Every spring, I am mesmerized by the colorful tulips blossoming around the city in the early days of May. While I day dream of running freely through fields of colorful flowers, I fail to remember the Mother’s Day holiday creeping up. And every year I find myself scrambling to put together a thoughtful but very … Read More about A Mother’s Day to Remember…Great Restaurant Picks in Chicago for our Mama’s
Whenever I host a dinner party, I come up with the entrees and desserts instantly. The ideas come flying into my mind quickly and non-stop. However, when it comes to planning the appetizers and side dishes, my mind usually comes to a screeching halt.
A classic pork roast that is perfectly juicy and tender on the inside and has a crunchy skin on the outside. Stuffed with savory herbs and garlic my roasted pork shoulder bursts with incredible flavor and ultimate juiciness. Plus…learn how to truss your pork without any fuss! Who said roasts are for special … Read More about Herb Stuffed Roasted Pork Shoulder
A super simple chicken thigh recipe bursting with flavor. The perfect dinner for a busy weeknight! Chicken is a staple in our household. In fact, I have come to realize, it’s a staple in most households. That being said, it has the unfortunate tendency to get boring. But not this recipe…This recipe is a … Read More about Lemon and Thyme Roasted Chicken Thighs
A perfect sandwich for any time of day! Crispy ciabatta roll slathered in my homemade pesto and with a marinated pesto chicken breast to match! Add in some fresh tomatoes and mozzarella and we have ourselves a winner! Years ago, I used to run a huge upscale cafeteria that serviced over 3000 people a day. … Read More about Pesto Chicken Caprese Sandwich
One of the hardest jobs as a chef or as a mom for that matter, is coming up with leftovers ideas. By the end of the week, I am bombarded with leftover veggies, meats and potatoes. And it is my job as the economical wife and frugal chef to come up with a solution … Read More about Crispy Mashed Potato Cakes with Serrano Ham and Gruyere
Welcome to another installment of knife skills. Today we are going to discuss how to slice or dice (cube) a tomato.
An easier and creamier take on the classic lasagna. These adorable lasagna rolls are loaded with creamy and tangy flavors and take no time to put together! Best of all they are freezer friendly! So make enough to feed 2 crowds and freeze the rest! Undoubtedly one of the very best inventions in food history … Read More about Roasted Garlic Creamy Lasagna Rolls
There are nights that my little munchkin does not go to bed until 9pm. And needless to say I am exhausted at that point. As much as I love to cook and create in my kitchen, there are nights that even I do not want to cook. Luckily, I have a few tricks up my … Read More about Rosemary and Three Mustard Pork Roast