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...]

Spicy Shrimp and Avocado Crostini

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Happy Friday.... the 13th! So I like to think of Friday the 13th not as bad luck, but as maybe the best luck ever.   Friday the 13th gives you an excuse for everything. Seriously.   Forgot to pick up lunch for the meeting? It's Friday the 13th... Forgot your mom's birthday? It's Friday the 13th... (jkkk today's my mom's bday... totally did not forget your birthday!!) Finished off the box of chips ahoy?? No, that was just you. But if someone caught you finishing … [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...]

An Earth Day Inspired Dinner Party

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┬áSo 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┬ádinner 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...]