I cook. I eat. I drink. I write and photograph it all.

Play it safe with outdoor parties this summer

   Uncategorized   May 15, 2018  No Comments

It is that time of year again. The hot muggy weather will soon be upon us. Grills will be fired up. People will be having backyard barbecues or hosting picnics in various venues. There will be graduation parties, outdoor wedding showers, weekend barbecues, picnics, and catered parties. There is one…

Food is more so much more

   Uncategorized   May 7, 2018  No Comments

A tamale is not just a tamale. It is part of the ingrained food culture of Mexico and to some extent the food culture of the American Southwest and later, the South. Fried chicken is not just fried chicken. It has deep roots in the food culture of the American…

Teaching children acceptance through food

   Uncategorized   April 25, 2018  No Comments

I hate the word tolerance. Tolerance is for unruly pets and toddlers. It not for educating people about acceptance. We should never tolerate people because of who they are. Tolerance is a demeaning word. We should preach acceptance. Accept people for who they are. We live in a time where we,…

Corned beef rice skillet with olives, mushrooms, and kimchi

   Uncategorized   April 17, 2018  No Comments

Chicago Tribune food and feature columnist, Bill Daley, shared a 2012 column, “Ham-it-up skillet Hamming it up with a childhood favorite,” on Facebook recently. The column was about a childhood meal his mother cooked to satisfy the family’s tastes and food boredom. According to Mr. Daley, she found the recipe in the…

Pasta with peas, asparagus, and tomatoes

   Uncategorized   April 10, 2018  Comments Off on Pasta with peas, asparagus, and tomatoes

Spring is finally here, with cold winds and snow on the ground. It is time for some bright colors and flavors. I like simple dishes that are fast and easy to prepare. This dish appeals to the eye and taste buds. It is quick and easy to make. I use…

A corned beef sandwich is blah but a corned beef sanguich is heavenly

   Uncategorized   March 16, 2018  Comments Off on A corned beef sandwich is blah but a corned beef sanguich is heavenly

OK, there you are, staring at the leftover corned beef from St. Patrick’s day. It is the same situation after every holiday. Staring at left-over meat or poultry. Thinking about making the same blah sandwiches. Slather some mayo or mustard on rye, pile on the meat, and eat the same…

Colcannon with red cabbage, leeks, and kelp

   Uncategorized   March 13, 2018  Comments Off on Colcannon with red cabbage, leeks, and kelp

Did you ever eat Colcannon, made from lovely pickled cream? With the greens and scallions mingled like a picture in a dream. Did you ever make a hole on top to hold the melting flake Of the creamy, flavoured butter that your mother used to make? Yes you did, so…

Bangers and mash

   Uncategorized   February 27, 2018  Comments Off on Bangers and mash

The other day I saw Irish bangers in the grocery store. Usually, ethnic sausages are found in specialty or butcher shops. I had to buy them. What to make? Bangers and mash. Bangers and mash is a dish served in Ireland and the British Isles. It is bangers and mashed…

Surprise and delight Chayhana and Hello Jasmine

   Uncategorized   February 20, 2018  Comments Off on Surprise and delight Chayhana and Hello Jasmine

Sometimes you discover amazing things. A couple of weeks ago, I was asked if I heard about a Russian restaurant near my home that was open 24 hours. I made Google my friend. It turned out the restaurant was Uzbek, a Central Asian cuisine inspired by Uzbekistan’s location on the…

Lenten abstinence does not have to be boring

   Uncategorized   February 13, 2018  Comments Off on Lenten abstinence does not have to be boring

Those of us who grew up Catholic during the 1950’s through 1960’s remember meatless Fridays during Lent. The one day of the week where some kind of fish, eggs, or vegetable dish ruled. We remember tuna or egg salad sandwiches, sardine sandwiches, and cheese sandwiches, PB&J, all wrapped in wax…