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Spiced Apple Overnight French Toast Recipe

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Are you starting to think about recipes for holiday entertaining? This time of year always puts me in the mood for comfort foods and special recipes to celebrate the season. My Spiced Apple Overnight French Toast fits perfectly in both of these categories.  

Fall is my favorite time of year with the changing colors of the leaves and cooler air. It is also when my refrigerator becomes full of apples. I always have a variety as some are perfect for eating (Honey Crisp!) and others are great for baking. This recipe uses Granny Smith as they are tart and remain firm even after baking.… Read more

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Crustless Broccoli Cheddar and Shallot Quiche

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Sunday is Mother’s Day. But we are in quarantine. So, you are either cooking your own celebratory brunch, are lucky enough to have someone cook for you or are enjoying a quiet Sunday morning eating your favorite breakfast. The good news is that this Crustless Broccoli Cheddar and Shallot Quiche is so easy to make that you win no matter what. 

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Having bought a big bag of fresh broccoli from Costco back in anticipation of this strange time we are living in, I have been incorporating it into a multitude of different recipes. The beauty of this quiche recipe is that you can adapt it to whatever vegetables, milk and cheeses you like.… Read more

Crescent Roll Cinnamon Rolls

Easy Crescent Roll Cinnamon Rolls

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The longer we stay quarantined, the more creative I am getting with ingredients. Or at least that is what it seems like! Usually, I am at the grocery a couple times a week without really considering what I already have at home to work with. So when a sweet craving kicked in and no grocery run happening, I began looking at what I have available and found a quick recipe to share for Easy Crescent Roll Cinnamon Rolls.

Making traditional cinnamon rolls is all about the layers of butter and dough. And time. But when you feel like a sweet treat without all the effort of making the pastry from scratch, using prepared ingredients is a total time saver.… Read more

Lemon Zest Cream Cheese Pastry with Candied Lemon

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With guests coming over for the holidays, it’s always fun to have a menu that includes sweet treats that everyone will like. So, yes, lots of chocolate but also desserts with a lighter flavor. I happen to love anything with fruit in it. That’s why I like making these Lemon Zest Cream Cheese Pastry with Candied Lemon treats. They are fragrant, bright and delicious. Plus, so easy to make! Lemon Zest Cream Cheese Pastry with Candied Lemon - Entertaining made simple with this light and fragrant lemon cream cheese pastry

If you love to have friends and family over but worry that your cooking skills didn’t carry through from Mom to you, don’t worry! There are so many recipes that will “wow” your guests that won’t have you googling every ingredient or technique.… Read more

Athens Phyllo Shells Make Entertaining So Easy

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Athens Phyllo Shells Make Entertaining So Easy – 6 recipes using Athens Phyllo Shells for desserts, appetizers and brunch.

Athens Phyllo Shells Make Entertaining So Easy Recipes Appetizers Desserts Phyllo Dough Dessert Recipes

The phone rings. Friends are stopping by in 30 minutes to hang out and catch up. Wine? Check. Dessert? Nope, nothing ready. Give me 20 minutes and I am all set, thanks to Athens Phyllo Shells.

Athens Phyllo Shells Make Entertaining So Easy

These ready-to-serve shells are the solution to so many entertaining dilemmas this holiday season.  Made from phyllo dough, a light, crispy and tissue thin dough used in Greek cooking, the shells make for the perfect bite size sweet or savory treat to share with guests.… Read more

Roasted Vegetable Frittata Makes the Perfect Brunch Centerpiece

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Roasted Vegetable Frittata Makes the Perfect Brunch Centerpiece – A colorful vegetarian frittata is served at our birthday celebration brunch.

When family lives from California to Europe, there has to be a very good reason to bring everyone together. Thankfully, we had just that occasion for a special person’s birthday. We planned for a small gathering to let the birthday girl spend time with each guest. The weekend was filled with lots of food, memories and laughter. Photographs that showed images that brought joy and stories to be shared. On the final day, we wanted to do a brunch at home so everyone could relax and reminisce in comfort. … Read more

New Restaurant Adventures in Chicago

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In any big city, the opportunity to check out new restaurants is an ongoing adventure. Over the course of the last few months, I have been invited to visit some really wonderful places that I wanted to share with you. Each place has its own vibe and ambience giving you lots of choices for a great meal or fun night out.

Beef & Barley

If you are looking for a neighborhood joint that is comfortable and welcoming but with seriously good food, then, you need to try Beef & Barley. We visited for brunch and from the Bloody Mary’s with the endless bacon option to the punch bowls with a serious kick to the Mimosa Bar, you will start that morning off right.… Read more

Best Southern Biscuits

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There is something very warm and inviting when your hostess places a plate of steaming hot, freshly made biscuits in front of you. In the South, this is a tradition that is passed down through families. Not so much here in Chicago. But it should be!

Inspiring Kitchen Best Southern Biscuits

It wasn’t until I received Jackie Garvin’s Biscuits cookbook that I really thought about making biscuits from scratch. As I paged through this cookbook, I discovered so many recipes that I wanted to try. Something great to realize is that most ingredients you need to make homemade biscuits are already in your kitchen. There is a recipe for monkey bread that is always a favorite at celebrations and a double crusted summer vegetable pie that looks ideal following a visit to the farmer’s market.… Read more