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...

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...

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...

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...

Kitchen Ingenuity

Sometimes things go just as planned when we are cooking. But at other times, a cook needs to get a little creative and figure out how to...

Kitchen Essentials

I do not own a kitchen blow torch. I wish I did--I like playing with fire a lot, and kitchen blow torches look like fun. You can do...

My Favorite Little French Place--in NYC

A few years ago, while visiting New York, my husband and I ducked into a restaurant on Prince Street in Soho on an early spring evening...

Soup Weather (part one)

I indulged in a very pleasant work lunch on last Tuesday at an outdoor café on Southport Avenue near Wrigley Field. I enjoyed my meal...

Jewish Holiday Food, part one

Jewish holidays follow the seasons. Passover (my favorite Jewish holiday) celebrates liberation and comes at the beginning of spring. ...

tomatoes

Tomatoes--heirloom, organic, locally-grown--are the stars of late-summer midwestern farmers markets. Classified as a fruit with interior...

Let's cook together!

Welcome to my kitchen! I hope you enjoy my scratch cooking prepared from fresh, local (when available) ingredients. I love to cook for...