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

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

Happy Hour: Bloody Mary

I love savory cocktails. Anyone who knows me will tell you that. And a good Bloody Mary is usually at the top of my list. It’s easy to make and goes great with my favorite meal, brunch.

Recently I had a few friends over for brunch, and a pitcher of Bloody Marys was in order. […]

By |October 17th, 2014|Happy Hour, Home Bar, Spirits|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

Happy Hour: Moscow Mule

The summer drinking season is here, and all the libations taste better outside. Alfresco cocktails vary from ever-present sangria to mojitos to ice cold beers. Pretty much anything refreshing is a welcome sight in the summer heat. However, this year, I believe, will be the summer of Moscow Mules (now appearing on cocktail menus […]

By |August 13th, 2014|Drinks, Happy Hour, Spirits|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

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

Holiday Nostalgia and Borscht

I get up at 7am on a Saturday. Still in my pajamas, I rush into the kitchen that smells intensely of beef stock and bacon and garlic. I only have a few quick hours left to finish in time for my lunch guests’ arrival. I have been cooking for two days already, my kitchen […]

By |December 17th, 2013|Cooking, Food, Holidays, Recipes|0 Comments