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

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

Heat Things Up!

Farmers market season is here, hooray! With summer produce arriving on the scene, I always find myself with lots of veggies in the fridge. I use as much as I can fresh, but what to do with the rest? As of late I have become the queen of refrigerator pickles. I don’t want to […]

By |June 19th, 2014|Cooking, Food, Recipes, Tips, Vegetarian|0 Comments

Mint ~ Not Just For Toothpaste

Fresh mint is the quintessential flavor of summer.  It is refreshing and adds depth and complexity to lots of very different dishes.  Next time you are at the market, consider buying a bunch of mint for your next summer party.  Its versatility makes mint a great partner in crime.

1.  Start your evening with a […]

By |June 6th, 2014|Cooking, Drinks, Food, Home Bar, Ingredients, Recipes|0 Comments

On a Rampage

Spring inspires people to do unexpected things (see my previous article Spring Inspiration Tour). Among farm visits, drinking rose wine (Finally! Rose is back!) and tasting a plethora of spring menus all over town, I was inspired to go on a rampage. All because of a little plant called ramp. Several times in recent […]

By |April 11th, 2014|Cooking, Food, Ingredients, Recipes|0 Comments

Under Pressure

Bah bah bah bah bah bah…
Under pressure…

Of course, in the kitchen that means using pressure cooker. I used to live next door to a chef-instructor, who taught an entire class called Under Pressure. You see, most people (yours truly included) are nervous around pressure cookers. They have a bad rep, stemming from way back […]

By |March 31st, 2014|Cooking, Cookware, Food, Recipes|1 Comment

Irish Should Be So Lucky!

March 17th. St. Patrick’s Day. The day that EVERYONE claims to be a little Irish. Here in Chicago, the river is died green, green beer and silly green hats reign supreme. A lot of Irish folks call our fair city home. A lot of others claim to be Irish on March 17th, maybe in […]

By |March 17th, 2014|Cooking, Entertaining, Food, Holidays, Recipes|1 Comment

In Defense of Chicken

I love Barefoot Contessa.  There, I said it.  I love watching Ina Garten cook on Food Network and I am not ashamed to admit it.  Why, you ask?  Well, I have many reasons.  Maybe it is because she isn’t a trained chef pretending to cook at home.  Maybe because her hands-on approach reminds me […]

By |January 2nd, 2014|Cooking, Food, Healthy, Ingredients, Recipes|1 Comment