Summer Entertaining: Prosciutto & Potato Salad

I’ve been on a ‘dining out’ binge. WHOA. Some truly amazing dinners and experiences trying out new flavors and cuisines where I (clearly) couldn’t control myself and tasted everything in sight. yes, even plenty of dessert and signature cocktails. sorry I’m not sorry… but then again, my treadmill has been working overtime recently… My favorite…

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Crab Cakes w/ Smoked Aioli

Mmmmm.  I LOVE crab cakes.  What’s not to love.  Decadent lump crab meat, a little hint of veggies, and a buttery crust, served with a smoked aioli.  plus we all know i’ve been on a fish kick lately. It’s summertime.  (albeit, these Chicago temperatures sure feel more like fall…)  But it’s a rule to overindulge…

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Grilled Naan, Cucumber Salad w/ Salmon & a Smear of Lemon Dill Sauce

Ugh, Monday. You’re back like a bad habit.  Once again, the diet begins.  And once again, I can’t pry myself away from the fish monger, as I once again order fish for dinner. We all know I LOVE fish, and salmon is my go-to when I don’t know what else to cook. Maybe it’s the…

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S’Mores Skillet

It’s Thursday, therefore my weekend menu planning has begun!   ok, let’s be real.  my weekend menu planning started Monday.   i just can’t resist flipping thru recipes for inspiration, entertaining tidbits, and thinking up ideas for our next gathering…. whether it’s just CBH and I, or a group of us!  i guess my appetite gets…

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America’s Birthday Weekend

Happy Long Weekend!  Oh I love the 4th of JULY. America’s Birthday Weekend.  Let’s look back at my favorite cake that is perfectly festive for this weekend: recipe found here An entire weekend to be spent with family and friends toasting to this amazing country we live in.  We truly are lucky, aren’t we.  Not a…

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Sweet Tooth

I surprised myself the other night.  I had taken a gym class in the morning; worked all day; then walked 2.8 miles home from work (yes, I google mapped this just to see how far this actually was); cooked a shrimp dinner; had 2 glasses of wine… Now let’s get to what actually surprised me……

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Let’s Toast to Dad

Dad. Oh Dad. I am crazy about my dad. And I will confess, I am the ultimate ‘Daddy’s Little Girl’. He is my biggest soft spot and even thinking about everything he has done for our family brings a lump to my throat and tears to my eyes. His generosity, patience, love and overall respect…

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Burrata w/ Cherry Tomatoes & Garlic Crostini

Cheese. About a year ago, I thought I had a dairy allergy. My stomach would twist and turn and hurt every time I ate/drank something heavier than skim milk.   I toyed with the idea of going to an allergist to see if that was it. I even tried to eliminate heavy creams from my diet…

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Sundays are for: Five-Spice Chicken Soup

Well, this morning started off a little fuzzy… After a fabulous time at the Kenny Chensey concert last night at Soldier Field, I woke up (albeit more morally hungover) in quite a cloud. Maybe it was the dozen draft beers I drank, or maybe it was the late night jalapeno poppers and French fries I…

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