Best Taco Seasoning…Ever!

Last year for my birthday – some friends bought me spices from: The Spice House. The seasoning was not like any other I had ever had – but I instantly thought “I want to eat this every day.” I love just about everything hot and spicy, but this taco seasoning – even though it was not hot at all – it was amazing (it is the cinnamon that makes it).

If you are looking for a gift for someone – check out The Spice House and especially the Taco seasoning.

Next up? I am going to try making their pickle recipe.

New Favorite Pizza Recipe

I love pizza, tomatillos, goat cheese, and bacon. This recipe has all – and it is absolutely fantastic. Looking for an awesome new pizza recipe that you will love?

One bite in and I already had it in my mind this would be the next recipe my friends/family would expect me/want me to have at gatherings.

Thanks Rick Bayless for another great recipe!

Great Food: Chicken Shawarma with Tomato Cucumber Relish and Tahini Sauce

Over the weekend we were watching our local Chicagoland chef and TV show host Jeff Mauro on his show “Sandwich King”. As soon as we saw the show – we decided we had to try his latest recipe:
Chicken Shawarma with Tomato Cucumber Relish and Tahini Sauce. Everyone loved it and I was super excited to have more for lunch the next day (what little was left over).

This is a great sandwich.

  • The chicken alone is fantastic.
  • Who doesn’t love a warm pita?
  • The relish was super fresh

I could barely hold myself back from eating too much. I cannot wait to have this again in the very near future.

Best Marinade: Liquid Gold

I love Mexican and in the past few year I have spent most weekends using the slow cooker, grill, or oven to roast something that fills our house with some amazing aroma thanks to Rick Bayless. One of my favorites though is something I found by watching one of his TV show episodes (Mexico – One Plate at a Time With Rick Bayless) a few years ago. The recipe: Slow Roasted Garlic Mojo – aka liquid gold.

The recipe is easy to follow and your entire house will smell like roasted garlic for at least a day or two (which for me – is fantastic). I enjoy this for a fantastic chicken marinade and let’s face it – it is amazing on pretty much anything (even some fresh bread).

If you love garlic and want to make your next meal special – give this recipe a shot!

One of the Best Finds in 2012

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I never would have thought about touching this stuff until this past fall when everyone I was with at a party was appalled that I had never tried it. One bite and I was instantly transformed into a fan. If you are ever in Chicago and get an Italian beef sandwich – make sure to ask for it!

Trick or Treating for All

Yesterday we took the kids trick or treating on our block and the next block. Although I am not a huge fan of Halloween – it was a nice time. The kids had fun and we actually had fun as well.

We got to meet some of the neighbors and walked around with some friends. Some of our neighbors really get into it with crazy decorations, music, dressing up, etc. One house we went to handed out candy to kids, then he had a margarita machine, jelly shots, and beer for adults.

Hopefully next year will be as fun!

Favorite Fall Snack

It is fall, candy corn is in all the stores…and eating it seems like an ok thing to do on occasion. What is better than plain candy corn? Candy corn and Planters dry roasted peanuts mixed together. Never had it? It is a great sweet/salty combo (best enjoyed with exercise and plenty of water)! Enjoy.

Valentine's Day = Lou Malnati's

Heart shaped pizza!

Nothing says Valentine’s Day in my house like Lou Malnati’s Valentine’s Day heart shaped pizza. I look forward to this every year – and every year they do not disappoint. Who needs a fancy dinner/restaurant when you have this?