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...]

Spring Goat Cheese Vegetable Dip

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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

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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 Italian Crostini: 10-minute NYE Appetizer

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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

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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...]

Skinny Office Snacks – Mediterranean Nachos

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  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...]

Buffalo Chicken Mini Meatballs

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 So I'm really excited about my garden! Check out my pics below. Everything's planted, everything's green (mostly green), one of my baby tomatoes is starting to ripen, and I feel a totally new and deep connection with nature. I walk around barefoot...wake up with the sun... only eat what I plant myself....   Just kidding. More like ruin my slippers watering my plants at 8 am after I stumble out of bed with coffee dripping down my face and pray that my little red pepper plant can … [Read more...]

Jazzed-up Tomato Bruschetta with Sweet Balsamic Reduction

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  I love tomato bruschetta.   Maybe even more than chocolate.   Vine ripe tomatoes + fresh basil + lots and lots of garlic = heaven on a toasty cloud of bruschetta bliss. Mm...Mmm...mmmm....   And it just so happens that I am a tomato bruschetta expert. It's a serious profession. Pleased to meet you.   Tomato bruschetta has been one of my favorite foods for as long as I can remember. Living off a college kid's budget, studying in Rome … [Read more...]

Tomato, Avocado, and Cucumber Crostini with Creamy Sherry Vinaigrette

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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...]

Tomato and Parmesan Focaccia with Caramelized Onions

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So I have a new life calling. And its not baking cakes or saving the world. Its getting tickets to the Ellen Degeneres Show. Do you know how to do this? Because I think its actually impossible. The website told me to 'click' on the date I wanted to see the show on. So I did. Simple right? Wrong. You can't click on any day. The little cursor turns into a hand when you wave it over the calendar... taunting you... pretending its on your side...but then refuses to click on a date. But its ok. … [Read more...]

Quick Mini Pizza Appetizers with Arugula, Peppers, and Prosciutto

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Happy 2012! Well... almost. Can you believe its already been another year? I keep accidentally typing 2010 for some reason. I'm a little behind. I literally almost sent out a resume yesterday that said December 2010. And the first line under my 'skill' section says "detail oriented..." I'm excited for New Years Eve though! As a kid we'd always work it up and make NYE into a huge deal. We'd all sneak like a half of beer from our parents, buy some cheap party hats... and then realize that … [Read more...]