Cheryl Inspires Us To Slow Cook

We had the delight of being invited to witness some slow cookery by our friend and fellow blogger, Cheryl. Her blog is delightful with lots of drinks and fashion. We got to talking to the ladies of Zen of Slow Cooking.  You can find out more about them here.  After talking about how we all […]

Chicago, We #FlatoutLove Pulled Pork

Once again, I am honored to craft the winning recipe idea for #ChicagonistaLIVE.  When I heard pulled pork, I knew I had to do some sort of dry rub.  It’s just how I’ve learned to do things.  This recipe is inspired by Tennessee flavors as well.   This an easy recipe to do.  You can […]

Lemony Chicken Mushroom Lasagna

Lasagna is a comfort food.  A dish that we never get complaints about because while I remember it having cooked spinach which I used to despise, all the ingredients blend together into one brilliant mouthful.  The cheese is a big selling point and some of us have been known to add extra and if you’re […]

Blue Velvet Cake

You may already know that I am a huge fan of red velvet.  The combination of a light chocolate with a cream cheese frosting is what I crave.  I am not a giant chocoholic like my sister.  So, I prefer the more subtle flavors of red velvet.  Yet, I haven’t made much in the way […]

#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 […]