Downtown Sister Date: Sixteen, avec, NoMi

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on January 5, 2013

in dessert

For the last six or so years, my sister and I make a point to spend at least one day together downtown to take in the amazingness that is Chicago during the holidays. It really is beautiful, and it’s so much fun to have a day to just be goofy with my sister! We pretty […]


Gluten-Free Apple Cider Fritters

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on October 16, 2012

in Baking, bread, friends, guest post, nails, Side Dishes, vegetarian

I very rarely make gluten-free treats. Ok, that’s not completely true. I make gluten-free food all the time, just not for the sole reason of it being gluten-free. I don’t have any sort of gluten intolerance, nor do I toy with cutting out gluten for the sole reason that it’s “trendy.” However, as many of […]


Somewhat Healthier Mac & Cheese

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on October 4, 2012

in simple recipe, vegetarian

I’m a total sucker for a good macaroni and cheese. I’m also a sucker for a “bad” macaroni and cheese. Heck, give me noodles and something that resembles cheese and I’m a happy camper. I’ve made no fewer than…well, let’s count: Stovetop Mac & Cheese with Roasted Tomatoes (the original) Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese […]


Portland Vacation: Day 1

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on August 23, 2012

in dinner out, friends, travel

Now that camp is over, and my normal school schedule resumes tomorrow (GASP!) I’m planning on much more regular posting, more cooking, and of course, more recipes and photos. I’m not usually one to do a recap day-by-day of a vacation, but I’d rather break it up for you than have you all be bored […]


Dinner at the Sofitel: Cafe des Architectes

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on August 11, 2012

in dessert, dinner out, friends

There are very few things that will get me to head to the downtown Chicago area after a long day at camp: 1. A Cubs game 2. A great concert 3. A great meal That’s about it. After-work traffic is a nightmare, and it’s almost a guarantee that it’s going to be a late night, […]