• 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

Butterflied Chicken on the Grill with a Zesty Lemon Sauce

Butterflied Chicken on the Grill with a Zesty Lemon Sauce

There are many ways to identify a French woman. The most cliche is by their style and their love of scarves, but that’s most likely not the French characteristic people would know me by. I can picture my friends and neighbors nodding as they read this, as they see me most often walking around town in yogaContinue Reading

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

Over the last month or so, I have picked up and put down Kitchens of the Great Midwest multiple times without buying it. The title and descriptions just didn’t appeal for some reason. Then finally, serendipitously, in a hurry for a long flight somewhere, I grabbed it for my plane read pile. Had I knownContinue Reading

Vulnerability and Bringing Back Awesome

Vulnerability and Bringing Back Awesome

Vulnerability. Do you find that state of being as terrifying as I do? During yoga yesterday, I tried to do a forearm stand. Inverted, forearms crushed into the ground, I tried to flip my legs up above my head into nothing. My mind was racing with terrifying images: my body crumpled on the ground, my backContinue Reading

Lev Grossman’s The Magicians Trilogy

Lev Grossman’s The Magicians Trilogy

My book reviews took a bit of a hiatus this summer and I blame Lev Grossman. I’d read his first novel, The Magicians a few years ago, but only read the last two in the trilogy this summer, a delicious binge that I recommend to anyone who hasn’t discovered The Magicians Trilogy yet. As SyFyContinue Reading

Hamilton Beach Wave Blender Labor Day Giveaway

Hamilton Beach Wave Blender Labor Day Giveaway

In many ways, fall is the best time to put new resolutions in effect. The start of a new school year is a bigger milestone than trying to make positive changes in the middle of winter. This new school year, to help you bring more healthy fruity smoothies in your life: I’m giving away oneContinue Reading

True Gazpacho For One

True Gazpacho For One

I lived in Barcelona during my junior year in college and that beautiful city by the sea has a special place in my heart. It was the first place that I pretended to be a grown up, staying out all night dancing at discotheques, seeing dawn bloom while sipping coffee on Las Ramblas. The tomatoesContinue Reading

A Real Corn Boil on the Farm

A Real Corn Boil on the Farm

My sister Jessica and her daughters come to visit us every summer from California. For a week, we enjoy the miss and you’ll blink it Chicago summertime, spending lazy days at the pool, and showing these California girl that the Midwest is not the worst place in the world to live. This year, their visitContinue Reading

a Blueberry Lemon Ice Worthy of Pinkalicious

a Blueberry Lemon Ice Worthy of Pinkalicious

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 hardest thingContinue Reading

The Summer Reading War and a Few Great 3rd and 4th Grade Titles

The Summer Reading War and a Few Great 3rd and 4th Grade Titles

Last year my summer reading strategy was simple. Bribery. Big reading goals tied to one big prize per kid: 10 books. 2 oral reports. 1 final prize. Judge me if you want. I don’t care. Last summer’s bribery success justified its questionable moral platform. The kids devoured their books, we had great discussions about them, andContinue Reading

Caramelized Cherry Tomatoes: a Thrill to Cook and Eat

Caramelized Cherry Tomatoes: a Thrill to Cook and Eat

Summer is here and with it comes its greatest gift: summer sweet tomatoes. We love tomatoes in all shapes and sizes. Sliced and slathered with burrata. Caramelized into tomato tarte tatin. But on quick and easy dinner nights, before a late night dip in the pool or after a long trek to a distant baseball orContinue Reading

Chilled Nectarine Soup with Caramelized Croutons

Chilled Nectarine Soup with Caramelized Croutons

My husband and I had only been dating for a few months, when I brought him to the South of France to meet my extended family. It was a curious time in my life. I was fresh out of college. New to the work world. And wildly in love. Straddling two realities, I felt too young toContinue Reading

Salade Nicoise and a French Picnic Brush with Fame

Salade Nicoise and a French Picnic Brush with Fame

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, to Black-ishContinue Reading

Oven Roasted Baby Back Ribs: Another Summer Shortcut Recipe

Oven Roasted Baby Back Ribs: Another Summer Shortcut Recipe

Along the same vein as my slow cooker pulled pork recipe, I have an oven roasted baby back ribs recipe for you today. It’s another cheat, a summer bbq recipe that doesn’t use the grill, and that’s easy to incorporate in the unpredictable days of summer when you’re not sure when you’ll next be runningContinue Reading