My First Chicago Gourmet (and the best things I ate)

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It's true, this year was my very first Chicago Gourmet! Now, before you start freaking out and saying, "How is it even possible that this is your FIRST Chicago Gourmet?!", allow me to explain... I moved to Chicago in June of 2013 and didn't start my food blog until October of that year (after the first Chicago Gourmet). The following year, I was out of town, but seeing all the incredible photos from the weekend gave me a huge case of FOMO (look it up) and I knew I had to clear my schedule for ... [ Read More ]

Make Your Own Takeout: Baked Pork Eggrolls

Pork Eggrolls

I love greasy, Chinese takeout as much as the next girl. My hips,  however, don't agree with this obsession. Simply put, I can't subject my body to the high amounts of sugar, fat, oil and MSG that typically come with your delivery. That's why I've made it my mission to remake these yummy takeout favorites and make them just a little bit healthier for you! Today's creation is a delicious baked pork egg roll. Not only are these so much healthier than the traditional greasy bombs you'll get from ... [ Read More ]

My life is like noosa® yoghurt (no…it really is)


I know what you're thinking. "I don't get it, Erica, how could your life possibly be like noosa® yoghurt?" Allow me to explain... The other morning I received a huge complimentary delivery from noosa® yoghurt. After perusing through the 9 different flavors they sent me, I decided to have some for breakfast. I grabbed the sweet & tart, strawberry rhubarb yoghurt and sat outside on my balcony. As I was eating the farm fresh yoghurt, I started to reflect on how drastically my life ... [ Read More ]

Potato & Chive Waffles and Fried Chicken w/ Apple Honey Compote

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L'shana Tova to all my fellow Jews! Tonight I hosted a small dinner to celebrate the Jewish New Year and decided to modernize a traditional Rosh Hashanah meal I have every year (chicken, applesauce and potato pancakes). I made these incredible potato chive and cheddar waffles topped with apple chutney and fried chicken. It was epic. The combination is everything you love about the traditional meal with an exciting new twist. This recipe makes enough for 4 people. What You Need 1 ... [ Read More ]

Homemade Fried Chicken & Cheddar Chive Biscuit Sandwich

fried chicken and biscuit sandwich

For the most part, I like to stick by the rule of always cooking healthy dishes when I'm dining at home (since it's hard to control what I eat when I go out). Every once in a while, I break this rule because I just feel like cooking some decadent comfort food. This is how I created my latest masterpiece! A fried chicken and cheddar chive biscuit sandwich. Sounds good? It taste even better... What You'll Need (serves 4 people) For Chicken 4 small boneless skinless chicken 1 cup ... [ Read More ]