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 […]


Buttery Pretzel Puffs

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

in Baking, bread, family

I’ll admit it before anyone: I’m a busy-glorifier. I take pleasure in being able to say “Oh, I’m so sorry I couldn’t get to that, but I’ve just been SO BUSY!” And this quote is usually followed by a groan or “ugh”. I do, however, thrive when I’m busy and pressured. I was always one […]

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Photo Shoot: Emily & Jason & Family

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on November 5, 2012

in friends, Photo Gigs, photography

I had the pleasure of photographing my friend Emily and her family this past weekend on a sunny and cold perfect Chicago fall day. They live on the north side of the city in a really cute neighborhood, not far from where my first “grown up” apartment was after college, so it was super fun […]


Four Years {Giveaway Post!}

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on October 17, 2012

in contest, giveaway

Four years ago tonight, I sat down with a cup of coffee… opened up for the very first time, picked out this picture: Came up with a cute headline, and What’s for Dinner? was born. My first post was, by today’s standards, pathetic. No pictures, a lame description of a simple dinner, and absolutely […]


Chicago Gourmet 2012

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on October 1, 2012

in dessert, family

Have I mentioned recently how proud I am of my sister? Oh, I have? Ok, well this is going to be another one of those posts. For the last few years, Chicago has hosted a phenomenal event for restaurants and foodies alike called Chicago Gourmet. It’s in Millennium Park, and I had the experience of […]