Chicken and Rice Casserole with Minute Rice

Do you ever get in a cooking rut? You know, where you feel like you've made every chicken recipe known to man and ground beef just sounds blah. This happens to me all the time. I go through my recipe binder not inspired by anything that I see.  Instead of feeding my family the same old baked chicken breast (again) one of the ways I get out of my cooking ruts is to take a classic recipe, like your typical chicken and rice casserole, and change out a few ingredients to give it new life. And the … [Read more...]

Breakfast On The Go: Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Breakfast is one of my favorite meals of the day.  To me, there is nothing better than sitting down to a plate full of bacon and eggs or a freshly baked croissant with a little bit of butter or even better, a piece of Sour Cream Coffee Cake inspired by Food Network's Ina Garten. On the weekends, breakfast is a long drawn out process. It's the one time of the day that we're usually not in a rush and I actually get to cook for my family. My daughter's usual request is pumpkin pancakes … [Read more...]

Shamrock Shakes

It's 11:37 at night and my evening is just starting.  After flying across the country and taking a long cab ride, I've finally settled into my hotel. Now it's time to read through the 100+ emails sitting in my in-boxes, figure out when I'm going to work out and think about the yummy Shamrock Shake I made earlier with International Delight Light Iced Coffee in Vanilla.I knew today would be hectic. It started out with the threat of a winter storm which tends to put anyone who is flying in a panic. … [Read more...]

A Quick and Easy Meal at Mariano’s

I keep telling myself that someday, I'll have a weekend where I'm not rushing around. When I'm not trying to cram 72 hours worth of work and activities into 48 hours and that weekend will be sunny and warm instead of cloudy and cold.  This weekend is especially hectic since I'm leaving for Miami on Tuesday and that means I am multi-tasking and turning errand running into some fun time with my daughter.  Our first stop is to pick up a quick and easy meal at Mariano's. I had never been to … [Read more...]

Dinner Made Easy With HelloFresh

Friday evenings are hectic at my house.  After I leave work, it's a made dash to the train station and then home to get my daughter to gymnastics.  Ideally I would never had signed up for a class at 6:30 pm on Friday but with my busy schedule, that's the only time that work.  By the time we get home from gymnastics, we're tired and hungry yet eating out isn't always an option.  I'm trying to stay true to a budget which doesn't allow for eating out every week.  There are also times that I want a … [Read more...]

Mint Pudding Cups

It never fails then whenever my daughter and I run errands during the day, she falls asleep.  Last weekend it was just the two of us so we set out to conquer our to-do list all in one day.  We had three stops: Target, Jewel Osco and Trader Joe's.  I always leave Trader Joe's for last because she loves shopping there so much.  Between the little shopping carts and her favorite green juice boxes, I can usually use that as bargaining power if she she starts to act up.  She was being such a good … [Read more...]

Easy Mexi Corn Dip

There are certain foods that remind of specific people who are a part of my life.  Whenever I make this mexi corn dip, I think of the guys I lived with in the "PA" house.  There were four of us who technically lived there (meaning we were on the lease) but since they were all in physician assistant school and doing their clinical rotations, it was rare for more than two of us to be there at the same time.  I used to make this corn dip on a regular basis because it was easy and I really couldn't … [Read more...]

Light Iced Coffee: My Daily Night Cap

My other life begins after 9:30.  After my daughter goes to bed, it's my time.  Time to catch up on emails, pay bills and when I'm being a good student, do my homework ahead of time.  I've always been a night owl so staying up late isn't out of the ordinary for me.  What is a little bit different is now instead of reaching for a bowl of cherry vanilla ice cream, I'm grabbing a glass of International Delight Light Iced Coffee. I started drinking iced coffee a few years ago because it was … [Read more...]

An Evening At Publican Quality Meats

When someone asks you if you'd like to attend a private dining event at Publican Quality Meats with Chef Paul Kahan, the only questions you ask are what day and time.  What he plans to serve, who will be attending or do I have a babysitter are questions that don't go through your head. Instead you prepare yourself for a truly amazing evening with great food and conversation. My husband and I arrived at the Mastercard Priceless Chicago event at 7:30 and instantly became enamored in our … [Read more...]

8 Super Bowl Recipes

We're getting closer.  In just a few short days, millions of people across the country will be glued to their television sets.  Some will be watching for the football, others for the commercials.  For me, since none of my teams are playing in the game, Super Bowl Sunday will be about the food.  If you're a last minute planner like me, it's time to get your grocery lists made and start shopping.  Here are just a few of the awesome super bowl recipes that I want to make. Super Bowl … [Read more...]