Anise Seed Christmas Cookie Recipes

Need new Christmas cookie recipes or dessert recipes? These are such easy Christmas cookies and they are AMAZING!  

This year, think outside of the sugar-cookie cutter and throw an unexpected ingredient into the mix: anise seeds.

My family and I have made these anise seed Christmas cookies every year for as long as I can remember (there are the cutest pictures of me decorating them when I was little), and they’re still my favorite cookies of all time. I swear, nothing is better!

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Fabio Viviani’s 4 Favorite Cocktail Recipes

Get your mixology on with one of Top Chef alum and Chicago restaurateur Fabio Viviani’s favorite cocktail recipes from Bar Siena, Siena Tavern and Prime & Provisions!

Fabio Viviani knows good cocktails. (If you’ve been to one of his restaurants in Chicago, you already know this.) So it’s no surprise that when he’s looking for a good drink, he keeps it close to home.

“I go to The Aviary once in a while, but [my favorite] has to be Bar Siena and Siena Tavern for cocktails,” Viviani says. “I tend to stay home for a cocktail because it’s very hard to beat my restaurants in town for cocktails. We have great cocktails.”

What’s his go-to order? “I’m a classic, I like old fashioned at Prime & Provisions and I like the #2 at Siena Tavern. I love them.”

Step up your summer cocktail game and try out these recipes for yourself! And then pair it with a plate of four mushroom risotto from Viviani’s brand-new cookbook, Fabio’s 30-Minute Italian.


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Kale & Quinoa Salad with Toasted Almonds Recipe

This kale quinoa salad with a honey mustard dressing from HelloFresh is one of my all-time favorites!

I tried HelloFresh for the first time last fall and absolutely LOVED it. My three veggie-friendly recipes came packed in a big box full of fresh ingredients, each in a small carton that tucks neatly into the fridge. While it’s billed as easy, these meals still took me way longer to prepare than something I’d usually make for myself on a weeknight. BUT with each recipe I learned some new skills (like making my own dressing from scratch) and I found a few favorites that I’ve made over and over since my first box—this salad is one of them!

It’s light and fresh for summer but still filling and loaded with super foods that you can feel good about. I live for honey mustard and this homemade dressing is easy and delicious. It’s also super easy to customize (I use shaved parmesan over feta, and you could use different nuts or dried fruit to switch it up).

I’ve made this salad so many times since my last HelloFresh box (meal prep it for a week of lunches or serve it for a night in with friends) that I wanted to share the recipe with you! Hopefully it’ll become one of your favorites too.

Want to try HelloFresh for yourself? Use the code LINDROSE to get $40 off your first box!!

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Fabio Viviani’s Four-Mushroom Risotto with Parsley Salad and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

You’ll feel like a top chef whipping up this four-mushroom risotto from Chicago chef Fabio Viviani’s new cookbook, Fabio’s 30-Minute Italian.

Fabio’s latest cookbook is finally here!

Siena Tavern and West Loop’s Bar Siena are two of my favorite restaurants in Chicago, and now you can cook up Fabio’s favorite Italian recipes at home in 30 minutes or less.

The book has more than 100 easy Italian recipes for salads, soups, fresh homemade pasta, seafood, desserts and more—plus his tips and advice for recipes throughout. (Click here to learn more about Fabio’s new cookbook and find out his Chicago favorites!)

Pair this fresh, hearty summer dish with a bottle of Fabio Viviani Wines (you can find it at Whole Foods—check out Fabio’s new special reserve wine, Fatty Pope!) for the perfect Italian combo.

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Q&A: Chef Fabio Viviani Talks Chicago Favorites and New Cookbook “Fabio’s 30-Minute Italian”

Chicago restauranteur and Top Chef favorite Fabio Viviani is cooking up more than 100 fast and easy Italian recipes in his latest cookbook, Fabio’s 30-Minute Italian.

As soon as I heard Fabio Viviani was coming out with a new cookbook, I knew I had to get my hands on it. Bar Siena-worthy recipes in 30 minutes or less? Sign me up!

I had the chance to interview Fabio about his brand-new book for the latest issue of CS magazine (check out the full article here!)—he even convinced me I could make pasta from scratch (so I’m pretty sure anyone can do it).

Fabio’s 30-Minute Italian is full of tips and tricks to make authentic Italian dishes without spending hours in the kitchen. “The meals are accessible—they don’t use fancy ingredients—and if people understand how I am, they know that with literally 10 to 20 minutes and three or four steps, they can make a fantastic meal,” he says.

Fabio’s dishing on his new cookbook, favorite foodie spots in Chicago and exciting upcoming projects (hint: more wine and new restaurants coming to town!).

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Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese with Roasted Tomatoes


No matter the time of year, macaroni and cheese is the ULTIMATE comfort food.

I love making this dish year-round, but it’s a favorite among my family for Thanksgiving. My sister and her husband, John, hosted Thanksgiving for their first time as a married couple, and I helped them get the menu ready to make sure we had everything we needed. Kaitlin specially requested this mac and cheese, and even though she claims she hates butternut squash, it’s her favorite dish we make every year.


The butternut squash cuts out some of the high-fat, high-calorie cheese, but the consistency of the squash means you won’t sacrifice any creamy deliciousness. I also swap in soy for whole milk, and use whole-wheat pasta and breadcrumbs, which will keep you satisfied longer. Roasted tomatoes add an extra nutritional punch.


Bonus: This recipe reheats amazingly well thanks to the smooth, creamy consistency of the butternut squash.


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Gwyneth Paltrow’s Zucchini and Leek Soup


This recipe for Zucchini and Leek Soup from Gwyneth Paltrow’s latest cookbook, It’s All Easy, is the perfect September soup.

September’s a weird month in Chicago. It’s gotten up to almost 95 degrees this week (!), but next week will be down to the mid-60s. While it’s not quite soup season yet, this vegan Zucchini and Leek Soup from It’s All Easy (published by goop press) is super light and creamy and can be served either hot or cold — perfect for summer and fall months.

It’s vegan, gluten-free and takes less than 30 minutes to make. Plus, it only has seven ingredients. This soup will definitely be a staple healthy/detox recipe of mine going into fall.

(Check out Gwyneth’s cookbook if you haven’t already! There are more than 130 recipes that make for quick, easy and healthy weeknight lunches or dinners.)

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What to Eat at Chicago’s Revival Food Hall


Revival Food Hall is about to become your new go-to lunch spot.

Last week I tagged along with my friend Carly Hurwitz from Fork This America to the preview of Revival Food Hall (125 S. Clark St.), a new 24,000-square-foot marketplace with 15 fast-casual restaurants. It’s basically a giant, amazing food court in the middle of the Loop.

Each stall was sampling a few popular menu items and cocktails in celebration of the opening, so Carly and I did some tough research trying everything (literally everything—except the ramen, which we’re still upset about). We also checked out Curbside Splendor, the super cute pop-up shop with a small curated selection of books and records from Chicago artists—very cool and conveniently located next to the bar.

(Photo courtesy of Revival Food Hall)

Here’s a rundown of what you’ll find at Revival, which officially opens today, along with some of our favorite foods. I’ll definitely be back for lunch (and maybe even breakfast!) soon.

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Pizza Party! Homemade Pizza Recipes for Summer


Two easy-to-make homemade pizza recipes using fresh fruit and greens that are perfect for warmer temps.

Homemade pizza is a fun and easy at-home dinner that’s always a good idea. But for summer, I’ve been all about adding fruit to my homemade pizzas and trying different combos using whatever fresh ingredients I have on hand.

My friend Jenna first made this Strawberry & Arugula pizza for a Bachelorette watch party a few weeks ago, and her sister, Alli, makes the Peach & Basil one (I saw it on Instagram and knew I had to try it for myself!). They’re seriously so good and have both become my go-to summer pizza recipes. Plus, since the dough is pre-made they’re super quick and easy to make without a ton of prep. I always use Trader Joe’s garlic and herb pizza dough. You can buy it fresh and it’s good with every type of pizza.


These pizzas are perfect for a party, too—just cut them into bite-size pieces.



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What to Order at a Juice Bar (Plus 6 Chicago Juice Bars to Try)


Jumpstart your summer health kick with green juice! Here’s the best juice to order at a juice bar, plus six Chicago juice bars you’ll love.

There’s nothing better in the summer than a fresh green juice.

It’s so easy to grab a pre-made juice out of the fridge at your favorite local juice bar, but if you’re making your own drink, it can be tricky to put together the perfect combo of flavors so your juice doesn’t end up tasting like grass.

After a few orders gone wrong, I’ve finally settled on the perfect combo of fresh greens and fruits that I literally crave when I haven’t had it in a while.

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