Quinoa Curry with Mango and Tomatoes

  I have a big. fat. crush. on quinoa. I'm rocking some sexy red lipstick and some low cut pjs for this dinner. Maybe even my bunny slippers.     Lately quinoa's become the super hot Senior Quarterback of health food. I have a (totally controllable...!) magazine obsession... and I swear this stuff's seen more media appearances in the last month than Katie Holmes and Suri. All the health professionals can't stop talking about it and all us health nerds are grabbing … [Read more...]

Tea Sandwiches – 2 Ways

If you give a mouse a cookie....   She's going to want to make appetizers.. and salads... and cocktails.. and sandwiches...and what about a pasta salad? Maybe some cupcakes?? But someone might want a vegetarian option...??   That's pretty much what just happened this week.   It was one of my very best family friend's wedding showers this weekend at my house and I got to be in charge of the dessert buffet! It started out with my mom wanting me to just bake cookies … [Read more...]

Tomato, Avocado, and Cucumber Crostini with Creamy Sherry Vinaigrette

Happy (Insert Holiday Here)!   It's officially wedding season....bbq season... baby shower season, memorial day... 4th of July.....grill outs....   Summer's coming and all this gorgeous warm weather (Its going to be 90 degrees today in Chicago!) means finding every possible excuse to celebrate cold beer, blue skies, fresh food, and awesome friends!     It also means that Jenny from apartment 201 is probably going to ask you to bring an appetizer to tomorrow … [Read more...]

An Earth Day Inspired Dinner Party

 So today's post is extra special - like deserving of glitter, a gold star, and maybe even a firework kind of special... I hosted my very first dinner party ever yesterday! I am so excited that Foodbuzz.com liked my proposal for an Earth Day themed, earth-friendly, vegetarian (mostly vegan!) dinner party, because it gave me an amazing excuse to invite over my closest friends to be with the people I love the most - doing the thing I love the most...cooking! I loved having an Earth … [Read more...]