Sugar Cookie Dough Decorations

Happy 4th of July! I wanted to whip up a fun treat to celebrate the holiday this weekend and while I was mulling over the red, white, and blue color scheme, I was reminded of the Chicago Cubs Dessert Sushi I made last year. Suddenly a light bulb went off – I should...

Mediterranean Portobello Mushroom and Eggplant Stacks

Although I make vegetarian meals a couple times a week, it’s usually because I’m feeling too lazy to really cook. I often whip up simple meals like pizza, tofu fried rice, or breakfast for dinner when I’m super busy, but I rarely put extra effort into making really...

Chicken Parm Eggplant Stacks

Do you enjoy any odd snack foods? I have a thing for croutons. Not only do I go out of my way to scoop as many as is politely possible onto my salad plate at buffets, I also really like snacking on them on their own – yep, right out of the package and usually when I’m...

Spiced Pumpkin Soup with Turkey Bacon

We had a blast in Chicago this weekend, but now I’m exhausted and it’s only the beginning of the week! There wasn’t a moment of downtime between Emily’s wedding downtown, navigating our way through the suburbs to visit our friends with babies, and squeezing in meals...

Avocado Ranch Israeli Couscous Salad

I’m not a huge main dish salad fan. It seems like whenever I just have greens with veggies and protein for lunch, I end up with a grumbling tummy only a couple hours later. My outlook recently changed after a lab potluck though. Sima brought in a lovely spinach salad...

Protein-Packed Quiche with a Chickpea Crust

I returned from a lab ski trip today (which turned into a snowshoeing trip since it was raining and the slopes were icy), and my hubby immediately requested I make him another protein-packed quiche. He has recently gotten very into weightlifting and is surviving on...

Indian Spiced Chicken and Potato Cakes

Whew, what a week! We moved and are finally mostly unpacked, although the guest bedroom is still a bit of a disaster and we need to go shopping for a few accessories (rugs, mirrors, etc). The most important room is completely organized and fully functional already...

Spicy Soba Noodles with Sesame Stick Coated Chicken and Broccoli Slaw

Today’s recipe is brought to you by the letters T and J. I love to gush about the unique products at Trader Joe’s and often find inspiration just wandering their aisles. Last weekend I stumbled upon this prepackaged organic broccoli slaw. I’m not a huge cabbage fan,...
Peach Salad with Pecan Chicken and Gorgonzola

Peach Salad with Pecan Chicken and Gorgonzola

"Movin' to the country, gonna eat a lot of peaches, I'm movin' to the country, I'm gonna eat me a lot of peaches....If I had my little way, I'd eat peaches every day"...especially now that they're in season! There's nothing quite like a fresh peach that is so ripe the...

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Berry Tart

Berry Tart

My favorite part of the 4th of July growing up was always trying to spell out my name with a sparkler before it burnt out. I've always loved a good challenge, so it never got old! Now it’s all about the food, and this year I dreamed up a festive berry tart that would...

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Avocado Crab Cake Sliders

Avocado Crab Cake Sliders

I have a huge folder of recipes from blogs that I’d like to try on my laptop (and now also a growing gallery on pinterest!), and pretzel rolls have been on my list forever. A soft sandwich roll that tastes like a pretzel – mmmmm, what’s not to love? I imagine they’d...

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Chicken Cordon Bleu Burgers

Chicken Cordon Bleu Burgers

It’s always fun to update a retro recipe. I can’t actually remember the last time I had chicken cordon bleu, which you probably know is a boneless chicken breast rolled around ham or prosciutto and Swiss or bleu cheese and then coated in bread crumbs. But, I was...

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Pasta Salad with Avocado Dressing

Pasta Salad with Avocado Dressing

I’ve slowly been working on reorganizing my recipe index so there are more sub-categories and it’s easier to navigate, and I realized the side dish section is lacking. Poor neglected side dishes. Well, here’s another one to add to the list. Nothing quite says summer...

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Pulled Pork Sandwiches on Toasted Garlic Buns

Pulled Pork Sandwiches on Toasted Garlic Buns

Ever since I went to Sweet Cheeks and was disappointed that the “Texas toast” my pulled pork sandwich was served on was simply white sandwich bread, I’ve been dreaming about pulled pork piled high between pieces of garlic bread. So, I recently headed to our local meat...

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Pizza Onion Rings

Pizza Onion Rings

A couple months ago, Apolinaras and I spent a long weekend in Chicago. I was scheduled to give a seminar about my lab’s research at the AACR conference at McCormick center, and Apolinaras tagged along to keep me company. Apolinaras and I went to college and grad...

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