Rustic Apricot Tart

rustic apricot tart

I don’t know about you, but when summer hits, I get this overwhelming urge to make pies for everyone (is that weird?). I just think they are so stinkin' cute and the perfect gift to bring any host when you go to a summer BBQ. I know what you’re thinking, pies are so much effort. Believe me, I couldn’t agree more. To make pie's a bit easier, I've created a recipe that will give you all the delicious flavor of a pie without all the extra time it usually requires. And let's face it, by not ... [ Read More ]

Restaurant Review: Del Frisco’s Steakhouse (FREE FOOD OFFER)

Del Friscos Chicago

Last week, I had dinner at Del Frisco’s Steakhouse with the best friends you could imagine. Simply put, this evening was truly perfect. I hadn't gotten the chance to catch up with my friends in a while, so I decided to plan an intimate evening with them and attempt to dine al fresco (since we haven't had much outdoor time this summer). I really wanted to get together for a nice meal and chat about life (and obviously food). After serching high and low for rooftops in the city, I came across ... [ Read More ]

VH1’s Save the Music Event (with a dinner from Stephanie Izard)

Vh1 Save the Music

I am SO excited to share that one of my favorite charities, VH1 Save The Music Foundation, has decided on Chicago for it's second pop-up dinner in their new event series, ‘Musically Mastered Menu’ on Saturday, August 1 during Lollapalooza weekend. I've always believed that keeping music and arts in the classroom is so important and the VH1 Save the Music Foundation ensures that happens. Since 1998, the foundation has raised over $2.14 million for new musical instruments so that Chicago Public ... [ Read More ]

Basil Burrata Dip w/ Fresh Tomatoes

Basil Burrata

Whenever I'm having any dinner party or BBQ, I'm always worried about making a memorable appetizer. Not only does the appetizer set the tone for the entire meal, but it's the first bite of food people are taking and you want them to be excited about the remainder of the meal! One of my go-to's is a super simple basil burrata dip with fresh tomatoes. Even though it's comprised primarily of cheese, it tastes really light and is great for a summertime starter. The best part? You only need 3 ... [ Read More ]

Mexican Elote

elote

Every once in a while, I create a recipe that makes me want to give myself a hug. Well guys, this elote is one of them. It all started last weekend when my friend and fellow food blogger, Brett (www.hertastylife.com), said we should have a taco night. Since I'm always down for a good Mexican fiesta and I've heard rumors that this girl can make some serious carne asada, it was a no brainer to say yes. The only fear I had was that my side dish wouldn't live up to her famous tacos (if you ... [ Read More ]