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

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
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

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

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

Jerky Chili Challenge

While I am a big fan of refined food, in the crisp fall weather I am no stranger to rustic, hearty fare. I tend to cook more in the cooler months just because the kitchen is always the warmest place to be on a cold night. And everyone knows I would never shy away […]

By |September 29th, 2014|Cooking, Food, Recipes|0 Comments

C is for Cookie

Nothing has the power to instantly turn us into children faster than a chocolate chip cookie. All is takes is one whiff of the warm cookie straight from the oven, and we are transported to the family kitchens of our youths. We are there in a flash, melted chocolate smeared on our faces and […]

By |September 26th, 2014|Baking, Dessert, Food, Recipes|0 Comments

Do-Ahead Brunch

Lately it seems that everyone has brunch on their mind. Most people I know are scrambling for last minute brunch reservations. Now, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE to go out for brunch with friends (see my previous article Brunch is Sacred). However, why not host brunch instead?

Make your own brunch fun! Have some folks […]

By |September 10th, 2014|Brunch, Cooking, Entertaining, Tips|0 Comments

Getting Crabby

Sometimes you just gotta go for the exotic. When jet setting around the world isn’t an option, where do you go to satisfy your craving for adventure? I tend to seek out ethnic Chicago neighborhoods and obscure eateries where no one speaks English. Lucky for me, my fair city offers plenty of choices. When […]

By |September 8th, 2014|Chicago, Food, Hidden Gems, Restaurants|1 Comment

Classic Revisited

“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.” ~ Humphrey Bogart in the movie Casablanca
A classic by any other name is still a classic. Casablanca will never get old. Tolstoy’s War & Peace will never get abridged. Mozart will never stop being melancholy. A classic […]

By |August 7th, 2014|Chicago, Food, Local, Restaurants|0 Comments