pesto pasta salad with asparagus

Well it’s a gorgeous day out in Chicago today, but I’m laid up on the couch as I tried to lift a bunch of dirt (don’t ask) and pulled out my darn back…again. UGH! I hobbled on in back to the house hanging on Dave’s arm and after icing my back decided I was going…

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dijon & dill potato salad

I think it’s been raining now for…oh, I don’t know…EVERY DAY FOR TWO MONTHS! Chicago, what is going on!? This gloomy weather is really hindering my BBQ-party abilities and bumming me out. So I figured despite the weather I could at least be eating some of my fave summer dishes inside while I watch the…

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mac & cheese cups

It is a BEE-YOO-TI-FUL day today! Finally! Since this is some straight-up grilling weather I thought I’d share a yummy, easy side for a BBQ. While I am partial to Queen Ina’s classic mac & cheese (oof! those photos on older posts!) – I liked this recipe because it’s quick, super creamy, and with the…

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cousin sandi’s black bean & corn salad

I never post anything that I cook up and don’t absolutely LOVE…which is why I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus. I’ve been making some real doozies lately – Indian curry (I’m going to leave that to the restaurants), super weird sloppy joes (Manwich, you got this one) and green chicken chili (Annie –…

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vegetable vinaigrette pasta salad

Love, love, love, love this pasta salad and it’s SO easy to make – I made this in 15 minutes or less! This recipe is tangy (dare I say ZESTY even?!) and super fresh tasting with the pureed veggies in the vinaigrette. This dish is definitely going to be a staple side at our summer…

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