Shakshuka (eggs poached in tomato sauce)

Oof. So I just checked the date of my last post.....April 19th. That is FOUR MONTHS.   Not only is that depressing that I haven't been able to chat with you all for that long - but that is exactly how long I've been living off of frozen chicken nuggets, Potbelly's, and anything else I can microwave and shove in my face within 6 minutes.   There is laundry exploding out of my closet. I have 2 dish detergent pods left and it will be a miracle if I remember to stop at … [Read more...]

Banana Streusel Coffee Cake

Brunch is the BEST. Seriously the best.   It's like the Disney princess of meals - birds chirping, sun shining, cake before 10am…..pretty much best morning ever. Plus I get booze before noon and cinnamon rolls are considered a "side dish".   Only I'm not going to lie, probably what I love most about brunch is that I DON'T make it. Sunday morning is usually a big enough struggle to draw straight eyeliner or locate my purse, so when someone else makes me coffee…pours my … [Read more...]

Exclusive Interview with Celebrity Chef, Georgia Pellegrini!

Hi lovely readers! I cannot tell you how excited I am for today’s post! I got to sit down with celebrity chef, and author of “Girl Hunter” and “Modern Pioneering”, Georgia Pellegrini for an exclusive interview! She is one of the coolest chicks I’ve met with probably THE coolest cookbook I’ve ever seen. Her newest book, “Modern Pioneering” is a road map to a self-sufficient lifestyle – overflowing in tips and tricks for true farm-to-table cooking. Her book and philosophy are … [Read more...]

Mexican Chicken & Rice Bowl

Hi Everyone!! I'm BACK! I'm back! I'm back…! I swear. I know I have been just about the worst boyfriend in the world. I never called. Didn't text. Taunted you with my yummy Lentil Farro Salad pics and then just took off. You can crazy ex-style Facebook stalk the bejeezus out of me and you won't find a trace of Whipped on the internet, in the fridge….I even forgot my password to log in to my own website!   So basically this is the point where I come crawling back begging you … [Read more...]

Lentil Farro Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette

Omygoodness. I have been SICK. Like living on chicken broth, abandoning all personal hygiene, and finishing every TV season of everything kind of sick. By the time I crawled out of my cave of blankets and tissues it was like Tom Hanks in Castaway - complete Wilson situation with my Apple TV. Slow motion grab for Netflix as I was pulled back into the land of makeup and responsibility.   So after a nasty week of feeling terrible I am happy to report that I have finally rolled off … [Read more...]

Creamy Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup

The weather God is becoming seriously egotistical. OK we get it! We fully understand that you can bury my poor little puppy under a mountain of snow in .02 seconds. And that you think its funny when I trip on a deceptively mushy pile of snow and butt dive on Michigan Ave (high point - old lady behind me thought it was hilarious). WE KNOW. I think we should maybe treat the situation like dealing with a toddler....like maybe if we ignore him (and you groundhog!), this little snowstorm tantrum … [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...]

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

PHEW. We survived the end of the world! According to my weather lady it actually ended twice. Three times? I can't remember. I was too busy drowning in my thermal pjs, XXXL sweatshirt that I could literally hibernate in, wool socks....fleece robe....occasionally I would peek out of one of the sleeves and beg a passerby for a cup of hot tea. Or the TV remote. Temps are back up to a balmy 30 degrees, but I'm not going to lie... -46 wind chill or 35 degrees I am a GIGANTIC weather wimp! If I was … [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...]

Ginger Sandwich Cookies

I did a terrible terrible thing guys.   The kind of thing that gets you kicked off the Polar Express. Or high-fived by the Grinch....   I'm home in the burbs this week for a catering gig so I've been staying at my parent's house (using my mom's 2 oven kitchen instead of my 1 oven apartment is FABULOUS) and I needed to take pics of these yummy yummy Ginger Sandwich Cookies... only problem is that my food props have been mercilessly evicted from my mom's kitchen so I was sent … [Read more...]

Favorite Minestrone Soup

Whoa. It is COLD in Chicago today. Holy moly.   I left my makeup bag by the window last night and it literally turned my mascara into this thick goopy mess that makes my eyelashes look like tarantula legs on steroids. I'm going to need an ice pick to get out my moisturizer.   But the good thing about freezy cold days are that they make for the best cozy nights at home! One of my favorite parts of December is coming home after a long day of Christmas shopping in the cold, … [Read more...]

Leftover Turkey Tacos with Chipotle Cream

There's only about one thing in this world that can pry me away from a 50% off Bloomingdales sale on Black Friday. Or 70% off at Sur La Table... OR a 20-50% off sale at Macy's.....30% off Jcrew.... Target...Homegoods...!     Okkkkk feeling slightly less confident about this decision....   And it's my FAVORITE family tradition. Every Friday morning after Thanksgiving my dad, little brother, and I venture out into the cold rural Illinois wilderness (aka the adorable … [Read more...]