Comfort Food: Risotto for Even a Rookie

When I tell my friends that I can make risotto, the response usually goes something like this: Whaaaaaaaat? Doesn’t that take like 10 hours to make? Isn’t that really hard? I’m pretty sure I’ve only had that at fancy places…. Risotto is NOT hard at all. When I first read that I could make risotto…

Chicago Weekend: Homemade meals and Chicago Restaurant Week

I spent the part of the weekend enjoying a most wonderful Christmas gift celebration. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a huge musical nerd. I love show tunes, show-stopping numbers, the costumes, staging: I just really enjoy live theatre. For Christmas, Mitch got me the hottest ticket in Chicago- Hamilton: An American Musical. I’m…

Comfort Food: Baked Pasta

There is something wholly satisfying about baked pasta dishes. I know my mom is already laughing at this statement as one, if not my least, favorite dishes in the world is lasagna. I still vouch that it is just because of the tomato issue (see original rant here). But truly, what’s better than a cheesy, bubbly,…

Mom’s Recipes: Stuffed Pepper Soup

With all these cool, wintery nights, I have been on a soup kick lately. It also helps that I can throw it together, and let it sit while I work out without needing to be attended to as well. Last night was one of those nights. All I wanted to do was relax with a blanket,…

Venturing Out of the Comfort Zone: Shawarma

I love Greek food. I love Mediterranean food. I love gyros. I love shawarma. Pretty much, if you can skewer it, roast it with spices, kabob it, what have you, I’ll have it. Many people can attest to the fact that I claim to have 0 knowledge of how to cook this type of food….

Take a Little Help Where You Can Get It

Sometimes long, convoluted recipes just aren’t what you feel like cooking. Sometimes making a list of ingredients and needing to go to the grocery store is not what you feel like doing (let’s be real: no one ever wants to go to the grocery store). Sometimes you just have to take some help from the…

Date Night Dinner: Steak and Sides

There is nothing quite like the smell of a well-cooked steak. Couple that with a delicious cocktail, a pile of wonderful sides, and you’re looking at a great date night (and a large check at the end of the evening). The picture here is of a home-cooked meal, a homemade cocktail, and a simple but…

Yes, I Actually Like Broccoli (and other veggies)

On weekends, Mitch cooks dinner for me. He has been doing some experimenting in the kitchen, and he is growing more and more comfortable with a variety of recipes. We went out to try The Village of East Davenport’s latest restaurant venture: Baked Bread & Beer Company. If you get a chance, take an opportunity…

One Pot Meals: Peach-Whiskey Chicken

The school night swing is finally kicking in. I know, I’ve been back to school for almost two and a half weeks, but things are just now starting to settle in. With that comes the inevitable question of how to balance work, working out, and cooking without eating dinner at 8 pm every night. We’ve…

Sunday Roast Chicken Supper- On Monday

I love special Sunday meals- you know the ones I am talking about. The roasts that sit in the oven for hours, the stews that simmer on the stove till the house smells that way for weeks- it is the mark of the weekend, time, tradition, and delicious food. Yesterday was a Monday; I know…

Restaurant Review: Cafe Indigo

I’ll admit that I’ve eaten out a lot the last few days. It’s one of those weekends where cooking at home just wasn’t an option. Thursday night was date night at Treehouse. Friday, I only had about a 2-hour turn around from when school ended to when I needed to be back for Teacher Appreciation…

Restaurant Review: Treehouse Pub & Eatery

Last night was old-fashioned date night. These are the nights that couples sometimes forget to do: classic, stereotypical nights out. We went for pizza and movie- as quintessential as it gets. I LOVE date night. It’s fun to spruce up a little and have some quality “us” time without phones, friends, work, and whatnot. Sometimes…