About Gourmet Rambler

I eat. I drink. I travel. I write.

Have Yourself a Merry Little Holiday Season…

The holiday season is upon us. Everything is decked out for the occasion, twinkling and sparkly. It doesn’t matter what you celebrate, this is the time of year filled with wonder and joy. Only a couple weeks into December, and I have been busy with holiday merriment. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

A […]

By |December 12th, 2014|Chicago, Events, Holidays|2 Comments

Make Way for Truffles

Hungry for truffles? Who isn’t, right? I, for one, always crave their earthy aroma and slightly nutty flavor. It is truffle season, and this gal could not be happier. I must have been a truffle hunting dog in my past life, because I just can’t get enough. So, where do I go to satisfy […]

By |December 8th, 2014|Chicago, Food, Restaurants, Specials|0 Comments

Spice It Up!

As the holidays approach, consider giving spices as gifts to those in your life who enjoy cooking or even those who are novices in the kitchen.  Having a fully stocked spice cabinet will inspire them to experiment in the kitchen.  And if you play your cards right, you could be on the guest list […]

By |December 4th, 2014|Gifts, Specialty Shops, Tips|0 Comments

Turkey Reinvented

Am I the only one that really can’t even look at turkey leftovers the week after Thanksgiving? Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the Thanksgiving meal, but after the food coma I crave something…different. A turkey sandwich just won’t do. That being said, I also don’t like wasting the leftovers. And having slaved for […]

By |December 1st, 2014|Cooking, Ingredients, Recipes|0 Comments

Thanksgiving Timeline Reduces Stress

The holidays are imminent, y’all…

As I woke up on Monday before Thanksgiving last year, I realized my holiday spirit was missing.  That just wouldn’t do with people bound to arrive at my home the following Thursday.  This is my favorite holiday and I needed to put things in perspective very quickly.  No time to […]

By |November 24th, 2014|Cooking, Entertaining, Tips|0 Comments

Stock Your Pantry Right

“I hate people who are not serious about meals. It is so shallow of them.” ~ Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest
Sir Wilde hit it right on the nose. Anything worth doing is worth doing well, to the best of one’s abilities. That is especially true of cooking. And any cook worth their […]

By |November 21st, 2014|Best Kept Secrets, Ingredients, Specialty Shops|0 Comments

About That Pumpkin

Personally, I never really liked pumpkin pie. To be honest, I don’t like pumpkin flavored anything. And most pumpkin pies I have tasted were not great: dense and gooey and not very flavorful. What gives? After looking into the details of pumpkin pie making, I realized that most recipes call for canned pumpkin. […]

By |October 31st, 2014|Baking, Dessert, Food|0 Comments

What Lurks in the Dark

“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before…”
~ Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven

Once you look Darkness in the eye, you will never forget it. What is lurking in the Dark? What mysteries are hidden away just below the surface? Do you dare […]

By |October 29th, 2014|Drinks, Pairings, Wine|0 Comments

Happy Hour: Bloody Mary

I love savory cocktails. Anyone who knows me will tell you that. And a good Bloody Mary is usually at the top of my list. It’s easy to make and goes great with my favorite meal, brunch.

Recently I had a few friends over for brunch, and a pitcher of Bloody Marys was in order. […]

By |October 17th, 2014|Happy Hour, Home Bar, Spirits|0 Comments

Ghost Pepper, Tacos and Beef Jerky

I am no stranger to cooking with jerky. It is one of my favorite protein packed snacks. You can read all about my recent attempt at jerky chili in Jerky Chili Challenge. So when my friends from House of Jerky threw down the gauntlet with their new Ghost Pepper Jerky, I jumped at the challenge […]

By |October 15th, 2014|Cooking, Ingredients, Recipes|0 Comments