Posts Tagged "Holiday"

Herb Crusted Roast Beef with Horseradish Sauce

Herb Crusted Roast Beef with Horseradish Sauce

The holidays are here! I can’t believe it’s December already. When it comes to the holidays, I always get most excited about the food (shocker!) and a beautiful roast beef just screams holiday, right? People often get intimidated by roasts—I know I used to be! The truth is, they couldn’t be easier to make! This recipe for Herb Crusted Roast Read More

Green Beans with Tarragon and Garlic Breadcrumbs

Green Beans with Tarragon and Garlic Breadcrumbs

If the thought of green beans makes you thing of soggy old green bean casserole, you’ve come to the right place. These fresh green beans are snappy, bright and, as you can see, NOT that gross greenish brown color from the can. No thank you to that! And it doesn’t hurt that this dish is incredibly easy to make! I Read More

Mushroom and Bacon Polenta Bites

Polenta Bites with Mushrooms and Bacon

What’s more fun at a party than bite sized food? Believe me, you’re going to want to grab a few of these Mushroom and Bacon Polenta Bites before they’re all gone! These little appetizers are great for fall and into the holiday season. I mean, their colors just scream Thanksgiving, right? I took a little shortcut here and used pre-cooked, Read More

Chicago Style Hot Dogs

chicago style hot dog

If you’re from Chicago, I know you know how to make a Chicago dog so you can skip right over this post. Might I suggest this one? Now if you’re not from Chicago, stick around! I’m going to show you how to make a proper Chicago style hot dog! Living in and around Chicago my entire life, Chicago dogs have Read More

Lamb Meatballs with Carrot Tomato Sauce

I love lamb meatballs. They have an incredible amount of flavor and they always turn out perfectly juicy and tender. Since spring is just around the corner, I figured it was a great time to share this delicious recipe with you guys! People don’t seem to cook with lamb enough, in my opinion. If you’re one of those people who’s Read More

Spicy Shrimp and Smashed Avocado Bites

These spicy shrimp and avocado bites get gobbled up in minutes every time I make them so you might want to double, triple, or quadruple the recipe!  Don’t say I didn’t warn you. I have been making these for years and am just finally getting around to posting the recipe because, well, I’m an idiot. No seriously, that’s the reason. Read More

Beet Carpaccio with Goat Cheese and Pepitas

This Beet Carpaccio is one of those recipes that looks fancy, but is incredibly easy to make. Like, seriously, it’s almost embarrassing how easy it is. You’ll roast some beets, slice ’em up, add some delicious toppings and there you go, a beautiful and tasty dish! Speaking of beautiful, can we just take a moment to appreciate how pretty beets Read More

The Best Smoked Trout Dip

It’s honestly hard for me to keep my emotions in check whenever I make this recipe. The contrast of pure joy while eating it to the deep despair I feel when it’s gone is pretty extreme. Okay, yes, I’m being dramatic but I truly do get sad when it’s all gone. The last bite is usually followed by, “I miss Read More

Chicory Salad with Blue Cheese and Pears

My mom used to make a similar salad to this one when I was growing up and I used to resist it because my (totally wrong) brain thought that pears couldn’t be good in a salad. Well, when I finally came around and realized that pears are DELICIOUS in salad, I felt like a real moron. Take it from me Read More

Snap Pea Crostini: Ricotta Pea Kidding Me!

Sugar Snap pea crostini

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