Quick and Easy Chicken Pot Pie with Puff Pastry

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How is it already late January? Usually, the quiet weeks that follow the chaotic holiday season seem to drag on and spring seems like a mirage far off on the horizon. Here in Chicago, we are enjoying the violent extremes of midwestern weather with weeks of sub-zero temperatures punctuated by days in the mid-’50s when even a sweater feels unnecessary. We’re starting to feel cabin fever which makes comfort food all the more necessary.


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Crispy Pan-Seared Brussels Sprouts with Garlic Roots and Panko (In collaboration with The Chef’s Garden)

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The Chef’s Garden in Huron, Ohio is a renowned source of truly world-class produce catering to some of the most well-known restaurants across North America. The sprawling 300-acre farm is run by a family of passionate farmers who produce some of the finest fruits, vegetables, and herbs to be found anywhere in the world. Owned and operated by the Jones family, the Chef’s Garden opened in 1981 and has been growing microgreens, edible flowers, and heirloom vegetables ever since.


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Grilled Tomato Bruschetta

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I have a love-hate relationship with Autumn. I love the colorful fall leaves, cozy sweaters, and hearty stews and soups; but the end of summer also means saying goodbye to my favorite taste of summer, ripe juicy tomatoes.


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An AirBnb Experience at Rolling Hilltop Way in Williamsburg, Michigan

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While living in Europe, Jason and I traveled around a lot and always opted to rent apartments on Airbnb rather than hotel rooms to better experience a slice of local life. Some of the apartments we’ve stayed in were quite basic when we were on a tight budget, but most often we would choose something really nice knowing we were still spending less than we would have on even a modest hotel room.  In Paris we rented a tiny but cozy flat in the city’s narrowest building; in Rome, we had a gorgeous, sunny 15th-century apartment with timbered ceilings; in Strasbourg, we had a roomy one bedroom with a terrace just outside the city center.


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Aerie Restaurant at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Acme, Michigan


Situated atop the tallest building in the Traverse City area, Aerie offers a fantastic view of Grand Traverse bay and an elite dining experience to match. The name Aerie refers to an eagle’s nest, and true to its name, the rooftop offers a high perch attracting eagles and hawks who occasionally swoop by in a flash of shadow.


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Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Acme, Michigan


It’s no secret that I love visiting the Traverse City area. From May-October this area of northern Michigan becomes an irresistible attraction with wineries, breweries, distilleries, restaurants, resorts, golf courses, farmer’s markets, apple orchards, creameries, stables, marinas, antique shops, boutiques, lighthouses, and even a casino.


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Kir Impérial Cocktail


Bastille Day is France’s national holiday commemorating the Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789. The French refer to it as la Fête Nationale, a national celebration of the event, which marked the turning point in the French Revolution. At celebrations held throughout France, revelers will raise a glass to toast the unity of the French people; many of those glasses bearing a variation of the Kir cocktail.


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