Gravlax Salad

There is nothing like a great salad.  Especially one that is great as an appetizer when hosting, but can be an incredible meal all on its own when it’s just you and a loved one.  This very versatile salad can also offer leftovers of the main ingredient for…

5 Easy Summer Entertaining Tips & Recipes

Original post from: Gold Coast Girl If you live in Chicago, then hopefully you too have been enjoying the amazing warm weather we have been having. It makes me extra happy and excited for summer. With warmer temperatures, comes more get togethers with friends and when it comes…

Blackberry Burrata Mint Crostini

Original post from: Fork in the Kitchen Cheers to the school year starting to wine-down! That’s right… school year wine-down! As a teacher, it’s been one loooong one. Even though my school is ending earlier than expected due to construction (YAY!), the last few days are seeming to slither…

Wagyu New York Strip Steak

Steak time!  Nuff said. As always, click on the recipe card below for a 4×6 printable version. Remove the steak from the refrigerator 10 minutes or so before cooking. Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until very hot.  Season the beef with salt and pepper and…

Pasta Carbonara

Wow, where does the time go!?  We are a week away from the official start of summer, and it seems like the last time we had a moment to breathe was just after the holidays!  This recipe couldn’t have come at a better time, as time itself is…

Rack of Lamb with Roasted Spring Vegetables

Spring is in full swing, and Summer is rapidly approaching for those of us on the West Coast.  What better way to celebrate than with an incredibly delicious rack of Lamb with fresh seasonal veggies!  This dish will be great addition to your dinner arsenal for pleasing discerning…

Sangria!

In honor of Oregon Wine Month and tomorrows Cinco de Mayo festivities, we at the office decided to make sangria to celebrate!  Well, let’s be honest, we wanted to make sangria… An old family recipe from El Salvador – that dates back 3 generations – has taught us…