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How Quarantining Taught my Kids to Cook

  Another Covid-19 quarantine day. Another dinner to plan. Ugh. It had started out with so much promise. Now that my state’s stay-at-home order had eliminated my daily Uber-mom driving duties, I ...

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Chipotle Chicken with Avocado Leaves

Spring is upon us, even though it did not look like it a couple of weeks ago here in Chicago. We had a mixture of snow and hail on a Sunday, and we even needed to salt the sidewalk at our Lincoln ...

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Avocados + Chickpeas = “Hummole”

  Try thinking of foods that are good for you and that you also have little to no guilt eating obscene amounts of. Did hummus and guacamole cross your mind? Gun to your head: which would you choose ...

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How To Not Go To the Hospital: A Guide To Cutting Avocados

  In case you find yourself in need of a break from all the ‘Holiday Gift Roundups’ or ‘what to do with all those leftovers’ articles, I figured I’d share a practical a-seasonal guide for something I ...

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Chocolate Avocado Zucchini Bread

  A while back I shared my mom’s recipe for perfect Banana Bread, then I shared my recipe for Blueberry Zucchini Bread. Now, in my effort to reign supreme as the quick bread queen, I’m sharing my ...

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Ugly Avocados? Make Chocolate Mousse

Oh avocados, my culinary love-hate relationship. I love how creamy and rich they are. I love that they make great guacamole, salsa, salad, and great spread on toast. I love that they're filling and ...

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Cinco de Mayo

Today isn’t just an excuse for you to go out and have a pitcher of margaritas with your friends. Cinco de Mayo is also a chance for you to celebrate my birthday. Really, it’s my birthday! So, I ...

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Ole Pozole

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood. The sun is shining, the lake is aqua, and the city looks particularly stunning. Forget the fact that it’s 30 degrees in the middle of October, and forget ...

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Rolling Sushi: Where to Buy Ingredients in Chicago

Chicago is a good place to find quality sushi bars and restaurants. I really enjoy going out for a fantastic sushi meal, but only on occasion since it can be quite pricey. Last week, I got really ...

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The Great Grilled Veggie Experiment

I know this is typically the season to move from grilling outdoors to braising and baking indoors. However, I just can't get enough of my grill! Plus, I live in Florida now, so it's still grilling ...

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