Hudson National Chili

My dad’s friend passed this recipe along from the chef Bourkney at Hudson National Golf Club. I love trying new soups, stews, and chilis because in Chicago you can unfortunately make comfort food for nine months out of the year! This is a tasty recipe that takes advantage of several chilis to enhance the depth […]

Taco Soup

Do you ever feel pulled in too many directions? Sometimes I wish I had just one passion to focus on and give 100%  towards accomplishing full success. I guess life does not usually work that way. I  have too many ideas but not enough hours in the day to accomplish them. Oh well. Such is life. […]

Tropical Fruit Salad

I know it is the dead of winter, but this fruit salad can be made in spite of where you live or what temperature it is outside. It is sure to bring some happiness and thoughts of summer to your family. I made this fun fruit salad for my friend’s baby sprinkle and it was […]

Creamy Potato Soup

The wind is howling outside and the winter is sneaking up quickly in the Chicagoland area. Good news for Bravo TV as I will help increase their viewership now that I am becoming a winter couch potato. Bad news for my BOB stroller and running shoes which won’t be seeing much action I’m afraid until […]

Roasted Pear Salad

Fall is in full swing and if you are like me, you are always looking for a new and seasonal side dish. This is a show stopping salad that is surprising simple to make. I made this for some friends that came over for dinner and I paired it with mini fillet of beef sandwiches with […]

Sweet Corn Soup

I had some dark times while recovering from the stroke I had during my eighth month of pregnancy. The hardest part of the recovery was dealing with stress and anxiety around losing my eyesight and learning to adjust to light sensitivity, extreme fatigue, and loss of vision in the midst of adjusting to having a […]

Tuscan Sausage Barley Soup

I have come to accept that I am a thirty year old mom. The moment hit me when on a road trip this weekend with my husband, two baby girls, and my in-laws. While at the hotel quietly enjoying soft conversation and a glass of white wine while the girls were sleeping in the adjoining […]

Quinoa Vegetable Soup

Happy 4th of July! My head is pounding and I am sore from running a four mile “Freedom Four” run in Glen Ellyn. This run reminded me I need to start training for the half marathon I am running in September. My legs felt like tree trunks and I happily let lots of kids and seniors […]

Quinoa Tabbouleh

Our Peruvian friend, Camila, came to visit us this for a quick visit after she finished college and before she started her summer internship. We love her family and enjoy any chance to see them, no matter how short the visit. Tonight was a big family cookout and I made this dish to serve alongside prime New […]

Grilled Steak Salad

My dad is doing this diet where you eat 5oo calories one day and then eat normal the  next day and then alternate  back and forth. He is always trying to loose those few extra L Bs. Whatever happened to healthy eating everyday Franko? To his credit, he HAS lost a significant amount of weight […]

Strawberry Poppyseed Salad

This is my favorite summer salad. The French farmer’s market opened this week in downtown Wheaton and I can’t wait to buy fresh strawberries for this salad. I combine spinach leaves, soft goat cheese, juicy strawberries, and slivered almonds in a large bowl and toss with a sweet poppyseed dressing. If I am in the […]

Tuscan Bean Soup

Yum! My house smells like garlic. I know I should be outside grilling today because it is finally 70 degrees but I had this recipe on my list to make this week and it’s a healthy weeknight dinner. This soup is silky and satisfying with hints of sage and garlic. Blending part of the soup […]

Hearty Cream of Chicken Soup

The cream of chicken and wild rice soup that I posted a few months ago is one of my most requested recipes. But, I think this chicken soup recipe will become just as popular. Chicken soup seems easy, but developing the proper depth of flavor can be tricky. This recipe has a few techniques that […]

Meditteranean Barley Salad

This salad reminds me of summer so posting it on this cold day seems appropriate. Barley is high in fiber and is a grain that helps lower cholesterol. It is fantastic for adding into soups and in this case, makes a wonderful and nutritious salad. To make this salad for a busy weekday, I bought pre-cut […]

Dynamite Chili

Tomorrow will be day 2 of my district schools being closed down for extreme cold temperatures.  My poor nanny’s car wouldn’t start this morning. My left hand is cramping like an old person with arthritis and my girls haven’t left the house in 2 days. On the positive, Starbucks launched a new beverage called the […]

4 Step Winter Minestrone Soup

Homemade minestrone seems intimidating especially when you use dry beans that you have to soak ahead of time before even making the soup. When it comes to soup, making it from scratch does take time, but most of the time is waiting for things to simmer. The actual cooking part isn’t overwhelming if you just […]

Pear & Cranberry Chopped Salad

I made this for Thanksgiving to serve along my family’s classic meal of turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, parker house rolls, and corn casserole. This salad has a wonderful blend of sweet and salty. The sweetness comes from the dressing, cranberries, and pears. The salty comes from the nuts and blue cheese. It is beautiful to […]

Warm Winter Lentil Soup

My whole family is in Arizona and are enjoying sun and warm weather. Here in Chicago it’s 27 degrees and it snowed all day today. Not to complain, but I am feeling left out and jealous. Oops I think I just did complain. In an attempt to make  my family jealous of me, I made an […]