Heat Things Up!

Farmers market season is here, hooray! With summer produce arriving on the scene, I always find myself with lots of veggies in the fridge. I use as much as I can fresh, but what to do with the rest? As of late I have become the queen of refrigerator pickles. I don’t want to […]

By |June 19th, 2014|Cooking, Food, Recipes, Tips, Vegetarian|0 Comments

Why Can’t Meatloaf Be Pretty?

“Why can’t meatloaf be pretty?” inquires Cynthia Kallile, the owner of Chicago’s own The Meatloaf Bakery, the only place around serving beautiful cupcakes and pastries made out of, well, meatloaf. I stand there, speechless, pondering the question. There is a plate of gorgeous savory bites in front of me that seems to be asking […]

Kids LiveWell Recipe Challenge: Mmmm, Mmmm, GOOD!

Children’s nutrition is a top trend on restaurant menus. To shine the spotlight on the industry’s commitment to providing healthful menu options for children and to inspire others to adopt similar practices, the National Restaurant Association (NRA) and McCormick For Chefs created the Kids Recipe Challenge. The Kids Recipe Challenge is a fun and […]

By |May 14th, 2014|Contests, Food, For Kids, Healthy, Restaurants|1 Comment

Take Back Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the air is all of a sudden thick with romance and expectations. If you are looking for some tips along romantic lines, please read my previous articles: Edible Aphrodisiacs = More Sex? and Cooking is Sexy.  However, today I would like to focus on celebrations of a different kind.

Valentine’s Day […]

By |February 7th, 2014|Events, Girltalk, Holidays, Tips|1 Comment

Go Nuts for Doughnuts and Giveaways!

It’s 7:00 a.m., I tell myself.  7:00 a.m.  On a Saturday!  Why am I up?  Why am I traversing across town, shivering from being sleepy and bleary eyed?  What am I, crazy?  I am.  I am totally crazy.  What could possibly be so important?!  Some may not understand.  Others may laugh.  However, there are […]

By |December 11th, 2013|Chicago, Contests, Food, Giveaways, Specialty Shops|65 Comments

Epic Bachelorette Party in the Making

It all started with Lunch Date question from Foodie Registry.  I used to answer the featured question once a week and once it was about bachelorette parties.  I am not a huge proponent of the concept.  I have yet to determine what is so fun about romping about town looking a fool and toting phallic objects.  But […]

By |November 9th, 2013|Events, Girltalk, Personal|2 Comments