Mona Jean for Every Day

Tuscan Soup

I have a confession, so I’ll just come out and say it: I like Olive Garden. Some might believe a self-proclaimed amateur foodie can’t appreciate a chain restaurant, and probably considers it an unforgivable faux pas. But I say there’s nothing wrong with it, and credit my Midwestern upbringing. Back home in Cleveland, Ohio, chain restaurants reign supreme, unless you […] Read more…

Homemade Salad Dressing

One of my closest girlfriends often asks me how I know so much about food and cooking. It’s in part due to my mother and father both being amazing cooks; my heritage as an African American woman in a family of big-boned women, past and present, who can throw down in the kitchen; my solid […] Read more…

Open Mic at the Spice of Life

Before I arrived in London to visit this past spring, I knew I wanted to check performing somewhere in the city off my bucket list. While studying in London over a decade ago, I only had the opportunity to perform in front of my music major classmates for a crumby grade, never really getting the full experience or appreciation of […] Read more…

Handmade Greeting Cards

While the grocery store, your local pharmacy, and even the fancy paperie shop in your neighborhood offer a wide selection of greeting cards to suit your holiday and special occasion needs, there’s nothing like receiving a handmade card that someone knows you made yourself.  Read more…