Counting The Last Year

We have enjoyed our holiday break.  We hope that your holidays were all that you wanted.  The new year is off to a start and we’ve got lots to do even this weekend.  You might catch us at a Chicago Wolves game or even at the Travel & Adventure show in Rosemont.   However, mostly […]

The Bottled Blonde Serves Up Culinary Fight Club

This month’s fight had it all.  Sips and bites!  Along with a large crowd that came to watch a brutal battle of chefs and mixologists.  100% of the proceeds from December’s fight went to Fight2Feed.  I am really here to tell you about Culinary Fight Club, but I can say that we cooked and fed […]

Holidays With Sullivan’s Steakhouse

We’ve all done the rushing around.  The crazy amounts of preparing the perfect gifts.  Wrapping the presents just so with bows and ribbons.  Stocked up on butter and flour and sugar, or is that just me?  Anyway you describe it, you have worked hard for your holiday to be flawless.   So, of course you […]

Blackberry Hazelnut Sweet Rolls

Cooking seasonally can be a challenge, however you might just find what is plentiful pairs best.  You might be thinking blackberries aren’t in season, but we’ve been finding them on sale left and right.  All the stores in our area have gorgeous ripe berries.  Our favorite kind that used to grow wild in our backyard. […]

Culinary Fight Club During Baking Week

As you may have guessed, we’ve been busy.  This time it’s not all work.  However, baking week is upon us.  Yesterday was our first full day of baking in preparations for the holidays!  Before I forget I wanted to tell you that Culinary Fight Club is tomorrow night!  My job still requires that I share […]

Cooking At Macy’s State Street

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Macy’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. As you know, we love to cook.  Part of the perks of being a food blogger is getting to meet great chefs.  In and out of their restaurants, chefs have a wide range of skills. […]

Maple Mellows AKA Shortbread Cookies

Coming up with clever names for cookies is a challenge.  I should probably explain the name.  These are maple inspired shortbread cookies.  With maple sugar as the star ingredient adding in that tang that we love.  Combined with our secret ingredients these cookies literally disappear when they hit your tongue.  Perhaps you have had something […]

Celebrate The Holidays With Macy’s Believe Day!

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Macy’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. There are certain aspects of living near a big city that we love.  There are always great outings to be had in Chicago.  So, I am pleased to tell you that Macy’s is celebrating Believe […]

Serve Up Turkey French Toast

The title sounds absurd, turkey with french toast. However, don’t discount the idea yet because we are going savory. You may recognize this as a Monte Cristo.  This is one of the recipes that is quick and simple but makes lunch a little bit more tasty.  If you haven’t figured it out, then Alison is […]

Cooking Pantry Vs. Food Pantry

Yes, food bloggers have cooking pantries and food pantries. But let’s be honest, I’ve had a cooking pantry most of my life. You see, growing up there was always a huge kitchen. Add in that my dad’s side of the family makes industrial kitchen equipment = fully stocked kitchen. Even if my mom isn’t exactly the […]

Bake Your Heart Out

This will come as a surprise but I am not allowed to cook.  Yes, those words went together in that order.  My family refuses to let me cater everything at our holiday gatherings.  Even though this is my job to cook delicious foods, the ban hammer came down on me years ago.  So, instead we bake […]

The Gift You Give Yourself: Mayana Chocolate

Mayana Chocolate.  If you haven’t heard of this yet, then you are welcome for this gift.  Your world is about to change in a way that you never could have imagined.  This chocolate is our favorite.  Hard to believe, but Alison isn’t exactly a chocolate lover.  Yet, she wants Mayana Chocolate.  Not everything because she […]