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...]

Chocolate Covered S’more Pretzels

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!

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...]

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...]

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...]

Roasted Butternut Squash Farro Salad with Cider Vinaigrette

Holy Moly. I have SO many Thanksgiving recipes I want to share this month I don't even know what to do! My desk/kitchen counter/living room floor....probably car floor...jeans pockets...coat pockets...anything with pockets....are stuffed and covered in random scratch pieces of paper with recipe ideas scribbled all over.     Literally this is how I organize my life.   Thank God Facebook keeps track of birthdays for me.     But long story short I was … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Happy day-after-Haloween!   There is only one way to cure that candy hangover.... and its obviously with some more sugar. I like to live by the Sunday brunch bloody mary rule...booze + booze = no booze. Same goes for Snickers bars. I'm pretty sure...   ...Hmm....no...... definitely. I created this recipe for the fabulous Stephie from Eat Your Heart Out. I'm guest posting on her blog today so click HERE for the link to her super delish website and also to see my recipe … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

Mmm...mmm...I LOVE pumpkin bread. And if you're reading this post I know you're right there with me. There are exactly 12 zillion billion recipes for pumpkin bread on the internet and I literally cannot stop myself from clicking on any and every recipe I find.   I would be the world's worst lab rat. I'd be that one stuck in the cheese maze for life  with absolutely zero conditioning skills. They would dangle a piece of cheese in front of a trap door and I would literally take … [Read more...]

Mini Apple Crumble Pies

I just had the most FUN catering event this week! It was complete dessert spread - fall themed. My favorite.   Twist my arm... um...YES I will make pumpkin cupcakes...mini apple crumble pies... maple sugar cookies...double chocolate thumbprints. And then I will eat it all. I am in a self induced sugar coma, recovering from a week of cookie taste testing and a crazy yesterday of party execution.   I am like a one woman jam band at the moment trying to orchestrate some … [Read more...]