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

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