Merry Christmas And Happy Holidays From My Family To Yours

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Like many of you, 2012 came with a lot of successful times as well as trying times.Family and keeping the family together in love doesn’t come without challenges. This year, I faced a lot of them, to say the least. And there were many times that I thought I wanted...

{video} Healthier Alternatives to Everyday Foods @WCIU_YouandMe

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I was invited to come one of Chicago’s popular morning shows, on the WCIU network on You and Me, This Morning with on the road host, Aly Bockler.Our topic on this segment was Healthier Alternatives to Everyday Foods. At this time of the year, resolutions are in full force and people may...

{lifestyle} Summertime Reflections

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This summer has been pretty brutal in Chicago – and my personal life was no exception.On one hand, SummertimeChi, as we Chicagoans so lovingly call it, is the arguably the best time of the year. After being cooped up inside all winter long (even that was a breeze), and finally...

{TV Appearance} Momma on @WCIU_YouandMe

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Last Tuesday on August 18, 2012, I was invited by on the road reporter, Aly Bockler to come with her on two segments on WCIU’s new morning show, You and Me This Morning.With the Buick and Momma Cuisine French Market Tour coming to an end this Saturday, August 25th at the Chicago French...

{recipes} Live Well, Eat Well: Ode To The Avocado by @NikkiWoods

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Well “ode” may be a bit dramatic but some of my fondest memories are of sitting on the kitchen stool, watching my grandmother neatly slice up an avocado, admiring the cool green color as she tossed it on top of some lettuce, used it as a plate garnishment or smashed it...

{lifestyle} Chef J. Joho of Everest Hosts @NoKidHungry Dinner with Guest Chef Jacques Torres

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Photo Credit: No Kid Hungry, Everest and Jacques TorresChef Joho will host the first annual No Kid Hungry Dinner – Chicago at Everest on September 19, 2012. This spectacular seated dinner features Chef Joho alongside Chef Jacques Torres of Jacques Torres Chocolate in New York.  Together the chefs will prepare a multi-course meal with...

{lifestyle} Interview with @ChefJohnBesh at @Chicago_Gourmet 2012

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Chef John Besh signed copies of his new book, “My Family Table” at this year’s Chicago Gourmet sponsored by Bon Appetit Magazine, and I got an opportunity to chat with him a bit.I asked him about his tips on how to make “Great Everyday Meals”. Watch the video and see...

{lifestyle} SEARS (@Sears) Love/Hate Project Turns Reviews Into Charitable Contributions

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Sears invites customers to give back to their favorite charity by participating in the retailer’s “Love/Hate: Share Your Thoughts, Send Some Love” project. Starting today, customers have the opportunity to review a product in order to vote for one of four charities. The participating charities competing forthe grand prize of $100,000 include the American...

Momma Cuisine Co-Hosting #FoodieChats on Monday, 6/25 at 7/8pm (EST)

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If you’re a foodie, a cook, a restaurant or have any slight interest in food and you’re on Twitter, you also have most-likely have heard or have come across #FoodieChats at one point of another.#FoodieChats is a chat on Twitter founded by Steve Green (@steveGOgreen). His love and passion of food, as...

{Contributor Recipe} Gluten Free Tequila Salmon Tacos by @ElaineMullowney

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The summertime favorite in my household has quickly become my Gluten Free Tequila Salmon Tacos.My girls would devour these every day of the week if I let them!They are so fast and easy to make, even the little ones can get involved!Enjoy and try this recipe soon!Gluten Free Tequila Salmon TacosIngredientsSauce:In a...

{Giving Back} @ArtizoneChi is Part of the Loop

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It’s no secret how much I adore Artizone.com for bringing local foods from growers and artisans right to my doorstep. Having groceries delivered is one thing, but being able to get food that is sourced locally is so much better!What’s even better is that Artizone.com is giving back to the Chicago community...

{lifestyle} @Equinox Gym Is Taking It To The Farmer's Market

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Called the “Top American Club” by Conde Nast, Traveler Magazine and “The Temple of Well-Being” by the New York Times, Equinox gym is more than just a gym. It’s a lifestyle.As the summer brings on an abundance of outdoor activities, Equinox is taking exercising  to the Gourmet Farmer’s Market in Highwood, Illinois. In conjunction...

{Trib Local} Market Visit: Lemon Tree Grocer (pics)

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Lemon Tree Grocer is located on 935 West Burlington Avenue in Downtown Downers Grove and opened it’s doors in August 2010.I first heard about Lemon Tree through Twitter last year. As someone who sincerely enjoys perusing through markets, I was interested in finding out more about this market and their full-service...

{recipe} Blueberry Green Tea Matcha Smoothie

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Like many busy moms, eating a healthy breakfast is usually last on my list of things to do on a hectic weekday morning. Packing lunches, making sure each kid has brushed their teeth, and a million other things crosses my mind…not breakfast.As mothers, thinking of our families well-being before ourselves comes with...

{Trib Local} Artizone.com helps Chicagoans support local growers and food artisans

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All photos courtesy of Artizone.comSupporting local food artisans and farmers are on the forefront of many people’s minds…I know it is on mine! But for a “typical” busy American family, although eating locally is a good idea, it may not be as easy or appealing as it sounds.While pregnant with my...

{Trib Local} Market Visit: Mitsuwa Marketplace (pics)

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Gourmet cooks and wanna-be's alike, should never be intimated of the Asian market. The thought of walking in a place where people speak little English is one of the biggest worries. Other's complain of seeing "weird" ingredients. What's weird in my book are those who stock their pantries with boxes...

{Momma Cuisine Show} A Taste of Season 2

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When I first began my journey as Momma Cuisine, I simply wanted to share my love of food and cooking, and chronicle my experiences in my blog. Through the process, I have rediscovered my long lost love of writing, particularly food writing, which was what I went to college for at...

{lifestyle} Sonoma in the City Chicago

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Sonoma in the City recently came to Chicago’s favorite wine bar and restaurant, Bin 36 on 339 North Dearborn Street led by Chef John Caputo, to showcase nothing else but the fabulous wines of Sonoma County, California.  With about 52 wineries present at the event, it is truly a wine enthusiast and experts...

{Trib Local} Morton’s Steakhouse Winemaker Dinner Series with Peter Mondavi of Charles Krug Winery (pics)

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On the evening of March 3, 2012, Morton’s Steakhouse on 65 East Wacker Place along with Peter Mondavi, Co-Proprietor of Charles Krug Winery, hosted the first of four dinner series in 2012 to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation . This event has been ten years running and a popular (and insiders) draw at Morton’s...

Cooking for Rae (@raelt): Four Burners Going

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Photo courtesy of Rae Lewis-ThorntonMany of you may not know Rae Lewis-Thornton. Rae is a woman I met last summer at the Brands & Bloggers Summitin Chicago.  She was radiant, beautiful, well-spoken and extremely dynamic.During a question and answer session with the panel speakers, I then learned that she was the “Diva Living...