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Fall Sip and Style (Doing what you love)

There’s nothing more fun than brining two passions together to make a fabulous party! Recently my very talented sister-in-law came to Chicago to host a Stella & Dot party at our home. It was such fun see her in action, styling friends and helping them with their new look for fall. Even more fun was providing elegant bites and good wine for all.       I feel so fortunate to be perusing my passion for food and entertaining, and it was pure joy joining forces with my sister-in-law as she did the same as a stylist. She's REALLY good! Here’s the Menu: Italian Lettuce Wraps: Tender rotisserie chicken marinated in honey vinaigrette and tossed with capers, roasted red peppers...

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To the Bride. The Groom. And the Wedding of the Century!

Shortly after catering a political fundraiser in Hyde Park, RR4 received a call from one of the guests the party, asking if we could serve Sunday brunch to friends and family following their daughter’s wedding. I consider this the best form of flattery, knowing someone enjoyed our food so much that they sought us out for their own event. The parents of the bride we incredible. Not only were they a joy to work with, they were just a joy to be around. The father had two very special recipes he asked RR4 to prepare including a spinach and onion frittata, and an incredible Bloody Mary mix. We’re happy to add them to our repertoire! The day of the event...

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Feel-Good Food... and Wine

For several years now, our friends have hosted a fundraising event called Designer Genes. This organization raises money for the National Association for Down Syndrome (NADS). Their mission is to “provide information, resources, advocacy and support to individuals with Down syndrome, their families and their communities.” It’s particularly important to our friends because their youngest daughter Maria was born with Down syndrome. I will never forget coming to visit our friends shortly after Maria returned from the hospital. At the time, the reality of the unexpected was joyful and sad, all in one. They were very open and honest about the surprise and sadness of the situation. But they also sought support and help in those first few months. I remember Maria’s...

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

The second there is a chill in the air, I run to the kitchen and start making soup. I’ll be sharing more recipes, but this is the perfect fall soup: Roasted Butternut Squash Soup. What I love most about this soup is it always reminds me of my best friend and former neighbor, Lourdes. As neighbors, both with two babies, we learned to be moms together – sometimes we succeeded… often times we failed. But we were there every day to hold each other up. Lourdes’ son and daughter are like my own. I’ve fed them, bathed them, scolded them, loved on them and Lourdes did the very same for my two boys. Best of all, our kids are forever...

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Recipe Share: Dijon Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Herb Stuffing

I’ve had several parents on the playground ask to share some of the recipes I feature on my Facebook or Instagram page. This makes me so happy. So, I'm going to start sharing some dinner recipes – some old, some experiments – but only the good ones will make the blog. Note, my cooking FAR outweighs my photography skills. Let’s just say, I wouldn’t post a recipe if it wasn’t absolutely delicious, but for now the photos may not do the recipe justice.  Regardless, I'm happy to share some recipes with my fellow playground parents.  So here’s one I created tonight. It was a hit! I do a lot of pork tenderloin. It’s an inexpensive, low-fat, quick-cook cut of meat. When...

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