spicy jambalaya with shrimp + sausage

Well, I woke up sick this morning with some plague-esque situation, which is especially a bummer since I’m on day three of my ‘funemployment.’ I start a new and exciting gig on Monday, so I suppose I’ll spend the rest of my time curled up with some tea and a Harry Potter movie marathon so…

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gluten-free mozzarella sticks

Happy Thursday all! I hope you had a good 4th filled with yummy food, fireflies, friends and fireworks. I ate all the things and drank all the beers, so I am basically eating salads and drinking water for the next week…although tacos and margs sound really good right about now…geez Annie, focus. Okay – I…

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my mom’s potato + gnocchi soup

What is up with this wintry weather?! I am very much a winter gal as I don’t mind being cold, I think snow is bee-yoo-ti-ful, and crock-pot season is the best. Well…wait. I also love summer for smoking ribs, having beers on the front porch and for dancing around the yard with sparklers, and fall…

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chicken noodle casserole with garlic cream sauce

Sir Dave is down for the count with a pretty nasty case of the flu, poor guy. To try to make him feel a smidge better I thought I’d whip up a casserole, and chicken-noodle anything is supposed to be a cure-all, right? While this recipe is a bit time-consuming, it’s definitely worth it. And…

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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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pecan cheesecake sugar cookie squares

You guys! I have just been eating, eating, and eating! Of course we had turkey and all the trimmings, then Sir Dave made a great prime rib dinner, then we had a wonderful, rich French dinner out with the mother-in-law and today just for reference I had a bagel, a Reese’s peanut butter cup, nachos…

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chocolate cookies with pretzels and sea salt

Friends, before I get on with this recipe, I wanted to give you a fun heads up on a new blog I’ll be working on. Do y’all remember our first ever Ina Garten Day? Well, we had so much fun doing it in the fall that we’ve decided a summer version is a must, so…

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delux chicken salad with nando peri peri sauce

I guess I’m on a kick of trying to recreate my favorite dishes from restaurants, because here’s another one! Delux Bar and Grill is close to where I work so I often venture over there for lunch – and I’d say at least 9 times out of 10 I order the Delux Salad. This is…

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garbanzo, dill, and cucumber salad for a day at the beach

Despite living walking distance from Lake Michigan for my entire life, I rarely carve out a day just to be a beach bum because I’m not very good at sitting still. But with the long holiday weekend and beautiful weather in Chicago, I made it a point to put together a little beach foodie feast,…

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burger patty melt with hot sriracha mayo

I’m posting yet another recipe from Southern Cooking’s Off the Eaten Path – seriously one of my favorite recipe collections! I saw a picture of this ridiculously messy, meaty, spicy, cheesy patty melt and HAD TO HAVE IT. It’s basically like a burger in the middle of a grilled cheese with creamy, amazing, magical, sriracha…

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