Vegan Queso Dip & A Vegan Super Bowl!

There is something about smooth, spicy, Queso Dip that makes me..... ......want a beer. Which is an actual MIRACLE because I am a diehard Wino. In my mind literally EVERYTHING goes with wine. Oatmeal...gummy bears at the movies, hot dog at the baseball stadium (No judging!). So the fact that Queso actually makes me crave beer  means that Bud better get on this if they want to catch the .001% of us that don't have a problem getting booed in the wine line at Wrigley Stadium.   So to … [Read more...]

Super Bowl Stuffed Spinach Sausage Bread

  SUPER BOWL is coming! We are two weeks away from football food bliss, beer, and fabulous TV commercials. I'm sure somewhere in there you can sneak in a little actual football, but for me its all about the chips and dip marathon and hilarious commercials. Obviously not a surprise to you all!   And seriously, these commercials better be good this year. Like Force Volkswagon good, or a nip slip from Bruno Mars at Halftime, because if I am missing my Sunday night Downton … [Read more...]

Favorite Recipes of 2013

Out on the town toasting the holidays with my dad! Hi! It's me. Kristina... Remember??   I feel like I need to reintroduce myself after this long hiatus I've taken from blogging over the holidays! Things like sugar cookies, onDemand movie marathons, and literally doing nothing have gotten in the way of me being anything close to productive. I just shamelessly self tanned (little NYE prep - which may or may not have been a terrible decision, we'll see what color I turn tomorrow...) … [Read more...]

Make-Ahead Mini Muffin Pizzas – Back to School

Can you all believe its already mid August?? I've been trying to live in denial that summer might actually end, but Famous Footwear and Old Navy will just not give it a rest. So. many. back to school commercials going on.   Which isn't entirely depressing... I love fall. Love boots, changing leaves, football tailgates... my birthday... :)   But most of all (totally not surprising), I love fall food. We start getting back into some comfort food - and there is nothing more … [Read more...]

Spring Goat Cheese Vegetable Dip

I love vegetable dips. Everything about them.   You can be at any kind of summer party surrounded by the most awkward collection of people - try your questionably twice removed uncle, ex-boyfriend's latest gf, that guy you 'forgot' to call back...3 months ago...take your pick kids.   But put that same group around a big bowl of dip - and voila! BFF's. All the sudden everyone has something delicious in common and a fabulous conversation starter (aka what an amazing cook this … [Read more...]

Loaded Vegan Nachos

So today's post started out as a Mojito recipe...(a really good mojito recipe!)   Buttttt... 4 test recipes and a half of bottle of Bacardi (no judging) later and all I was craving was a big, heaping, plate of nachos. Should have seen that one coming..   Normally a frozen pizza would do the trick, but thanks to a marathon of Mexican recipes on the Food Network and Pinterest exploding with Cinco de Mayo -  it was nachos or bust. And these are SO good guys! SO yummy. And … [Read more...]

Cheesy Pizza Pockets – Skinny Superbowl Snacks!

  Woo! It's just about a week till' Super Bowl Sunday! Bring on the beer, chili, brownies, and don't forget the Tums! I LOVE football parties. Everything about them. Well. almost. Ok - I'm so sorry. I really wanted to come up with some super witty first paragraph about the game - maybe some awesome insightful joke on who's going to win. Only when I sat down to type I realized that I needed to google "who is in Superbowl 2013"...   But knew that Beyonce was the halftime show. … [Read more...]

Cheesy Italian Crostini: 10-minute NYE Appetizer

Happy day-after Christmas! I hope you all had a great holiday! We had a great Christmas this year. Lots family, lots of friends, and way too much food! Me and my (gorgeous!) younger cousins opening gifts last night! As usual - I went a little nuts-o on the Christmas baking. 8 kinds of cookies... a caramel chocolate ganache tart, and a chocolate cream pie. NBG. Its turned into more of a sport than anything. Its not really about sharing love...carefully manicured sugar cookies.. or seeing … [Read more...]

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

Do you know what is less fun than dishwashing. Laundry. Going to the dentist. And finding out the real calorie counts at Starbucks. Combined. Apartment shopping.    For real. Craigslist  and I are seriously fighting right now. That and every other apartment agency in Chicago. But I'm keeping my chin up! The Carrie Bradshaw in me still firmly believes that sparkles, cosmos, and Manolo Blahniks (or DSW) are destined for my future. And no matter what little whole in the wall me and my … [Read more...]

Super Foods for Super Women – Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

  With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Ashley and I thought it would be the perfect time to do a feature on Women's Health. Us ladies work our butts off! We are strong, smart, creative women and the best way to keep us moving is to fuel our bodies to be their best and brightest. A lot of us tend to spend so much time worrying about getting everything so perfect in our lives - I think sometimes we just need to take a step back and really remember how lucky we are to be us! … [Read more...]

Skinny Office Snacks – Mediterranean Nachos

  Yikes! I cannot believe its already Wednesday. I meant to get this post up on Monday but things like eating leftover birthday cake...  watching the Voice premiere... and being lazy got in the way. The important things.. sorry!! I had such a fun weekend! Fabulous, fabulous weekend! My best friend threw me a party and took me out to this gorgeous Chicago bar I'd never been before. The Bears game on Sunday had absolutely perfect weather - 70s and sunny - plus we won! Woo! Had the g-pa … [Read more...]

Eat Your Drink – Cucumber Herb Veggie Dip (Tzatziki)

So it is hot in Chicago. Like real hot.   Like the kind of hot that even my  Degree Clinical Strength Deo can't handle... that's when you know there's a problem. And thats not just a problem for me guys... that's a problem for you.   So to beat the heat I thought I'd make my first post with the new format all about staying hydrated! Its summertime - which means we all want to stay active, but its no fun laying around the pool with a headache and muscle cramps, … [Read more...]