Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

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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...]

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...]

Fish Tacos with Mango-Avocado Salsa

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Hi guys! So I'm rested and recovered from my dinner party extravaganza last weekend and ready to get started on the next fiesta! Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner which means its time to indulge in some yummy Mexican food! I love love love Mexican food....Mexican food doesn't particularly love me back...but I''ll take our rocky relationship. Ok, but first, I have a serious question for you... This needs to be cleared up before we get cooking.. How do you cut a mango?  Is it … [Read more...]