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

Twilight Zone Tour

Ever had that feeling? Like you have landed in The Twilight Zone? Like you took a step through the looking-glass into the world that is backwards and nonsensical?  Nothing looks different, yet everything is completely out of whack? I took the tour of The Twilight Zone on one of my romps around New York City. Now, […]

By |July 17th, 2014|Hidden Gems, New York, Specialty Shops, Travel|0 Comments

Tasting the Stars

“Come quickly, I am tasting the stars!” ~ Dom Perignon, at the moment he discovered champagne.
One hot, dusty evening I round the corner away from the busy bustling restaurant strip, where fancy cars are being valeted in throngs. I walk further and further away from the hustle and bustle of fashionable people jockeying for the best […]

By |July 11th, 2014|Bubbly, Chicago, Hidden Gems, Wine|0 Comments

Beauty Direct from a Volcano

I love flowers. No, really. I LOVE LOVE LOVE flowers! No easier way to brighten up anyone’s day than with a few stems of happy color. Whether a special occasion or just because, a thank you or a “Get well soon!”, flowers always seem to convey just the right message. It is impossible not […]

By |July 7th, 2014|Entertaining, Gifts, Specialty Shops|0 Comments

Flame Kissed Sweets

Summer is here. So, we head outside to savor every single moment of sunny weather. In my neighborhood, the air is perfumed with the scent of BBQ smoke. We love alfresco dining and entertaining.

When it comes to grilling, I have a reputation for being “better than a man”. While I am not sure if […]

By |July 1st, 2014|Cooking, Food, Ingredients, Recipes|0 Comments

Devil’s Advocate

I love eggs. The egg just maybe the world’s most perfect food. It’s great for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack. It is packed with nutrition. And more importantly, it is delicious. I love eggs scrambled, fried, poached, shirred, hard-boiled, over easy, sunny side up, baked into a quiche, beaten into a salad dressing, stirred […]