Slow-Cooker Bolognese Sauce

Cooking for a Crowd, Recipes, Weekend Cooking, Worknight Dinners
barilla collezione spaghetti bolognese

The only thing better than having a pot of hearty bolognese sauce bubbling on the stove is having a hearty pot of bolognese sauce bubbling in your slow cooker for eight hours while you sip a glass of wine and catch up on your Bravo. Bolognese sauce is one of my favorites to make because one batch will go a long way in a lasagna, baked pasta dish or simply over your favorite brand of pasta.…

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Strawberry Rosé Lemonade

Recipes, Things to Drink
rose lemonade cocktail

Spiked strawberry rosé lemonade is a refreshing cocktail to accompany brunch, patio parties or as a casual dinner party apertíf all summer long.  Rosé season has been in full swing for a few months now and I make no secret of the fact that the much-beloved “summer water” is not my beverage of choice during the months of June, July and August. Although there are plenty of rosé wines to drink during patio season, I’ve always preferred Sauvignon Blanc or…

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Strawberry and Spinach Salad with Candied Pecans

Recipes, Worknight Dinners

In case you weren’t already aware, Chicago had a winter problem this year. The problem was that winter would not seem to end. The groundhog did his thing in February, and we all dealt with the resulting news like reasonable, responsible citizens. We waited until spring officially arrived on Tuesday, March 20. We waited patiently as the first day of spring passed, bringing with it about two days of reasonable spring weather before the skies turned gray and stayed that…

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