Chefs

Chocolate Faucets and French Pastry School

Few of us have ever experienced the sublimity of being near a fountain of flowing chocolate, never mind a kitchen faucet that brings forth silky milk chocolate at one’s disposal. Even fewer of us have the opportunity to work for a living with the most beloved baking ingredient in the world…chocolate.  If you’ve ever dreamed of being as close to ... Read More »

Chicago Green City Market, Alice Waters & Honey Crisp Apple Pie

We made it to the farmers’ market last Saturday just in time for the book signing to begin. I was a bit surprised to see how small the market was, but soon realized that not all the produce farmers arrived yet, due to the limited availability of items during the early spring season. That could be why the market will ... Read More »

Alice Waters to Visit Chicago on Saturday, April 25

Alice Waters, founder of the famed five-course menu restaurant, Chez Panisse, will be at the Chicago Green City Market this Saturday to sign copies of her latest book, Edible Schoolyard: A Universal Idea. Alice Waters is considered by many in the food world as a living culinary legend because of her push to promote the concept that food be grown ... Read More »

To Roast a Duckling

How I reclaimed a duckling's reputation- with the help of Julia Child, of course. Read More »

Keeping Warm, French Style: My Favorite Recipes for French Onion Soup

What Julia Child taught me this winter.... 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 »

Stuffed Tortellini Recipe Gets a Halal Substitute

Today I learned more about a renowned food writer, Marcella Hazan, than I had known before.  She appeared today on the Martha Stewart Show preparing a Tortelloni Stuffed with Swiss Chard, Prosciutto and Ricotta served with a heavy cream tomato sauce. She also talked about her new book, Amarcord: Marcella Remembers, available online. The base of this dish is prepared with ... Read More »