Project Purge the Pantry

Our family is gearing up for a conservative 2019. Jeff started a new business this past year and I’m looking for work. Which means we need to pinch pennies and make good choices! We are becoming increasingly mindful of “waste” and surplus. Lights are off – the heat turned down – extra blankets added to…

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Cold Pressed Orange + Thyme Syrup

I love craft cocktails.  There is something so lovely about being handed a drink that is infused with fresh fruits and herbs.  It elevates the entire beverage and can set events apart from others. Last summer, I attended a stunning farm dinner at Heritage Prairie Farm in Elburn, Illinois where my husband (Jeffers) and I…

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Fave: Tis’ Pumpkin Spice Latte Season

In 2003, following a successful venture into “seasonal” holiday drinks – Starbucks revealed a fall drink – and the Pumpkin Spice Latte (also known as ‘PSL’) was born. 15 years later, just because Starbucks created the ‘original’ does not necessarily mean it has the best PSL on the market…or does it? Along with a few ‘celebrity’…

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Stone Mountain Fried Chicken

I was born in Brooklyn, New York (this makes me a “Yankee”) but spent my formidable years in the south (Georgia and coastal Carolina). During my southern tenure – I picked up a few souvenirs – specifically: a lingering accent and the ability to say “y’all” like a native; a love for Friday night football…

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Shorty’s Short Ribs

When the temps in Chicagoland are sub-zero, it is time to snuggle up inside with a glass of red wine and a hearty meal.  I love making short ribs in the winter.  First, short ribs are easy to prepare.  Second, once all of the ingredients are in the “pot” – there is very little work…

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Anna’s Stuffed Shells: Just what the Doctor Ordered.

I live in the suburbs of Chicago.  Which means that six months out of the year it is friggin’ freezing.  I mean cold.  If you are not from Chicago – take whatever you think is cold and multiply it by 100.  That’s how cold it is here. People from Alaska and other “upper regions” do…

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Chocolate Chunk Christmas Cookies

In this post, Faith Family Fete author Cat Battista discusses her love for “one tough cookie” – the beloved chocolate chunk. Cat puts a seasonal twist on her classic chocolate chunk recipe just in time for Christmas!

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Emeril’s Homemade Stock Recipe: A Must for any Serious Home Cook.

My husband (Jeffers) is a ferocious cook.  He was raised in a house where gourmet cooking was introduced at infancy.  My mother-in-law is the Yoda of home chefs.  My two sister-in-laws are also extremely talented.  As a person who “married into” the Battista clan of culinary geniuses – I count my blessings at every family…

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Fave: Geneva French Market

Almost every Sunday after church – Jeff and our army of kids descend upon the “French Market” in downtown Geneva, Illinois.  This is not your typical farmer’s market.  The French Market is special.  If you are a resident or visiting the Fox Valley – then going to French Market is a must.  I promise you…

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Last Minute Mom: Vampire Sun Butter Marshmallow Apple Teeth

For all of you busy moms out there – you know what I’m talking about.  It’s the night before Halloween.  It’s late.  You’re exhausted.  You’ve been up since 4:45 a.m. being a domestic goddess, perfect wife, mother and excellent employee.  All you want is to kick back with a coffee cup of wine and watch…

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