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Sautéed Scallops with Dijon Green Pea Purée

23 Jul Sauteed Scallops with Green Pea Puree - Grazing in The City

Perfect for a light summer dinner.

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Coppervine Lincoln Park

5 Jul Coppervine Restaurant Lincoln Park - Grazing in The City

This new restaurant deserves a lot of attention.

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Spicy Shrimp

19 Aug Spicy Shrimp - Grazing in The City

Perfect for Summer

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Salmon with Spinach, Tomatoes and Feta

8 Mar Grazing in The City - Salmon with Spinach Feta and Tomatoes

This was another great Sunday night dinner for last week.

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Curry Crab Salad

10 Dec Grazing in The City - Curried Crab Salad

It’s that time of year – the weekends leading up to Christmas are packed with holiday parties. We’ve all been to them and I’ve certainly had my share. Some are more elegant, some can be corporate and stuffy and some can be boozy. I’ve seen friends and coworkers drink too much, karoke too much, dance a little too much – thank goodness I’ve never been guilty of any of those things. Regardless, it’s a great time to break out the festive sweaters, have a guzlet of your beverage of choice and enjoy the holiday spirit with our friends, family and office mates. Here’s what I’m taking to a holiday party later this evening – Curried Crab Salad. I got the idea from a recipe on and it’s super quick and easy –

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Orange Cilantro Crusted Salmon

9 Dec Grazing in The City - Orange Cilantro Crusted Salmon

Thanksgiving was a couple weeks ago and now that we’re in full tilt holiday boogie, I feel like everything I’ve been eating automatically has twice the fat and calories. Everything. Even my drinking water has been artificially enhanced with solid grams of fat. (Eww). Seriously though, since Thanksgiving, I’ve been feeling like everything I’ve eaten has been so heavy. Of course that night I made homemade fried chicken tenders with mac and cheese and mashed potatoes didn’t help. Regardless, I came across this recipe on when trying to come up with something for dinner recently. I modified the recipe I found to my version below – thought this might be a little lighter option, yet still satisfying.

The bright flavors used for this salmon are sure to lift your spirits – big on taste, less on fat!

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Leona’s – Mediocre Dining at it’s Finest

20 Oct Grazing in The City - Chicago - Leona's Restaurant - Lena Cake

Chicago is a city known for it’s Italian restaurants. Leona’s on Sheffield in Lakeview is one of these and has been a landmark for many years now. I feel like this landmark has seen better days.

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Crispy Shrimp and Arugula Pesto Pasta

1 Oct Grazing in The City - Chicago - Crispy Shrimp and Arugula Pesto Pasta

This was one of those meals put together after looking at what I had in the kitchen. Last week I happened to have a big bag of frozen skrimp in the freezer and a large container of arugula greens. I knew I wanted to incorporate both items into a pasta dish of some sort because I had a long run the next day. So I looked around on the web and found the idea for arugula pesto here and justlikethat – I knew what I was gonna make! The arugula pesto came out wonderfully – but, I’m here to tell you – al dente pasta is really an overrated bunch of crap.

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Salmon (and Other Famous) Patties

9 Sep

Growing up, I always thought salmon patties were a staple only on Southern tables. After living here in Chicago for awhile, I’ve learned I was wrong. Dead wrong. Ok, that’s a bit dramatic, but I now know salmon patties are pretty much a universal comfort food. And they don’t have to be as heavy as other comfort foods like meatloaf or chicken pot pie. Unless you eat, like 6 of them in a row. Which, of course, I am prone to do.

Speaking of universal patties – before we go any further, let’s take a moment to reflect on some other famous Patties:

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Almond Crusted Salmon

2 Jul Grazing in The City - Almond Crusted Salmon

I’m writing this on a Saturday, but I actually made this a few weeks back. But it was on a Friday – I didn’t grow up Catholic, but for some reason I always like the idea of fish on Friday evenings after work. And I’m a BIG salmon fan – I love it and love finding different ways to prepare it. So I found this recipe for Almond Crusted Salmon with Caramelized Onions and Fresh Basil over at and it came out really well. I also mashed up some taters and roasted some asparagus. Not too heavy – a perfect late spring dish with a pop of flavor – delicious!

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