I have so many favorite party tips and tricks to share – this red, white, and blue holiday weekend is always one of my favorites of the year. July is National Ice Cream Month…so make ice cream cocktails! Scoop + Sparkle Step 1: Scoop rasperry sorbet into glasses. Step 2: Fill with prosecco. Serve, sip, repeat. And…did you know that July is also…National Blueberry Month? Having a party? Going to a party? These Cupcake Jars are so easy to make, and easy to …
It’s the holidays. Who doesn’t love a pumpkin pie with a little bit of Cognac? Make this easy recipe for the holidays and impress everyone with your boozy dessert skills. Pie filling: 1 15oz can pure solid-packed pumpkin 2 large eggs at room temperature 1 large egg yolk at room temperature 1 cup heavy cream, keep cold 1 Tbsp. Cognac or brandy 3/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar 1 tsp. orange zest 1 tsp. freshly ground cinnamon stick or 1 1/2 tsp. pre-ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp. salt a pinch Freshly grated nutmeg a pinch of black pepper a pinch of ground cloves Chocolate whipped cream: 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, keep cold 1/3 cup sugar 1 tsp. vanilla 2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa Pie crust: Use store bought deep dish crust Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Bake crust … Read more
I often create recipes based on my voracious reading of recipe books and magazines, not to mention the constant cooking classes I attend. But when I run across one that has to be shared, I do it (you’re welcome). I have to share how healthy, simple and outrageously delicious this dish is from Bonappetit.com. Ingredients 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided 3 garlic cloves, minced, divided 2 dried chiles de árbol (available at Latin markets, specialty food stores and some supermarkets) 1 bay leaf, preferably fresh 1 1/4 cups chopped tomato (about 8 ounces) Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper 1 tablespoon tomato paste 2 15-ounce cans white beans (such as cannellini), rinsed, drained 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled, deveined 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley Grilled bread (optional) Preparation Preheat broiler. Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a large, heavy, … Read more
Summer in Chicago is the “sweet spot” and that’s why so many of us curse our way through the winter just to get to a Chicago summer. We have free festivals, free concerts, long standing parades and an abundance of green space to plant our perky behinds on and have a picnic with friends and family. Heck, since we live in the Midwest, there is always someone pleasant to meet. These are finds I plan to purchase this summer: Picnic bags: I like the Kate Spade bag because it is the best of both worlds. It has a sturdy bottom to create a flat surface with a flexible canvas top for easy walking. It is a … Read more
She is fun, fabulous and fierce. She is chic, intelligent and in-the-know. But most of all, the Cheeky chick is the kind of woman who embraces, admires, respects, smiles at and opens her heart to other fabulous chicks. Now THAT'S Cheeky, darling!