crazy easy banana bread

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snoooooowwwwwww! We just had the first snow of the season in Chicago and I love it! People think I’m nuts but I love the cold too – it must be my Michigander roots. I think I’ll throw on Elf and start decorating the house today. It’s never…

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fluffy fall spiced pancakes

Morning all! I hope everyone is having a rockin’ fall so far. I can’t believe Halloween is in ten days as I haven’t even done a dry run of my costume yet – EEK! This season has just been flying by, so when I realized I hadn’t made any fall-ish meals yet I decided to…

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banana chocolate chip muffins

Happy weekend y’all! I think it’s going to be a great one, since it’s going to be 65 degrees here in Chicago! We’ve got plans to fire up the smoker tomorrow for some brisket and sausages. BBQ in February? Hell yes! 😀 But this post is less meaty and more banana-y. So it goes that…

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bauli panettone french toast

Recently our family friend, Donna, was incredibly sweet and sent me a gift box filled with a bunch of different Bauli cakes, some chestnut creme (I have crepes in mind for this!), Luca Manfe’s cookbook – My Italian Kitchen, and more! I couldn’t believe all of the goodies in front of me once I opened…

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some happenings & some overnight oats!

Woops! I can’t believe I let more than a month go by without posting a darn thing. Even though this wasn’t a scheduled blogger break, I’ve got to say it was nice to let myself take a breather from blogging so I could really enjoy summer and all the crazy (mostly fun) things that popped…

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sarkis loretta-like breakfast sandwich

Hey all! Long time no post! I have missed cooking and writing so much, but Sir Dave and I moved into our new home and have just been happily bogged down in all things house. I can’t wait to show you all around but I’ve quickly learned that our to-do list only about doubles every…

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cajun frittata with smoked andouille sausage

I found myself wandering out of one of my favorite butcher shops (Paulina Meat Market) with the two steaks I went in to get, corn beef hash, smoked andouille sausage, two different kinds of brats and I would have gotten jerky too if they hadn’t been sold out. I like the all the meats, ya…

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chilaquiles with chorizo and scrambled eggs

One of my goals in life was to figure out how to be able to eat chips for every meal. With the discovery of chilaquiles on a visit to Dallas years ago, my quest was complete. I order this dish out whenever I see it on a menu – in fact, I just had it…

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meatless monday: four-ingredient blueberry scones

I was totally, totally, totally going to leave the house yesterday, but then this happened… Of course I have no fear in venturing out in the snow (I am Midwestern-bred after all) but something about having a lazy Sunday in sounded perfect. So since today is Meatless Monday I thought I’d make something yummy to…

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cinnamon crumb coffee cake

One morning I woke up and was craving coffee cake. Like, really, really craving coffee cake. I couldn’t stop thinking about it – especially those little buttery sweet cinnamon morsels that sit atop the soft cake that just kind of pop and melt in your mouth with the first bite…drooooooool. So I decided to get…

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