Raising a Puppy: Part 3

Getting the House Ready and Homemade Treats: Once you’ve found your new puppy friend, there’s so much to organize before you can bring them home.   On the night before we went to see our “potential” little sazerac, I cleaned the kitchen like crazy. I took everything off the counters, and set a jar of homemade puppy treats (recipe below)…

My Summer Rosé: Txakoli Rosado

House wines are great ways for restaurants to feature a lesser known grape, better deal, or a manager’s favorite wine. Why not apply these same concepts to your home when entertaining? I love knowing that I have a couple bottles of my favorite rose on hand for unexpected evening parties on the porch, or for that time you completely forgot…

Secrets to Effortless Entertaining

Secrets to effortless entertaining: 1: Keep wine on hand. A few bottles in a cool, dry spot, a rose always chilled, and a bottle of sparkling for unexpected special occasions will make you a great host. 2: Buy yourself some flowers! Don’t wait to receive flowers to decorate your home. Instead get in the habit of picking some up when…

Raising a puppy: Part 2

Part 2: Picking a puppy! When we decided to get a dog a lot of factors came into play. First, this is my first dog, so I wanted a dog that would respond gently and well to training. Second, I wanted to have a dog that was well raised during the first few weeks and with information about the parents.…

Raising a Puppy: Part 1

My little nugget Sazerac turned 8 months old this week! Raising and training her has been a big task as she is my first dog, ever. I wanted to share some advice and systems I put in place, mostly during the early months to teach her. Raising a dog can be really overwhelming. The first night she cried for 12…

Tips for Collecting Vintage Cookbooks

I’ve been building up my vintage cookbook collection for a while now. I love opening an old book and finding all these forgotten recipes. Plus, who can resist 1,000 examples of jello salad? Here are my tips for building a vintage cookbook collection: 1: Keep in mind the style of books you enjoy. I’m biased towards 20’s, 40’s, 60’s, and…

Elixir of GOOD HEALTH!

This spring I’ve been having a lot of fun finding more ways to bring more health into my daily routine. I’ve found yoga to be much easier to stick to as a routine if I give myself the accountability to keep my good friend Rachel up to date on how my practice has been going. A simple thumbs up on…

Deep Dish Pizza

A while back, we made an evening of making two big deep dish pizzas, stuffed with all the best fillings Chicago Style pizzas are good for. I’m a big fan on thin crusted, wood fire pizzas, but after taking on this project, a good deep dish pizza may be an equal rival. I’ve gained much more respect for this style…

Thai Lettuce Wraps With Peanut Sauce

Thai Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce:  Peanut Butter Sauce: -1/4 tbs peanut butter -2 tbs fish sauce -1/4 cup ginger sesame salad dressing -3 tbs crushed peanuts -1 clove garlic minced -2 tbs sesame/sunflower oil   Prepare the chicken by cutting into small pieces. Stir half of the peanut sauce in with the chicken pieces and let marinate for 1…