Food News

Amish Country: Holmes County, Ohio

I had an incredible time visiting my family this summer in Ohio. Among those fond memories was a visit to Holmes County, home to one of the largest populations of Amish in the world. Although I had never really visited the heart of Amish Country, I feel as though I’ve known the culture, craftsmanship and food all my life. As a ... Read More »

Chicken Bouillabaisse

Chicken Bouillabaise

Those of you who know me well enough know that my favorite cooking mentor is Julia Child–and it’s not because of the book or movie, Julie & Julia (though I really enjoyed both). Around this time last year I completely absorbed myself in The French Chef videos, those early years where Julia Child enlightened the American housewife about how to cook French ... Read More »

Cleveland’s West Side Market is a Must-See

One of the things I try to never miss when I go back home for a visit to Ohio is the West Side Market in Cleveland–even if I’m not looking for anything in particular to buy. It’s so much more than a farmer’s market, although much of the fresh produce comes from local growers; it’s also a variety of specialty ... Read More »

Food, Inc.

Today, people are more concerned than ever about the source of our global food supply. With recent scares of salmonella, bird flu and the swine flu we are paying closer attention to personal hygiene and questioning the mass production of our food from major suppliers- or are we? I haven’t seen this film yet, but I’m eager to. Food, Inc. came out on Monday ... Read More »

Homemade Sofrito and Recaito

homemade sofrito in the making

If you come from a Puerto Rican family, you understand that Goya products are permanent fixtures in our kitchen cabinets- without them it seems like a part of the family is missing. Why are we so dependent on them? Maybe it’s because Goya is one of the few brands on the market completely catering to an Hispanic consumer market–and we appreciate that.  But ... Read More »

Julie and Julia Debuts on August 7

Anyone who loved or  followed the culinary career of Julia Child while she was alive should be excited to learn that her biography is coming to feature film this summer. We have blogger/author Julie Powell to thank for that. She is responsible for creating an enormous cooking experiment for herself called The Julie/Julia Project and then blogging about it. She set out to make every recipe ... Read More »

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 »

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 »