Cocoa-Peanut Butter Protein Bars (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

January 7, 2013
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It’s a new year, and that means the gyms get crowded and healthy food flies off the shelves at the grocery store.  After a good workout, the body needs protein, but protein bars can be rather expensive.  Plus, I’ve always found it difficult to find one that I actually like the taste of.  Fed up, […]

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Amazing Brownie Sugar Cookies

December 21, 2012
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Christmas is just a few days away. It’s hectic, I know.  The shopping, the wrapping, the decorating… it’s just overwhelming after a while!  And then there’s the food… This holiday season, I find myself in a teensy, tiny kitchen with almost no counter space.  Most of the cooking stuff I’ve acquired over the years is […]

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Blues, BBQ, and Bourbon Roadtrip: Cajun Country

December 17, 2012
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Here’s part 3 of our recent roadtrip adventures! If you missed them, check out part 1 and part 2! Though New Orleans was nice (and warm), our time there seemed surprising mellow. After solving the case of the missing car rental building, we were off to lesser travelled parts of Louisiana. Some unexplainable traffic on […]

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Blues, BBQ & Bourbon Roadtrip: New Orleans, Part 2 (Reviews: Cochon, Butcher, Jim Russell’s Records)

December 10, 2012
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(This is a continuation of our New Orleans to Chicago roadtrip… to read part one, click here!) After enjoying a drink in the unseasonably warm sunshine, we made our way to Jim Russell’s Rare Records. The shop, which opened in 1969, is packed full with rows after row, box after box, of LPs, 45s, cassettes, […]

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Blues, BBQ, & Bourbon Roadtrip – First Stop: New Orleans! (Review: Surrey’s Cafe & Juice Bar)

December 3, 2012
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With the temperatures quickly plummeting in Montreal, it’s hard for me to believe that, just a couple weeks ago, this was me: It was 75°F (24°C) in New Orleans that day, and a gin and tonic was just the thing. We were lounging out on the patio of a place with goofy name, Down the […]

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Pasta Puttanesca and The Dean & DeLuca Cookbook

October 15, 2012
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When I recently saw The Dean and DeLuca Cookbook in the window of a local used bookstore, I just had to have it. You see, it’s one of those cookbooks I’ve always loved but never actually owned. Jesse was kind enough to donate some store credit to the cause, and within minutes I finally owned […]

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Roasted Root Vegetables with Apples and Walnuts

October 8, 2012
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It’s Thanksgiving Day here in Canada. That means, for the first time ever, my American self gets to enjoy the traditional fall feast in mid-October.  We had our big dinner last night, and my new Canadian friends did a wonderful job at making my inaugural Canadian Thanksgiving a fun and delicious occasion! For our contribution to the […]

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Montreal’s Jean-Talon Market: A Delectable Destination

October 3, 2012
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Living in Chicago, I always found it a struggle to get good produce. So much of what I found at larger supermarkets was too expensive, if not downright gross.  If I did find nice stuff, it was even pricier!  I’d try to buy organic, but that wasn’t always possible.  If I could even find local […]

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2012 Good Food Festival Chicago

March 20, 2012
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As far as making up for things I’ve missed in years past, I’ve been on a bit of a roll. I finally made it to Restaurant Week (even though I ended up getting the full menu), and just the other day, I made it to the Good Food Festival. I heard of it for the […]

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iNG Restaurant: The Best F-iNG Meal of My Life

March 16, 2012
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I’ve always managed to miss Chicago’s Restaurant Week. Somehow I’d never remember it until it was already occurring, and there’d be no reservations left at any of the places I wanted to go to.  I’d recover by making sure to get Chef Week reservations a few weeks later, but still felt I was missing out […]

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