The Guac Stop: Chicago Style Guacamole

To Do, Travel

A Chicago style Guacamole recipe from Wholly Guacamole.  Let’s get this out of the way right now: since I moved to Chicago, I have gained about 25 pounds. I know, I know. I’m all about the body image healthy eating love yourself and all that. Bear with me here. As much as I do love to feel healthy and to slide into the smaller pair of jeans, I also love eating. Like, a lot. It’s a happy accident that one of…

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Bacon Wrapped Chicken Parmesan

Recipes, Worknight Dinners

I’m almost certain that the first meal I ever learned to cook on my own, start to finish, was chicken Parmesan. Or chicken parmigiana if we’re doing that. It’s simple, classic comfort food and the first thing I’ll order at a red and white checkered tablecloth Italian restaurant (seriously, try it at Club Lago. It’s the bee’s’ knees).…

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Wine Wednesday: Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon & Sauvignon Blanc for Post-Golf

Food, Wine

Memorial Day weekend – the unofficial kickoff to summer – is right around the corner. For most of us, that means it’s time to head outdoors to enjoy our favorite outdoor activities. In our household, Im more of a drinking wine by the pool or on the rooftop deck kind of outdoors lover, but Brad likes outdoor activities that are…you know, activities — hitting golf balls, going to baseball games, camping. Luckily, Gran Reserva is the perfect wine for sipping outdoors…

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Naked Cake From Scratch

Recipes, Sweet Treats

Before I present you with my first attempt at a “naked cake,” let alone a gluten-free chocolate naked cake, I’m going to give you a few disclaimers: I’m not an especially talented cake decorator (I did live across the street from the Cake Boss bakery in Hoboken for two years, but I did not acquire any skills by walking by on my way to the PATH train). I’m also not an expert at gluten-free baking.…

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Wine Wednesday: Butter Chardonnay for Mother’s Day

Food, Wine

There are a few things that I inherited from my mom: her witty sense of humor, her complete and utter inability to keep a surprise to herself (“I’m sending you a birthday present….do you want me to tell you what it is?) and also, her love for snacks. Especially when you can eat those snacks for dinner. I’m not sure if a love for the snack-dinner is something that every mother dreams of passing on to her daughter, but my mother passed…

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