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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

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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Savory Beet & Goat Cheese Galette

Savory Beet & Goat Cheese Galette

Recently, in the world of Food Blogging, a new trend is experimenting with a pastry called a Galette. In my research, I have seen everything from sweet to savory when it comes to flavors. Me being a more savory girl myself, I’ve decided to create a savory Galette with beets, potatoes, and goat cheese. Overall, beets and goat cheese are one of the best combinations in my opinion and have become very popular in many restaurants! The earthiness of the root vegetable is a fabulous pairing with the bright and creamy flavors of the goat cheese.

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Double Chocolate Soufflé

Bourbon County Chocolate Souffle

I chose to wrap up my food and beer pairing experiment with Goose Island’s Bourbon County, not only because its personally one of my favorite beers, but because I find it fascinating that Goose Island actually pioneered the now so highly sought after bourbon-aged beer. Read more

Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake

Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake

When it comes to my sweets I can honestly say healthy isn’t really in my vocabulary. Even though I will admit there are several amazing vegan and gluten free bakers floating around the internet, I like to keep my sweets traditional.

I was inspired to make this Lemon Blueberry bundt cake because of a bundt cake pan I recently received from my grandma, that looks like its been baked in for about one hundred years. I wanted to do something with light and refreshing flavors, so what better than lemon and blueberry. Read more

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