Ravishing radishes

Spring has not quite sprung here in Chicago, and the natives are restless. We're all ready for it, and the husband is ready for the plants to go outside. My seedlings---now more like full-fledged plants---are spilling ...

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Getting in the mood

One of my biggest blog goals for 2013 was to step up my photography. It's one of my absolute favorite parts of food blogging---sometimes even more than the actual cooking---so it's been a fun, exciting ...

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Take me back to Tuscany

The weather in Chicago is seriously wearing on me. These days, I'm checking the 10-day forecast obsessively, waiting for the day that breaks 50 degrees. Come on 50. Fifty and sunny. And I'm dreaming about travelling, ...

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Foodie crush: Sonya Yu

Are you on Instagram? Silly question, of course you are. If not, you must join and immediately follow Sonya Yu. For me, it's her double F appeal: Food + Frenchies. I mean, COME ON. The Frenchie photos drew ...

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Cheeseburger poppers

I can't always come up with witty post titles. Fortunately, this one should catch your attention in spite of itself. You really can't go wrong when you stuff fresh, fiery jalapeños with ground beef and melty cheese, ...

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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 ...

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Musings of an urban gardener

February in frigid Chicago has me daydreaming about next season's urban garden. Also, many of my indoor succulents are hanging on for dear life. I can't wait to get them back outside and watch them ...

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Tortilla soup and tostadas, part dos

It's the end of the month and I'm falling off the paleo wagon. Still committed to a healthier diet, but God help me, I'm having some damn grains already. Corn and flour specifically. So here ...

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Beef at its best

A couple of Saturdays ago, I dragged my cooking club ladies down the paleo rabbit hole---with quite astonishing results. We gorged ourselves on shepherd's pie, shrimp cakes, lettuce wraps, bacon-wrapped dates, meatballs, key lime pie, chocolate banana ...

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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, ...

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