M&M cookie bars

Just absolutely perfect for the holidays, especially since red and green M&Ms* are sold separately from the other colors. Let’s get into it: The Recipe: 1/2 cup (one stick) softened butter 3/4 cup brown sugar 3/4 cup white sugar 2t vanilla 2 eggs 2 1/4 cups flour 1t baking soda 1t salt 1 cup mini…

Beef and broccoli

Just like mom used to make! Just kidding, she’s Polish. This is just like your favorite takeout. It takes 15 minutes and is so tasty. Let’s get into it: The Recipe: 1 pound ribeye, sliced extremely thinly against the grain* 1/2 of a small yellow onion, thinly sliced 3 scallions sliced on a bias (use…

Avocado grapefruit salad

I was introduced to this lettuce-less salad by my friend Laura and have never looked back. It’s the perfect mix of rich avocados, acidic grapefruit, salty Parmesan, crunchy sunflower seeds, spicy jalapeño, and bright cilantro. Let’s get into it: The Recipe: 2 ripe avocados, cubed 1 grapefruit, segmented 1/3 cup red onion or shallot, chopped…

Salsa verde

Homemade salsa is quite easy, it just takes some basic tips. That’s why I’m here! Use this as a start and tweak it to your liking. Also this recipe makes a lot of salsa, but it freezes so very well and lasts basically forever. Let’s get into it: The Recipe: 10-15 tomatillos, husks removed 2-3…

Pozole

Pozole is classically made with pork, but I had a ton of leftover chicken thighs from Thanksgiving, leading me to believe you can make this hearty stew with any meat that can shred. Let’s get into it: The Recipe: 1 white or yellow onion, chopped 2 cloves of garlic, chopped 4 leaves of kale, chopped,…

Brussel sprouts salad

It’s winter…and it’s easy to dive into a bowl of pasta or an entire pizza because that shit is comforting. But this salad hits the spot if you’re in the mood to feel good about what you eat after you eat it (and there is no judgement if you’re in the mood to eat an entire…

Mexican chocolate brownies

So, true Mexican chocolate is made with cinnamon and piloncillo (pee-lone-SEE-yo): a grainy, minimally-processed sugar. If you’re adventurous and want to use it, see my note* at the bottom of the page. If you’re looking for an easier way to make brownies, just follow this. Let’s get into it: The Recipe:  1 cup butter (2…

Squash, cranberry, and pecan stuffing

Even though the Millennium Park tree is lit, there are lights going up left and right, and on *certain* radio stations there is Christmas music….Thanksgiving hasn’t happened yet. If you need a delicious take on the traditional stuffing, make this sweet, savory, and scrumptious recipe that easily feeds 8 people. Let’s get into it: The…