#FlatoutLove Bahn Mi Chicago Style

I have some good news for all of you! I will be creating the winning recipes for #FlatoutLove to be featured on ChicagonistaLIVE.  You can follow along with me through all of my social media channels as well as with #FlatoutLove or #ChicagonistaLIVE.  I am excited to see what flavors you feel represent your city. […]

3 Baking Secrets for Big Bakery Style Muffins

Muffins that elusive cousin of the cupcake that doesn’t ever turn out as pretty and perfect.  Luckily, I have mastered the secrets to perfect muffins.  Are you ready to be a muffin master? If you follow along with our kitchen adventures on social media, earlier this week you saw a perfect bakery style blueberry muffins […]

Chive Flower and Cheddar Biscuits

Chive flowers are in bloom!!!  They’re gorgeous and purple and mine grow like weeds during late spring.  Chive flowers taste just like chives and are edible too.  I’ve read that you can make chive flower vinegar, chive flower olive oil, fried chive flowers, adding them  to salads or to breads and biscuits.  I don’t use a lot […]

Guava Limeade

Are you sensing a theme?  Maybe this is just the beginning, but since I don’t have a slow juicer (but desperately want one!), I’m making a variety of ades this summer.  I just love their sweet/tart taste!  I’m probably such a fan due to my sweettart addiction as a child.  It’s like a healthy version […]

Crab Rangoon Pull Apart Bread #KeepingItClassic

Crab is not an ingredient we use often.  Living in Chicagoland, the hard part is finding fresh crab.  Luckily, Crab Classic is an alternative that we can find in most grocery store seafood cases.  This is convenient especially in an appetizer.  You want that crab flavor, but you don’t necessarily want to cook and harvest […]

Sangria Makes Waves With Citrus Salmon Tacos

I received a gift card and sangria in order to facilitate this review. National Sangria Day is December 20th.  Some of you may be thinking but December is for the spiced drinks, yet you should not be too quick to discount this white blend of fruit.  Beso del Sol has a bright white sangria that […]

Festive Fernet-Branca Brownies

I received product and a gift card to facilitate this post.  All opinions are my own. Today is National Brownie Day.  Yes the intense urge you feel to celebrate may be overwhelming but allow me to aide you!  Take a deep breath.  Don’t forget to breath out.  Clear your mind of everything but chocolate.  Then […]

Oreos That Beg To Be Swapped #HousefulOfCookies

We’re not talking the store bought brand.  However, these cookies are closely resembling the famous cookie.  They are of course completely homemade and from scratch.  I wish I could take credit for the recipe, but I myself received them in a past cookie swap from With Lovely.  If you ever thought that those black and […]

Harissa Roasted Walnuts #JustAddWalnuts

This post is compensated and sponsored by California Walnuts. For us there are a lot of must have dishes at Thanksgiving. However, not always being the head chef, which is silly because I am great at everything food, means that I have to think of foods to contribute to a partly planned meal. Depending on […]

Avocado Soup with Baconfat

A friend of mine from high school, Aaron Wilder, is this amazing chef in Louisville and is always available when I have a question or idea. Like just today I texted him to ask if sweet potato cinnamon rolls sounded like a good idea, which is still up for debate. Although we all know I’m […]

Discover Granola

I don’t know why I waited so long to try my hand at granola. I guess I always thought it was pretty complicated and at times I’m not as patient as I should be in the kitchen, hence why I tend to burn bacon. So it’s weird that my kitchen patience isn’t tested by breadmaking […]

Templeton Rye Whiskey Truffles

I was asked a while ago if I might be interested in creating a chocolate truffle recipe using Templeton Rye Whiskey and two mystery Frontier spices.  While I was a little apprehensive about the mystery ingredients, I was still game to give it a try as everything goes with chocolate!  My mystery ingredients weren’t too […]