Kitchen Tools

An Indoor Grill Without the Smoke

August 1, 2017 Sara Haas

Product reviewed: Avance Collection Indoor Grill by Phillips Sometimes this girl just needs to grill, and that can be a tall order when you live in Chicago! Winters here can be brutal and, since I live in

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“Nutrify” That Dish! Spotlight on Cheeseburgers

July 7, 2017 Sara Haas

Cheeseburgers are delicious! There’s something magical about that ground beef patty when it’s been lovingly grilled and topped with perfectly melted cheese!  Eating it plops us right in our happy place. While there’s no shame

May-June 2017

Fig , Prosciutto and Goat Cheese Rolls

May 2, 2017 Sara Haas

Inspired by cinnamon rolls, this variation delivers a bit of sweet and savory flavor in every bite. Servings: 20 Serving size: 1 roll (58 grams) Prep time: 2½ hours (includes rising time) Cooking time: 30

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Homemade Ravioli Can Be Easy and Fun

July 1, 2016 Sara Haas

Product Reviewed: Repast Supply Co. 17″ Maple-Walnut Ravioli Rolling Pin Homemade ravioli is delicious, but all of that time spent rolling, filling, cutting and pinching can leave you feeling tired and frustrated — and your kitchen

March-April 2016

Say Cheese to 10 Delicious Hard Cheese Varieties

February 26, 2016 Sara Haas

Nowadays, a world of cheese is as close as the local grocery store or supermarket. With this luxury of convenience, it’s easy to forget all that goes into producing this popular dairy product. Like many

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Buffalo Chicken Wraps

January 27, 2016 Sara Haas

  It’s game time and you need something to serve at your next tailgate or game-viewing event. Your homemade buffalo wings are a huge hit with everyone, but they’re messy and hard to eat. It

January-February 2016

Hazelnuts are the Overlooked Tree Nut

December 18, 2015 Sara Haas

While other continents have cultivated hazelnuts for centuries, North America has a relatively young relationship with them. In the mid-1800s, an English settler planted the first hazelnut tree in the Pacific Northwest. Now, the hazelnut

January-February 2016

Tuna Crispettes

December 18, 2015 Sara Haas

Tuna Crispettes Tuna is tossed with olive oil, fresh thyme, garlic and olives, placed atop toasted whole-wheat baguette and then garnished with feta cheese and baked. Serve as an appetizer, snack or light meal. See

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Make Your Own Trail Mix

December 15, 2015 Sara Haas

The beauty of trail mix is that there is no “right way” to make it. In fact, trail mix can be formulated to suit any taste preference and contain any number of ingredients. Besides being

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Sweet Potato Latkes with Leeks and Sage

December 3, 2015 Sara Haas

“Traditional latkes take a sweeter turn in this version made with sweet potatoes, leeks, sage and allspice.” While latkes are a traditional potato dish eaten during Hanukkah, they are a delightful treat that can be

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Oatmeal Bread Dressing with Bacon and Fresh Herbs

November 16, 2015 Sara Haas

“Sturdy oatmeal bread is soaked in a hearty mixture of eggs, sautéed vegetables, turkey bacon and fresh herbs then baked to make an almost soufflé-like dressing.” Is it “stuffing” or “dressing”? This highly debatable question

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Heirloom Tomato Salad

November 9, 2015 Sara Haas

Simplicity. That’s the magic of in-season produce. Does anything compare to the unassuming brilliance of a sliced tomato at the peak of freshness? Its flavor is so poignant and almost ethereally delicious. Ripe summer tomatoes

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Quinoa Tabbouleh

November 9, 2015 Sara Haas

It’s a side dish. It’s an entrée. It can even be a snack. What is this miracle dish, you ask? It’s quinoa tabbouleh! Tabbouleh is a Middle Eastern grain salad traditionally made with bulgur, or

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Lemony Arugula Pizza

November 9, 2015 Sara Haas

If there was one food I couldn’t live without, it would be pizza. When I was younger I craved cheesy, gooey pizza. My favorite version was from a well-known pizza chain, and let’s just say

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Roasted Mushroom Bruschetta

November 9, 2015 Sara Haas

It’s important to have a go-to appetizer recipe for when company visits. I am talking about the kind of recipe that is not only delicious, but is also a cinch to make. When that recipe