• July 27
    Corn and Barley Salad with Walnuts, Feta Cheese, and Basil
    At the local farmer's market last weekend, I loaded up my bags with a ridiculous amount of produce.  Peaches and berries and peppers and onions and greens and melons and lots and lots of corn.  Really, I completely lost...
  • July 20
    10 Reasons to Love Rome
    To me, Rome will always be magical.  Chaotic, fascinating, exasperating, and steeped in history, it never ceases to amaze.  I first visited as a wide-eyed teenager on my first European holiday, "studied" for a semester (life lessons included where...
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    July 13
    M&M Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches
    Last night, we hosted for dinner a family which has just returned from three years overseas.  As their boys are elementary school-age, we had the perfect excuse to pull out the legos, nerf guns and swords, and water pistols...
  • July 12
    Coco Snowcone Cocktail
    This icy wonder has become our signature cocktail of the summer at House Morell. I'd been dreaming of sharing this breezy beachy wonder since sampling it at Chicago's La Sirena Clandestina in May.  It transports me to the shore (if I...
  • July 6
    Four Awesome Empanada Recipes
      Happy July all! I've been off romping around Italy for a few weeks.  It was a magical, wonderful "best vacation ever" filled with amazing meals, explorations, hikes, and simply perfect weather.  I can't wait to tell you all about it...
  • June 23
    Summer Ice Cream!
    Summer + Ice Cream = Happiness.  It's elementary. I'm exuding happiness at this very moment my friends.  I visited the orthopedic doc yesterday, and the broken ankle isn't as bad as we initially thought.  All it needs is a brace,...
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    June 22
    Four Great Summer Cocktails
    It's the first week of summer vacation, and I've managed to fracture my ankle.  It somehow seems fitting that I sustained the injury while entertaining.  Seriously.  The ankle rolled and popped quite spectacularly while I was simply walking down...
  • May 28
    Souffléd Manchego, Pancetta, and Carmelized Onion Quiche
    Let's talk quiche, my friends. I felt the need to whip up some sunny comfort food to welcome the holiday weekend.  It's been a rough week. (No worries, all better now, mostly.  It's the weekend.)  As my idea of comfort...