White Bean Puree

I love a good steak.  Better  yet, I love a great steak with delicious ‘accoutrements’. A steak with the right portion of fat and marbling. Cooked to the precise medium-rare temperature. Sealed with the perfect crust from being cooking at a high temperature for a short amount of time. Yet so tender. So juicy. Served…

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Sautéed Spinach, Radishes & Garlic Toasted Pinenuts

I always struggle with what to serve as a vegetable side dish.  I flip thru cookbooks and magazines looking for inspiration.  The challenge is that I want to do more than just steam a bland vegetable.  I also don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on a zillion ingredients to make just one…

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Black Lentil (Guilt-Free) Dip

I have always been a big lentil person. Let me correct myself… I have ALWAYS been a big dip person. Ok, I’ll just flat out be blunt and admit that French onion dip is probably one of my biggest downfalls. Ever. Hand me a bag of Cape Cod chips & rich, creamy French onion dip…

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Sundays are for: Shaved Asparagus Salad w/ Lemon Parmesan Vinaigrette

I really should say “Sundays are for vegetables”.  Probably something that has been lacking all weekend. (Unless you consider wine a vegetable… oh, no wait.  Wine is a grape, therefore it’s a fruit. 😉 ) Any who.  Sundays should be filled with both vegetables AND fruit. Come Sunday evening, I am craving something healthy.  A…

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Lobster Rolls

This Lobster Roll is filled with chunks of tender, sweet, cooked lobster meat, hints of fresh lemon & celery and will instantly bring you back to the shores of Maine. Served stuffed into a top-split warm toasted bun, this is a recipe essential for any lazy summer evening. Lobster Rolls are made for summer. There, I…

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Grilled Asparagus w/ Sunny Side Up Egg & Herbed Parmesan Panko

Sometimes the simplest dinners are the most delicious and satisfying.  Maybe it’s because you don’t break the bank by their ingredients… Maybe it’s because these are usually made with ingredients you often have on hand, therefore thoroughly enjoy regardless of the time of day… Maybe it’s because when you’re starving after a busy day at…

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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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