Mexican Chicken & Rice Bowl

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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...]

Creamy Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup

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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...]

Chocolate Covered S’more Pretzels

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I feel like whoever decided that Chocolate and Valentine's Day should go together was either a politician, the pope, or a middle school teacher because that was pretty much the best strategic move in the history of Hallmark holidays. How do we keep the peace on the one day of the year that can make even the biggest commitment-phobe pop on a Nicholas Sparks movie and just about any breathing female want to Dirty Dancing jump into Ryan Gosling's arms (EVERY DAY. Crazy Stupid Love anyone??). No … [Read more...]

Vegan Queso Dip & A Vegan Super Bowl!

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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

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  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

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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

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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...]

How to Make the Perfect Chocolate Cream Pie – My 1st Video!

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AH! Big day for Whipped. Today.... I'm launching my first ever Cooking Demo Video! Ok, and I'm so nervous!! So be nice please. In the spirit of Christmas...at least wait until I've had a few glasses of wine to lay it on me :)   I've been wanting to start posting videos for a while now, I think its a cool way to show some of my more labor intensive recipes so you guys can get a good look at what you need to do. That's why I thought my Chocolate Cream Pie would be a perfect video … [Read more...]

Ginger Sandwich Cookies

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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

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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

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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...]

Creamy Guilt-Free Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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  3 days....dun dun dun! If you're scrambling for recipes, I've got you covered!   Today's post is going to be short and sweet on words and heavy (pleaseee pass the side dish recipes!) on the food. I've rounded up all of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes from the blog to give you a yummy and foolproof selection of sides, mains, and desserts that will impress your guests and have everyone asking for the recipe! Because we all know that Thanksgiving is about love, family, and … [Read more...]