Gourmet game day

The best thing about game-day parties is the excuse to stuff your face and guzzle beer with zero guilt. Don't show up to your Super Bowl party empty-handed. Seriously, don't be that guy/gal. I've even taken you half of the way there, with this handy-dandy Super Bowl recipe list: You can thank me in free game-day betting squares. Dips Jalapeno popper dip Greek 7-layer dip Loaded bake potato dip Hot spinach dip White queso dip Sliders and sammies Spicy whiskey ...

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A little nutty

This diet that is. And how I begin to feel after a day of forcing down handfuls of baby carrots, hard-boiled eggs, oranges and boatloads of bacon. OK, so that last one isn't so bad. Still, it's nice to come home and grab for a handful of these sweet little nut clusters. It seems to put a band-aid on almost every Paleo-induced side effect. Carb cravings. Candy cravings. That unpleasant, heartburn-y, ...

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A bracket I can get behind

When it comes to sweet sixteen brackets, I don't have the best of luck. For me, March Madness begins with as much naive excitement as the locker room of your favorite Cinderella team ... and ends with crushed dreams and a $50 deficit in my bank account. Here's to hoping that the Solo Foods Sweetest 16 recipe contest---the focus of this post---brings happier results. Fortunately (I think), my fate rests in the ...

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A haunting in Roscoe Village

I like horror---maybe a little too much, judging by my Netflix queue. Many a night, Dave flings the bedroom door open to find me in the glow of some weird B-grade horror movie. What can I say, I love things that are a little sick and twisted. Which is why I say, screw the cutesy Halloween decor---give me fake bugs and terrifying zombie props. Scouring Pinterest, I found some equally spooky ...

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Macaron mania

When it comes to baking, I can get a little obsessed. Exhibit A. So when I decided to make notoriously tempermental macarons, I had the sneaking suspicion that it wouldn't be a one-and-done deal. Still, I had NO IDEA what an art---and a science---it actually was. I dove in naively at first, using what I now know to be a laughably imprecise recipe that does beginning macaron makers NO favors. Thanks ...

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Orange overload

Orange is not my favorite color. Not by a long shot. Unfortunately, I now have no choice but to embrace it---as my company's new branding revolves around a wildly intense shade of it. My vehement protest against the change was to no avail, so I've adopted the if-you-can't-beat-'em-join-'em mentality. A turning point in this acceptance came after baking this little beauty for the agency rebranding celebration: Not only did it turn ...

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‘Tis the season …

... for lots and lots of butter. That's right. Even more than usual. I'm talking pounds of it. Restaurant-size vats. Because it's time for my famous saltine cracker toffee. A quartet of the most nutritionally devoid---yet dangerously irresistible---ingredients on the planet: chocolate, refined carbs, sugar and BUTTAH. This is a combination more addictive than crack, and as a holiday present, it beats the hell out of scented shower gel and Christmas-shaped ...

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The one day a year when bingeing is socially acceptable …

... is nearly upon us!! Hip-hip-hooray!!! As far as food goes, holidays don't get much better than Thanksgiving. Last year's Thanksgiving post pretty much covers things so I'm posting the link again (hey, if it ain't broke, don't fix it). There's also my Southwest Thanksgiving post and the Paula Deen post to give you a little turkey-day inspiration. Also keep an eye out for a special Thanksgiving Day post. Happy gorging!

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Chocolate babka … just like Nana used to make (or buy at Publix)

For some reason, lots of my childhood memories with my Nana revolve around food---the good, the bad and the Jewish. The good: delicious, sweet and savory meatballs. The bad: Rice Dream (sorry Nana, but that stuff is just awful). The Jewish: Chocolate babka. Mmmmmm, delicious babka. Come to find out, its origins are debatable (some say it's Polish, some Eastern European, but from what I can tell it is largely ...

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