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

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

The Gospel According to Tony

I love to read, and as any good food writer would, I read a lot of food-related books. A while back it was culinary world’s favorite foul mouthed bad boy Anthony Bourdain’s Medium Raw. I love reading his books mainly because he doesn’t pull any punches. He tells it like it is. Nothing is […]

By |September 22nd, 2014|Personal, Quotes, Skills|1 Comment

Give Feedback

In my previous article Fame & Price Tag Are No Guarantee I wrote about my not so stellar experience at one of the most highly acclaimed restaurants in the world. I don’t live my life with regrets, and I do not regret dining there. But unfortunately one thought haunts me to this day. What would […]

By |September 19th, 2014|Etiquette, Tips|0 Comments

Love People. Feed Them.

September is National Hunger Awareness month. Help someone by providing them with a meal. You may change their life.

I grew up in the former Soviet Union in an underprivileged family. My parents’ monthly salaries combined at that time wouldn’t even amount to an equivalent of five dollars. But even if we had more money, […]

By |September 17th, 2014|Charity, Chicago|1 Comment

Poof! It’s Gone…

We have all been there… Cocktail party. Room full of boisterous people, mingling. You try to stay out of the way, but inevitably, you get bumped and jostled. Someone runs into you, and your red wine goes cascading out of your glass right onto…your white dress, your date’s freshly pressed shirt, the host’s cream […]

By |September 15th, 2014|Best Kept Secrets, Tips|0 Comments

Great Cake Rebellion

Wedding season is in full swing, people! BUT… I don’t like wedding cake. That is no secret (see my previous article Let Them Eat Tarts!). I can hardly be alone in my aversion to run-of-the-mill wedding cake, right? So, I looked into it. By the power vested in me by the Almighty Google, I do […]

By |September 12th, 2014|Entertaining, Tips|0 Comments