Sail Away

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My first trip to Chicago was fantastic – spending time with my family, soaking up the vibe of such a huge city, and being able to watch my brother graduate from naval boot camp were all great experiences. I had never taken a food tour before, but I highly recommend it as a way to discover “off the beaten path”…

Scallops with Mango & Cherry Tomatoes

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I’ve been experimenting with recipes that incorporate scallops because it’s a dish I find very challenging.  I love ordering them at restaurants, but never seem to be able to recreate the same tastes in my own kitchen.  Last night, I made scallops with cherry tomatoes and mango using this recipe by Bal Arneson.  I was excited when I first discovered…

Weekend Wrap

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With the media frenzy surrounding the high Mississippi water levels and the general unease that seems to inundate (no pun intended) the city at times like these, the perfect weather this weekend seemed like a much-appreciated reprieve.  Friday evening, I stayed in for a cozy “Dinner and a Movie” night (Cyrus was an interesting watch).  The better part of Saturday…

Weekend Wrap

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In my opinion, weekends were created specifically for indulging, and we’ve done more than our fair share over these last couple of days. Friday night was Date Night and my first experience at Ralph’s on the Park, which is in such a mood-boosting locale overlooking City Park. (Also, the disgruntled shrimp appetizer is to-die-for!) Saturday afternoon, we took some friends…