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Red, White & Blue Bars
The Fourth of July celebrations are coming together for all those celebrating and if you're looking for a quick and easy dessert to serve or even bring to holiday potlucks, I've got the perfect dish! These Red, White & Blue Bars are not only delicious but f...
The Fourth of July celebrations are coming together for all those celebrating and if you're looking for a quick and easy dessert to serve or even bring to holiday potlucks, I've got the perfect dish! These Red, White & Blue Bars are not only delicious but festive as well.
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Fireworks & Steaks for the Fourth of July!
Next week folks will be firing up their grills and cooking up holiday favorites like hot dogs, hamburgers and bratwursts. Fun fact - the American population will consume approximately 150 million hot dogs during 4 th  of July! While hot dogs remain supreme ...
Next week folks will be firing up their grills and cooking up holiday favorites like hot dogs, hamburgers and bratwursts. Fun fact - the American population will consume approximately 150 million hot dogs during 4th of July! While hot dogs remain supreme during this holiday, SideChef, ...
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Blood Orange Mimosas
Happy Friday! It's been a busy week so I'm thankful it's the weekend! I'm already thinking about weekend brunch and nothing starts off a lazy weekend like a tall mimosa. Instead of the usual orange juice and champagne version, I found a recipe with a slight...
Happy Friday! It's been a busy week so I'm thankful it's the weekend! I'm already thinking about weekend brunch and nothing starts off a lazy weekend like a tall mimosa. Instead of the usual orange juice and champagne version, I found a recipe with a slight spin. Blood Orange Mimosas captures ...
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Ultimate Umami Tasting Menu Challenge!
Burgers. They are practically a blank canvas that is merely defined by the toppings set upon it... do you agree? Not too long ago, I was presented a tasting challenge that revolved around the burger. It was simple... invite a few friends, share a few burger...
Burgers. They are practically a blank canvas that is merely defined by the toppings set upon it... do you agree? Not too long ago, I was presented a tasting challenge that revolved around the burger. It was simple... invite a few friends, share a few burgers and then discuss in between all the ...
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Wedding Wednesday: June Update
Wow. In less than two months {eek!} I'm getting married. Where has the time gone?! I guess it helps that I've always kept busy with things to really notice how quickly life moves around me lol. So here's where we're at with the wedding planning... formal in...
Wow. In less than two months {eek!} I'm getting married. Where has the time gone?! I guess it helps that I've always kept busy with things to really notice how quickly life moves around me lol. So here's where we're at with the wedding planning.
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Strawberry Key Lime Tart
Strawberry picking season is almost here for us in the midwest! I'm anxious to get back in the strawberry fields to pick some fresh berries this year. I've made some room in my freezer so I can quick freeze some berries to help last in the coming months but...
Strawberry picking season is almost here for us in the midwest! I'm anxious to get back in the strawberry fields to pick some fresh berries this year. I've made some room in my freezer so I can quick freeze some berries to help last in the coming months but I know a little someone who would ...
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Turning a Black Thumb into a Green Thumb!
I'm under a lot of pressure, friends. When you're future mother in law is a Master Gardener of the Chicago Botanic Garden, I better know to keep a plant alive! Growing up, my parents had home vegetable garden for yearss and it was a lot of fun getting up in...
I'm under a lot of pressure, friends. When you're future mother in law is a Master Gardener of the Chicago Botanic Garden, I better know to keep a plant alive! Growing up, my parents had home vegetable garden for yearss and it was a lot of fun getting up in early on summer mornings to help water ...
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4 Steps to Creating a “Semi-Homemade” Fourth of July Pie!
No Fourth of July celebration is complete without pie and my friends at Baker's Square would love to help you have a delicious upcoming holiday! Bakers Square has been serving award winning pie in the Midwest for more than 40 years so they definitely know t...
No Fourth of July celebration is complete without pie and my friends at Baker's Square would love to help you have a delicious upcoming holiday! Bakers Square has been serving award winning pie in the Midwest for more than 40 years so they definitely know their stuff!
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Go Now to Go Roma!
It's now been a little over one full week since the opening of the newest location of Go Roma restaurant in Glenview and if you haven't ever been to their restaurant, now's the time to go! We had a fantastic event of speedy service, great options and delici...
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Loaded Tater Tot Casserole
Grilling season is here and popular grill fare often includes burgers and hot dogs. With that, the usual sides we pair them up with are chips, salads and/or french fries. But for a different spin, we've grown fond of tater tots. They're not just for kids an...
Grilling season is here and popular grill fare often includes burgers and hot dogs. With that, the usual sides we pair them up with are chips, salads and/or french fries. But for a different spin, we've grown fond of tater tots. They're not just for kids and with this Loaded Tater Tot Casserole, ...
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Parmesan Zucchini Coins
Summer is almost here! Well at least that's what it felt like the past few days! With the warmer temps, we've been taking advantage of more veggies available, especially zucchini. We love it grilled, stir fried and now, baked. One of our recent favorite way...
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Mandarin Salad with Ginger Soy Dressing
Summer is almost here and that means its a great time to enjoy fresh salads! One of my favorite salads lately is one that incorporates sweet and savory notes. I recently made this  Mandarin Salad with Ginger Soy Dressing and love how colorful it is to prese...
Summer is almost here and that means its a great time to enjoy fresh salads! One of my favorite salads lately is one that incorporates sweet and savory notes. I recently made this Mandarin Salad with Ginger Soy Dressing and love how colorful it is to present on the table and the flavors it ...
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What's Cookin, Chicago?: Classic Lettuce Wedge Salad
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I remember it like it was yesterday. On our third date, The Baron asked me to plan our date {he planned our previous dates so I guess he nee

What's Cookin, Chicago?: Really Good Classic Pot Roast
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This is the time of year when I really enjoy being in the kitchen. Granted, I love being in the kitchen all year round but there's something

What's Cookin, Chicago?: Caramelized Plantains
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I made the following recipe using this random plantain I had on hand. It was given to me by my mother in law to try caramelizing it while it

What's Cookin, Chicago?: Southern Fried Chicken
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Are you sick of the heat yet? It's ridiculous and I'm sure many of us are ready for the summer to end. This heatwave makes me wonder how the

What's Cookin, Chicago?: Foodbuzz Tastemaker: Tuscan Grill Party!
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My husband and I have always wanted to go to Italy together, but that idea is far out of reach, at least anytime soon. So our way of traveli

What's Cookin, Chicago?: Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats
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Dessert... how often do you include it in your weeknight dinner plans? I admit, I normally don't think about dessert unless I'm preparing a

What's Cookin, Chicago?: Spinach Ranch Dip
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The veggie tray. You know that's the easy route to provide a fresh and healthy appetizer option at parties and gatherings... but how popular

What's Cookin, Chicago?: Spice Up the Holidays Caribbean Dinner
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Let's get this party started! After a couple weeks of planning and preparing, the Spice Up the Holidays dinner I've been anticipating finall

What's Cookin, Chicago?: *Winning* Caramel Apple Spice Cupcakes
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When you think about the flavors of fall, what dishes or ingredients come to mind? For me, the fall season isn't complete without enjoying a

What's Cookin, Chicago?: 10 Fruity Cupcakes to Bite Into...
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It's officially springtime and to me, that means pretty little desserts to share! Cupcakes are a favorite and since it's spring, fruit flavo

What's Cookin, Chicago?: Grilled Cheese Hamburger
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I love grilled cheese sandwiches. I also love hamburgers. So why did it take me this long to combine the two?! I guess in essence you could

What's Cookin, Chicago?: Bourbon Chicken
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Are you a sampler? As in... eating food samples when offered at stores, mall food courts and the like? If you are, then you may be familiar

What's Cookin, Chicago?: Comforting Chicken & Dumplings
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How often do you get sick or come down with a cold/flu? This season I'm seeing it quite a bit of folks coming down with something and sadly

What's Cookin, Chicago?: Chicken Alfredo Florentine Bake
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You look in your pantry and what do you see? The next question is, what do you make? Welcome to my kitchen. Often times I figure out dinner

What's Cookin, Chicago?: Chocolate Chip 'Chicago' Crunch Cookies
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There's Chicago hot dogs and Chicago deep dish pizza; but did you know there are Chicago cookies? I sure didn't until The Baron's mom, Marne

What's Cookin, Chicago?: Sweet Potato Tartlettes
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One of my absolute favorite cookie/desserts during the holidays are Pecan Tassies. My mom made them when I was young and to this day, having

What's Cookin, Chicago?: Beef Stroganoff Risotto
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Risotto is one of those dishes I really like because it's naturally gluten free and can serve as a blank canvas for flavors. This Beef Strog

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