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Classic Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Red Velvet Cupcake

It’s Valentines Day and that calls for sweets… sweets.. sweets!

This past week I was able to stop by one of my most favorite boutique stores in Lakeview, called Foursided. It’s filled gorgeous posters, creative themed cards, a hilarious knick knacks! In my last trip I came across these adorable neon Valentine themed cupcake liners and I just had to whip out my red velvet cupcakes for the holiday!  Read more

Watercolor Sugar Cookies

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This recipe may not leave a clean kitchen… but it definitely creates a batch of cookies to talk about! These sugar cookies are a fun way to let your artsy side out. The saying “food is art” takes almost a literal meaning with this watercolor technique!

I also recently discovered Marshmallow Fondant! Instead of the several steps of normal fondant, the marshmallow fondant takes 3 steps and takes no more than 5 minutes to make! I was honestly amazed by the power of a microwave, marshmallows, and powered sugar!

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Quinoa Risotto Stuffed Acorn Squash

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The ultimate healthy comfort food, this stuffed acorn squash gives you the creamy texture and rich taste with out any regrets. Delicious for lunch… dinner… or special event, this dish is a unique blend of flavors that will leave a memorable impression!

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Vegan Sweet Potato Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

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It’s tough to stick with a healthy diet, especially during the week days. These vegan stuffed portobello mushrooms are an easy meal to whip up for lunch or dinner after a long day. They are packed with nutrients and protein and take just about 20 minutes to make.  Read more

Heirloom Tomato Quiche

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Last night I decided to head back to the suburbs for a quiet night away from the sirens and taxi horns and I’m so glad I did!  I feel like since starting my new job and moving downtown I just haven’t taken a second to just relax and actually truly cook.

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Asparagus, Brussel Sprout, & Pancetta Salad

Asparagus Brussel Sprout Salad

This past weekend I moved into the city and I am no longer living out of my large bag, or more familiarly known as my “traveling studio apartment.”  Chicago has finally become my home after a long dreaded job search and I can officially call myself a Catering and Sales Manager at Rockit Ranch ProductionsRead more

Egg White Frittata with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Artichoke, and Goat Cheese

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The frittata below is the ultimate low calorie, yet rich, vegetarian breakfast! So many times after eating an omelet or skillet, I feel overly full. This egg white frittata recipe is packed with vegetables and herbs, but unlike your corner diner’s breakfast, it’s a light and energy boosting meal!

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Summer Herb Potatoes

Summer Herb Potatoes

Simple, yet delicious! After cooking school, I have really come to appreciate each individual ingredient and I really believe that this recipe below highlights the beauty of these potatoes! Instead of coating them in sour cream or yogurt, I decided to keep this recipe light with a burst of fresh herbs.

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