• February 20
    Ginger Sticky Toffee Pudding
      It began with a simple question:  "Hey Mom, have you ever put together a list of your favorite children's books?"  As a matter of fact, I hadn't... which seems odd, because I have been obsessed with children's books since I...
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  • February 17
    Chocolate Speculoos Ice Cream Cake
    For the second part of my Belgian Feast, I offer you this Belgian-inspired ice cream cake.  I'm currently crushing on ice cream cakes in every possible form.  Have you ever experienced the joy of a Shake Shack Concrete?  To...
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  • February 17
    Beef Carbonnade
    When I think of Belgian food, happy images of chocolate, beer, waffles and frites start dancing in my head.   And then, my thoughts meander to the seriously excellent food at one of our favorite local restaurants - Et Voilà....
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  • February 15
    Inspiration from My Internet Wanders...
    Snow, snow and more snow.  Yikes.  And dear Lord it's cold - current wind chills: 10 below.  This Childe Hassan pic I took during last months visit to the Art Institute of Chicago seems to sum up our winter (minus the...
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  • February 14
    Chocolate Banana-Walnut Crumb Cake and a Giveaway
    I believe those of us who love to cook are deeply generous people - we want to make others happy by sharing the wondrous creations that come out of our kitchens.  We're hopeless pleasers who fret if we think...
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  • February 13
    Cherry-Walnut Linzer Cookies
    Today I’d like to share a love story with you. During the darkest days of World War II, a young and beautiful woman from Vienna took refuge in the mountains of Western Austria, and found work in a small radio...
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  • February 10
    Blood Orange, Pineapple and Cranberry Smoothie
    I've been struggling with a bad case of grumpy for 24 hours or so.... Really for no good reason, other than it is cold and grey and dark and February. (I suppose the fact that one of my children crunched...
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  • February 4
    Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup with Goat Cheese and Toasted Hazelnuts
    If you follow me via Instagram, you will have noticed that I spent last weekend wandering the museums and eating my way through one of my favorite cities - Chicago.  What should have been a two-day visit turned into...
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