My New ‘Staple’ Liquid Brine

Have you ever made a bone-in pork chop, even when seasoned generously with kosher salt and pepper and cooked to the exact temperature, that is so tough and dried out it is such an incredible disappointment?  Pork has a tendency to be dry and chewy… and, well, shamefully enough, this has happened one too many… 

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Cilantro & Jalapeno Stuffed Shrimp

This has been the most amazing sleeping weather lately here in Chicago.  I can’t even begin to describe the difficulty I have been having pulling myself out of bed in the morning.  The cool breeze fills our condo with the smell of fall, while the warm sun hovers over our faces as we slowly rise,… 

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nature boardwalk

Happy Friday!

Well, the weekend is FINALLY here.  As fast as this week has flown by, I can’t begin to tell you how ready I am for the weekend. What’s on tap for your weekend?  Any dishes you’re dying to try?  Feel free to share. xoxo, Jenn Tweet


Southwest Chipotle Turkey Burgers

southwest heat, chipotle smokiness avocado salty sweet potato fries … sorry, i got distracted.  where were we? one big mess of deliciousness corn, black beans, onion, a little zip from the jalapeno, smeared with a chipotle greek yogurt yup, i said Greek Yogurt… aka.  dive in and don’t look back.  Happy Hump Day!  Woo!  Perfect… 

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Hello Fall Temperatures – Hello Comfort Food

What the heck happened?!  Summer nicely slipping into fall was what I thought was on the horizon, but clearly Mother Nature had other plans for today and yesterday’s weather…!   I was in hopes of being gently led into the bitter, chilly days of Chicago’s winter – I guess this is a way of shocking… 

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Your Go-To Appetizer

There is nothing more satisfying {and simple} than a caprese salad.  I turn to this over and over when I’m looking for any type of side.  It is also one of my favorite {and again, simplest} appetizers.  One that is always a crowd pleaser.  And one that no one gets sick of.  It’s fresh, satisfying,… 

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favorite appetizers

New Finds

Oh Hey Monday!  What a BEAUTIFUL weekend!  We couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather Saturday and Sunday.  {And of course I love a great thunder storm, so Friday evening wasn’t all too bad either.}   Now that summer is coming to a close, I am on the hunt for new tidbits to add to… 

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please pass the chocolate.

I like to think of myself as a morning person. From the moment my feet hit the ground in the morning, I am up and running. …Now, the difficulty is actually getting my feet to hit the ground.  Dragging myself out of bed has been a little bit of an obstacle lately. I’d like to… 

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