by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on March 19, 2010

in friends, vegetarian

I’m sorry I was such a tease this morning… I know you’re all dying to know my “big news”! I did get a couple guesses, but none of them were quite right!

Let me give you some background info before I get to the big announcement (Ok, it might not be that big, but it’s big to me!) Remember a few weeks ago when I posted about the amazing supper club that my mom was a part of which, by proxy, I was then a part of? Well, one of the women that joined for the first time on the night that I did, Amy, has a friend. Not just any friend. This friend happens to be an editor (or the editor?) of Make It Better, a Chicagoland magazine and website. It features all things local for food, dining, decorating… a sort of InStyle for the Chicago suburbs.

Well, this friend of Amy’s contacted her about talking to all of us in the supper club about our “appliances that we can’t live without” for an article. Of course, I was thrilled to be a part, told Laura (the friend) that my favorite appliance was my immersion blender, and even sent her the link to my post on the subject. I figured that would be it, and the article would show up as a quote from “one suburban woman”. WOW was I wrong. Next thing I knew, we were all getting emails from Laura to try and set up a photo shoot for the article in the magazine and on the website! We agreed on last night, and we were asked to wear simple and casual clothes, bring an apron and our favorite appliance.

I arrived at Amy’s house at about 6 p.m. and she had bunches of cheese, crackers, and olives out to nosh on.



Later, Tina brought this wonderful homemade prune, fig, and pepper jam which she served with this amazing cheese (I stink at remembering cheese names! Help me out ladies?) and crackers.


My mom and Liz arrived soon after with their appliances in tow. It cracked me up seeing a mixer in a bag, and an immersion blender in a purse! (Yes, my mom chose the same appliance as me! Great minds…)


Liz also brought parmesan crisps that she posted the other day, and they were SO delicious! I can’t wait to make them!

The photographer and Laura arrived, and they began setting up, and we started shooting! I don’t have pictures of my mom and I posing with our blenders, but I have others! It was so cool being a part of something that seemed so “official”! I kept joking that my camera was going to end up with “lens envy” or a “flash inferiority complex.”




I took a few shots just for fun

Liz with a very cool weeble wine glass

Amy stirring her amazing soup

Me and my mom

Mom, Tina, and Liz
Once all the photos were taken, we sat down to eat at this beautiful table, and dined on a delicious butternut squash soup with fried shallots, roasted asparagus, and two delicious breads: one multigrain from WF and one homemade Irish brown bread.




I was in charge of bringing dessert, so I did a little “Whole Foods Baking” by shopping in their dessert case. I found these beautiful dessert mousse shooters that I just had to get!


It was a great night… but I haven’t gotten to “the big news” yet! While we were eating, Laura asked “us bloggers” if we’d want to write guest posts for their weekly “What’s For Dinner” section of the website. Of course I agreed, and will start writing my first post soon! Then, out of curiosity, we asked what the readership was. The website has 20,000 subscribers!!! Our article about the appliances we can’t live without will be in the print edition of the magazine too, which has 52,000 subscribers! I can’t believe that my little blog is going to be exposed to THAT many people! It’s a little overwhelming!

I’ll keep you all posted as to when my first article will go up, but I need to ask: what should I write about?!

In case you haven’t yet checked out Liz or Amy’s blog after my incessant linking, you really need to! They’re both feature fantastic food and wonderful writing!

PHEW! I’m relieved to finally tell you all about this! It’s been in the works for weeks!

Tonight, I’m off to dinner with a long-time friend, and am taking the night off of posting. I’ll be back tomorrow with Cute Food Saturday!

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sophia March 19, 2010 at 5:06 PM

OMG! That’s AWESOME news, Mara! congratulations!! AAHH! I am so excited and happy for you! I’m sure the perfect topic will pop into your head! Best of luck my dear friend!


Ally@Sweet & Savory March 19, 2010 at 5:11 PM

What an exciting gig! It’s is funny how world spreads???

And just so you know, after I read your post about the Supper Club thing, 3 other girlfriends and I have started a “Friday Night Supper Club. We’ll meet quarterly, have a themed dinner and then have some sort of activing after (game, movie, drinks, etc.) Thanks for the great idea!!! Our first one is going to be held at my house in May!


Quix March 19, 2010 at 5:12 PM

That is SO AWESOME! Congrats!

That party looked like so much FUN! And your mom (and you of course) are so adorable. :)


Mama Pea March 19, 2010 at 5:16 PM

What fun! I hope you remember me when you are famous :)

I never thought you and your mom looked alike…but you DO!


FLG March 19, 2010 at 5:19 PM

AHHHH!!!!!! That’s so awesome! FAME!!!!!! Can I have your autograph now? :D

Fantastic photos, too. The spread looked amazing! And what a lovely kitchen!
.-= FLG´s last blog ..Things I want to do in America: Food =-.


M.J. Jacobsen March 19, 2010 at 5:29 PM

How fun and exciting! Cracks me up that you and your mum brought the same appliance!


K from ksgoodeats March 19, 2010 at 5:42 PM

Oh wow!! How exciting! It looks like such a fun event and CONGRATS on the opportunity to post on that site :)
.-= K from ksgoodeats´s last blog ..Shameless =-.


axor March 19, 2010 at 6:04 PM

How about foods that your mother made for you when you were little?


Mara @ What's For Dinner? March 19, 2010 at 9:39 PM

I think that’s a great idea :)


Betherann March 19, 2010 at 6:07 PM

What fun! Congrats!


Melissa S. March 19, 2010 at 6:32 PM

wow that is so freak’n awesome!!!! what fun and such a great opportunity!
.-= Melissa S.´s last blog ..15hrs Please =-.


janetha March 19, 2010 at 6:44 PM

that is really exciting, mara! congrats, can’t wait to see your posts on there :) love the whole foods baking ;)
.-= janetha´s last blog ..the start of something new. =-.


Fancy March 19, 2010 at 6:49 PM

Um that is AMAZING!!!!!! I am sooooo excited for you, how cool is that?!?!?!?! Congratulations, I’m so happy!!! YAY!!!!


Heather @ Side of Sneakers March 19, 2010 at 7:47 PM

That is SO cool!! Congratulations, how fantastic!!


brandi March 19, 2010 at 8:58 PM

Mara, that’s so exciting! How fun :)


Mary (A Merry Life) March 19, 2010 at 9:45 PM

That’s freaking fantastic Mara! I don’t know what you should write about, but whatever you choose will be great. I’m so happy for you!:)
.-= Mary (A Merry Life)´s last blog ..The Difference A Year Makes =-.


holly March 19, 2010 at 9:52 PM

How exciting!!!! Congrats!!!
.-= holly´s last blog ..Welcome =-.


amanda March 19, 2010 at 10:07 PM

.-= amanda´s last blog ..Las Vegas Food Porn =-.


glidingcalm March 19, 2010 at 10:19 PM

ahhhhhhhhhh! that is so COOOOOOOL! i AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU MARA!!!!
.-= glidingcalm´s last blog ..So Sleepy! But……….on Spring Break! =-.


Jenn (www.j3nn.net) March 19, 2010 at 11:29 PM

WOW! That IS exciting! Congrats :D I would have a hard deciding what to write about. Your fortes would be a good place to start.

Dinner looks delicious. Love the desserts, too. Very, very nice.

.-= Jenn (www.j3nn.net)´s last blog ..St. Patrick’s Day =-.


Ashley March 19, 2010 at 11:30 PM

Ooooh, how fun!!! Congrats girl that is so awesome!! Love the up close soup photo + the dessert photos..YUM!! Love those little dessert cups ;) AGain, congrats!
.-= Ashley´s last blog ..it’s confirmed… =-.


laura March 20, 2010 at 1:46 AM

OH sweet Mara-nice work, I love the three KitchenAid mixers lined up on the counter. Very cool for you.
.-= laura´s last blog ..Le Creuset Giveaway =-.


Carly March 20, 2010 at 5:50 AM

Congrats, Mara – what a fun opportunity!!!


Andrea (Off Her Cork) March 20, 2010 at 6:55 AM

Oh Mara this is amazing! I’m am so happy for you and your bloggy! This is an awesome opportunity for you and I know it will blossom into something amazing. :D
.-= Andrea (Off Her Cork)´s last blog ..Pizza Thursday Report for March 18th, 2010 =-.


Spiceaholic March 20, 2010 at 11:23 AM

Congrats, Mara! This is such an amazing opportunity and it couldn’t happen to a better person!

Remember us little peeps when you’re all famous! :D
.-= Spiceaholic´s last blog ..I’m not ignoring you! =-.


Lara (Thinspired) March 20, 2010 at 2:05 PM

Congrats, Mara! How exciting that you were asked to be a part of something like this, and it’s SO perfect for you! :)


Biz March 21, 2010 at 12:01 PM

Great job Mara!! That is exciting!


Jenn (eating bender) March 21, 2010 at 7:09 PM

WOOHOO! So proud and happy for you, Mara :) You are going to rock that magazine and I can’t think of someone who deserves it more. You foodie, you!

Love those mousse shooters. A woman after my own heart ;)
.-= Jenn (eating bender)´s last blog ..What’s New + Guest Bender: Lindsay from Designer Wife =-.


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