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...]

Fresh Herb Roasted Turkey Breast

8 days until Thanksgiving...! That means just 8 more days until Santa comes to Macy's, 93.9 Christmas Lite FM, and Starbuck's cute little Christmas cups... o wait. All of that has been up since October.. and I LOVE it. I'm sorry. Judge away. I'm one of those people that scours the radio looking for the first Christmas station. I watched Love Actually on Sunday. And there may or may not be a Christmas ornament sitting on my coffee table....   I'm of the more is better mindset and … [Read more...]

Baked Chicken Fingers with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

I am SUCH a condiment girl.   Ketchup. Honey Mustard. Mayo... Miracle Whip (forget those commercials that make you pick sides). I dip french fries in honey. Eggs in salsa... eat mayonaise and tomato sandwiches....so its only natural that one of my favorite foods on earth are Chicken Fingers. The holy grail of dippers.   The only problem is that most chicken fingers you find at restaurants are battered, deep fried, and loaded with calories. With a 2 am Wendy's run as an … [Read more...]

30-minute BBQ Pork Sandwiches with Slaw

I have been a cooking machine since I got home from Cali! I've gone on a serious cooking bender - fish tacos! BBQ pork! steak with red wine sauce (I don't even eat steak)! Would you also like a homemade chocolate chip cookie after dinner? Umm.... yes please.   It's my last few weeks with the family before I move into my new apartment downtown and I am letting my kitchen addiction get the absolute best of me. So I hope you all enjoy the next couple weeks of posts with real meals (like … [Read more...]

Turkey Sloppy Joes

Ooooo I love sloppy joes! Everything about them.   They're the perfect sweet and tangy comfort food. They have that kind of 1950s nostalgia where there'd be a commercial with some elementary school kid spilling red sauce all over his newly pressed white tshrit and his mom just smiling and shaking her head...so much love for the sloppy joe!   Ok only I have to admit that my sloppy joe nostalgia doesn't usually jump to prepubescence, braces, and training bras; I go straight … [Read more...]

Sauteed Ratatouille with Quinoa

Happy Tuesday everyone! Today is an extra special post about a couple extraordinary bloggers and a very important cause. Today we are joining together to help raise awareness for Heart Disease. Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic lost her Mom to heart disease when her mother was 47, and Kim was 15. Each year on the day her Mom passed she shares stories and photos of her Mom. This year she joined forces with Jen of Juanita's Cocina, whose life was also touched by heart disease when her Stepfather had … [Read more...]

Maple Glazed Salmon with Tomato-Dill Couscous

Valentine's Day may have been a week ago but thats no excuse to stop showing your heart a little extra lovin'! February is American Heart Month by the American Heart Association so its the perfect time to stop and take a second to really think about your ticker. February isn't just about reminding others how much we care about them; but taking some time to really take care of ourselves too!   So I decided to bring in the big guns for this post - I'm letting Ashley, RD, loose on you … [Read more...]

Caprese Sandwiches with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Today's post is going to be short & sweet! Mainly because my butt is on fire guys. Whoa. I started PT last week for this hip thing I have and I am sore in muscles...I knew I had (lets be serious), but were pretty content not getting any use. Now they're very unhappy about not being able to free load off the rest of my lower half - so high maintenance! But before I go duct tape ice around my entire body I need to share my Caprese Sandwich recipe with you all! I made these sandwiches for a … [Read more...]

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

There is something so comfortably satisfying about a big warm bowl of creamy tomato soup on a lazy Sunday. I have a presentation at my old high school this week and I think all the preparation has got me seriously nostalgic for some of my childhood favorites - Tomato Soup. Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. White Keds. And my Malibu Barbie with...Gymanstic Barbie's head. I was just as OCD efficient at 5 yrs old as I am now. I didn't want to take the time to change Barbie's clothes.. so I would change … [Read more...]