Roasted Delicata Squash and Arugula Salad


Stepping outside – with temperatures steadily in the 70s and 80s – it is hard to believe fall is upon us here in Chicago. But, one step in the grocery store and I know it is true. Summer fruits like plums and peaches are no longer available, and the last hanger-oners like strawberries taste dull [...]

My Mom’s Cucumber & Fennel Salad

cucumber fennel salad

I seriously don’t know what I would do without my mom. While I realize that might be a largely universal statement from most women at some point in their lives, I really, really, REALLY mean it. Especially these past few months while this twin pregnancy has completely taken over my body and life. I am [...]

Stick of Butter Roast Chicken


At least three times a month I prepare a roast chicken for dinner. I think many people think a big roast chicken is best reserved for a special Sunday supper, but in reality a roast chicken is one the easier dinners to make, even on the weeknights. It can be made a few hours ahead [...]

Thanksgiving: Mashed Rutabega


We are in Connecticut for the Thanksgiving holiday visiting Chris’s family. The kids love hiking in the country and seeing their cousins. Tonight we roasted marshmallows over a roaring bonfire. The GIANT full moon was a total bonus we’ll never forget. We’re celebrating Thanksgiving at Chris’s brother’s house, so tonight I prepared a couple dishes [...]

Mr. Muscles Making Mussels


When people ask me how Chris and I met, I say we met 14 years ago before the start of our senior year at Notre Dame. When I first saw him in the parking lot of a bank I thought he was the HOTTEST GUY I’D EVER SEEN. Perfect tan, sparkling eyes, handsome face, strong [...]

Fall Harvest Salad


We are still enjoying excellent October weather. We’ve had some stressful weeks as a family, so the warm temperatures and sunny skies are a wonderful distraction. The impact Mother Nature has on our well being – emotional and physical – should not be ignored. I believe she gifted us this fine fall so we could [...]

Nourishing Homemade Vegetable Curry


Oh. This has been a long two weeks. Perhaps the longest and most challenging I’ve had in my 7+ years of parenting. Chris and I were faced with some big, potentially life-altering decisions, and I think it is fair to say that I freaked out. For 14 days straight. Now that we are starting to [...]

Summer Vegetable Soup

summer vegetable soup

Now that we are in the thick of summer, we are outside ALL THE TIME. Seriously, we don’t come in every evening until 5:30, which makes dinner prep almost impossible: by the time we are in, the kids are hungry but dinner hasn’t even been started! Whenever possible, I make dinner in the early afternoon. [...]

Sweet Potato and Poblano Tacos


I think one of the simple, great joys in life is a homemade hot lunch. There is something so quietly indulgent about carving out a few minutes in the middle of an otherwise busy day to prepare a healthy meal from scratch. I don’t do it everyday, but that’s what makes it so special, right? [...]

Salad Days


I need a weekend after this weekend. I love holidays – and I love three day weekends! – but with four kids these special days create a lot of extra work. If I want memories to be made, I have to help make them. So, Chris and I organized a neighborhood party that included classic [...]

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