Friday Find | Chipotle Pumpkin Salsa

by Lizzy 15 November 2013 Friday Find

Rick Bayless is nothing short of genius. This isn’t breaking news, people. Not only are his restaurants some of my favorites in Chicago and O’Hare International Airport, he has a wonderful PBS show and critically acclaimed cookbooks in case you’re not convinced. Now he’s created a perfectly smoky pumpkin salsa. I’m officially head over heels […]

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Pumpkin French Toast

by Lizzy 13 November 2013 Food

I have a confession to make. I’m kind of lazy. Not the throw-my-socks-next-to-the-hamper-instead-of-placing-them-inside kind of lazy. Instead I occasionally subscribe to the I’m-so-hungry-I-don’t-want-to-use-another-bowl-and-just-make-this-as-quickly-as-possible lazy. Most of the time this works and results in less dishes (yippee!). Other times, it backfires and I realize I should’ve just used the extra bowl and taken my time. Years […]

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Friday Find | Charlie Trotter: The Kitchen Sessions

by Lizzy 8 November 2013 Friday Find

I grew up most of my life without cable television. During my formative years living in Germany, there was exactly one American channel run by the Armed Forces Network. When I watched from the late 1970s through the mid 1990s, it made CSPAN look like primetime TV. My friends and I eagerly awaited VHS tapes […]

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Sunshine Smoothie

by Lizzy 6 November 2013 Food

It’s been a tough year. In fact, one of the worst ever. Today’s a particularly challenging day, and the dreary weather isn’t helping my mood much. I needed a little sunshine in my life, but with rain and overcast skies, my chances of finding it were slim. So I decided to create my own sunshine […]

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Crabtree & Evelyn Jojoba Oil Hand Recovery

by Lizzy 1 November 2013 Friday Find

  If you’re as, ahem, particular as I am about washing your hands while cooking, you’ll appreciate any hydrating hand product. Especially during the cooler months, I find that my hands become exceptionally dry and itchy. Aside from copious amounts of thick, hand cream I find little relief.

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Homemade Croutons

by Lizzy 30 October 2013 Food

My husband’s abuelo (grandfather) owned bakeries in Colombia. My husband, Papi, grew up with fresh bread at nearly every meal. It was the one constant at the family table, literally breaking bread. Thus, he has a love affair with bread that rivals only his adoration for soccer. Notice I’m not in that top two list. Whatever!

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Friday Find | Giovanni Rana Fresh Pastas & Sauces

by Lizzy 25 October 2013 Friday Find

It’s not fair; Italy has all the best food – chocolate, cheese, olive oil, truffles, and pasta. That is, until last year. Giovanni Rana, long renowned for his fresh pastas in Italy, opened his first state-of-the-art factory in the U.S. Take that Italy! 

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Truffle Couscous

by Lizzy 23 October 2013 Food

Last week I mentioned there are times I’m too busy to cook every night. However, I do enjoy a home cooked meal even if I don’t make it myself. Then there are dishes that are so easy to throw together I have no excuse but to spend the few minutes preparing them instead of the alternative…a […]

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Friday Find | CJK Foods

by Lizzy 18 October 2013 Friday Find

Let’s play a little word association game. What comes to mind when you see these words mentioned with food – convenient, healthy and anti-inflammatory? If you’re like me, you probably think pre-packaged, flavorless, frozen meals. Good thing there’s CJK Foods to dispel the myth that healthy food is boring and bland. The locally sourced, organic […]

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Saffron Orzo | Teaching Papi Series

by Lizzy 16 October 2013 Food

You’ve likely heard of Rachael Ray, and you probably have an opinion about her. I know I did, and I admit it changed over the three years in which I taught my husband how to cook. My husband, who I affectionately refer to as Papi, is a native Colombian. He didn’t grow up cooking like I did, and […]

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