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Winter Warm Up Luncheon

By: | 0 Comments | On: January 10, 2016 | Category : Blog, What's for Dinner


The winter chill is in the air, and Sundays are ideal for warming up by the fire and slurping hot soup.  And, what’s better than doing that good friends? Jen and Gloria joined me for a delicious lunch of Tomato Dill Soup   Arugula Salad with dates and avocado (click here for... more

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Thanksgiving Dinner

By: | 0 Comments | On: November 22, 2015 | Category : Blog


Winter arrived here in Chicago overnight and it now truly feels like the end of November.  Nothing warms the soul more than family, friends, and food by the fire.  In other words: Thanksgiving. Make the best Thanksgiving meal ever this week.  If your crew all prefers the white meat, then... more

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Yogurt Bowls

By: | 0 Comments | On: October 14, 2015 | Category : Blog, What's for Dinner

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Lately I’ve been enjoying savory greek yogurt dishes for a quick breakfast or lunch.  These bowls are filled with vibrant colors and flavors, but only take minutes to prepare.  Try a Pesto Yogurt Salad or Avocado Berry Bowl next time you are in a pinch for time.  This travels well too if... more

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From Garden to Plate

By: | 0 Comments | On: September 28, 2015 | Category : Blog, What's for Dinner


My summer was a major distraction from the blog, and several readers mentioned that I’d gone quiet.  My son became a bar mitzvah over the weekend and my life is mine again.  In other words: I’m back! This summer we planted a beautiful vegetable garden in our backyard and it has been a fruitful... more

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Chilled Tomato Soup Two Ways

By: | 0 Comments | On: August 17, 2015 | Category : Blog, What's for Dinner


We are in the peak of tomato season and I just can’t get enough of this fruit. YES,  it is considered a fruit/berry in the nightshade family. But don’t fret over whether it’s a fruit or a vegetable…no matter which way you slice it, tomatoes are filled with antioxidants and vitamins... more

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A Toast to Good Food & Friends

By: | 0 Comments | On: August 11, 2015 | Category : Blog, Classes, What's for Dinner


While the kids are off at summer camp, I have time for my own play dates (or rather cooking dates).  Lauren, Nicki & Debbie gathered around my table for a dinner cooking demonstration and to answer the age old question…”What’s for dinner?” We prepared a grilled vegetable platter of Cumin Roasted Carrots, Grilled Veggie... more

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Encompass Cooking with Nicole

By: | 2 Comments | On: April 26, 2015 | Category : Blog, Classes, What's for Dinner


  Once a month I look forward to cooking with Encompass [Seeing the Whole Person].  We gather in the kitchen to work on cooking skills as we prepare a healthy, delicious, kosher dinner and foster friendships.  “Cooking with Nicole” incorporates the primary components of Encompass: balancing life skills training with the opportunity for socialization, recreation... more

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Zucchini Pasta in Minutes

By: | 0 Comments | On: April 20, 2015 | Category : Blog

Zucchini Pasta in Minutes

Click here for the Szechuan Zucchini Pasta recipes. more

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Make It Better

By: | 0 Comments | On: April 17, 2015 | Category : Blog

Check us out in the latest Make It Better magazine’s Craveable Kitchens article by Tate Gunnerson. Photos by Dave Burk for Hedrich Blessing Photographers     more

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You Don’t Have to Be a Kid to LOVE Pizza

By: | 0 Comments | On: April 13, 2015 | Category : Blog, Classes, What's for Dinner


Pizza day always tops the list for the kids cooking in the kitchen. But hey, let’s be honest – EVERYONE loves pizza!  Believe it or not, you don’t “knead” much time make homemade dough. These Kitchen Cats prepared an Italian meal from scratch in no time. Homemade Pizza, Basic Tomato Sauce and Eggless... more

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