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    Nutella Hot Chocolate: Beat Back the Winter Gray

  • Girl and the Goat Brussels Sprouts

    Asian Brussels Sprouts Girl and the Goat Style

  • French Apple Tart

    Tarte Aux Pommes

  • Butternut Squash Bisque

    Creamy Butternut Squash Bisque: A Slow Cooker Diet Treat

  • Chocolate Mouelleux

    Just a Simple Little French Cake: Moelleux au Chocolat

  • strawberry yogurt cake

    Strawberry Yogurt Cake: Great for Breakfast or Afterschool Snacks

  • soy butter glazed roast chicken

    Soy Butter Glazed Roast Chicken: Easy Weeknight Dinner

Escape from Winter Hell

Escape from Winter Hell

The world is brushed with shades of gray, dirty snow, hidden ice, and smears of crusted salt. Frost is not only on the outside of the car, but also inside. Scraped, it falls on the dashboard, another dusting of frozen snow. Half-asleep, hunched and cramped uncomfortably from the pervasive chill in the air, I can’tContinue Reading

Strawberry Souffles: a Very Pink Valentine’s Dessert

Strawberry Souffles: a Very Pink Valentine’s Dessert

How will you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Will you brave the crowds and the cutesy expensive menus? Or will you snuggle at home? If you’re staying in, I have a great dessert suggestion for you: Strawberry Souffles. For years now, we’ve gone dark and light with a chocolate souffle. But this year, we’re going pink. StrawberryContinue Reading

Chicken Parmesan Lasagna Love and a Trip to Red Gold Tomato Headquarters

Chicken Parmesan Lasagna Love and a Trip to Red Gold Tomato Headquarters

How do you get your tomato fix during these long winter months? I so miss the tang of a ripe and sweet summer tomato, especially when it’s coupled with a creamy scoop of burrata and a nicely aged balsamic. A few weeks ago, I traveled a few hours east, amidst beautiful frozen fields of white,Continue Reading

Relished Foods: Effortless Dinner Inspiration

Relished Foods: Effortless Dinner Inspiration

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 faces afterContinue Reading

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

I heard about the Goldfinch by Donna Tartt for months before I sank down on the couch this January and began reading it. I read about it in the New York Times and Entertainment Weekly. It topped the Amazon 2013 best books list and popped up over and over again in my GoodReads recommendations. ButContinue Reading

Chocolate Meringue Rocky Road Cookies

Chocolate Meringue Rocky Road Cookies

For our book club meeting last night, I made these incredibly rich chocolate meringue cookies. By adding marshmallows, the cookies became Rocky Road Chocolate Meringue Cookies, a nod to the rough life of the main character in The Goldfinch. I modified a recipe I found on Eva’s Daily Doses of Sugar blog. Eva’s recipe wasContinue Reading

Perfect Meringues Bring Generations Together

Perfect Meringues Bring Generations Together

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 roles haveContinue Reading

Food and Tech: Five Food Apps for Better Eating

Food and Tech: Five Food Apps for Better Eating

To conclude my tech focus for the week, I want to talk about my favorite food apps. Whether you use your phone, home computer, or tablet to cook in the kitchen, these are apps that will improve the way you eat, both at home and out. They function on the Apple IOs, Windows IOs, andContinue Reading

Family Friendly Tech: Lenovo Flex Series All In One Desktops

Family Friendly Tech: Lenovo Flex Series All In One Desktops

Do you have a family computer? Or does everyone in your house have their own tech device? Although there are many tablets floating around in our house, we also have a family computer that lives in the heart of our kitchen clutter, on hand for homework, YouTube fun, and even toddler explorations. When Bella wasContinue Reading

Tech in the Kitchen: Planning a Major Kitchen Renovation

Tech in the Kitchen: Planning a Major Kitchen Renovation

We’re considering a major renovation to our kitchen and basement this summer, the type of renovation where walls and staircases are moved. With the addition of Sophie and the big kids getting bigger, our kitchen feels more and more like a New York City galley every day. The kitchen is the heart of the house,Continue Reading

Five Celebrity Fitness Tips from the Netflix #StreamTeam

It’s hard to think about fitness when all you want to do is huddle for warmth, but just because you’re housebound doesn’t mean that you can’t stay fit. Actually, getting the endorphins flowing will help keep depression at bay, no matter how much ice is building up on your windows. To keep my little FitbitContinue Reading

Banana Yogurt Muffins: Homemade Breakfast for Endless Snow Days

Banana Yogurt Muffins: Homemade Breakfast for Endless Snow Days

Because my oldest hated fruit as a child, and still does as a tween, any child that reaches for fruit with a smile brings me joy and gratefulness. Although Bella didn’t communicate her no-Fruititarian policy to any of her younger siblings, every time Baby Sophie asks for a “Nana” I’m slightly amazed. Could there beContinue Reading

a Year of Nespresso: Reflecting on a Well Executed Blogger Program

a Year of Nespresso: Reflecting on a Well Executed Blogger Program

This January, my year as a Nespresso Club Blogger came to an end. It’s hard to believe that this time last year, I had never heard of Nespresso coffee machines and Nespresso capsules. When I headed to New York City in March for a three day coffee immersion, I was skeptical that I would everContinue Reading

Espresso Coffee Cocktails: Kicking Off Date Night in Style

Espresso Coffee Cocktails: Kicking Off Date Night in Style

As committed as my husband and I are to escaping our houseful of children for date night, there are times when the effort seems too much, especially on Friday nights. The temptation to curl back up on the couch, covered with kids, is overwhelming. Those are the nights that begin with a quick espresso inContinue Reading

Tomato Corn Chowder: a Comforting Riot of Color in a Bowl

Tomato Corn Chowder: a Comforting Riot of Color in a Bowl

The mountain of snow outside keeps on growing. At some point, it will be higher than the swingset. The snow keeps on falling, right along with the temperature. I’m cold, chilled all the way to the ends of my elbows. I went for a long run at the gym this morning and got so chilledContinue Reading

Mexican Mocha: Threading the Warmth of Cinnamon Through the Day

Mexican Mocha: Threading the Warmth of Cinnamon Through the Day

Once the suitcases are unpacked, food is the greatest way to keep the memories of a warm vacation alive. While in Cancun, I collected bits of cooking inspiration at every meal and filed them away for our return to the snowy Chicago winter. Mexican all you can eat (and drink!) resorts are not exactly known forContinue Reading

Steakhouse at Home: Making Bearnaise Sauce with a 2 Year Old

Steakhouse at Home: Making Bearnaise Sauce with a 2 Year Old

Growing up in my mother’s kitchen, making the sauce was always the final prep step of any meal. A good roast chicken came with a golden pan sauce. And all steaks came a buttery bearnaise. I was a sous chef to my mom for years before I was allowed to assist with La Bearnaise. WhenContinue Reading

Cancun All-Inclusives: a Surprisingly Perfect Family Vacation

Cancun All-Inclusives: a Surprisingly Perfect Family Vacation

One of the many adjustments in moving to the Midwest is finding new places to vacation. When we lived in the New York area, we escaped to the turquoise waters of the Caribbean where most islands had direct flights multiple times a day. But here in Chicago, the direct flights to the Caribbean are rarer.Continue Reading

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

Like many of you, I’m sure, I read Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert when it came out in 2006, and loved it. I struggled a bit through the Pray section, but ironically, Gilbert’s honest sharing of her search for faith has probably stayed with me much more than the sections on food and relationships.Continue Reading

Soar: Taking Flight in 2014

Soar: Taking Flight in 2014

My new year’s thoughts got swept up in the clear blue waters of Cancun and the travel halting polar vortex. Marooned in Mexico, I had a few extra days to ponder life and attitude changes for 2014. Over and over again, the word SOAR came to mind, to encapsulate my aspiration for the year toContinue Reading

Creamy Butternut Squash Bisque: a Slow Cooker Diet Treat

Creamy Butternut Squash Bisque: a Slow Cooker Diet Treat

Vegetable soup is my favorite diet food. It can also be my favorite indulgence. This creamy bisque tastes decadent but only has a little cream cheese in it to give it texture. My typical New Year’s resolution diet soup is fat free, but this year, I’m sharing this bisque recipe as the benefits of fillingContinue Reading