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Vegetarian stuffed potatoes: Going back to the basics during the Holy Week

This is the first dish that comes to my mind whenever someone asks me for Lent recipes. It is so simple, yet so satisfying! I found the recipe about 15 years ago in a magazine, and I’ve been making it ever since with great success. Nothing beats a few unassuming ingredients, which come together and create a genuine flavor experience. I like this dish so much that while writing about it I had to go to the kitchen and get myself a second helping. It’s so tasty! 🙂

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My review of TĂŠTE Charcuterie: Tradition and innovation come together to create meaty deliciousness

Update: This restaurant has closed.

Succulent crispy pork belly. Flavorful mortadella, hams and pâtĂ©s. An array of fresh and smoked sausages, served with house-made pickles and mustard. They were fresh, made from local ingredients, and seasoned to perfection. I tried them all last Saturday, when myself and other Chicago food bloggers were invited to attend the grand opening of TĂŠTE Charcuterie, which is located in Chicago’s historic meatpacking district. Keep Reading

Roasted vegetable panini: Quick and light spring food, that makes me happy

My mom asked me the other day whether I’d made this panino lately, and I said I hadn’t. I don’t know why, but I seemed to have forgotten about this deliciously light panino, good for vegetarians and lent observers, and perfect to savor on warm spring days. Sadly, the panini I’ve been making recently have been all but sophisticated: a few slices of ham and cheese, some pickles, on the grill – done! With Easter approaching, I’ll be away from work and school for a few days, and I’ve decided to use this spare time to do more cooking and to remake a few of my family’s favorite dishes. I think this panino is a good way to start my culinary spring break. 🙂

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My Mexican dining experience at Mezcalina: great food and great fun in the heart of the city!

Getting the chance to experience a variety of cuisines is one of the many advantages of living in a cosmopolitan city like Chicago. At every street corner, from the noisy downtown to the peaceful suburbs, different cultures and experiences compete for your attention, allegiance and love. I am glad to live in such a “melting pot,” and I consistently strive to gain a deeper understanding of its various cultures through their cooking traditions and techniques. Last week I had a one of a kind encounter with Mexican cuisine, when myself and other Chicago food bloggers were invited to sample the menu at Mezcalina, an upscale Mexican restaurant located in Lakeshore East. The event was hosted by Daniela and Ricardo, of 2Views1Life. Keep Reading

A night of chocolate and crĂŞpes at Beijo de Chocolat: the sweetest chocolate kiss

Update: This location has closed and the owners have moved to Michigan.

I drove to Beijo de Chocolat on a cold and rainy evening, after a busy day at work and very little sleep the previous few nights. I was upset with the weather which had long been testing my patience, and secretly wanted to be home, under a warm cosy blanket and cuddling a hot cup of cocoa. The allure of unique and well crafted chocolate flavors was hard to resist though, so I decided to honor Beijo de Chocolat’s invitation to “a night of chocolate and crĂŞpes.” I wanted to experience their renowned chocolate craftsmanship first-hand – and I’m glad I made this decision. Keep Reading

Kohl’s giveaway: We have a winner!

I know you’ve all been waiting to find out the winner of the Kohl’s giveaway. The winner is Jennifer, who wrote, “I love my crockpot because it allows me to cook nice meals even if I’m busy.”

The winner has been notified. Thank you all for taking part. Stay tuned for more exciting giveaways! 🙂

Time for St. Patrick’s Day and for the International Home + Housewares Show!

It was a beautiful Saturday morning on the bank of the Chicago River, freshly dyed green to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. I’d waited for warm weather for so long, and now, at last, spring was in town to stay – or so I hoped for, anyway. I left my heavy winter coat at home and drove downtown to take pictures of the river and to enjoy its beauty in the sunshine. 

I also went downtown because I wanted to visit the 2014 International Home + Housewares Show at the McCormick Place. Hamilton Beach invited myself and other fellow Chicago food bloggers to attend, and I happily accepted their invitation. Going out to enjoy the warm spring weather and getting the chance to see the latest consumer product innovations  sounded like a great way to spend my Saturday. Keep Reading