breakfast sandwich

IMG_3178The breakfast sandwich is tricky. There are endless ways to make one, but one bad ingredient and they can go wrong. I’ve experimented and finally found the perfect combination of ingredients. You’ll want to eat this every morning day and night, I promise.


1 Everything flavored Bagel Thin (toasted)

2 Jimmy Dean’s frozen turkey sausage patties

1 slice of pepper jack cheese

1 fried egg with salt and pepper

1/3 fat Cream Cheese

Frank’s Red Hot to taste

In a pan cook the egg so that the yolk can be broken for dipping. While the egg is cooking, defrost the sausages and toast the bagel thin. The sandwich itself is not hard at all, but the order of the ingredients is key. First on the toasted bottom half of the bagel thin, you put the hot sausages, then the pepper jack cheese so that it will melt. Then when the egg is cooked, place that on the cheese, spread cream cheese on the top half of the bagel thin and add Frank’s red hot to the egg before closing the sandwich together. Break the yolk for dipping and enjoy!



where to drink: Red & White Wine Bar & Shop


In Appleton, WI, my home town, there are restaurants and bars everywhere. Red & White Wine Bar is finally something different. The concept is perfect for girls night, date night, or casual after-dinner drinks. I went to Red & White over winter break and loved everything!

I ordered a glass of Seven Falls Cabernet Sauvignon and the cheese plater. With the cheese plater, you get to pick 3 cheeses from their list of gourmet cheeses and they serve it with toppings. We chose gouda & spiced peppers, bellavitano & pepper honey, and peppadew havarti with pistachios. The presentation was beautiful on a chalkboard plater.


where to eat: Grand Lux Cafe


I spent the weekend in Chicago, IL with some friends for the event I planned for PRSSA (public relations student society of America). We made our way to the windy city on Thursday and explored all weekend until Saturday. One of my favorite things about traveling is trying new restaurants and local eats. Chicago has endless places to try out so we tried as many as we could.

Thursday night we went to a favorite place of mine in Lincoln Park area called Uncle Julio’s. The atmosphere is fun and the food is great. It was a bit pricy for my college-student budget, but the Swirl drinks and margaritas are worth the trip. Endless chips and salsa will get you hooked on this mexican cuisine, and I highly recommend the queso.

Friday evening we planned a group dinner at Giordano’s, a classic Chicago pizzeria. The deep dish pizza was great as always.

Saturday was the best day because we got a chance to explore Michigan Ave. and go shopping. We decided to get lunch at the popular Grand Lux Cafe right off of Michigan Ave. I’ve been told by many that I must go there for the red velvet pancakes, but I didn’t realize the extent of their menu. They have everything you could possible want, and it all has a unique modern twist. The items range from lettuce wraps to pizza and everything in between. My friends and I did a share-style lunch so that we could get a taste of everything!



what’s in season: December Food

Winter is here! And despite the odd warm weather here in Minneapolis, the freezing winter season is still approaching. Healthy eating can be tough when farmer’s markets are closed and the most popular food in grocery stores are cookies, pie, and hot cocoa mixes. Now don’t get me wrong, all of those things bring great holiday spirit, but when it comes to every day foods, there needs to be something more substantial. There are more healthy foods in season than most think.


Veggies in season:

– mushrooms

– broccoli

– garlic

– butternut squash

– rutabaga

– brussels sprouts

– sweet potato

Fruits in season:

– cranberries

– tangerines

– kiwi

– pomegranates

– oranges

Holiday treats don’t seem so bad if you add in some healthy December foods as well. Look for recipes that call for these fruits and veggies to make fresher and tastier winter dishes. Some great dishes could be butternut squash soup, sweet potato fries, stuffed mushrooms, chicken marsala, cranberry bread, or pomegranate glazed chicken.

what to buy: Tomato Basil Soup

When winter hits, I love soup. There is something about a warm bowl of tomato soup that makes any snowy day better. With endless choices of where and what kind of soup to buy, the choices can be tough. With tomato soup, a lot can go wrong. It can’t be too thin, bland, too thick, or over-powering. Through hits and misses, I’ve found my top 3 favorite tomato basil soups that are delicious in every way.

#1 Purple Onion Cafe Tomato Bisque (pictured above with a Minnesota NICE-Tea)

This cafe in Dinkytown is my go-to study spot. With drinks including tea, coffee, hot chocolate and cider, I never get sick of it. It has great food all day including breakfast sandwiches, salads, and this amazing soup.

#2 Lund’s Frozen Tomato Basil Soup

Lund’s and Byerly’s has its own line of frozen products, one of which is soups. The soups are all good, but tomato basil is the best. The second best, in my opinion, is the White Chicken Chili.

#3 Panera Bread Creamy Tomato

Panera Bread is always good, but its soup/salad combo is the way to go. The creamy tomato will warm you up in a second.

Guy Fieri’s new restaurant

While reading the news today, I came upon the reviews of Guy Fieri’s New York restaurant, Guy’s American Kitchen and Bar. I have not been there, but I am a big fan of the show Diners, Drive-in’s and Dives. The show includes Fieri, with his ridiculous hair style and loud opinions, entertaining America by “driving” to locations all across the US in search of great food at different diners, drive-in’s and dives. It disappoints me that the potential for an amazing restaurant went so terribly wrong, according to the New York Times Review. It’s dissapointing to read that the restaurant seems to be such a flop, even though it had the opportunity to bring amazing food to the heart of Times Square. Check out more pictures and information about the new place at Business Insider.

spice up your ramen

Maruchan Ramen is a college student’s go-to because it is cheap and easy. The nutrition, or lack of, however is not something to be proud of. With 380 calories for one pack and over 40% the recommended daily sodium intake, this salty meal needs a little boost. Over my years in school, I’ve learned how to get creative with the classic ramen dinner.

Here are a couple of my favorite add in ingredients:

-For some added fiber: add 1/2 the flavor package (1/2 the sodium) of any flavor ramen, and then add vegetables to make a noodle & vegetable soup. Leave more water in the Ramen instead of draining it all to create a soup broth. I’ve found carrots, corn, peas, and celery are great add in’s. As an on-the-go college student, sometimes its easier to use frozen vegetables.

-For protein: add garlic salt, 1 T butter, salt, pepper, and cut up chicken pieces to make a garlic chicken pasta. For beef, use ground beef and cooked mushrooms and 1/2 beef flavor packet.

-For make-shift Pad Thai noodles: add 1/4 the flavor package(beef flavor), Sriracha sauce, 1 T peanut butter, 1 T low-sodium soy sauce

-For cheesy noodles: add 1 T cream cheese, salt, pepper, and add a small hand full finely shredded cheddar cheese. Stir until melted together

Any way you make it, Ramen is always good. Get creative and try new ingredients to add some flavor and nutrients!

food news: Thanksgiving Ideas

Thanksgiving inspiration! 

Betty Crocker compiled a great list of Thanksgiving ideas for this year’s holiday. With the day coming up quick, it’s time to start thinking about what will be served. I have family coming into town, so we will be cooking for not only Thursday’s big meal, but Wednesday and Friday too. It’s nice to get some inspiration for meals that are family friendly and easy!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

The chocolate chip cookie is a classic treat. There is nothing better than this classic cookie with a big glass of milk. Who doesn’t love cookies! When baking these chocolate chip pieces of heaven, the smell is just like the holidays. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I’ve been in a baking mood. This is one of my mom’s favorite recipes, but we are not quite sure where it came from.


1 cup Crisco baking stick, butter flavored

1 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 tsp salt

1 bag “milk chocolate” chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Blend the Crisco, granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Then in a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and salt. Add the flour mixture into the large bowl and mix together. Once mixed, add in the bag of chocolate chips. Spoon tablespoons of dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet leaving two inches between cookies. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

As a twist on the classic cookie, add some ice cream to make an ice cream cookie sandwich or put them in a bowl for a chocolate fudge cookie sundae! However you eat them, these cookies are delicious.