I’ve been to a lot of concerts in my day, but never have I had more fun (and ate more FOOD) than at a recent concert at Ravinia in Highland Park, IL. A few weeks ago, the Food Network hosted a fabulous event at Ravinia, the oldest outdoor music festival in the U.S., dubbed Food Network in Concert, sponsored by JCPenney.
I ate, drank, and jammed throughout the day – and had a blast!
JCPenney had an amazing lounge area at the event, featuring lots of their products and furniture. Did you know that JCPenney sold furniture? Yeah, me either. Mind. Blown.
Totally gorgeous, right? Just about everything you see below can be purchased at JCPenney.com.
I was lucky to be able to tour the Greatest Hits section where 50 chefs and 100+ wineries served up their greatest hits – including Columbian-born Ingrid Hoffman! So amazing and gracious was Ingrid that she agreed to meet me and autograph a copy of her new book, Latin D’Lite!
Fun fact: Ingrid’s first book, Simply Delicioso, was the first cookbook I purchased in 2009 when I started dating my Puerto Rican husband. I has hopeless in the kitchen, and wanted to learn how to make some Latin dishes. I’m pretty sure my first attempt at empanadas started with Ingrid Hoffman.
I was so inspired by my encounter with Ingrid Hoffman, that I made one of her delicious soups from her book, Latin D’Lite, for my family this weekend. Soup, just about any kind, is my go-to meal to cook on a chilly weekend, and this weekend certainly delivered that. Ingrid’s book promises delicious Latin recipes with a healthy twist. There are so many yummy soups in Ingrid’s book that are perfect for a chilly day – 18 to be exact! – that it was so hard to choose just one, but we settled on the Mexican Corn Soup – with the healthier option, of course.
This corn and tomato-based soup is “Simplemente Delicioso” topped with some cilantro, queso fresco, tortilla chips, and crumbled bacon (because, c’mon, what isn’t good topped with BACON?!?!) So easy to make, done in about 30 minutes, and my family raved about this soup. It’s already on request for next week!
You must check out Ingrid Hoffman’s line, Simplemente Delicioso at JCPenney!
Who doesn’t want to add a little color to their kitchen?!?!