Posts Tagged "dinner"

Country Fried Steak Fingers with Cashew Cream Gravy 00

Country Fried Steak Fingers with Cashew Cream Gravy

Country Fried Steak Fingers with Cashew Cream Gravy

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Memorial Day weekend is for grilling. These country fried steak fingers and gravy are for all of the other summer nights. This is where diner chicken fried steak meets poolside finger food. Prepare to be addicted…and embarrassingly eating the gravy dipping sauce with a spoon. Guilty. Spoiler alert – chicken fried steak isn’t actually chicken. It’s beef....

Harvest Dinner with Alton Brown 00

Harvest Dinner with Alton Brown

Harvest Dinner with Alton Brown

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On Monday night I had the pleasure of attending an exclusive harvest dinner with James Beard Award winning chef and Food Network star, Alton Brown. Hosted by Welch’s, the dinner took place at Table Fifty-Two in the heart of Chicago. Restaurant owner and former personal chef for Oprah Winfrey, Art Smith cooked a brilliant southern dinner celebrating the Concord grape harvest season!...

Grilled Salmon with Cherry Balsamic Salad 00

Grilled Salmon with Cherry Balsamic Salad

Grilled Salmon with Cherry Balsamic Salad

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While the first day of summer is still 2 weeks away, I’m ready for the summer salad season to begin! The weather here in Chicago has been unfortunately chilly for June but that doesn’t stop us from enjoying delicious grilled food and cold brews indoors! With family in town all last week, my fridge was an empty sad sight and I felt like I hadn’t been grocery shopping in ages. Instead of...

Ginger Shrimp and Chard Stir Fry 00

Ginger Shrimp and Chard Stir Fry

Ginger Shrimp and Chard Stir Fry

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Monday night I had a lot on my plate (no pun intended) and needed a quick dinner. I had planned to make Ginger Shrimp and Chard Stir Fry over brown rice, but last minute changed my mind and used Tasty Bite Asian Kung Pao Noodles instead! This was the first time I ever bought this pre-made microwaveable pouch of fresh cooked noodles and vegetables tossed with peanuts in a Kung Pao sauce and I have...

Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa Tacos 00

Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa Tacos

Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa Tacos

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On a busy day, my best friend is my crockpot. Nothing is better than coming home to a dinner that has been cooking itself while you’ve been away! After seeing Rick Bayless at the Good Food Festival last month, I grabbed one of his Frontera Seasoning Sauces at the grocery store last week to give it a try! I went with the Red Chile Barbacoa Slow Cook Sauce, a roasted tomato and ancho chile sauce...

Quinoa Oat and Pecan Veggie Burger 00

Quinoa Oat and Pecan Veggie Burger

Quinoa Oat and Pecan Veggie Burger

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I’m always on the search for new and innovative ideas for veggie burgers! This one features red quinoa giving it a fabulous chewy and crunchy texture that I absolutely loved. However, with the added bun, it felt a little carbohydrate heavy, so next time I would be perfectly happy crumbling it over a salad instead!   Quinoa Oat and Pecan Veggie Burger gluten-free,...

St. Patrick’s Day Weekend 00

St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

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My mom was in town last weekend for St. Patrick’s Day! While most Chicagoans were out boozing at local Irish bars, we were out shopping, dining, and enjoying the theater. On Friday afternoon, we lunched at Atwood Cafe on State and Washington. We’d been wanting to try this restaurant for years and finally got around to making reservations for lunch! We made it inside just before the rain...

Beef Stir Fry with Cauliflower Rice 00

Beef Stir Fry with Cauliflower Rice

Beef Stir Fry with Cauliflower Rice

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Yesterday was yet another crazy day of travel for work – from Tinley Park and Wrigleyville to Gold Coast and back to the South Loop. By the time I got home I was exhausted, so dinner needed to be quick. Enter Beef Stir Fry with Cauliflower Rice.   Beef Stir Fry with Cauliflower Rice gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, peanut-free, tree nut-free, seed-free, sugar-free, shellfish-oil,...

Garlic and Herb Roasted Chicken 00

Garlic and Herb Roasted Chicken

Garlic and Herb Roasted Chicken

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I have been all over creation today…literally. After leaving home at 6AM and not returning until 10PM, I have successfully made my way through countless northwest suburbs meeting clients, giving seminars and teaching classes all day stopping along the way at any coffee shop or cafe parking lot willing to lend me free Wi-Fi to get some work done on my laptop from my car (don’t pretend like...

Fajita Taco Pizza 00

Fajita Taco Pizza

Fajita Taco Pizza

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First things first – check out Eat Chic Chicago quoted in Shape magazine in an article called The Best Breakfasts for You! I am so excited to be a part of this! Secondly, we did NOT hang the Urbio this weekend. Turns out it requires drilling 45 holes in the wall…so we are going to wait, brainstorm about how to minimize the destruction that this would cause to our rented apartment wall, and...

Life is Like a Box of Chocolates 00

Life is Like a Box of Chocolates

Life is Like a Box of Chocolates

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The weekend has arrived! While I had planned a highly productive Saturday for myself with a whole list of things to get done, unfortunately almost none of it got accomplished and instead relaxation prevailed. After some work early this morning, we headed out for a crossfit workout. Saturday Team WOD = get your ass kicked before you relax for the weekend. Team WOD: In teams of 3, one person rows...

Salmon with Israeli Couscous and Pistachios 00

Salmon with Israeli Couscous and Pistachios

Salmon with Israeli Couscous and Pistachios

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  Good morning! I woke up this morning hoping we would finally have an inch or two of snow on the ground…nope. The forecast predicted a little snow last night, but unfortunately it never came. We have had a couple light snows here in Chicago this winter, but nothing sticks. I’m waiting for a big snow storm, something major. Winter in Chicago isn’t complete without a snow storm…so...