An Evening At Publican Quality Meats

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When someone asks you if you'd like to attend a private dining event at Publican Quality Meats with Chef Paul Kahan, the only questions you ask are what day and time.  What he plans to serve, who will be attending or do I have a babysitter are questions that don't go through your head. Instead you prepare yourself for a truly amazing evening with great food and conversation. My husband and I arrived at the Mastercard Priceless Chicago event at 7:30 and instantly became enamored in our … [Read more...]

8 Super Bowl Recipes

Super Bowl Recipes

We're getting closer.  In just a few short days, millions of people across the country will be glued to their television sets.  Some will be watching for the football, others for the commercials.  For me, since none of my teams are playing in the game, Super Bowl Sunday will be about the food.  If you're a last minute planner like me, it's time to get your grocery lists made and start shopping.  Here are just a few of the awesome super bowl recipes that I want to make. Super Bowl … [Read more...]

Cheesy Potato Soup

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It's super cold here in Chicago. This morning I woke up to the sound of my husband scraping the windshield on the car.  We've had a pretty mild winter but I have a feeling that February is going to be a beast.  I can't decide if I like cold weather or not.  I do like having seasons.  Though living in southern Florida sounds pretty tempting right now, I know I would miss curling up on the couch with a nice warm blanket and a bowl of cheesy potato soup. I've been on a huge soup kick lately. … [Read more...]

Top 5 Recipes from 2012

Top 5 Recipes from 2012

At the end of the year it's always fun to look back and see what posts have been successful on my blog.  Surprisingly enough, the posts that have had the most traffic are in categories that I've severely neglected the past few months.  One of those categories is my recipes.  So in 2013, I'm working on a fun, new project that I hope you'll enjoy as much as I do.  But until that launches, here are the top 5 recipes on my blog from 2012. #5 - Asian Inspired Meatballs It's been a while since I … [Read more...]

Gluten Free Breads from Udi’s

Udi's Classic French Dinner Rolls

I'm not sure that I could live a life without bread.  Nothing tastes better to me during the cold winter months than a nice grilled cheese sandwich with a bowl of creamy tomato soup.  I'm also a HUGE fan of bread pudding (I blame the four years I lived in the South) and let's face it, living in Chicago makes me appreciate a good slice of THIN pizza.  Unfortunately for some of my friends, being able to go to the nearest restaurant for a piece of thin (or thick) crust isn't feasible because celiac … [Read more...]

Game Day Appetizers from ALDI’s


If you're a college football fan like me for the next week and a half, you'll be glued to the television taking in every bowl game that you can.  Watching bowl games means you'll want to have plenty of game day appetizers on hand.  Sure you could make them all yourself but why do that when you can pick of appetizers for all your guests at an affordable price from ALDI's. It's been years since I shopped at ALDI's and I was pleasantly surprised at the selection of foods they had available. … [Read more...]

Holiday Memories with Darden Gift Card

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When I was younger, some of my favorite memories were spending Sunday afternoons having family dinners at my grandmother's house.  My grandma was a great cook and would make a feast that could rival any professional restaurant.  She would make everyone their favorites: I would get green beans, my cousin would get rolls and if we were all being extra good, she'd make one of her special pies. Growing up, we spent every Christmas Eve at my grandparents house.  Of course there would be presents … [Read more...]

Choosing Wine Is Easy With California Wine Club

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December was my second month in the California Wine Club.  This month I received two bottles of wine from the Daniel Gehrs winery, the 2009 Coastal Merlot and the 2011 Santa Barbara White Hills Vineyard Chenin Blanc.  I've had my fair share of merlots but had never heard of a chenin blanc.  I'm sure I've seen it on menus but had never been brave enough to try it.  You know how it is when you're out at a restaurant.  You're paying top dollar for glass of wine so you want to make sure its … [Read more...]

Easy Cranberry Appetizer

Easy Cranberry Appetizer

When I first saw the ingredients in this easy cranberry appetizer, I wrinkled my nose and had a sour look on my face. I'm not a huge fan of horseradish sauce and didn't think it would pair well with my beloved cranberries but surprisingly, it works extremely well.  This is now my go to recipe when I have to make a quick appetizer that has to feed a number of people. Cranberry Appetizer Ingredients: 12 oz bag of fresh cranberries 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup light brown sugar 1/2 cup … [Read more...]

Experience More With California Wine Club {Giveaway}


Going to the a wine store can be intimidating.  There are thousands of beautiful bottles with interesting names and descriptions that make you wonder if you're going to eat the wine or drink it.  With so many different varieties of grapes, it can be hard for someone who isn't a sommelier (that's super smart wine person to those of you who haven't heard the term before) to pick out a decent bottle of wine that won't break the bank and tastes velvety smooth on your tongue.  Bruce and Pam Boring, … [Read more...]