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Thoughts from a dusty food journal

   Uncategorized   February 17, 2017  Comments Off on Thoughts from a dusty food journal

I found an old journal under a pile of books. It was strictly about cooking and food. It was loaded with various quotes, some from long forgotten sources. I thought I would share some of this rambling wisdom. Eating is serious. We eat to live, to survive. We also eat…

Join the resistance eat well

   Uncategorized   February 11, 2017  Comments Off on Join the resistance eat well

Americans are busy people. We run from here to there and there to here. Somewhere in between, we get to work, socialize, get the kids to their after school or weekend activities, shop till we drop, all filling our days with activities. When we finally get home, we sleep just enough…

Ethnic cheap eats are not here to stay

   Uncategorized   February 1, 2017  Comments Off on Ethnic cheap eats are not here to stay

A few days ago we had lunch at a Mexican restaurant in Pilsen. It was more a tequila bar and restaurant. The bar had more tequila in one place than I’ve ever seen. I ordered a burrito. It was a chicken and steak version. It was more expensive than I…

Sous vide pork tenderloin and chicken breast

   Uncategorized   January 24, 2017  Comments Off on Sous vide pork tenderloin and chicken breast

Sous vide is a method of cooking employing sealed bags placed in a circulating heat bath. Food is cooked longer at precision controlled lower heat. Cooking times vary from one hour to two days, depending on the size and weight. Sous vide ensures that food is cooked evenly. The inside is…

Create food memories

   Uncategorized   January 20, 2017  222 Comments

What are your first food memories? You have them. We all do. Childhood flashbacks of great or not so great meals. Memories of discovery. Remembrances of meals or particular foods past. Of mothers or fathers cooking, nonna or auntie food, holiday feasts or summer barbecues. One of my earliest food…

Vegetable soup for the cold winter blues

   Uncategorized   January 14, 2017  204 Comments

I love soup. I could eat it every day. This vegetable soup is perfect for cold gray days. The main ingredient is leek, the bright tasting member of the onion family. The soup is fast and simple to make. You can use any vegetables you have on hand or find in…

Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Appetites A Cookbook’ is a winner

   Uncategorized   December 30, 2016  240 Comments

I love cookbooks. I probably own a couple hundred plus those I inherited from my parents. I also have boxes and binders of my mother’s recipes. The key to a good cookbook is the aha moment. The moment you realize, “I can do that,” after reading a recipe. Those are…

Ten best places I ate in 2016

   Uncategorized   December 29, 2016  199 Comments

Chicago is a great food town. Since the 1850’s, when French and German chefs flocked here to cook in the new hotels, Chicago garnered a culinary reputation. From cheap eats to fine dining, Chicago has the best food scene in the country. Here are ten of my favorite places from…

Doing the most good for Christmas: Cooking for the Salvation Army

   Uncategorized   December 24, 2016  355 Comments

Every year, for twelve years, chef Gary Wiviott of Barn & Company, leads a group of chefs, cooks, and other volunteers to cook and serve dinner to clients of the Salvation Army Freedom Center. These are men who have no place to go for Christmas. Men who are trying to…

Make the grocery store your friend for the holidays

   Uncategorized   December 12, 2016  233 Comments

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…