Throughout the pandemic, I've been looking for ways to enjoy my favorite restaurant meals at home. Sometimes that means take out and supporting our local businesses, and sometimes that means making my own delicious restaurant inspired budget-friendly meals at...
Oh, how I love Ina Garten. This is not news to anyone into whose home I have brought a potluck item. Her cookbooks are in heavy rotation in my kitchen; their grease-splattered pages lovingly disclose my all-time favorites: roast...
I don't enjoy cooking. I mean, I really don't enjoy cooking. That's how you know these recipes are truly very easy. They take awhile in the oven — that's the only thing to keep in mind; otherwise you'll end...
I think it's safe to say that we're all looking for ways to stretch our groceries a little further, use what we have in the pantry, and keep our kids entertained as we navigate the unknowns of COVID-19 and...
Super Bowl Sunday is upon us! Whether you are a football fanatic or just there for the commercials, this American tradition is a great opportunity for friends to gather and share a meal and some fellowship. Here are few...
Among the many jobs I do as a nonprofit development director, I run large scale fundraising events. Every fall, in the couple of weeks leading up to my organization's biggest fundraising event of the year, I share a conference...
During Hanukkah, I love setting aside a night for a traditional family dinner. In the midst of the noise and busy-ness of December, the table can be a quiet and light-filled space. Depending on the year, however, Hanukkah's timing can...
Last year for Christmas I got an Instant Pot, and it was the highlight of my Christmas! Pot roasts, sweet potatoes, and baked chicken have been some of my favorite tries so far.  I've had a couple of epic...

Uptown Mac and Cheese

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In my estimation, there is no better comfort food than macaroni and cheese. I especially crave it around this time of year when the weather is turning cold and we're spending more time indoors. A friend recently hosted a...
The first time that I had shrimp ceviche was a couple years ago during a trip to central Florida. My very first bite of this delicious dish invoked long lost memories of childhood when I lived on an island...

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Iowa City Area Guide to Family Holiday Activities: 2020 Edition

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As with everything else in this crazy year that is 2020, holiday events – and therefore this holiday guide – will look a bit...