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…

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…

Smoked Salmon Crostini

Growing up, my family used to joke that a Highland Park deli called Once Upon a Bagel (best name ever) was our second kitchen. It’s hard to remember a weekend where we weren’t gathered around a table there, or a weekday in which our fridge wasn’t fully stocked with its bagels, cream cheese and tuna…

One Pan Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

I mentioned I like to keep things simple, right? Well, here’s another quick dish… and it’s perfect for a cold winter night. I made this roasted chicken for a cozy date night at home because it was the perfect amount of food for two people and, most importantly, it was incredibly quick to clean up….

Second FreshFin Poké Location Opens in Historic Third Ward

This summer, I visited FreshFin Poké for the first time at its original North Avenue location. I ordered the Mango Tango and totally fell in love with the place. So, when I heard it was opening a second location in the Third Ward at the Landmark Building, I was over the moon. And yes, as the…

Movida: Bringing Tables Together over Tapas

One of the reasons I love writing about food is that it’s encouraged me to become more adventurous in so many ways. I can’t even begin to describe how many incredible facts, big and small, I’ve learned about the food scene in Wisconsin, or how many recipes are bookmarked for me to try out in…

Grate: “Simplicity in its Purest Form”

Growing up, I can remember how excited I used to get when my parents made boxed macaroni and cheese for me. Forget about the fact that my mom had a killer homemade lasagna recipe, or that my dad made the best baked beans with hot dogs and melted cheese. There was something incredibly comforting about…

Steak Tacos with Mojo Marinade

“Aren’t you going to take a picture first?” I pause, a chip with guacamole hovering between my plate and my mouth. I look down at the plate, with two homemade steak tacos and a mojo marinade glaze waiting in the most tantalizing fashion, next to a heaping spoonful of guacamole and chips. I don’t want…

Eggs, Glorious Eggs

I can tell you right now, this post probably will be renamed “Eggs, Glorious Eggs: Part One” at some point, because there are a million different ways to have eggs at breakfast, lunch and dinner (and sure, dessert, too). Last week, for example, I made two delicious dishes: scrambled eggs with steak, spinach and cherry tomatoes,…