Category Archives: comfort food

Porchetta Style Pork Butt:a Cook it and Forget It Kind of Dish

Porchetta Style Pork Butt:a Cook it and Forget It Kind of Dish

ShareTweet My appliances feel almost human, at least the ones that help me get my daily chores accomplished. My stove, more than anything else in my life, is my right hand. Tonight, my LG power burner oven, LG to those who knew her well, goes to a new home. She (yes she, most definitely anotherContinue Reading

Gruyere Popovers Recipe and a Review of the Nutri Ninja Blender Duo

Gruyere Popovers Recipe and a Review of the Nutri Ninja Blender Duo

ShareTweet This summer I headed to the Beef Belt in Texas to learn about cattle ranching. I was a guest of the Beef Checkoff, along with a dozen or so other bloggers and media personalities. The majority of these bloggers were from a niche I hadn’t encountered before on press trips: they were all nutritionists.Continue Reading

Three Soup Recipes to Keep You Warm

Three Soup Recipes to Keep You Warm

ShareTweet Next week’s Chicago weather forecast is grim. Polar Vortex grim, with temperatures in the negative teens, and snowfall with multiple inches of accumulation. As you check your closets for winter coats and snow boots this weekend, why not throw together a batch of soup? Having it in the fridge next week will do wondersContinue Reading

Golden Vegetable Soup: a Forgotten Childhood Staple

Golden Vegetable Soup: a Forgotten Childhood Staple

ShareTweet My sister called me the other day, asking me for my mother’s soup recipe. This is the soup we grew up with, the soup she served us for lunch on so many cloudy Parisian days. The soup we complained about, bored to tears by its simplicity and predictability, but that we now craved asContinue Reading

Slow Cooking Chicken Dishes Fall Favorites

Slow Cooking Chicken Dishes Fall Favorites

ShareTweet Now that fall is truly here, I thought it might be a good time to share a few of my favorite crockpot dishes. I hope a few of these make your weekday meals or Sunday dinners a little easier and a little richer. I’m always in the market for a little inspiration to getContinue Reading

Creamy Coconut Shrimp Curry

Creamy Coconut Shrimp Curry

ShareTweet These days, as the leaves coat the ground with color, I’m craving color and flavor at dinner. Last night the craving led to a quick and easy creamy coconut shrimp curry, the kind of dish whipped up with the handful of spices we kept for the renovation. It filled the house with exotic smellsContinue Reading

Carrot Souffle: a Family Favorite Worth Sharing

Carrot Souffle: a Family Favorite Worth Sharing

ShareTweet Vegetable side dishes are rarely the star of the show, but my carrot souffle is the exception. This sweet and fluffy casserole is like eating dessert with dinner. If I didn’t make it for Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Passover, there might be a riot involving both kids and adults at the table. Like all greatContinue Reading

Homemade Chopped Liver with Golden Raisins and Hard Boiled Eggs

Homemade Chopped Liver with Golden Raisins and Hard Boiled Eggs

ShareTweet The lack of love given to chopped liver has always mystified me. How can something so good get so little respect? What is it… CHOPPED LIVER???? Yes, the word LIVAH isn’t the sexiest around and the brown mousse could be more appealing, but you shouldn’t be shallow and judge chopped liver on looks andContinue Reading

Sloppy Joes for 60

Sloppy Joes for 60

ShareTweet Cooking for 60, even when a time tested family recipe for Sloppy Joes, is never easy. Fresh from spring break on Monday, with suitcases still full of dirty clothes, I spent the day cooking dinner for 60. I was nervous. I wasn’t throwing an elaborate party, but I knew the crowd would be fullContinue Reading

Interview: Amy Thielen of Food Network’s The Heartland Table

Interview: Amy Thielen of Food Network’s The Heartland Table

ShareTweet On March 8, the second season of the Heartland Table began airing on Food Network. The show is filmed in Chef Amy Thielen’s Minnesota cabin, thousands of miles away from the New York City kitchens were she was worked for culinary superstars like Daniel Boulud, Jean Georges Vongerichten and David Bouley. Thielens’ Midwestern rootsContinue Reading

Tomato Corn Chowder: a Comforting Riot of Color in a Bowl

Tomato Corn Chowder: a Comforting Riot of Color in a Bowl

ShareTweet The mountain of snow outside keeps on growing. At some point, it will be higher than the swingset. The snow keeps on falling, right along with the temperature. I’m cold, chilled all the way to the ends of my elbows. I went for a long run at the gym this morning and got soContinue Reading

Bacon Infused Macaroni and Cheese To Please the Pickiest Eaters

Bacon Infused Macaroni and Cheese To Please the Pickiest Eaters

ShareTweet Macaroni and cheese. What color comes to mind when I say that phrase? For me, it’s a bowl of creamy colored shell noodles bathed in an equally creamy sauce made from artisan cheeses. For my kids? A day-glo orange sauce coating tiny elbow noodles. A few years ago, I decided to show my kidsContinue Reading

Bruschetta with Homemade Ricotta and Slow Roasted Tomatoes

Bruschetta with Homemade Ricotta and Slow Roasted Tomatoes

ShareTweet This weekend, we baked and cooked as a family for the Chicago Food Swap. With the exception of a few challah loaves, everything we made for the swap was from Jennie Perillo’s new cookbook Homemade with Love. Steve and Bella made her buttermilk donuts in lemon and decadent dark chocolate. I made slow roasted tomatoes and homemadeContinue Reading

Cinnamon Infused Olive Oil and Dreams of Chile

Cinnamon Infused Olive Oil and Dreams of Chile

ShareTweet The weather in Chicago has been brutally cold for the last week. The cold is slowly taking over the house. We’ve been adding layers and wearing slippers, but the best way to beat back the chill is to cook and fill the house with great smells that suggest warm weather climate. Spices make meContinue Reading

Chicken Soup for the Flu Plague

Chicken Soup for the Flu Plague

ShareTweet Have you gotten your flu shot this year? I got my flu shot, along with half of my children. But it didn’t save us from being hit by the flu plague over Thanksgiving break. The flu hit us like a mac truck, just leveled our family into a wheezing, coughing, whining mess. I wasContinue Reading

Salted Caramel Apple Bread Pudding with an Asian Flair

Salted Caramel Apple Bread Pudding with an Asian Flair

ShareTweet Dessert is pretty much synonymous with chocolate in our house. Chocolate souffles, hot fudge sundaes, and fondant au chocolat… as long as there is chocolate involved, my kids, my husband, and I just can’t say no. Fruit desserts, on the other hand, can be a tough sell, but at the height of apple season,Continue Reading