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chickenmilanese

As is the theme of this blog (so it seems) I invite people over for dinner quite often. I love being the hostess with the mostess, I truly do. However, I can’t just do “simple”. If I try and do “simple” it’s just to make it look like it didn’t take any time to whip up! Which kind of defeats the purpose. Kind of like a woman takes hours to get ready to make it look like she just rolled out of bed. I want things to be perfect. I want guests to feel comfortable and relaxed, I want the…

parmesan encrusted chicken recipe

When I get to repurpose things, I get excited! No waste, and a bonus of enjoying the same thing twice. After I made Chicken Souvlaki the other night I had a plethora of tzatziki sauce leftover and it was too good not to keep. I was making parmesan encrusted chicken and was just going to whip up a side of whatever I could find in the fridge. It was a long day and I wasn’t in much of a mood to cook to be honest. I decided to scroll through Instagram hoping an image would spark an idea when I…

cheese course

Having friends over to dinner is in my top three of favorite things. I get so much joy out of cooking for people and lately out of sharing this cooking project experience with them. Monday night Cory was to come over. Cory has been a friend for a few years now but I haven’t cooked just for him. He’s no stranger to great food and so I pulled him away from his usual spot at the Riegar to come over for some home cooking.

sheetpanchicken

Gwyneth Paltrow, love her or loathe her, the woman can cook. Admittedly, between Julia Child and Jacque Pepin is ‘It’s All Easy’ by Gwyneth. On the cover she’s smiling ear to ear with a basket in her hand, dressed in what is probably an $800 sweater, casually holding a wooden box brimming with tri-colored vegetables.  It has all the making of a great cookbook. Parisian Chef-friend and editor (Thea Baumann), beautiful images of said recipes, somewhat easy to find ingredients – it’s all there. We had an impromptu dinner tonight with neighbors coming over; one for the first time the…

blackbeanburger

Bob’s Burgers is genuinely one of my favorite shows on television right now. It’s got everything a good show needs- humor, wit, drama, love, puns and good food. Not being one for cartoon shows, I’m not even sure how I got into watching this but I am so grateful I did. The characters are endearing and Linda, the matriarch of the Belcher clan, loves wine as much as I do so I feel we are kindred spirits. The part I look forward to each episode is the ‘Bob’s Burger of the Day’ written on the chalkboard to amuse and delight.…

shrimpericripert

New Year’s Eve feels electric, buzzy, exciting – a new year, a new slate, a new dish. My own tradition is not surprising given my love of all things decadent and food-related. I simply must eat a delicious meal on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The last day of the year and the first day of the new must be met with a tasty bite. Going out to dinner is usually preferred; less hassle, no mess to clean up but this year I threw out the idea of overpriced prie-fixed menus and opted to create my own Michelin…

lasvegasparis

The City of Lights, er well, the other City of Lights : Las Vegas. It’s Sin City for some, a city of endless food possibilities for others – others like myself.  Being there for work recently ( for six days -ermergherd) was exhausting and exhilarating at once. Long days followed by semi-long nights of exploring the strip and all the wonderful food it had to offer. From day to night I’ve got your guide to the TOP foodie spots next time you find yourself in the desert. In & Out Burger  For those of you with access to one of…

These fish tacos are that delicious. I even surprised myself with the fresh, citrusy, slightly spicy flavor. I am a connoisseur of fish tacos – from California to the coast of Barcelona where seafood reigns supreme to the best places in the Midwest – and these rivaled all of them. Taco Tuesday is big for me. I crave it when lunch time hits and if I’m not going out for a Margarita fix, I’ll be home making shredded chicken nachos, quesadillas or these Baja Tacos.  For me, Mexican cuisine is a gathering and I always want friends around to share…

sweetpotatofries

Another Sunday evening dinner in the books. Because of a very busy week – Lady Gaga, seeing Waitress the musical as well as a very busy work week – Sunday became a great excuse to make three dishes. Oven Baked “Fried” Chicken with Sweet Potato Fries and delicious apple pie was on the menu – an ode to the holiday ahead without the heavy stuffing and potatoes.  Since I don’t eat a lot of meat I haven’t made fried chicken before. This recipe is easy and uncomplicated which is just what I want on a Sunday evening.

There are rare times when you meet someone new and you just *click* and you are a little bit angry because you hadn’t met them sooner. Nate is that friend for me. We met through our mutual friend Marco, who is also truly wonderful, and hit it off right away. With our shared love of food and wine and the finer things we had a lot to talk about and that led to us planning our Sunday evening Italian dinner. As I’ve written on the blog many times, I love dinner with friends. Good wine and conversation over candlelight is…

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