Desserts

Lemon Pound Cake

lemon pound cake

We’re halfway through winter break, so the kids and I are trying to keep busy (and warm!).  The first week of break absolutely flew, with Christmas right in the middle, and I have a feeling this week will go by too fast, too.  It has been nice to shake ourselves of the usual routine in [...]


Bourbon-Sea Salt Caramels

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A few weeks ago, while watching the excellent PBS program “Mind of a Chef,” I learned about a really cool artisan salt maker called Jacobsen Salt Co.  They harvest pure salt crystals straight from Oregon’s cold waters using traditional methods, and the chefs on the show were more than enamored with the product.  I couldn’t [...]


Bourbon Bacon Chocolate Cookies

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I’ll never forget my first experience with Maker’s Mark Bourbon. My college roommate Laura returned from summer break with a bottle she had hand-dipped herself at the Maker’s Mark distillery in her native Kentucky.  We drank it straight.  Luke warm. In martini glasses.  We still laugh about it to this day! So, when the folks [...]


Homemade Slow Cooker Apple Butter

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Chicago has enjoyed a spectacular September.  Refreshingly cool mornings, sunny afternoons and sneaky 80 degree days scattered throughout.  As someone who laments the end of summer, this slow entry into autumn makes me very happy. Last weekend we decided to take full advantage of the delightful fall weather and spend a morning at the idyllic [...]


Homemade Doughnuts/Fritters/Beignets

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Yesterday morning was a quintessential Saturday in our house.  I went to the gym, came home to find Chris and Mack playing an iPad game together while Evie and Vivian kept each other busy.  With everyone calm and occupied, I knew I had a few minutes to fix a nice breakfast. This recipe happened by [...]


Magnolia Bakery Vanilla Cupcakes

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Last weekend my little girl turned 5. FIVE. She has grown into such a thoughtful and sensitive and smart young lady, and I could not possibly be more proud. Chris and I took her out to a special lunch at Birchwood Kitchen, where she felt like a grown up as she sipped fresh lemonade and [...]


Coconut Cornflake Cookies

coconut cornflake cookies

It has been a long few days.  I was sick on Saturday, Chris had to work all day Sunday and the kids started summer camp yesterday so we’re all trying to figure out a new routine.  Oh, and sweet Vivian has a sharp tooth cutting through her top gum, and the poor little dumpling wails [...]


Peanut Butter S’mores!

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I owe this blog post to my daughter Evelyn.  While we were in Wisconsin last weekend the kids requested that we make s’mores together. I had been telling them about this campfire treat all winter, and now that summer is here they were desperate to try it.  Wisconsin seemed like the perfect place. As we [...]


Brown Sugar and Vanilla Ice Pops

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School is almost out and summer is on the way.  I’m so looking forward to slowing down our family’s pace a little bit.  The kids are growing up so fast, and I just want to savor this time in my life, a hard thing to do when the every day hustle and bustle overwhelms me [...]


Homemade Cocoa Brownies

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Here in the city, when the wind blows in just the right direction at just the right speed, the scent of melting chocolate fills the air.  The Blommer Chocolate Factory sits in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, but just about every part of town has been touched by its aroma.  Its sweet! Whenever I catch a [...]


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