Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

I found myself down the internet rabbit hole of asparagus history today. I guess I got lost in the poetry of food which is quite easy for me. Imagine plates and table settings as edible literature. Back when Shakespeare was drawing breath and contemplating how to tug at our heartstrings people were in the markets…

Camarones a la Mexicana

I’m on week two of “sheltering in place” while working from home. During my downtime I have been making it a point to close my laptop, put my phone on DND, disconnect from the news updates, and just cook. Most of us are relying upon the powers of our pantries. Rice and beans reign supreme…

Lemon Garlic Pasta with Salmon

When life gives you lemons, make Lemon Garlic Pasta! The world is so loud that its quiet. Self quarantines, empty shelves in the grocery stores, restaurants/businesses closed, streets void of footsteps and accustomed city lights and sounds. We are spinning on our axles and heels in unexpected directions but making the best of it. This…

Sweet Potato Bisque with Bacon & Scallops

It is February and winter is finally showing her true nature. Although I joke that I imagine myself being in a snow globe as I look at the fluffy snowflakes I still think of warmth. Warm blankets, warm socks, warm embraces, and warm flavors. A house warmed by not only the heat but the work…

I ❤ City Girl Cook Tote

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. This canvas tote bag is great for carrying around school, the office, or shopping. It is durable and easy to wash. Get one as a gift for your Valentine or Galentine. xoxo

Berry Clafoutis

I love that brunch can be anything you make it. Over the weekend I slept in and woke up to greet the sun around 11 am. I wanted something sweet to pair with a few strips of crispy bacon and a savory omelette. After considering the expected, I thought outside the pancake box and settled…

Loaded Corn on the Cob

Who recalls that feeling of gripping corn on the cob with two hands to get a hearty bite? Hello, my name is Midwestern Girl and I miss summer. While walking to work this morning I noticed the frozen patches of ice, the damages of salt, the grayness of the sky, everyone rushing in their bundles…

Rustic Honey Lemon Pepper Chicken

Someone recently told me that chicken breasts are boring. {PAUSE} When have breasts ever been boring?! Perky or seasoned. Lemon pepper seasoning is one of my favorites and a telltale sign of a Chicago City Girl. It is the equivalent of kitchen fairy dust. Armed with a little homemade magic and a few ounces of…

Cajun Penne with Andouille Sausage & Shrimp

In my kitchen I have a menu vision board. Its a guide of sorts for me. I use the board to scribble proteins or flavor profiles I want to cook in the coming days. This month I scribbled Lamb, Andouille Sausage, and Scallops. Considering the finesse that goes into lamb and scallops, the fact that…