How-To Roast Chicken Perfectly, Every Time

Cooking for a Crowd, Food, Holiday Recipes, How-To, Recipes, Uncategorized, Weekend Cooking, Worknight Dinners

Few things are as simple and versatile as a roast chicken. It’s a great go-to weekend dinner that if you’re cooking for one or two two people, will yield you leftovers for chicken salad,  avgolemono chicken soup, or other quick meals all week long. It’s also hard to go wrong with the basic method that is as quick and hands off as comfort food gets without being delivered by your friendly neighborhood Chinese restaurant.…

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What are French Mother Sauces?

Food, How-To
Photo: Le Creuset

A few days ago, a chef asked me if I knew about the French Mother Sauces and I nodded along as though I knew exactly what I was talking about, but officially I neither confirmed nor denied. I know that the Mother Sauces are seen as the foundations for many dishes and other sauces, particularly relating to French cuisine, but I was quite certain that I couldn’t name all five of them. …

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Buffalo Chicken Burgers

Recipes, Worknight Dinners

Lean and spicy, buffalo chicken burgers made with lean ground chicken, hot wing sauce, blue cheese and red onion is the perfect answer to buffalo wings: without the grease and mess!  From the moment I started telling people that Brad and I planned to move in together, I heard some variation of: “wow, what a big step” or “wow, that’s a big change!” It’s been about a month and a half and so far, the biggest change is that the amount of sports…

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Red Pepper Chicken Corn Chowder


  Red Pepper Chicken Corn Chowder made with a blend of rice, potatoes, non-GMO freeze dried corn, onion, red bell pepper, celery, chives, dill, cayenne pepper, chicken broth, cheddar cheese, cream, chopped or shredded chicken and fresh cilantro. …

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Weeknight Date Night Dinner [Recipe: Bacon Caesar Salad]

Recipes, Worknight Dinners

Stouffer’s Lasagna with Meat & Sauce, traditional lasagna noodles layered with an herb seasoned tomato and meat sauce and three kinds of cheese, is perfect to serve for weeknight date night dinner or for a quick after-work dinner when you’re craving hearty comfort food. Pair with a big, loaded cheese and bacon caesar salad and crusty baguette to round out your meal. …

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A Conversation with Kit Graham

Food, Tastemakers

There are times when I think I’ve done blogging all wrong. I’ve changed my URL three times, which can be SEO suicide if you do it incorrectly (which I did…twice). I’ve redesigned and rebranded my blog too many times to count, uncertain as to which direction I wanted to take it. Luckily though, there are other times where I realize that without my blog, I might not have many of the friends I have now, I wouldn’t have the job…

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Six Household DIY Projects I’ll Probably Never Do

Decor, Home
Photo: Tidbits

This month, Brad and I moved from our respective homes into the rear apartment in a big, beautiful old house in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood.  Before this, I lived in a convertible studio in a downtown high rise (translation: beautiful apartment, minimal space) and Brad in a smaller apartment in a different big beautiful old house with his roommate of the better part of the last decade. Suffice to say, we have more space than we do stuff, so we don’t know what…

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A Conversation with Stouffer’s Corporate Chef Holly Strauch

Food, Tastemakers

Holly Strauch is proof that when you set your mind to something, you can achieve it. Since the eighth grade, the Chagrin Falls, Ohio native knew she wanted to work for Stouffer’s and not only did she make it happen, but she’s spent her entire career testing recipes, whipping up new ideas and helping the family-founded brand keep up with trends and innovations in the food space.…

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