Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

I love the whole concept of spinach salad with bacon dressing.  It strikes just the right balance of healthy and splurge-worthy.  Loaded up with vitamin-packed spinach, mushrooms, and red onion, and some protein-righ eggs, this salad makes for a healthy lunch option.  Add in some warm, rich dressing and big crumbles of bacon and you have a lunch option that you actually want to eat.  Win-win.

Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

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Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Brown Butter and Pecans

Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Brown Butter and Pecans

This isn’t just a chocolate chip cookie.

Let me rephrase that.  Saying just a chocolate chip cookie is somewhat disparaging to chocolate chip cookies.  A chocolate chip cookie can be the epitome of what a cookie should be.  So I’ll say it this way: This isn’t your typical chocolate chip cookie.  This cookie is so chock full of chocolate, pecans, and flecks of browned butter that it was all I could do to stop myself from shoving teaspoonfuls of the batter into my already chocolate-stained mouth.  (Ok, I didn’t stop myself. Lots of dough was harmed in the making of these cookies.) Continue reading

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Spinach, Mushroom, and Feta Crustless Quiche

Mushroom, Spinach, and Feta Crustless QuicheYou may have noticed that I don’t have a whole lot of breakfast recipes around here.  It’s not that I have anything against breakfast, or that I don’t like to cook it.  It is true, however, that I have no interest in things like blueberry cheesecake stuffed french toast or cinnamon roll pancakes with cream cheese-butter-maple-syrup icing. Those things sounds delicious, but, in all honesty, I think if I ate them for breakfast I think I would either pass out from the sheer force of sugar or, at the very least, not make it til  nap time.

Mushroom, Spinach, and Feta Crustless Quiche

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Brie, Bacon, and Red Onion Burgers

DSC_0265It’s been a particularly frigid winter in the Chicago area, with lots of days spent inside drinking tea and dreaming of summer.  A frequently recurring daydream around here involves the smell of burgers on the grill with a cold beer in hand, lounging around in the backyard. Unfortunately, burgers on the grill are just not going to happen anytime soon.  When we start getting a little forlorn at this prospect, these burgers come to the rescue.  They’re easy to put together without the help of a charcoal grill, and are so flippin’ delicious that it blows memories of Labor Day barbecues away. Continue reading

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Pretzel Rolls

Pretzel RollsIs there anyone who doesn’t love a pretzel roll? To me, the perfect pretzel roll is flavorful, light and fluffy on the inside, with a dark brown, chewy (but not crisp) crust, and a hefty sprinkle of salt on top.  All the best parts of a really good pretzel, but with the versatility and unfussiness of a bun or roll.  They’re easy enough to find in a grocery store these days, but with a few exceptions, they are pretty unremarkable.  Some are too dense, while others are all fluff with no chew to the crust.  Nothing disappoints like the promise of a delicious pretzel roll unfulfilled. Continue reading

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