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

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