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

Some Like It Hot

I have been sick.  Really sick.  It is cold season in Chicago and I got caught in the cross fire.  Being sick is never fun and even less so for those of us afflicted with an epicurean bug.  When you are sick everything tastes like cotton balls and aluminum foil.  You can’t taste or […]

By |December 16th, 2013|Drinks, Food, Recipes, Tips|0 Comments

Holiday Ode to Grandma Katherine

With the holidays quickly approaching, we all start thinking about family and traditions.  I am no exception.  And this my best food memory.

Growing up, every family gathering I remember was scented by my Grandma Katherine’s baking.  She would start making doughs and fillings three days in advance.  Then on the day of the celebration, […]

By |December 13th, 2013|Cooking, Food, Holidays, Personal, Recipes|0 Comments

In The Kitchen With Moby Dick

“Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth;  whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul;  whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet;  and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a […]

By |November 6th, 2013|Cooking, Entertaining, Experience, Food, Personal|0 Comments

Get Your Snack On

Let’s be perfectly honest, most pre-packaged snacks are not healthy.  Even those that claim health benefits aren’t always honest.  Just check the sugar content in your favorite fitness bar.  Or the amount of sodium in your favorite low-fat food (they need the sodium to taste like, well, something other than nothing).  Or worse yet, […]

By |October 23rd, 2013|Food, Healthy, Recipes, Tips|0 Comments