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The Law Student's Wife and The Law Student


I’m Erin, and I could not be happier to have you here. I’m convinced that cheese and chocolate are the answer, that you can love sweets and veggies equally, and that delicious, satisfying food should be accessible to everyone. The recipes here are affordable, approachable, and delectable, and I can’t wait to share them with you!

The guy in the photo with me is my husband Ben. After three years of in a 500-square-foot apartment in Madison, Wisconsin, we moved to Milwaukee, where he works as a lawyer at a local firm. We argue about grammar, whether or not his toy Stanley Cup can be displayed in a prominent location, and if chocolate chip cookies should be chewy or crispy (chewy, duh).


A collection of tasty recipes and semi-amusing musings to boost bodies, spirits, and budgets.


  • Healthy and YUM: I’m fearlessly dedicated to the idea that one need not sacrifice taste to enjoy a healthy diet. I love developing lighter twists on classic comfort foods, stealthy-healthy baked treats, and simple swaps that boost the nutritional value of a recipe, without compromising its flavor. I don’t count calories and choose instead to focus on incorporating lots of good-for-you ingredients, such as fruits, veggies, and whole grains.
  • Indulges Where It’s Worth It: Most of my dessert and baked recipes are healthier than their original versions, but you just can’t mess with grandma’s strawberry pie. I try to keep a balance of indulgent and healthy foods, and consider this category to be good for your soul.
  • Celebrates The Season: Not only are seasonal ingredients usually more affordable, but also produce has so much more flavor when it’s been recently harvested nearby. Let’s take advantage, shall we?



Ben, the law student half of The Law Student’s Wife, and I met in fall of 2005, started dating in 2007 to sighs of relief from mutual pals, and married in Spring 2012. I started my blog as a part-time hobby while Ben was in law school (hence the name), and it would not be what it is today without Ben. He’s my biggest supporter, puts up with my craziness, and is a portrait of patience when we have to wait to eat…because I need to take photos of our dinner. Ben finished law school in May of 2014, but the degree has not relieved him of his duties as my Taste Tester #1.

THE (former) LAW STUDENT’S WIFE. That’s me.

About The Law Student's Wife | Cheers!

Food lover, awkward dancer, grammar nerd, and sloppy runner, I’m probably the loudest person in the room right now. It’s not intentional. I just never learned to whisper. I sneeze like a mouse, am inappropriately competitive when playing Spoons, and my soul is comprised of 78% dark chocolate ganache. I love my friends, my family, and my food processor (even if I dread washing it). The Farmers Market is my heaven on earth. I’ve been holding bake sales since I was a little girl, scones are my favorite goodie in the pastry case, and someday I’ll do my Italian in-laws justice with homemade ravioli.

I started The Law Student’s Wife during Ben’s second year of law school as a fun hobby while he was trapped in the library. The dinner table has long been our consistent spot of quality time, as I suspect is the case for many of my busy readers. I believe community grows where meals are eaten together, no matter the size of the gathering. Sharing nourishing recipes that are straightforward to prepare, yet still feel special is important to me. I hope you feel inspired by the recipes you find here and that they find life in your kitchen!

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  5. I really like your recipes and see alot about ‘Ben’ here (given the blogs name) but what else do you do outside of this?

    • Hi Cheryl, As much as I would love to make a living by cooking and baking, I also have a full-time job as an analyst, which keeps me busy. I stay active and enjoy spending time reading, traveling, and spending time with friends. Honestly, I wish sometimes that I didn’t have to sleep, because I think I could fill the hours pretty quickly :)

  6. Hi Erin, I am so happy to have found your blog for we have many foods in common! I was with Ben’s Nona this morning (she is a dear friend) and she joyously shared your blog with me and I am truly impressed. Teresa Stinnett

    • Teresa, thanks so much for you comment and kind words! I’m so happy that you stopped by my blog. I hope to meet you next time Ben and I are in Chicago!

  7. Erin, I love your blog! I can relate to your husband being in school as mine is training to be a pilot! I’m also impressed by the amount of food he’s able to get down. ;)

    Croissants!? I’m jealous. It’s been on my baking to-do list for years, and I’ve never been brave enough to try. I’ll ask you for advice when I finally get around to it!

    • Thanks so much for saying hi Lindsey! I’m so excited to have you here, especially knowing that you can relate to Ben and I’s current life situation. As far as the amount of food he eats, I try to be flattered, but SERIOUSLY–I do long for leftovers sometimes!
      And I wish I could do croissants. It is on my bucket list. Once I whip up a pain au chocolat, I think I will have made it in the pastry world. In the meantime, I will have to continue “researching” proper croissant taste at bakeries all over town :)

      • Oh, I thought you meant you already made them really really well. Well there is another thing we can relate to, haha! …someday…

  8. How do I follow your blog?

    • Hi Tara! Two great options to follow my blog are via email update or via RSS (burn the feed in your reader of choice). If you’d like to follow via email, simply enter your email address in the “Subscribe via email box” in my sidebar to the upper right. To subscribe with a reader, follow this link and use your reader of choice to add The Law Student’s Wife:
      Let me know if you have any issues, and I’ll do what I can. Thanks for stopping by, and I’m excited to have you as a follower!

  9. Just found your blog and love it! I took the CA bar in July, so I completely sympathize with the long hours your husband is pulling…I’m rooting for him! And so glad that you have such a fun project to work on while he’s wading through contract law :)

    • Thanks so much Julie! And I am sure you understand more than most (I hear the CA bar is especially brutal). Thanks for stopping by and taking time to say hi. Don’t be a stranger :)

  10. Erin, I love your blog! I’m so glad I found it. I can’t wait to try your delicious recipes!

  11. Just discovered your blog! Love it! I, too, am a law student’s wife! ;)

  12. I already love this blog :) I’m a law student’s long-term partner (no ring yet :p),and your attitude to food is very similar to mine (I pretty much worship dark chocolate ganache) so I can’t wait to start reading the recipes :D

    • Susie, I’m so happy you found my blog! We sound like kindred spirits. Cheers to chocolate ganache–particularly when the boys are trapped in the library. Hope to see you back here soon. Thanks for saying hello!

  13. I am NOT kidding you when I say I thought I was reading about myself in the section about you. TOO WEIRD. Down to sneezing like a mouse, grammar nerd and not having whispering skills. AND I live in Madison. Love your blog, maybe I’ll see you around sometime :)

    • Too funny Alyssa! I have never met someone else who sneezes like a mouse (do people ever ask you, “Is that your real sneeze?”), so I think we are destined to meet. So happy you said hi, and absolutely hope to see you!

  14. My favorite part about finding new blogs is reading the about me section! It’s so fun finding new and interesting people. I’ve always wanted to go to Madison, I hear it’s a great town…a lot like my town (State College, PA). Really great site you have here, looking forward to following you!

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

    • I’m so happy you found my blog and took time to say hi! Madison is such a fun city. It’s big college town meets state capitol, with a little hippie tossed in for spice. I totally recommend it for a fun weekend (at least in the summmertime!) Looking forward to being in touch with you too. Hope you enjoy the posts and thanks again:)

  15. I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your blog and your writing. By the way, our family plays spoons at the holidays (and I’m not talking just kids) and it becomes unnaturally competitive. And, I also have a love/hate cleaning relationship with my food processor. So glad I discovered your site and I look forward to reading more of your posts!

    • Marjory, this absolutely made my day! Thank you so much for your kind words. It sounds like our families would get along (though our spoon game might become dangerous, haha) Looking forward to sharing my upcoming posts with you! Comments like these keep me blogging :)

  16. I’m about to be a law student’s wife, too! (School starts in two weeks!) I’m in charge of the budget and making healthy meals and am finding your blog very helpful. I look forward to reading!

    • Jessica, I’m so happy you found my blog! Great to hear from a fellow law student’s wife too. Congrats and good luck to your hubby (and to you–you’ll have an honorary law degree before you know it ;-) ) Thanks for saying hi!!

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  20. I just stumbled upon your lovely blog, and you caught my attention with A) Yummy food photos and B)I am also a “law school widow”…can’t wait to read more! XOXO

    • Nicole!!!! Welcome welcome to my blog. It’s so nice to “meet” you, and I’m so happy that you said hi. Thank you for your kind words too :) Best wishes to you and your hubby! xo Erin

  21. Hi Erin, I just found your blog! It’s wonderful, and thank you for having it. My husband and I visited Madison a couple of years ago, when he participated in the Wisconsin Iron Man. We found the creamery and the homemade ice cream over at the college! Oh my goodness, we were there every day! Have you been there?

    • Terri, hello hello! I’m so excited that you found my blog and said hi :) #1 Your husband is amazing for doing the Iron Man. I watch the finish line every year and am always so impressed/inspired. #2 LOVE the creamery! Ben and I hang out on the Terrace (the outdoor area in the same student union area with the creamery) and ice cream is a must :) Thanks again for your kind note. Great to have you as a reader!

  22. I just found your blog and I love it!! I’m currently living in Madison, too (chemistry grad school, can I get a woot woot? haha) and I am totally with you on the amazingness of the farmers market (minus the double-wide stroller traffic jams haha). The return of the outdoor market is #2 on my list of reasons why winter needs to end (I think #1 needs no explanation).
    Anyway, I’m excited to have found your blog! :)

    • Hello hello!!!! So great to hear from a fellow Madtown resident and farmers market lover. I’m counting down the days until it’s back outdoors. (LOL on the strollers too. So true!) thanks for saying hi and have a great day :-)

  23. Erin!! Elizabeth and I love TLSW and all the yummy stuff you post on here! Recent favorites include: chicken stir fry with thai peanut sauce, zucchini boats, minestrone, black bean enchiladas–they’ve all been winners!

    #1, thanks for feeding us 1-2 nights a week!

    #2 (tee hee) I was wondering if you take requests… I am intrigued by horseradish, as it is like simultaneously tasting something delicious while being punched in the nose. Do you have any favorite dishes that incorporate this potent substance?

    Thanks & lots of love from Houston!
    John & Elizabeth

  24. Ok how have I never read this before? You two are precious. Love your story, love your blog of course! :)

  25. Ok….I’m a fan!

  26. I LOVE your blog! I know how it is to have 2 full-time jobs ;) Everyone always asks how I can work and keep up my food blog, but if you are passion about it its hard not too! Love all your recipes!

    • Hi Kristi!!!!! So great to hear from you, and I’m thrilled that you found my blog. Passion makes all the difference, doesn’t it? Thanks so much for saying hi and for your kind words!

  27. I love this! I just came across your blog and I love your approach! My husband and I aren’t in school but I am always trying to keep dinner interesting but healthy, and DEFINITELY affordable! This really is great!

    • Hi hi hi! So wonderful to hear from you and THANK YOU! Notes like this never fail to make my day. I’m so excited to have you here, and I hope you love the recipes you find. Have a great day!

  28. 11 years ago I was mom and mil to law students. Now they have 5 kids, so think what may be ahead! :) I am all about affordable too, hate to see things go to waste so reinvent them! Found you on Pinterest looking for pear recipes!
    Good luck to you both!

    • Kathleen, great to hear from you! Thanks so much for saying hi. I’m so happy you found my blog, and I definitely share your philosophy about reinventing things, instead of letting them go to waste. Have a wonderful day, and I truly hope you enjoy the recipes you find!

  29. Erin – I am so glad to have found your blog! I am also a law student’s wife who likes to cook! My husband is going to be beside himself with joy when I make your raspberry grilled cheese , and then he’s probably headed back to the library. I can’t wait to dig around your site and see what other goodies you have :)

    • Richelle, hiiiiiii!!! It’s so, so great to hear from you! Best wishes to you and your husband (specially since I know it’s “finals season” right now), and thanks so much for saying hello. Also, I am marginally obsessed with that grilled cheese, lol. Hope you guys love it too!

  30. Erin,

    I LOVE your blog! So glad I found it! My husband is currently finishing his last year in law school right now :)

    • Lindsay hellllooo!!!! (Sorry it took me forever to write back—we’re traveling and my email access has been spotty.) I’m so so glad that you said hi and to have you here. Best wishes to you and to your husband. Almost there!

  31. Erin,

    I think I found my way to your site via pinterest. Your recipe for the pretzel cheese dogs caught my attention so here I am. Gonna take a peek to see what other yummy recipes you’ve posted. BTW – I can soooo relate to talking loud. I’m always getting shushed and what folks don’t understand is that I am just a loud talker, I don’t do it to upset anyone, my voice is just that way! Anyways, good luck to you and your hubby! :)

    • Sylvia, I’m so happy that you took time to say hello! Welcome. I hope you enjoy the recipes you find, and cheers to loud talking. I like to think we are just passionate :)

  32. Hi Erin, I stumbled across your blog from Pintrest (of course!) and you sound fabulous! I am very much like you, healthy, foodie, my husband is gone a lot, but I love to cook! I actually make meals for some of the guys in the oilfield (with my husband), and I am looking forward to making some of your yummy recipes and sharing the food with them. Thanks for what you do! :)

    • Julie, we sound like kindred spirits! I’m so happy that you found my blog and took time to say hi. Also, those guys in the oilfield are a lucky bunch. I bet you are their favorite lady! Have a great day, and I’m looking forward to sharing recipes with you :)

  33. Hey Erin! Just wanted to say hi. Haven’t seen you in ages, was looking up recipes and saw your comment on a blog. I’ve also been here a time or two for recipe links from Camp Patton. Hope you are well! Good to see you in the blog world doing so well!

  34. Hi Erin! I am loving your blog! And I must say that I am happy my search for lawyer’s-wife-type-blogs also resulted in a new place to get amazing, delicious looking recipes. I hope you and your husband end up loving Milwaukee! Just as your husband moved you, my husband (a fellow lawyer as well) and I just moved away from Milwaukee after spending 3 years there (his law school years). I grew to LOVE Milwaukee and am already looking forward to our return next year after my husbands year-long position here. I hope you have the same experience there!

    • Ali, it is so nice to virtually meet you! We’ve been in Milwaukee five whole days, and to be honest I haven’t seen much besides the inside of furniture stores and moving boxes, but I am very much looking forward to getting to know the city more. It means a lot to hear that you enjoyed it! Congrats to your husband and to you on his graduation, and if you have any recommendations in the city, I would love to hear them. All the best!

  35. Love your story about how you began your blog! Wish there was someone to cook for me while I was in law school! Now, I just cook for my man-friend who’s also a lawyer (and taste tester)! The recipes on here look great!!

    • Lisa! Hello, and I am so sorry I’m just now responding to this message. It’s so great to hear from you, and I love your connection with law. It sounds like you have a very lucky fellow lawyer friend, if he gets to sample your cooking :) Thanks so much for saying hi and have a great day!

  36. Just wanted to let you know how much I’ve been enjoying your blog lately! I liked you from the get-go because my name is also Erin and my guy is also a lawyer, but those PBJ rolls really sealed the deal :) Thanks for sharing such great recipes!

    • Hi Erin! It is so great to hear from you. It sounds like we have some key things in common (such as a fab name and love for PB&J;-) ). Thanks so much for your kind words and for saying hi!!

  37. Oh my gosh! Erin! We did Vision together at ND. I was searching food blogs and found yours (and made some delicious recipes from it) before realizing I knew the author! Small world! Thanks so much for the great recipes!

  38. ” I’m convinced that cheese and chocolate are the answer, that you can love sweets and veggies equally, and that delicious, satisfying food should be accessible to everyone” – wow! How FUN to find my food philosophy summed up so nicely! I googled “pumpkin mac and cheese” and found your blog – can’t WAIT to look around!! Thanks!

    • Carole, thank you so much for taking time to say hi! It’s always so fun to hear from readers, and I am so happy that you found my blog and share my food philosophy too. I hope you enjoy the recipes you find! Have a great day and don’t be a stranger :-)

  39. Hi. I just found your website and am going to try two recipes today (oatmeal bars and chicken quinoa casserole)…so excited! Love your writing style!

    • Hi Susan! Thank you!! That is so kind of you to say :) It’s great to virtually “meet” you. I’m so happy that you found my blog, and I hope you love both of those recipes. They are favorites around here too!

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  41. Wow! Someone is proud of their husband…I hope he has a “The Analyst’s Husband” blog about his own interests, too….

  42. Cool blog! One of your recipes (cornbread sausage awesomeness) was linked to a blog I frequent.

    Is there a typo in your About page?

    “I started The Law Student’s Wife during Ben’s second year of law school **as as** a fun hobby […]” is what I see.

  43. I love your blog very very much¡¡¡

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