Mona Jean for Every Day

Recipes

Strawberry Lemonade Cocktail

I recently had the pleasure of having three gorgeous, highly accomplished, professional, stylish, intelligent, hilarious, wise, strong, and sharp women over for brunch. We got together and drank, ate, shared stories, laughed heartily, and encouraged one another. It was one for the memory banks, and a good time was had by all. If I’m hosting […] Read more…

Chicken Risotto with Garlic, Lemon, and Thyme

I’ve been watching PBS for as long as I can remember. I grew up with Jacques Pépin and Julia Child. I also remember the dreaded feeling of having to sit through the boring old PBS News Hour when all the cooking and children’s shows had gone off for the day. Today, we have the wonderful […] Read more…

Lazy Sunday: Croque Madames

There are very few things I enjoy more than spending time with my guy and cooking on a lazy weekend afternoon. He’s super sweet, and also a fellow dweeb, so we geek out together on cartoons and kids’ snacks. Sometimes, I even make grown-up food for us to enjoy…while we watch Piglet’s Big Movie. Being […] Read more…

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…