Breakfast sausage seasoning

I receive the monthly catalog from Penzey’s spices. I am lucky enough to have one in my town :). With the catalog are tons of recipes, learning about new spices plus they give you a coupon to try a free spice. One of the spices I saw was for breakfast sausage seasoning! You could make…

Rice Krispy bars

I actually re-vamped this recipe from a Vegetarian Times magazine. Their recipe had dried fruit in it, which I didn’t have so I substituted mini chocolate chips instead. I followed the rest of their recipe, however, even after freezing for 30 minutes, they never really formed like bars, so the kids just spooned some out…

Chimichurri Chicken

Over the weekend, I had recorded a new show from The Cooking Channel called the Urban Grocer. I had no idea what the show was about, but it sounded interesting. The host of the show is Caitlin Zaino. After reading her bio, she is a foodie, turned food blogger, world traveler and now has a…

Jazz apples?

So, I’m at the store last night picking up some milk and such when I headed into the produce dept. I was thinking about picking up a baby seedless watermelon. My son Mark and I saw them and when I saw the price ($4.99!) I said to my son, that’s way too much for such…

Italian sausage meatballs

I make pasta every week. I think I make it a lot because for one, it makes a bunch for a family of five and it is inexpensive to make. Because there are so many different shapes of pasta and I can vary the sauces I make, it doesn’t have to be repetitive. And of…

Homemade peanut sauce

I love peanut sauce, and usually I just buy it. My favorite brand is House of Tsang thai peanut sauce. I’ve seen recipes before for making it myself, I’ve just never gotten around to make it. I’m sorry I waited so long because this recipe tasted amazing. It comes from the 2000 Cooking Light Cookbook….

Burger Boss – Now open for business!

You’d think my life is so glamourous lately. I got to go to a VIP opening party to a new restaurant in my town, saw a famous blues band last weekend and one night this week famous author and NPR host Sarah Vowell was in my town for a lecture/book signing and my husband and…

Simple Nutrition/Biggest Loser Re-cap

A few weeks ago I was contacted about a new Simple Nutrition program in place at my local grocery store Dominick’s Foods. I don’t shop there that often so I was intrigued by what this store has done in the fight to help fight obesity and help people make better choices. Lets face it not…

Great date night – busy weekend

In continuing my birthday celebration, my husband got us tickets to see Ronnie Baker Brooks at Fitzgerald’s bar which is about a 2 block walk from our house. Can I just tell you how fun it was? Ronnie Brooks is the son of legendary blues man Lonnie Brooks from Chicago. There were only 3 members…

Happy Friday!

I can’t believe another week has flown by! It’s still cold and rainy in Chicago-land today – so can’t wait for spring to actually show up. This weekend I plan to plant my herbs I received last week. I can start them inside and then move them to pots or the ground once it gets…