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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 »

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 »

Creamy Chicken & Mushroom Pasta

This is a great weeknight dinner dish that should be enough to feed a family of four with generous portions. If your family is smaller, you should have enough left over for lunch the next day. Here’s what you’ll need: Ingredients 2-3 Bay leaves, crushed salt, to taste 1 tsp. orange zest 1 lb. or 1 package spaghetti or penne ... Read More »

Eggplant Salad Recipe: Now I Know Why the Imam Fainted

eggplant & pepperoncini

I’d heard of the famous dish “Imam Biyaldi” before, but never really knew what the hype was all about.  Being a Sicilian who also loves Turkish and other Mediterranean foods, I thought I had tasted just about every dish where peppers, eggplant and garlic were smothered in olive oil. For some reason, the one I’ve just tasted was different- in a totally delectable way. “Imam biyaldi” ... Read More »

Parsley-Stuffed Red Snapper

It’s hard to imagine being in the mood for whole fish, but if you live as close as I do to some spectacular indoor fish markets, it just might happen. When I’m in the mood for fish of any sort, I head out to the Super H Market, an Asian mega store that has become my favorite spot for locating ... Read More »

Mexican Dulces (Candies)

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One of the best things about other people traveling instead of you is that they usually bring back some lovely samplers of the local culture they’ve just visited.   When my in-laws returned from Mexico recently, a beautifully wrapped box of Mexican candy was our souvenir, but we weren’t sure we would be able to enjoy any of them because ... 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 »