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Anchovy Carbonara

Carbonara purists will hate me for this one but, it’s really hard for me to care when the pasta is this delicious! This is the type of recipe that I don’t make very often but when I do, I get super excited for it. It’s rich and indulgent, and the best part? It’s really easy to make. Traditional carbonara consists Read More

Snap Pea Crostini: Ricotta Pea Kidding Me!

It’s spring! I am so beyond excited that it’s finally spring and we can put stupid winter behind us. No offense winter, but after the holidays, you’re just not fun anymore. By the time spring rolls around, I’m always so over dreary, gray Chicago that all want to see are pretty things. I need flowers, green grass, colorful dresses, and Read More

Ultimate Linguine with Clams

This is HANDS DOWN my favorite dish. Literally, if I were on death row and I had to choose my last meal, this would definitely be it. I would want it to be this specific recipe though, because this is the ultimate recipe for linguine with clams. I don’t actually plan on being on death row ever in my life Read More

Honey Garlic Drumsticks with Fresh Pepper Relish

This chicken is SO JUICY, you’ll freak. This recipe makes 6 drumsticks and it would be totally understandable (and acceptable) if you decide to eat them all yourself. I love making chicken drumsticks not only because they are delicious, but they’re also so inexpensive! The price makes these a total no-brainer and the flavor will make these a staple in Read More

How to Make Juicy Chicken Breasts: The Casual Brine

I used to hate cooking chicken breasts. It seemed impossible to have them turn out anything but dry without marinating them for a long time. So, what about when dinner is supposed to be on the table and I forgot to marinate the chicken? Enter, the casual brine. I call it the casual brine because it only takes 20 minutes Read More

What I’m Reading: February, 2018

What’s on deck for February reading?! I’ve got three books that I’m hoping to finish this month (although, I’m a slow reader so I may have to extend that into March) and I’m super excited to dive in. There’s a bit of a theme with these book choices and I’ll tell you why. Lately I’ve been in a funk, having Read More

Fried Bologna Sliders with Pickle Dijonnaise

Let me be clear- these are indulgent af. This is not one of those recipes that you put into the weekly rotation. No. You make these for a special occasion (say, the Super Bowl) and you enjoy every bite of these warm, salty, melty, saucy, delicious sliders and then you have a salad the next day. I know what some Read More

Greek Chicken with Tzatziki

I am submitting myself to relentless teasing by posting this recipe. Why, you ask? The cumin. I have always said that I hate cumin and while I still maintain that I don’t like it, it keeps finding it’s way into my recipes these days. Eek! My dad (who always makes fun of me for not liking cumin) is going to Read More

BLT Guacamole

Ah, BLT Guacamole, a combo of two of the best things. I literally don’t know a single person who doesn’t like guacamole and the only people I know who don’t like BLTs are vegetarians. So, if you’re a human being who eats meat, you’re going to love this recipe! (And honestly, if you’re a human being who is a vegatrian, Read More

Spicy Fish Sandwiches with Citrus Poppy Slaw

Making this recipe is basically a nightmare for me. It won’t be for you though! Okay, so maybe I’m being just a tad dramatic BUT I really, really, really, REALLY hate the smell of orange peels and guess what’s in the slaw? Orange zest. Ahhhh orange peels. The bane of my existence. Seems like maybe I’m being dramatic again, huh? Read More