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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…

They came to Chicago they brought their cuisines

   Uncategorized   January 23, 2018  Comments Off on They came to Chicago they brought their cuisines

Chicago is a melting pot of immigrants from all over the world. Immigrants came to Chicago, fleeing poverty, the ravages of war, oppression, cruelty, natural disasters, and other reasons. Many came for work. Some work so bad no one else would do it, like working in the various packing plants…

Taking the chore out of holiday cooking

   Uncategorized   December 11, 2017  Comments Off on Taking the chore out of holiday cooking

Cooking for the holidays can be trying. There is so much to do with the perception of too little time. Planning is key. Prepping as much as you can ahead of time makes things easier. There are tricks or hacks you can use to smooth your path. You can make…

Be grateful on Thanksgiving

   Uncategorized   November 22, 2017  Comments Off on Be grateful on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It is a holiday devoted to food and gratitude for the abundance we have. It is also a bittersweet holiday. A day of remembrance of Thanksgivings past. I have fond memories of childhood Thanksgivings with my parents and extended family. The tables would…