A Perfect Winter Dinner

Staring down the first big snowstorm of the pandemic winter, I knew I wanted to prepare a hearty meal full of warmth and flavor. I...

What We Cooked This Week, #3

It's a holiday week and Natalie is home from college, so the kitchen was a busy place. Natalie asked to make dinner for us on a day I was...

What I Cooked This Week, #2

I am spending a lot of time indoors as cold and gray weather arrives in Chicago, and to create that feeling of comfort that we all crave...

What I Cooked This Week, #1

Thanksgiving behind us, I ramped up my cold-weather cooking. Here are a some of the dinners I cooked this week. On Monday, I prepared an...

Thanksgiving, 2020 Style

Like most Americans, I love gathering around the Thanksgiving table with friends and family every November to eat turkey, gorge on sweet...

Two Days in Paris

David and I flew took an overnight flight to Paris on Sunday, then hit the ground running. Or at least walking a lot in comfortable...

Letting Go

The other night, I organized a picnic at Millennium Park for the organization I run, Chicago Physicians for Social Responsibility. The...

One Week, Two Picnics

Summer is so glorious and yet so short here in Chicago. I try to pack in as much summer fun as possible. I love picnics and beach...

My First Salad of the Summer

I made a remarkable grilled cauliflower salad the other night. I am calling it my first summer salad because it contains mint from my...

The Accidental Gardener

I'm not a gardener by nature. I'm certainly into food and have been for years: farmers' markets, cooking, parties, restaurants, and of...

A Death Too Soon

I'm middle aged, and a doctor, so I know all too well that death is a part of life. I have lost patients--mostly elderly people or those...

Soup Weather (part three)

I make chicken stock all winter. I cook it in my extra large stock pot, keep some in my fridge, and freeze the rest. If I open my...

A Great Little Central American Country

I was lucky enough to escape the endless Chicago winter last week when my husband and I headed to Belize. We spent one week in that tiny...

Soup Weather (part two)

I started my series on delicious soup recipes that you can easily make at home when late fall arrived and the outdoor temperatures were...

Gearing up for 2020--on MLK day

Like most of you, I took a vacation from activism following the 2018 election. It was great to partake in the blue wave of...

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