Super-Easy Cheater Chili

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on May 13, 2013

in beef, simple recipe

Ok, this is not a real recipe. No, I swear. It involves putting things in a pot and simmering them, but it’s not a “real” recipe. It is, however, completely delicious and perfect for a weeknight. And I’m calling it “Cheater Chili” because I felt like I was cheating on cooking with making something this […]


Mom’s Perfect Roast

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on February 14, 2013

in beef, family recipe, simple recipe

So many times over the course of the last few years, I’ve tried to duplicate recipes that I remember from growing up. Many times, I end up calling my mom and finding out after the fact, what exactly I did differently. For as long as I can remember, any time I have something that resembles […]


An Apple of a Day

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on October 2, 2011

in beef, dinner out, friends, pork, random

Fall in Chicagoland is marked by many distinctive things. The changing of leaves is one, as is the cooler temperature, and the obligatory pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks. In more recent years (since college to be honest) it’s not officially fall until I go apple picking. There’s something about grabbing fresh apples right off the […]


Roasted Tomato & Steak Chili

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on September 21, 2011

in beef, Mexican/Latin, simple recipe, South Beach Diet

I have never made the same pot of chili twice. I try, but somehow my chili always comes out slightly different from the time before. I’ve even made a bit of a joke of it here on the blog, and if you search for chili, at least 10 different posts come up (maybe more!) It’s […]

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Tucson in Photos, Part 1

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on July 14, 2011

in beef, chicken/turkey, dinner out, friends, Mexican/Latin, travel

I had a truly glorious 3 days in Tucson! The weather was amazing, I got to spent some time with my favorite Fitnessista and her Pilot who took Kristin and I to some of their favorite Tucson spots. After a long and fairly bumpy flight, we met Gina and the Pilot at the patio of […]