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Free Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream…and other Chicago Ice Cream Options

Ice cream-good ice cream- is usually on my mind when the weather starts to warm up a bit more than it is now. Today in Chicago it rained, and hailed! Yesterday it was also rainy and cold, but we still decided to try out a homemade ice cream shop that hides inside a small shopping plaza of mostly Oriental stores. ... Read More »

Pecorino Cheese Crisps (Frico)

Pecorino Cheese

I’m so glad there was a request for this recipe. I mentioned it in my last post about the Viking Cooking School where I attended the “Lunch & Learn” that it was one of the recipes given, and I would post it if there were requests.  Come back in a couple of days when I’ll post the recipe for Homemade ... Read More »

Lunch & Learn at Viking Cooking Schools, Recipe for Tomato Soup

Rolling Pins at Viking Cooking School & Store, Glenview, IL

If I had blinked, I may have missed this culinary gem in the midst of my neighborhood. I had only known Viking to be the makers of ovens, not the creators of culinary schools and I certainly didn’t expect there to be one so close to home, never mind in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Being the curious person I am ... Read More »

The Quickest Fruit Compote Isn’t Just For Dessert

If you’re anything like me, you buy a whole bag of apples with the intention of providing healthy snacks for yourself and your family all week long. The problem in my case is that I try to convince myself that two people in a household can finish them before they lose their crunch. And sometimes husbands request an apple dessert, ... Read More »

Olives Plus Oranges Equals…Brownies?

Olive Tree photo by Nikolai Aamaas, Norway. Nikolai.aamaas@gmail.com

How I finally got around to making Blood Orange Olive Oil Brownies, a recipe I found at the Queen Creek Olive Mill in Arizona. Read More »

Healthy, Inexpensive Breakfast Served Up in No Time

How to Create a Simple, Healthy and Inexpensive Breakfast When You're in a Hurry Read More »

Tuna Burgers | Quick Lunch, Easy Dinner

Fresh Fish | West Side Market, Cleveland, Ohio

Tuna or salmon patties are a quick and healthy way to feed yourself and your family when you're short on time. Read More »

A Sundae to Ease into Sunday

I could find no better excuse than simply the need to 'ease' into Sunday with this perfect Mint Chocolate Chip and Cookie Sundae Read More »

Savory Spinach Phyllo Pies {Borek}

Savory Spinach Pie {Borek} | My Halal Kitchen

How I learned to serve a quality brunch for two without spending all morning in the kitchen Read More »

King Arthur Flour Comes to Chicagoland

Scanning through the local paper can prove to be a rewarding endeavor for the thrifty cook these days. I found myself lucky to see a tiny ad in the Chicago Tribune about the King Arthur Flour Company coming to Palatine, IL for a free baking class, one of their many free national classes!) There were actually two classes taking place in the Hotel Indigo that ... Read More »