Homemade Pasta Dough

I’ve always been one of those people who is freaked out by their own voice.“Yikes! Is that what I sound like?” Whether it’s reading my work out loud, watching home videos or being on speakerphone, I instantly cringe upon the realization that the voice in my head doesn’t match my voice IRL [in real life]. So, when… More Homemade Pasta Dough

Sweet Potato, Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Stuffed Shells

It’s been a very exciting few days around here at allanabytes! My first published article in Edible Vineyard was posted online [the hard copies should be arriving any day!] and the episode I filmed for Jewel Osco “Chi Town Stories” was also posted online. I knew both of these things would be happening around early November,  but I… More Sweet Potato, Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Stuffed Shells

Milk & Honey’s Avocado & Smoked Gouda Sandwich

I adore exploring the diverse and booming restaurant scene in Chicago. There’s nothing quite like that moment when you realize you’ve found something special. It can arrive in a variety of ways, from the bustling atmosphere, a servers warm smile and accommodating nature, the first sip of a craft cocktail or even a pleasant surprise when the bill arrives. We all… More Milk & Honey’s Avocado & Smoked Gouda Sandwich

Red Wine Spaghetti

When I think back on past Valentines Day, I’m reminded of some hazy memories that involve myself, my couch, a box of chocolates and a big, fat bottle of red wine. While things have been slightly different this past year, I wanted to share a recipe that involves at least one V-day favorite: red wine. However, instead of… More Red Wine Spaghetti

Restaurant Spotlight: Via Veneto

I can’t say no to Italian food. Dipping warm bread in oil. The al-dente handmade noodles. Luscious red wine. The scent of sauteed garlic with onions. Anything with balsamic vinegar. I’m a sucker for all of it and completely embrace my Itali-obsession. So, you probably can understand my excitement when I was invited to try a local family-owned restaurant in the Lincolnwood… More Restaurant Spotlight: Via Veneto

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Maple Ginger Cream Cheese Frosting

I remember the first whoopie pie I ever made. After reading up on what exactly a whoopie pie consists of (it’s the best kind of cross between a slice of cake in cookie form), I knew I wanted to try combining two of my favorite flavors: chocolate and mint. I followed a by-the-book recipe from… More Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Maple Ginger Cream Cheese Frosting