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30 Recipes for the Holidays!

Well, Dining at my Desk Readers, I did it. This is the first year I’ve actually created a blog post for each day in December (though have tried valiantly since 2010), and overall, yes, I’m exhausted, thank you for asking. From the beginning to the end, we’ve had soups, side dishes, breakfasts, cookies, ice cream and even a mashed potato and fried chicken cake, but the recurring theme throughout all the recipes is they came from members of Chicagogrammers.

What is Chicagogrammers, you ask? It’s a group of Instagrammers based in Chicago, and it’s free and easy to join. I founded Chicagogrammers with my amazing blog wife, Chrissy, of The Hungary Buddha Eats the World, and this post wouldn’t be complete without a humongous THANK YOU shout out to her and her amazing organizational skills, follow-through and creative powers. She’s just the best. Next big thank you to all of our truly outstanding and inspiring members. While I highlighted the food bloggers here, it’s important to note we have a wide array of lifestyle, fashion, travel, parenting and beauty bloggers we count as members. We’re Chicago-based Instagrammers, bloggers and influencers, and I think 2017 is going to be a great year for us!

Ok, now down to business. I’m here to recap all 30 days of these insanely delicious recipes, so get ready for a feast for your eyes!!

Drunken Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

(1) Drunken Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream: Comes to us from none other than co-founder Chrissy of The Hungary Buddha Eats the World. Boozy ice cream ranks right up there on my personal scale of top foods I want to eat either separately or combined. Enjoy!

Gluten-free Cranberry Oat Bars

(2) Gluten Free Cranberry Oat Bars: These little dandies are from Marie at Lady Ace Kitchen. They’re for all of you people who can’t tolerate or just don’t like gluten, which I’m convinced is people who only like eating desserts.

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(3) Maple Bacon Sweet Potatoes: Ok, technically if we’re counting this as a Chicagogrammer, that’d be me, because these were served to a group of bloggers at a Morton Salt event, which was QUITE tasty. These were seriously some of the best potatoes I’ve ever eaten.


(4) Rosemary Shortbread Cookies: Oh, these sweet little savory cookies come to us from Ellie of the breathtakingly gorgeous blog, Hungry by Nature. Seriously, visit her blog RIGHT NOW. It’s worth soooo many drools. Hi, Ellie!


(5) Lambrusco Sangria: If you all haven’t heard of The Kittchen, pull yourselves out from under your rock and say hi to Kit, the wonderful blogger who also founded our lean, mean blogging machine The Windy City Blogger Collective. She’s in her kitchen all the time whipping up goodies and treats, and this sangria looks particularly delish if I must say so myself.


(6) Perfectly (Gluten Free, Paleo) Fluffy Pancakes: Another fabulous blogger, Katie of Personally Paleo, gives us the recipe for her super fluffy gluten-free, paleo pancakes. I’m personally not paleo, but her site is full of awesome recipes for those who are!


(7) Fried Chicken, Cornbread, & Mashed Potatoes Layer Cake: Hmmm. As of most of my recipes of the day, I never got around to making this…cake, but I really, really want to. This crazy concoction comes to us from Caitlin of Public Lives, Secret Recipes. Another amazing blog to check out when you have a minute!!


(8) Herb-Roasted Squash with Quinoa & Cranberries: Meet Anne of ASquared. Anne and I actually go back a ways in our (other) professional lives, so it’s always fun to give her a little shout and love, and she’s loving us right back with this delicious quinoa dish. Ok, after January 2, this is going on our dinner menu forever!

Cream Cheese Pineapple Pepper Dip

(9) Cream Cheese, Pineapple & Green Pepper Dip (Dorothy’s Dip): Oh, this one I ACTUALLY MADE, can you believe it?! It’s from a new friend, Alana the blogger behind the fabulous party blog, The Jolly Hostess. A combination of slightly strange ingredients comes together in this dip to, as Tim Gunn would say, make it work. This is the easiest dip, and is so good!!


(10) Crab Rangoon Pull Apart Bread: Oh, this was a HUGE hit on Instagram, and still not quite certain why we haven’t made it yet… It’s like, all my favorite things – carbs and cheese and faux crab. It’s from Alison of Rosie Discovers, another fantastic blogger who’s also a member of Chicagogrammers!

Little Lemon Snow Bites

(11) Little Lemon Snow Bites: Ok, here’s another recipe I actually had blogged about before. These little cookies are so refreshing – sweet and tart, and everybody loves a cookie with a filling. Plus candy is an actual ingredient, so that’s pretty exciting!


(12) Smores Cereal Bars: I love Smores, and these cereal bars look like no exception to the kinds of goodies I love most. Michelle from Honest & Truly, gives us another lip-smacker of a recipe. She’s got tons of other recipes on her blog, which are a good mix of naughty and nice for your new year’s resolutions!

Beef Ragu

(13) Beef Ragu: Hyam of My Midwest Kitchen brings us this complete winner of a recipe. Meat stew over polenta? Yes, we’re into that! This will also be going in our winter lineup for sure!


(14) Immunity Soup: This recipe is part of quite a long blog post recapping some of the events we went to this fall. One of my favorites was the opening of True Food Kitchen in River North, and to celebrate, I included Dr. Andrew Weil’s cleansing soup recipe. Seriously, January, I’m looking at you.


(15) Gingersnap Icebox Cake with Cranberry Mascarpone Whipped Cream: Omg, whoa. By far the most beautiful cake EVER, this icebox cake is from Danielle, a registered dietician who blogs at The Every Kitchen. Obviously this is a health food. Definitely check out her blog when you get a  chance – the pictures are stunning!

peppermint brownies

(16) Peppermint Brownies: These luscious holiday treats are from the lovely Christine of Lattes, Life & Luggage. Her blog is filled with great recipes, book recommendations and travel musings, and she’s an awesome member of Chicagogrammers!

Spinach Herb Lasagna

(17) Spinach Herb Lasagna: One of my personal favorite blogs is Make it Like a Man, where Jeff shows us how to make stuff, you know, like a man. If Main Squeeze were to make this, it would be a man making a manly meal for a very dainty and refined lady. Hmmm, I wonder where he would find one of those.

Salted Caramel Eggnog

(18) Salted Caramel Eggnog: Yay!! This boozy treat is from Maris of the fabulous food blog In Good Taste. Maris is a wonderful person and her blog matches her personality – it’s just truly great. Be sure to take a look when you get a chance!


(19) Funfetti Cookies: Basically there’s nothing I love more than cookies that mostly come from a boxed mix. Using prepared ingredients make things go a lot faster in the kitchen, and these look simply so good. They’re from Lephan, of the awesome blog Macarons & Lavender. She’s another fabulous Chicagogrammer I met this year!

Creamy Butternut Squash and Crab Bisque

(20) Creamy Butternut Squash and Crab Bisque: This is a unique one, because it comes from Kate of The Ginger List, an Instablog. So delicious and creamy, obviously crab is the perfect accompaniment to a butternut squash soup.


(21) Caramelized Onion Dip: Ooo, yum. Just looking at this dip makes me want to eat it ALL RIGHT NOW. It’s from Kathryn of Foodie Girl Chicago, just another fabulous blog from a fellow Chicagorammer.


(22) Cranberry Pear Spinach Rice Pilaf: This looks SO fresh and delicious, and I can’t wait to make this in the new year! This rice medley is from Maggie of The Love Nerds, and I’m really hoping to meet her in the New Year!

Classic Basil Pesto

(23) Classic Basil Pesto: Really, it doesn’t get much better than a simple pesto sauce on pasta…or anything. Kelly of Chicago Supper Club gives us the perfected version of this classic sauce.

Pecan Meltaways

(24) Pecan Meltaways: Again, sometimes the simplest cookies are the ones we keep coming back to over and over. Joelen of What’s Cookin’ Chicago brings us the recipe for these simple, delicious treats.

Smore Brownies

(25) Smores Brownies: Ok, I might have a real thing for smores. Obviously they are a great love of my life. Bringing us this gorgeous brownie recipe is Kelsey of With a Little Grace.

Bacon Jam Grilled Cheese

(26) Apple Bacon Jam Grilled Cheese: If you haven’t had bacon jam yet, you might want to rethink your life choices, and then start slathering it on your grilled cheese. Thanks for the great idea, Annie! Annie is the inspiration behind this grilled cheese and the fantastic blog, The Brazen Gourmand.

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(27) Chocolate Blueberry Basil Smoothie: Oh January 1, you’re looming right around the corner, but Erin of Erin’s Inside Job reminds us that you don’t have to give us chocolate if you pair it with fruits and herbs!


(28) Tiramisu: Ooo, yeah. Pretty much the best dessert you can get in an Italian restaurant, and just a delicious choice anytime, Mrinalini of Mrinhearts brings us this scrumptious looking pudding.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

(29) Cauliflower Pizza Crust: Yes, January looms very large, and in the new year, we’re going to be eating a LOT more pizza on veggies crusts. Here to save our (considerably larger after the holidaze) butts is Jenn of Leasing Happiness.

(30) Cheesy Skillet Meatballs in Arrabbiata Sauce: Yeah, these are a whole skillet of yums. Brought to us by Allison of Life’s a Beacham, these little round balls of love are gluten-free and full of cheese! My favorite!

Ok, there you have it! 30 recipes from 30 awesome Chicagogrammers! Hope you enjoyed the drools as much as I did. Here’s to a fantastic 2017 – enjoy this weekend with your friends and family, and I”ll see you back here in January!



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Remember just the other day when I told you I have an obsession with doughnuts? Yep, still going strong, and I’m just so unbelievably excited to tell you about this crazy amazing invention from Jeff over at Make it Like a Man…which is how I make most things anyway. But, back to the exciting parts – IT’S A CAKE….MADE OUT OF DOUGHNUTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Let me be clear. IT’S A CAKE….MADE OUT OF DOUGHNUTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! When my mind is blown like this, it’s really hard to blog. So why don’t I just regale you with the pictures and ingredients, and be sure to pop on over and say “omg, thank you so much” to Jeff for coming up with A CAKE….MADE OUT OF DOUGHNUTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cherry Cakeunaught

Cherry Cakeughnut, aka Day-Old-Doughnut Coffee Cake


  • 5-6 large, day-old doughnuts
  • 1 yellow cake mix (which may require additional ingredients, such as eggs and oil)
  • 1-2 cups chocolate chips and/or chopped nuts, optionally
  • 2 Tbs sugar
  • 2 sixteen-oz cans pie filling, any flavor

Yep, yep, praise be to Jeff for the one, the only CAKE….MADE OUT OF DOUGHNUTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Visit him at Make it Like a Man for the full recipe. 

Donake Original Cakeunaught

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Scones. Not my favorite of breakfast breads — English Muffins, holla!! But, ok, if you add some cranberries, a little orange, a little egg nog (a little because, let’s be fair, in my world it’s mostly brandy), ok, maybe I’m in. And other people seem to like them – I mean, they sell them at Starbucks, you know somebody’s eating them.

Today’s recipe is brought to you by The Love Nerds, specifically Maggie of the The Love Nerds (there are two of them, one of them is her husband). If you haven’t guessed, it’s scones. Specifically, Cranberry & Orange Egg Nog Scones.

I bet you a million dollars my sister-in-law will ask me to make these for Christmas. And I probably will. If I do, I’ll update you, but in the meantime, let’s all thank Maggie for this scrumptious scone recipe!

Cranberry Orange Egg Nog Scones

Cranberry & Orange Egg Nog Scones


  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt
  • zest from 1 orange
  • ½ c unsalted butter, frozen (one stick)
  • ½ c International Delight Original Nog
  • ½ c sugar
  • 1 large c cold cranberries
  • FOR GLAZE: 1 c powdered sugar and 2-3 tbsp of either fresh orange juice of milk

For the rest of the recipe and full set of instructions, please visit Maggie at The Love Nerds

Cranberry Orange Egg Nog Scones



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Hi there, everybody!! Today’s recipe would be awesome for those holiday brunches y’all are probably planning. Now, “brunch” around my house on Christmas morning usually consists of the world’s longest present opening extravaganza, with many, many trips to the porch for Christmas cookies, a cup of coffee or six, and someone pouring the tiniest shot glass of eggnog when one of us says “Yeah, I’ll take a little eggnog.” And let’s not forget the locking of the sliding glass door behind the poor soul who went out to the porch to get a cookie.

But I digress. Let’s talk about these awesome Prosciutto Egg Cups from BreAnna of Crafty Coin, basically the coolest blog ever. I don’t know if you know this about me, but I used to be a crazy coupon lady, and BreAnna’s blog is all about saving money and living well. It’s right up my alley. She always lists the prices of the ingredients in her blog, so I’m going to keep her tradition alive for those of my cost-conscious readers.

Happy brunching!!

Prosciutto Egg Cups

Prosciutto Egg Cups


  • 2 slices prosciutto (28 g): $1.00
  • 4 large eggs (200 g): $.56
  • 1/2 roma tomato (50 g): $.11
  • 1 handful diced red onion (30 g): $.06
  • 8 spinach leaves (15 g): $.14
  • Salt, to taste: $ practically zilch
  • Pepper, to taste: $ basically nada

For the rest of the recipe and instructions, please visit BreAnna at Crafty Coin. It’s a good place to visit :)

Prosciutto Cups with Eggs

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Uh, I don’t know if you know this, but I’m obsessed with doughnuts. I was going to add “slightly” as a qualifier, but I’d never lie to my loyal 5-6 blog readers (hi, again, Mom!). It’s a full-on fixation…and I live around the corner from my all-time favorite – Glazed & Infused, and Stan’s is a very close runner-up. It’s trouble, is what it is.

Well, today, Lindsey from Butter & Type (mmmm, butter), is bringing us these super amazing, super awesome-looking Orange Cardamom holiday doughnuts. And…this is meant to be the best of compliments – don’t they kind of remind you a bit of Homer Simpson doughnuts?

Cardamom always make me think of my Mom, and not just because it’s the last three letters of the word, but because she loves the stuff. I couldn’t tell you specifically at the moment what cardamom tastes like, but she’s always going to this fantastic bakery in Bishop Hill (side note, I’d like to quit my day job and just make soap and sell it in Bishop Hill. No, I don’t know anything about making soap) and buying cardamom rusks, which have to be the world’s worst baked good – stale bread, YUM!

Sure to taste WAY better than stale bread, try these doughnuts!


Orange Cardamom Doughnuts with Cranberry Glaze

Orange Cardamom Doughnuts with Cranberry Glaze

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Irish Cream, that is. For your coffee. You know, to make it Irish (aka – your coffee is now filled with booze, just like nature intended). Today’s recipe comes from Mary Beth from MBZ Interiors. Mary Beth designs beautiful interior spaces, but also has a knack for designing delicious food. These crepes are super easy (I mean, I guess if you’ve ever made made crepes, which I obviously haven’t), and apparently you can eat them with sour cream, which is pretty much my favorite food…if we’re not counting Cheetos, Cheez Whiz, Cheese Popcorn, Velveeta or double stuf Oreos.

So enjoy these awesome crepes, and a bit of the Irish Cream for your coffee.


Irish Cream



2 Large Eggs

3/4 cup milk

1 cup all purpose flour

3 Tbs butter (melted) + additional butter for cooking

Powdered sugar (optional)

Sour cream (optional, but please yes for me!)

Irish Cream:

1 1/4 tsp Vanilla

3 large eggs

1 can sweetened condensed milk

10 oz. whipping cream

1 cup Irish whiskey

1 1/2 tbs cherry syrup

For the instructions, head on over to MBZ Interiors! Happy crepe eating!!


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