Homemade Chicken Wild Rice Soup

 Shout it, scout it, read all about it, “COLD WEATHER HAS STRUCK THE MIDWEST and EAST COAST” causing cold bodies, runny noses, and frost bite! The remedy?This Homemade Crockpot Wild Rice Soup recipe!! It is absolutely delicious and ...more

So I'm a Vegan. How Do I Explain This to a Teenager?

My teenaged niece has expressed interest in learning about the vegan lifestyle. As honored as I feel, I’m not sure I even knew that being a vegan is a lifestyle. Image via Shutterstock ...more

Gluten-free Pierogi with Potatoes & Cheese

Any tradition I was exposed to growing up was related to Polish culture. My dad's parents were from Poland, so growing up around Polish food and customs was of course a heavy part of my dad's upbringing. My dad shared a slice of his upbringing during ...more

10 Healthy Snacks for Lazy People Who Want to Eat Healthy

This post was inspired by my good friend, Melissa, who recently reached out to me needing some "EASY, HEALTHY snack ideas for LAZY people."In a perfect world we'd all have time to spend hours playing Top Chef in our kitchens, whipping up gourmet ...more

Celebrating Chinese New Year & The Year of the Monkey

A little known fact – Way back in the 80's, before the world became this crazy place, I spent many of my informative years living in Saudi Arabia with my family. It was an interesting and culturally different place to live, and it provided so many opportunities to explore the world and learn about other cultures.  ...more

13 Whole30 Super Bowl Recipes

Hey y'all! Super Bowl 50 is upon us, and I have to tell you that I am SO excited! Not only am I a huge football fan in general, but Peyton Manning is one of my all time favorite celebrities. His career, philanthropy, and cheesy TV commercials have all been absolutely cherished by my family. The fact that this is (probably) his last season to play makes his Super Bowl appearance that much more exciting! GO PEYTON - VFL! ...more
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Pink Heart Beet Pancakes

These pink pancakes claim their power from iron rich beets! Oatmeal also adds to the iron power of these pancakes, making it a great vegetarian option as well.  White or wheat flour can be used; the white flour making the pink stand out a bit more, yet the wheat flour boasts a bit more nutrition....more

Where to Find Matcha Lattes in Kansas City

Make way for the latest trend hitting coffee shops across America – matcha lattes. Although matcha has been around for centuries, the powdered green tea has become this year’s “it” food. We’re talking...more

Apex Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

A review of Apex Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon for Weekend Wine Reviews #278....more

February 6: Five Types of Frozen Yogurt I'd Actually Eat for National Frozen Yogurt Day

Happy National Frozen Yogurt Day. If you love frozen yogurt, you have my blessing to go nuts today. But as for me...my relationship with frozen yogurt is...complex ....more

I Love the 80’s

A few weeks ago the neighbors behind me moved out. I didn’t know them (we didn’t share a fence or anything there is actually a road between us) but they were my Christmas tree up way past Christmas buddies. The day after they moved out, along came a roofer to fix the roof (there were tarps on it due to a bad wind storm) ....more

Tsiknopempti Dinner Avli in Chicago March 3rd

Great news everyone…I am returning to Chicago on March 3rd to cook at Avli. Owner Louie Alexakis and I have come up with a decadent menu that will celebrate Fat Thursday, known in Greece as Tsiknopempti. The Greek Carnival period (Apokiries) culminates on Tsiknopempti (literally translated as Fat Thursday) and we are going to capture some of that delicious magic! ...more

Low-Carb Baked Greek Meatballs with Feta and Oregano

These Low-Carb Baked Greek Meatballs with Feta and Oregano look a bit messy while they're cooking, but you won't mind that once you're eating them and these delicious meatballs are low-carb, gluten-free, and South Beach Diet phase one. I don't usually post on Saturday, but I have one more idea for Low-Carb and Gluten-Free Superbowl Party Appetizers that I want to share before the big game! These Low-Carb Baked Greek Meatballs with Feta and Oregano are something I've been making for years, and when I made them again recently I decided it was time to update to better photos! ...more

Super Bowl Sunday - A "Healthier" Cheesy Corn Dip

Word from the halls of USC Dental students, people are looking for appetizer recipes for some BIG game this weekend…...more

Blazin’ Bulleit

Since the Patriots aren’t in the Super Bowl this year, tomorrow’s game is officially all about the food and drink for me. Which is perfect, because...more

V's Super Bowl Chili

My Denver Broncos are playing in the Super Bowl!Have I mentioned that I love football, and more specifically, the Denver Broncos? Maybe just a line or two in a previous post? Well, friends, I am beyond excited to root for my team on its quest for another Super Bowl championship! #gobroncosIf you're still working out a game plan for Sunday, try one of my favorite Super Bowl traditions and make this delicious chili to enjoy with the big game....more

Chicken Abruzzi

You know when you go to Olive Garden it is nearly impossible to stay clear of bread sticks. Especially dipped in Alfredo sauce… YUMMM! One time we were enjoying a family dinner at Olive Garden had had those warm and soft and yummy bread sticks coming…and comming… I decided to opt out for a...more