Category Archives: Cooking

Maple Glazed Salmon with Balsamic Macerated Strawberries

ShareTweet As soon as the last snow melted, baseball/softball season began, and with two kids on teams, our weeknights are jam packed with games and practices. To eat a┬áhomemade dinner as a family, I have to plan way ahead of time and put my crock pot on overdrive. On gorgeous spring days, I don’t wantContinue Reading

Navigating the Daunting Jungle of Luxury Oven Brands: Going Beyond Viking and Wolf to the Realm of Open Burner Ranges

Navigating the Daunting Jungle of Luxury Oven Brands: Going Beyond Viking and Wolf to the Realm of Open Burner Ranges

ShareTweet As soon as Steve and I decided to renovate our kitchen, I started dreaming about luxury stoves. After years of jealously running my hands along friends’ sleek Viking stovetops, it was finally my turn to pilot one of these gorgeous machines. But taking the plunge on my dream luxury stove has been more overwhelmingContinue 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

Building a Dream Bistro with Bon Appetit’s Out of the Kitchen Series

Building a Dream Bistro with Bon Appetit’s Out of the Kitchen Series

ShareTweet My husband and I dream of opening a restaurant one day, a little neighborhood place with hot crusty bread and butter that you notice, somewhere our guests will linger late into the night over really good after dinner coffee. We view each dinner out as market research, little experiences that we collect like crumbsContinue Reading

Relished Foods: Effortless Dinner Inspiration

Relished Foods: Effortless Dinner Inspiration

ShareTweet Even when you write a food blog, it’s easy to fall into a rut in the kitchen. Steve has been traveling so much, and when I’m flying solo, the temptation to feed the kids tried and true recipes they won’t complain about is intense. Who wants to face a crowd of unappreciative, skeptical facesContinue Reading

Perfect Meringues Bring Generations Together

Perfect Meringues Bring Generations Together

ShareTweet When I was a child, my mother reigned in the kitchen. I was her willing sous chef for the main course, but dessert was my gig. Baking didn’t interest her very much and I was (and still am) a chocoholic. It was a mutually beneficial arrangement. Fast forward to my adulthood and the rolesContinue Reading

Tech in the Kitchen: Planning a Major Kitchen Renovation

Tech in the Kitchen: Planning a Major Kitchen Renovation

ShareTweet We’re considering a major renovation to our kitchen and basement this summer, the type of renovation where walls and staircases are moved. With the addition of Sophie and the big kids getting bigger, our kitchen feels more and more like a New York City galley every day. The kitchen is the heart of theContinue 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

Steakhouse at Home: Making Bearnaise Sauce with a 2 Year Old

Steakhouse at Home: Making Bearnaise Sauce with a 2 Year Old

ShareTweet Growing up in my mother’s kitchen, making the sauce was always the final prep step of any meal. A good roast chicken came with a golden pan sauce. And all steaks came a buttery bearnaise. I was a sous chef to my mom for years before I was allowed to assist with La Bearnaise.Continue 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

Marble Cheesecake Brownie Bites

Marble Cheesecake Brownie Bites

ShareTweet When it comes to dessert, I’m definitely a chocolate kind of girl. Marrying cheesecake with chocolate makes me weak in the knees. Marbled cheesecake brownies are a combo I’m powerless to resist: rich chocolate, creamy cheesecake, and pretty to boot. I hope to host a mother-daughter cookie exchange soon (if such an event isContinue Reading

Warm Chocolate Pudding Cake: A Decadent Memory Brought Back to Life

Warm Chocolate Pudding Cake: A Decadent Memory Brought Back to Life

ShareTweet What was your favorite dessert when you were a kid? We moved every few years so I have a few, but if I had to pick, my favorite would be this hot chocolate pudding cake at a London Notting Hill neighborhood burger joint called Tootsies. They served it in a wooden salad bowl, filledContinue Reading

Coconut Fried Rice

Coconut Fried Rice

ShareTweet Leftover rice is pure gold. Nice and stale after a few days in the fridge, a bowl of leftover rice is the key to throwing together an amazing bowl of fried rice. Having leftover coconut fried rice just takes things up to an even more delicious level. Sweet and salty coconut fried rice isContinue Reading

Weelicious Lunches Stonyfield Review and Giveaway

Weelicious Lunches Stonyfield Review and Giveaway

ShareTweet We’re now a couple of months into the school year. Have you run out of school lunch inspiration yet? If so, I have just the giveaway for you, courtesy of Stonyfield yogurt and Weelicious, aka Catherine McCord. Here’s what you need to do to get your hands on a copy of Weelicious Lunches asContinue Reading

Storing Sweet Corn for Winter

Storing Sweet Corn for Winter

ShareTweet Summer corn is my children’s favorite food. On the cob and off the cob. On the grill and boiled. They’ll take their corn any way they can. In years past, we’ve spent all winter missing the surprise sweetness of that first kernel bursting on the tooth. But this winter, I’ve got some surprises inContinue Reading

Fall Cooking Video Segments aka Facing my Worst Fear Very Publicly

Fall Cooking Video Segments aka Facing my Worst Fear Very Publicly

ShareTweet Only one letter separates blogging and vlogging, but a world of terror lies in that little consonant. I blog in the privacy and comfort of my keyboard, leaving it only to cook and take pictures of food and family. The few times I’ve tried to video myself cooking have all been very humbling andContinue Reading

Sweet Potato and Raisin Chicken Tagine: a Fall Slow Cooker Recipe

Sweet Potato and Raisin Chicken Tagine: a Fall Slow Cooker Recipe

ShareTweet Are you craving fall? Judging by my Facebook stream and the many references to Starbucks pumpkin lattes, I’m guessing that I’m not the only one excited for the crinkle of golden leaves underfoot. As the Chicago weather continues to zig zag between breezy and hot, I’m taking matters into my own hands and bringingContinue Reading

Bacon Cheddar Popovers: Warm Lunch for a Chilly Summer Day

Bacon Cheddar Popovers: Warm Lunch for a Chilly Summer Day

ShareTweet Popovers are a cold weather treat: the last thing I would expect to make for lunch in July. The steam escapes from their cheesy tops and takes the edge off a chilly day. And when the crisp of their outer shell yields to the warm and tender cheesy inside, all is suddenly fine withContinue Reading

Salade Nicoise: a Picnic Salad to Please the Whole Family

Salade Nicoise: a Picnic Salad to Please the Whole Family

ShareTweet In France, salad comes at the end of the meal. Instead of warming up your palate, it washes everything down, clearing the palate for cheese and dessert. I hated salad with a passion, called it cow food, but was still forced to force down a few token leaves every night before being admitted toContinue Reading

Quiche Lorraine: Bacon, Swiss and Picnic Bliss

Quiche Lorraine: Bacon, Swiss and Picnic Bliss

ShareTweet When you think of summer picnics, does quiche come to mind? You might have relegated quiche to that folder in your mind labeled 80s concepts best forgotten, but I’m hoping that after you read this post, you’ll layer your picnic basket with rich and butter individual quiches for when the summer finally arrives. NotContinue Reading