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bourbon lift
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07 Mar Coffee Liqueur and the Bourbon Lift

I don’t have very much free time, but in my leisure I enjoy reading various cocktail/beer/spirits blogs and especially fancy watching cocktail videos. As I stumbled my way through the internet wormhole I came across a fantastic online publication from Element Collective in Chicago, entitled Rabbit Hole Magazine. From food, drink, design, travel, music, sport and culture they have you covered. What’s more is that their content is spot on and concise. The aesthetics make me blind with envy…

Easy Homemade Oatmeal Almond Soap at Chasing Delicious. Homemade by @rvank.
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06 Mar Homemade Oatmeal Almond Soap

Truly homemade soap is one of those DIY projects that not only takes a very long time, but could potentially harm you. Not the best introduction to a do-it-yourself  project, eh? Well, that’s why I’m showing you this super-easy, half-homemade soap recipe first. This is the boxed-cake version of homemade soap, and it skips the month-long, potentially skin-eating, stage of soap making, and skips straight to the fun, add-your-own-scents-and-ingredients stage. While I do plan to…

Wintertime Cioppino at Chasing Delicious. Recipe by @rvank.
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05 Mar Wintertime Cioppino

Rich, flavorful, and packed with seafood. Chock full of delicious seafood and rich flavor, this San Franciscan seafood stew is perfect for those last cold days of winter. Cioppino is a San Francisco tradition and this one is made even more special with a few additions.  As winter continues to fade away, and the warmth of spring slowly replaces it, hearty dishes find themselves pushed aside. That’s where cioppino is perfect. It is a mix of…

Kitchen 101 Pasta at Get more kitchen tutorials at @chasedelicious.
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04 Mar Kitchen 101: Pasta

  Have you ever stood in the pasta aisle at the grocery store and thought to yourself, “why are there so many damn pasta shapes?” If so, you’re not alone.  But before I answer that question (hint: the answer is sauce – spoiler alert), let’s look at where pasta came from, and what makes up pasta.   What is Pasta Pasta is, at its most basic, a kneaded mixture of flour and water. Pasta, at…

Blood Orange and Cinnamon Vanilla Tartlets at Chasing Delicious. Recipe by @rvank.
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03 Mar Blood Orange & Cinnamon Vanilla Tarts

Hints of cinnamon, blood orange, and vanilla. These little tarts bring together my favorite flavors of the season. Perfect for a special dessert, or a guilty-pleasure breakfast, these tartlets are packed with layers of flavor and texture.   With each new season comes change. As seasons linger, we often find ourselves waiting and hoping for that change. We count the days, watch the weather, plan for far away days, and wonder what will soon be…

Bacon Cheddar Biscuits at Chasing Delicious. Recipe by @rvank.
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19 Feb Bacon Cheddar Biscuits

   Salty, cheesy, melt in your mouth biscuits . Repeat after me. Bacon, Cheddar. Biscuits. Have these for breakfast, lunch, or along side dinner. It doesn’t get much better than this   We all know how it goes. Bacon rules. It is king of all, unchallenged leader of the blogosphere. It is simply, and undeniably, fantastic.   So, here I present to you some delicious cheddar biscuits with our good friend, bacon, thrown in. Because as the old…

Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies at Chasing Delicious. Recipe by @rvank
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17 Feb Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies

 Massive, sweet, and filled with huge chocolate chunks. What’s better than a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe? A classic chocolate chip cookie recipe that’s been enlarged. Good luck fitting these suckers into a glass a milk.   It’s no secret that I love chocolate chip cookies. At any given moment, there is likely at least one jar filled to the brim with them in my Kitchen. Sometimes though, I like to think outside the jar, with…

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13 Feb Haute Dogs – The Chicago Dog

Haute Dogs is in stores April 29th. Visit the Haute Dogs page at Quirk Books.  If you’re dying to reserve a copy now, you can head over to Amazon where it is up for presale! It’s available as an ebook as well. If you’d like a copy to review of Haute Dogs, you can reach out to Eric Smith, Marketing & Social Media Manager at Quirk Books  (eric at quirkbooks dot com).  I’d love y’all’s help spreading the word about this amazing project….

Chicken Minestrone at Chasing Delicious. Recipe by @rvank
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10 Feb Chicken Minestrone

Loaded with ingredients, packed with flavor, and healthy as healthy gets. This fully loaded chicken minestrone, or 27 ingredient minestrone as I like to call it, is perfect for those cold, rainy days. Slide your spoon into this soup and try to get a little bite of everything.   Hiding behind frost-framed windows, weary eyes peer out over the icy white. What few dry logs remain are collected, stacked, and lit in a charred, dirty…

The Snow White at Chasing Delicious: Cocktails. Recipe by Alessio Fangano
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06 Feb The Snow White

Milk is one of the most stable natural emulsions we can find in our pantry. Its ample versatility is only second to what we can do when we break said emulsion. Milk is mainly composed by three elements: protein, fat, and water; how they combine is quite fascinating. The fat, in form of droplets, is emulsified into the watery phase like in regular a vinaigrette, but where the magic happens is in the protein phase….