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Going Bananas

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We’re fitting in one last BBQ of the summer season. We’re lucky that it’s beautiful weather here in Chicago, so it’s perfect for spending a weekend outside. Here are some dessert ideas for casual outdoor entertaining, on a banana theme.

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Monkey Business

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While we were at the Chicago Food and Wine Festival last weekend (official recap here) we came across The Infinite Monkey Theorem wine. This was served in cute little cans featuring the cheeky primate in the picture above.

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Sunday Sweets

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Sundays are for Sharing - TitleWe were at the Chicago Food and Wine Festival last night, at the Last Call event featuring some of Chicago’s finest pastry chefs. (Wow!) So today I’m inspired to share some sweet treats, so that you in turn can share some sugar with friends. – The perfect accompaniment to a Sunday lunch.

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Friends, Waffles, Work

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It’s National Waffle Day today, in honor of the first waffle iron patent being issued on August 24, 1869. So we’ve been eating waffles for a long time. I came across this quote and thought it was perfect for today. Leslie Knope (Parks and Recreation) will always amuse.

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Belgian Chocolate

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Today is Belgium’s National Day. We’ve visited the coutry twice and my memories include flavorful beer served in traditional bars, and impossibly decadent chocolate served at breakfast. This day prompts me to share my favorite chocolate spread – again! (I previously mentioned it here.)

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Mondavi Menu

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2015-07-10 Lauren Lunch 1Yesterday I took lunch to a friend’s house. My friend is pregnant and required to take it easy, so it was a nice opportunity to pay back some of the good will I received during my pregnancy. I opted for a quiche and made a couple of salads from one of my favorite recipe books: Annie and Margrit – Recipes and Stories from the Robert Mondavi Kitchen.

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Chocoholic Celebration

Today is Chocolate Day. I came across some interesting facts in recognition of the occasion at For the Love of Chocolate. These are both fascinating and disturbing… Did Belgium really make a chocolate flavored postage stamp? And do we truly eat 100 pounds of chocolate as a nation every second?

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