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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Homemade Quinoa Granola

Breakfast & Brunch, Recipes

I saw a meme this week that said “January is the Monday of months.” Even though I was born in January, it is hardly my favorite page of the calendar. January is gray, cold and coincides with the letdown that follows the holidays. You’re taking down decorations, discarding the Christmas tree and essentially undoing the festivity and joy of the weeks prior. Couple that with the fact that you’re supposed to bring to a screeching halt the cooking, baking and…

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Healthy Dinner Recipes to Make in January

Recipes

January is a very bittersweet month for me. On one hand, I was born in January, which is a nice excuse for a little bit of festivity and celebration in an otherwise bleak calendar page. On the other hand, the joy of the holiday season is long forgotten, the weather in the Midwest tests our will to live on a daily basis and everyone starts dieting. I’m all for eating your greens, but January resolutions frequently make dinner parties and…

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Veggie Breakfast Bake with Chicken Sausage

Breakfast & Brunch, Recipes

Whenever I’m hosting a brunch, my menu generally looks something like this: a sweet pastry (chocolate chip sconesare one of my favorites); smoked salmon, a dozen bagels and at least three different types of cream cheese from the bagel shop in our neighborhood; a bottle (or three) of champagne and a carafe of orange juice; a seasonal fresh fruit and yogurt parfait bar and of course, a baked egg dish that I can make the night before and bake off…

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