Recipes

Beer Cheese Dip

I have the perfect dip recipe for you just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. We always called this Peggy’s Beer Cheese Dip, after our neighbor and dear family friend who would make this for parties. It’s quiet simple, and 100% amazing year-round. In fact, I’d consider it the yin to my Hot Sausage Beer […]

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Spicy Pasta Fagiole Soup

You guys have no idea how long I’ve wanted to share this recipe with you. This is a soup my mom has been making since I was a kid. Our family calls this Arrabiata Soup, but it’s simply a spicy twist on pasta fagiole. I absolutely love it. It’s hearty, it’s tasty, it’s spicy. It’s […]

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Cacio e Pepe

Cacio e pepe. Grown up macaroni & cheese. Cheesy, peppery heaven in a bowl. Whatever you call it, it’s an Italian classic and one of my favorite dishes to create. I made this one on a whim. I just wanted pasta at 11:00 pm one night, as one does, and whipped this one up. And […]

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Skinny Italian Wedding Soup

It’s blistery cold in Chicago, which calls for SOUP! It’s soup season, and I’m diving right into a bowl of Skinny Italian Wedding Soup. Now, if you’ve been following my blog for some time, you know how in LOVE I am with my turkey meatballs, so I took my recipe and turned it into the […]

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Blistered Shishito Peppers with Lemon Garlic Turmeric Dip

Now, this is probably the easiest recipe that I’ve come up with in my days as a food blogger. Shishito peppers seemed to have had their break out moment in the food scene over the last few years, and I hope they’re here to stay. I like to think that eating these are like playing […]

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Truffle-Salted Roasted Potatoes

Nothing says winter like roasty, toasty potatoes. Or at least in my carb kingdom, that’s the case. Now, this side dish is one that will stand out with its simplicity. In this case, I jazzed them up with truffle salt, but feel welcome to be as adventurous or as traditional as you want with seasoning these […]

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My “Famous” Guacamole

Call me extra, but I love guacamole. To me, it is the most perfect dip. The best condiment. A life force that stands on it’s own. And this particular guacamole has been something I’ve been making for years. Often a staple at parties, I find the bowl I filled with this amazing avocado delicacy completely […]

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Other Musings

2018 Musical Year in Review

Oh, this year. What a year. There are good years, but are there bad years? Sure, depending on how you look at it. I won’t call this a bad year. You know why? It pushed me harder than I thought I could be pushed. It stretched muscles that I didn’t even know I had.  I’ve dealt with anything […]

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Tortellini with Creamy Tomato Sauce

Tortellini is probably my favorite pasta. It’s the most underrated stuffed pasta, with it’s cousin, the ravioli, always taken up the limelight. Well, this is my way of making tortellini the star of the dish. This was another one of my “what do I have in my fridge?” recipes, and it turned out even better […]

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Thai Panang Curry

Going out for Thai Panang Curry is probably one of my favorite meals ever. With my seafood allergy, I usually have to be pretty careful at Thai restaurants, so I did what anyone who wants something “better than takeout,” and made my own! The nutty, red curry sauce draped over vegetables (or meat) is so […]

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