Herbed White Bean Dip with Pita Chips

Herbed White Bean Dip with Pita Chips

Click here for a FREE copy of the "Top 10 MUST-HAVE Kitchen Gadgets"   It’s been a really fun few days for me. I took last Friday and Monday off work and it was so great to have a few extra days to relax and recharge my batteries. On Thursday night I took the train to the city and saw Anthony Bourdain live at the Auditorium Theater. He’s doing a 10 city tour and thankfully Chicago was one of his stops. It was literally just him, a microphone and a bottle of beer on stage for an hour and a half. He’s just the coolest and it was so interesting to hear him talk about his career, his travels, places he’s seen, things he’s eaten, etc. Such an interesting, authentic, cool guy. Love him! Friday I had breakfast with family I hadn’t seen in a while which was so great. After breakfast I took a kickboxing class (owie! but in a good way), got my nails done and went to a concert with friends at Ravinia. It’s a beautiful outdoor music venue and everyone sits on the lawn with picnic blankets, tables, food, wine, etc. I made a white bean dip with fresh rosemary and served it with whole wheat pita chips. The white bean dip is very similar to hummus, which I love, but this is a really nice change of pace. If you like hummus, I highly encourage you to try this dip! I also brought several kinds of cheese, quince paste, salami, proscuitto and crackers. Everyone loved the bean dip so I included the recipe below. I always like...
Our 5 Favorite Food Blogs

Our 5 Favorite Food Blogs

If you’re looking for a new recipe, dinnertime inspiration or cooking tutorials, there’s no shortage of information to be found online. But how do you know if that new recipe really works? Has it been tested? Is it from a trusted source? Here’s a list of my favorite blogs that I’ve come to know and trust over the last couple years. I follow each of these on a regular basis and have made at least one recipe from each site – and they’ve all been great! If you’re not already, be sure to follow me on Pinterest where I pin a lot of my favorite recipes from these and other sites that I love! Pinch of Yum This is the blog that inspired me to start The Krave. The food is enticing, the pictures are beautiful, the writing is warm and funny and the couple behind this uber-popular blog gives a portion of their earnings to charity. What’s not to love? I’m going to a photography seminar taught by Lindsay in September and I can’t wait to see how much my photos will improve after spending two days learning from her! When I get frustrated with my photography (I have a love/hate relationship with taking food photos…it is so much harder than it looks, you guys) I look at Lindsay’s pictures from the very beginning of POY and remind myself that she didn’t start out taking the quality of pictures you see on her site today. It gives me hope! I’ve made several recipes from POY but my favorite is this Chopped Thai Salad with Sesame Garlic Dressing. Talk about yum!...
Casual Summer Entertaining Recipes and Ideas

Casual Summer Entertaining Recipes and Ideas

    Is there anything better than a warm summer night spent outdoors with great friends, food and drink? The grill is fired up, the kids are running around the yard, your friends are relaxed and laughing. There is no mention of work, never ending to-do lists or obligations. Just a chill summer night under the stars. This is the stuff memories are made of. These are the moments in life that really, truly matter. Summer entertaining doesn’t need to be fancy or formal. Quite the opposite, actually. Summer entertaining should be relaxed and low-key and quite often impromptu and unplanned. Here are a few simple, no-fuss recipes to help you pull it all together quickly and easily.   1. Virgin Sangria A sweet combination of grape juice, lemon juice, oranges, apples, strawberries and limes make this virgin sangria a perfectly refreshing drink for a hot summer night. Make a big batch of this virgin sangria for guests of all ages to enjoy and put out some wine for the adults who wish to add it. Just be sure to keep these drinks outside because you don’t want them spilling and staining your house! image via A Teaspoon of Happiness   2. Grilled Pineapple Guacamole If you love guacamole as much as we do, you and your guests will love this fun, summery twist on traditional guacamole. image via Two Peas and Their Pod   3. Texas Caviar  This salad is quick and easy to prepare and it’s great on top of tacos, grilled chicken or fish. Or keep it super simple and serve it with chips and pineapple guacamole. It actually...

Life Lately…

Hi everyone! There are so many exciting things happening that I want to tell you about. First and foremost, I’m so happy to tell you that I’m going to be the new Food Editor at The Everygirl! It’s a part-time position that works perfectly around my full-time job at Weber. If you haven’t been following this lifestyle website, you should be. It’s a great source of information for career-driven women and I am so thrilled to be part of the team. My first article, 5 Culinary School Secrets Every Home Cook Needs to Know, ran last week and we’re working on lots more story ideas. Check it out, comment, share it on social, tell your friends! Shameless self-promtion. 🙂 Things at Weber are crazy busy right now. But in the best possible way, of course! I’m working with the supremely talented, James Beard nominated, NY Times best-selling cookbook author, Jamie Purviance on a new cookbook for Weber. Jamie has written a slew of mouth-watering recipes that I have been testing and editing. We work really hard to make sure our recipes are not only incredibly delicious but also easy to follow, clearly written and foolproof. They are tested and retested multiple times so that by the time the book goes to print we know, without a doubt, that these recipes work. Check out my Instagram feed for a behind-the-scenes look at some of the recipes we’re working on. And last but not least…The Krave! I’ve been thinking long and hard about how to make this the most valuable, enjoyable, informative food blog for you, my dear readers. I will continue...
Life Lately….

Life Lately….

Hello friends, I’m so excited for this weekend – I have two awesome recipes I’ll be working on that will be on the blog next week. A decadent dessert (I’ve got Girl Scout cookies on the brain….hint, hint….) and a comfort food classic. Hopefully the season for comfort food is just about behind us. After a brutally cold February, the temps are supposed to get into the 50’s next week. Hallelujah!! Warning! Shameless self-promotion! Get all of my posts and recipes sent directly to your inbox by subscribing to my blog. Just enter your email address on my homepage. Thank you, thank you, thank you. 🙂 Last week I had dinner at Momotaro, a fantastic new restaurant in Chicago’s Market District and I wanted to share the experience with all 9 of you wonderful readers. If you live in the Chicagoland area, you would be wise to check this place out. Trendy, hot new restaurants are a dime a dozen in Chicago, but this is one of the rare gems whose menu outshines it’s sleek, sexy atmosphere. The modern Japanese menu has both sushi and robata-grilled dishes. We stuck to the grilled options and they were outstanding. From what I saw and what I’ve read, the sushi is equally as good. We had prawns, scallops, smoked bacon and eggs, Wagyu beef tongue, skirt steak and shorts ribs w/ foie gras. For dessert we ate brown sugar ice cream and chocolate sponge cake. I can’t remember the exact descriptions of the desserts and I’m not doing them justice here but they were divine. I was so sad when we took the last bite and I...
What I Learned About Food On My Trip to Spain

What I Learned About Food On My Trip to Spain

Last week my job once again took me out of the kitchen and on the road – or through the air in this case – to the beautiful Basque region of northern Spain. A few colleagues and I went there to visit with one of our suppliers and we were given the royal treatment. My flight left Chicago at 4:30 PM and we landed 8 hours later in Madrid where it was already 7:00 the next morning. I got to watch the sunrise from 40,000 feet at what would have been midnight in Chicago. So cool! After a 4 hour layover in Madrid, another 1 hour flight to Bilbao and a 1 hour drive to San Sebastian I was beyond exhausted, but with scenery this beautiful I couldn’t possibly go to sleep. Besides it was 4:00 in the afternoon so staying awake was going to be the best way to combat jet lag. Our gracious hosts took us on a walking tour through this beautiful city which included plenty of stops for “pinxtos” along the way. We stopped in several bars where there was a wide array of snacks to choose from.       And I don’t mean a bowl of nuts or chips and dip! Baguettes with smoked salmon, whipped cheese and caviar, anyone? How about anchovies, peppers and shrimp?    The ubiquitous Jamon Iberico? Or my personal favorite…sundried tomatoes, caramelized goat cheese, balsamic vinegar and pistachios? Seriously, it was like I had died and gone to foodie heaven. Jamon Iberico is cured ham made from pigs fattened on barley for the first several weeks. Then they are...


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