Bagel Chips

Home is where my family is. And my favorite breakfast spot, Once Upon a Bagel. Oh, and you can’t forget the most amazing grocery store of all time, Trader Joe’s. I can only think of one or two times since college that a visit to Highland Park has not included a stop at Once Upon…

Spinach Soufflé

Comfort food comes in many different forms, from macaroni and cheese, to ice cream and brownies, to soup on a cold, rainy day. It comes with many different purposes as well, from soothing a sore throat to helping you unwind after a long week. One example of comfort food for me is my mom’s spinach…

In the Name of Good Food

 The heart wants what it wants. Same goes for the stomach. There are some meals and drinks that are just absolutely and inexplicably swoon-worthy. And I’m not talking about that $50 steak or a top-shelf bottle of bourbon. Sometimes, it’s the cheap $1 burger at a dive bar in a college town. Or it’s a…

Iced Tea with Mint and Honey

Last weekend, I admitted I made a slight mistake by placing mint in the same herb container as my basil, cilantro and lavender. The mint is definitely doing its best to takeover the rest of the plants, but I’m trying to rein it in… with some delicious results along the way. During the week, I…

Patios, plants and preparations

I spent roughly a month staring at my empty patio space at my new apartment before I finally decided to do something about it. I’m not sure if it was seeing DIY posts repeatedly pop up on my Instagram feed, my second late night in a row where I picked up burgers on my way…

Apple Crisp Oatmeal Cookie Cups

If you’re like me, you probably can’t run into a grocery store right now without loading up on an assortment of apples, and have probably made multiple trips to your local apple orchards. Fall is my favorite season and my recipe choices certainly reflect that right now. This weekend, I stumbled onto CountryLiving’s roundup of…

Slow Cooker Apple Cider

Without a doubt, fall is my favorite season of the year. I absolutely love the vibrant colors of the leaves in October. I love throwing on a cozy jacket and scarf and warming up my hands with a hot drink. I just love it all. This past week, I went all out on fall. It started…

Greek Pasta Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette

Hello, my name is Jen Lask and I am a vinegar hoarder. I really do try to set myself up for success in the kitchen. Every dish, spice and bottle has its place. But I have to admit that I’ve dropped the ball on one crucial but limited spot: the pantry. You see, I’ve made…

Mint Iced Coffee

#butfirstcoffee #lattelove #coffeelover These hashtags all sum up what my friends and family already know about me: I love coffee… a latte (I’m sorry, I couldn’t help myself on that one!) I love getting a whiff of coffee as I take my first sip. I love the feeling of a hot mug in my hands…

Arugula-Prosciutto Pizza

If I had to choose one meat that my eye is instantly drawn to in a menu or at a grocery store, I would go with prosciutto in a heartbeat. I absolutely love the salty flavor of prosciutto. In fact, I can almost always guarantee that I’ve got a small stock of prosciutto in my…