Living the Dream: Renovation Update

Living the Dream: Renovation Update

ShareTweet 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 constrictedContinue Reading

How to Take the Stress Out of Making Videos

How to Take the Stress Out of Making Videos

ShareTweet 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 needContinue Reading

Milk Chocolate Lava Cakes and Dreams of Hawaii

Milk Chocolate Lava Cakes and Dreams of Hawaii

ShareTweet 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 andContinue Reading

Carrot Souffle: a Family Favorite Worth Sharing

Carrot Souffle: a Family Favorite Worth Sharing

ShareTweet Vegetable side dishes are rarely the star of the show, but my carrot souffle is the exception. This sweet and fluffy casserole is like eating dessert with dinner. If I didn’t make it for Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Passover, there might be a riot involving both kids and adults at the table. Like all greatContinue Reading

Maple Glazed Salmon with Balsamic Macerated Strawberries

Maple Glazed Salmon with Balsamic Macerated Strawberries

ShareTweet As soon as the last snow melted, baseball/softball season began, and with two kids on teams, our weeknights are jam packed with games and practices. To eat a homemade dinner as a family, I have to plan way ahead of time and put my crock pot on overdrive. On gorgeous spring days, I don’t wantContinue Reading

Homemade Chopped Liver with Golden Raisins and Hard Boiled Eggs

Homemade Chopped Liver with Golden Raisins and Hard Boiled Eggs

ShareTweet 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 andContinue Reading

Sloppy Joes for 60

Sloppy Joes for 60

ShareTweet 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 fullContinue Reading

Relished Foods: Effortless Dinner Inspiration

Relished Foods: Effortless Dinner Inspiration

ShareTweet Even when you write a food blog, it’s easy to fall into a rut in the kitchen. Steve has been traveling so much, and when I’m flying solo, the temptation to feed the kids tried and true recipes they won’t complain about is intense. Who wants to face a crowd of unappreciative, skeptical facesContinue Reading

Perfect Meringues Bring Generations Together

Perfect Meringues Bring Generations Together

ShareTweet When I was a child, my mother reigned in the kitchen. I was her willing sous chef for the main course, but dessert was my gig. Baking didn’t interest her very much and I was (and still am) a chocoholic. It was a mutually beneficial arrangement. Fast forward to my adulthood and the rolesContinue Reading