Feb 28

Tomato, Onion, and Hearts of Palm Salad with Bleu Cheese

Tomato, Bleu Cheese, and Heart of Palm Salad

Life is full of favorites, and I have lots of them; my favorite band is Ra Ra Riot, my favorite place is Ireland, my favorite flowers are ranunculus, and my favorite salad is this one.  My mom started making this salad years ago, and I'm pretty sure it was love at first bite.  This salad combines three of my favorite foods: tomatoes, hearts of palm, and bleu cheese.  The flavors are bold, tangy, and super addicting; the presentation is elegant and worthy of a double-take; and the preparation … [Read more...]

Feb 21

Warm Tuscan Kale and Fingerling Potatoes

Kale and Fingerling Potato Salad

If you've found yourself uninspired by your latest sack lunches, this surprisingly filling dish may be the perfect way to jazz up the PB&J routine you are currently nestled into. A few weeks ago, some of my family's closest friends -- so close they are by all definitions of the word "family" -- thoughtfully donated over 100 backdated issues of Vegetarian Times (VT) to me.  Gleeful and slightly overwhelmed, I hauled the 30-lbs-and-about-to-bust bag of vegetarian recipes into our condo … [Read more...]

Feb 16

Must Love Cupcakes

Sweet Mandy B's Cupcakes

Cupcakes must have been made for those days when you feel as though you've been tossed to the whims of woe and jerked back again.  Those days when your alarm fails to ring, you stub your toe stepping out of bed, and your computer crashes just prior to hitting 'save' on a 10-page report.  Although these days may initially seem intolerable, I almost always look back on them with a grateful attitude for their ability to restore perspective and promote appreciation.  While nothing went entirely … [Read more...]

Feb 12

Ricotta, Swiss Chard, and Eggplant Stuffed Roasted Peppers

Ricotta and Chard Stuffed Peppers

After a long and slightly manic day, my Monday night could quite easily be described with this acronym: BOWGGL.  In an effort to keep things real, I'll throw shame to the wind and decode that poorly-produced attempt at creativity; Bachelor, Order-In, Wine, Gossip Girl, and Laundry.  A few Mondays ago, this acronym was almost completely intact; however, I decided to substitute the O for an H: Homemade.  A few days prior, I had stumbled upon a recipe fit for a homemade kind of Monday night; … [Read more...]

Feb 06

Rhubarb Crumble

Rhubarb Crumble

For those of you wondering where the last and sweetest of the Italian Feast recipes is, it is here in its simplistically-delicious glory and ready to be baked by you.  I'm not sure how often rhubarb is used in the culinary world of Italy; however, the edible species that is adored by pie-bakers and pie-eaters alike was introduced to Europe by the Italian botanist, Prosper Alpinus, in 1608.  Thus, by using nothing more than a "by association" connection, I'm categorizing rhubarb crumble as an … [Read more...]

Feb 02

Portobello Parmesan with Homemade Marinara

Portobello Parmesan

Thanks to Snowpocalypse  2011, I'm writing this post from the coziness of my bed on a Wednesday morning while watching the snow continue to fall and gust itself across the currently very Windy City.  Below, you will find the recipe for Portobello Parmesan that I promised in my previous post.  This dish may look ordinary on camera (i.e., my hot-mess-esque photos  that are severely devoid of daylight), but it's got some definite wow-factor in its ability to comfort, delight, and warm … [Read more...]