Life Without Rosie Dickens

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, … [Read More...]

Hyundai Giving You The Ultimate Hatchback #SheBuysCars

hyundai 2 The Elantra GT 2018 has everything you want.  I can’t claim to understand all the fine details of car design, but I can tell you that we were impressed. We’d seen the unveiling of the first Elantra.  This version is even sportier and promises all the cargo room you crave with the drivability you’d expect from a sports car.  All this in a hatchback.  

Hyundai has really listened to their customers.  There is more room in the trunk for storing what you need.  25 cubic feet and with the seats folded down in the back, you can garner 55 cubic feet.  That is enough space to move your college bound teen to school in one trip.  

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We’re saying that this hatchback has your back.  Hyundai is confident that not only will you want to drive this car, but that it will be up to our Chicago winter standards.  With improved BlueLink technology that allows you to have one touch control over multiple features. BlueLink technology also means that your Amazon Echo or Alexa can remote start your car from inside the comfort of your own home. Like climate controls, you can set your Elantra GT to be the temperature you want on the inside.  The remote start includes defrost of the rear window and the side mirrors. So, all the pesky spots that you have trouble clearing snow, those are now a thing of the past.  

With safety features like blind spot detection with rear cross view alerts, high beam assist, and pedestrian detection automatic emergency braking the Elantra GT is not lacking.  Along with wireless device charging up to the size of an iPhone 7 Plus and smartphone integration for apple or android, this hatchback is smart anywhere you go.  From the city to the country, Hyundai has given you all the features to make this car fit your lifestyle when you need it. 

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The Elantra GT will go on sale this summer.  Starting near $20,000 the Elantra GT is pricier than the other models in the series.  Yet this Elantra features 6 speeds in manual or automatic transmission harnessing 162 horsepower from the 2.o liter engine.  One step up is the Elantra GT Sport which garners 201 horsepower from a 1.6 liter turbo engine.  Even among the variations of the Elantra GT, there is customization for how you prefer to drive your hatchback.  Hyundai has certainly hit the spot with the new Elantra GT and Elantra GT Sport. 

If you are curious about the new and improved Hyundai Elantra GT, they will be on display all week at McCormick Place.  The Chicago Auto Show is the perfect place to ask questions about buying a new car.  Go and see for yourself if the Elantra GT or Elantra GT Sport has your back.  You can find more at Hyundai.  

Culinary Fight Club Pro Series

cfc group Once again, I have exciting news regarding Culinary Fight Club.  We got to witness the first Black Box Challenge.  We’re talking a mystery box instead of a pantry for the Pros.  This means only the top executive chefs can compete. At the usual Culinary Fight Club, all competitors are welcome to compete.  They just want someone that can cook, but for this challenge they wanted to raise the stakes.  

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We had 3 chefs compete with 45 minutes to create something amazing from the mystery box.  I got to peek inside and I have to say no one would disappointed with the contents. Amazing mushrooms from the Mushroom Council, Mustard Girl mustards, eggs, bacon, heavy cream, lemons, oranges, root vegetables, garlic, fresh herbs and various spices.  Those mystery boxes were packed with fresh ingredients.  Of course, the chefs can bring 3 secret ingredients which are checked in by the Cheferee Anthony Martorina. 

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The anticipation of the mystery boxes was slightly undercut by the arrival of Chef Paul Young.  Upon seeing he was an MC the chefs began to pester him with questions regarding bacon.  He is the corporate chef for Reinhart Food Services and these chefs have been spoiled with choice cuts of bacon and pork belly just to name a few proteins. Soon enough, the Cheferee nearly had to make up a new penalty to get them to stop asking about bacon. 

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Upon unearthing the various goodies, Chef Paul Caravelli saw the bread and bacon.  Before he began to cook his dish, he made himself and the audience a bacon sandwich.  The crowd was shocked and delighted.  They truly had a culinary adventure at the Travel & Adventure Show in Rosemont.  People began to stop by the stage because the aroma of what the chefs were cooking lured them from across the show floor.  

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To the surprise of our Cheferee and judges, all of the chefs made a version of pasta.  From Chef Tim Davidson’s mandu to Chef Paul Caravelli’s tortelloni to Chef Jessica Bograd and Chef Kasey McDonald’s deconstructed lasagna.  The unexpected theme made judging more difficult.  The winners Chef Bograd and Chef McDonald explained that they had wanted to create a full lasagna but ended up crafting the dish differently due to time constraints.  Possibly, the added secret ingredient threw all of the chefs a curve ball.  Everyone had to include Culinary Fight Club’s Thai Srira Srira Hot Sauce.   

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The end result was a restless crowd.  Those that had received samples versus those that had not.  At an event like the Travel & Adventure show, there is no way of knowing how big the crowd will be.  The good news is that you are guaranteed a sample of every dish at tonight’s Culinary Fight Club.  The theme is Savory Chocolate.  4 Chefs will battle it out, with one team sporting two phenomenal chefs. You can still buy tickets at the door for $50 tonight.  The event is from 6-9PM at Lucky Strike FTW.  We’ll be there, will you?

Culinary Fight Club: Chocolate Edition

That is correct!  This month’s Culinary Fight Club is themed around chocolate.  No matter what your opinion is regarding that holiday on the 14th, all that matters is that you enjoy chocolate!  So far, I’m hearing that 4 chefs have signed up to serve you savory chocolate dishes.  The heated battle will take place February […]

First Look For Charity 2017

For the past few years, I have been lucky enough to attend the preview for the First Look For Charity Gala.  I get to learn about which charities are benefitting this year and taste everything.  Every year this event raises around $2 million for local charities.  Last year they met the goal of $2 million […]

Pure Spoon For Perfect Carrot Cake Muffins

I’m here to tell you about Pure Spoon, a line of organic purees for kids!  Normally I don’t cover food for kids, but this seemed way too perfect to pass up.  My niece and nephew are nearly 2 and 4.   Sometimes I spoil them with toys, but I know that their parents and I […]

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 […]

Egg Drop Soup

First, I must apologize for being lax on posting.  Some sort of cold has hit us and kept us from being normal functional human beings.  However, coming through the other side of some tissue boxes, I can share a great soup for the sick that you can make even if you are suffering. If you […]

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. […]