About Gourmet Rambler

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

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

Fall is Here and It Smells Like Smoke

Fall is here. Leaves are turning, air is crisp and it smells like smoke. Whether from fireplaces or burning leaves or tailgate parties, it seems the smokey perfume is everywhere this time of year. It’s only right that you would find it on your restaurant menus as well. On chilly evenings we crave comfort […]

By |October 8th, 2014|Chicago, Restaurants, Specials|0 Comments


The last few weeks went by in a blink of an eye and a flurry of activity. Much was going on in the gourmet world. I attended a trifecta of events, tailor made to suit my tastes. Whew! I may need a twenty four hour nap. Or three. Let me give you the summary.

Bon […]

By |October 7th, 2014|Chicago, Events, Festivals|0 Comments

Go Slow

With crisp temperatures arriving and chilly rainy days ahead, the time of light fare is over. A salad just won’t do. Comfort foods and long-simmered stews are making their way onto the restaurant menus and onto our dinner tables. Hearty, soul warming dishes are just what the doctor ordered in this fall weather.

The task […]

By |October 3rd, 2014|Cooking, Cookware, Recipes|0 Comments

Sparkling Wine and St-Germain: A Cinderella Story

“City girls are just country girls with cuter outfits.” ~ Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City

Ahhhhh, champagne… Left to my own devices (and unlimited budget!) I would drink great champagne every day and three times on a Sunday. But while in my dream world great champagne is an every day occurrence, no one can deny […]

By |October 1st, 2014|Bubbly, Drinks, Spirits|0 Comments